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Demolition Delayed

Village of East Williston Attorney Jeffrey Blinkoff announced on Monday, March 10 that the much-debated 8 Sumter Ave. property will most likely face demolition, however not right away.

 

Blinkoff was in Nassau County Supreme Court recently, where Judge McCormack gave the owners 30 days to sell the house, or prove the inspection report was incorrect.

 

“It’s not unexpected for the judge to say that, and I objected to it,” Blinkoff said.  “It does appear the demolition will proceed, just not today.”

 

In response to a “show cause order” to halt the demolition filed by property owners John and Theresa Muzio, Blinkoff said he filed an affirmation in the village’s position, and has since been able to gain entry to the premises. The Muzios did not return calls for comment.

 

“An inspection was conducted, a lot of photographs were taken, and everything was submitted to the court,” Blinkoff said. “The judge (Nassau County Supreme Court Judge James McCormack) reviewed those, and his indication was that essentially, they (property owners) were nearing the end of the road.”

 

According to Blinkoff, photographs revealed snow inside the house, which he said is “unfortunate, but that’s the situation here.” 

 

Blinkoff will be back in court in April, and is expected to report back to the village on further progress.

 

Former Village of East Williston Deputy Mayor James Daw said houses come to the village’s attention every few years, but referred to the issue of 8 Sumter Ave. as “unique.”

 

“I don’t think we’ve ever had someone aggressively fight to keep the house from being demolished—its a lunatic situation and I hope we never see it again,” Daw said.

 

East Williston Fire Department 1st Assistant Chief Patrick Theodore asked if anything can or is being done to prevent the same issue happening again with another village property. The village code requires certain measures of maintenance for their properties, and besides keeping your home safe, the village is required to enforce the New York State Property Maintenance Code, which has a section that requires a home’s exterior and property be presentable.

 

According to Blinkoff, the village and state code allows two different methods to seek enforcement—bring about legal action in village court and then supreme court.

 

“The village court has certain powers, such as the power to fine and impose monitory penalties,” Blinkoff said.  “The supreme court can order an injunction to either get someone to do something or stop them from doing something.”

 

The village had been granted demolition rights by a February 2012 court order, and the plan was approved by the village board in October last year, when it accepted a $28,500 bid from East Williston-based J. Galvin Construction. A survey was required prior to demolition. 

 

In a court order in January, Judge McCormack approved the Village of East Williston sending J. Galvin to inspect the property, which permitted the village to repair or demolish the structure after an inspection.

 

The village tried to inspect the house on Jan. 14 and 31. The Muzios thwarted their entry each time, calling the police. 

 

“This property has been something of concern for decades, so the question is bringing action sooner, and that’s something we can explore,” Blinkoff said, who indicated he will check with other villages on their courses of action, and review the village code.

In Other News

 

•The village board acknowledged the departure of Village of East Williston Library Director Susan Quinn, who is taking another library position on Long Island.

 

“On behalf of the village, we thank you for your service,” Trustee Robert Vella said, prompting a lengthy round of applause from residents attending the meeting.

 

“We wish you very well, you were always there for us when we needed you,” Village Mayor David Tanner said.”

 

•The village board passed a resolution to hold a public hearing on April 7 to introduce a law that will permit the village to override the tax cap if needed.

“This is just in case some future interpretation of the law comes out that might change some of the actions that we have,” Tanner said, who indicated that the budget has a zero percent tax levy, and a negative tax rate (-7.329 percent).

 

•The village board reissued notification that copies of the tentative 2014-15 budget are available by e-mail blast or can be picked up at the village office.

 

— Rich Forestano contributed to this story


News

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.

Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.

 

The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.

 

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


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Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


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