Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 29 March 2014 00:00
New Line Party member Paul Pereira and Hometown Party mainstay Paul Cusato may be from different sides, but the two were clearly of the same mind last Tuesday, March 18 on Election Day. The two incumbents were unopposed in the at-large election for two open seats on the board for a third consecutive election cycle.
Pereira and Cusato garnered 306 and 275 votes respectively. Village Justice John O’Shea also ran without a challenger as the top vote-getter with 336 tallies.
“I think tonight demonstrates just that we’re breaking bread together, we’re working together. There really isn’t teams here,” Pereira said at Heart of Portugal last week.
Contested elections in Mineola grab at least 1,500 voters in past years. Turnout was low this year and Cusato pointed to two sides of that issue.
“It’s a double-edged sword,” Cusato stated. “You can say people are happy with how the village is going and don’t vote, or maybe people don’t know an election is going on and they forgot to vote.”
The two are looking forward to continuing projects currently in pre-production phases and tackling new ones. Mineola is planning to revamp Memorial Park. The village purchased a bandshell 73-feet wide and 38-feet deep last month.
“The renovations are going to create a new park,” Cusato said. “New pathways, new lighting, refurbishing the tennis courts.”
Mineola will also build a new gazebo on the northeast corner of the park near the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Marcellus Road. The previous one was damaged by Hurricane Irene and demolished. Repairing park tennis courts is also planned, but is still in an early phase.
“We’d also like to see [our athletic] fields improved, possible field turfing and the park come to fruition,” Pereira said. “Paul and I have coached a great deal and we always seemed our facilities like our pool, parks and fields need care. We also need to look at infrastructure like curbs, paving, our water wells. Those things go without saying.”
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00
The Village of Mineola’s Zoning Board last week approved Winthrop University Hospital’s plan to revamp the “Welcome to Mineola” sign atop the Station Plaza Diner at the Long Island Rail Road Station.
The village code prohibits rooftops signs, but the zoning board has relief powers.
“I spoke with the building commissioner and he said that he’s satisfied; that it’s structurally sound and stable,” Zoning Board Chairman John Macedo said. “If he’s satisfied, I’m satisfied.”
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
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.