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Sumter Ave. Issues Coming To A Head

A decision to demolish the controversial 8 Sumter Ave. property in East Williston was again adjourned by Nassau Country Supreme Court Judge James McCormack, until Monday, May 19. An update was not available as of press time.

 

East Williston Village Attorney Jeffrey Blinkoff, who appeared before McCormack on Monday, May 12, said the adjournment decision was due to the absence of the defendants—homeowners John and Theresa Muzio, in the court room. They did not return calls for comment.

 

According to Blinkoff,  McCormack said that Theresa was ill and would not be present.

 

Blinkoff had been in court back in March, when the decision was adjourned to April 21, giving the homeowners the opportunity to either clearly show that the property is being sold or present a different inspection report from the village’s, to prevent its razing.

 

Blinkoff then reported that on April 21, the case did not go forward because McCormack was charging a jury and busy with a different trial.  The first available date was last Wednesday, May 12.

 

Arguing that the case has been pending in that court since 2009, Blinkoff urged the court to allow the village to proceed with the demolition.

 

“There was nothing that the judge had ordered them to provide that had not been provided. Extra time was given [to the Muzios] to show they had sold it or provide a report—we received none,” Blinkoff said.

 

The Muzio’s, whose son appeared in court on May 12, according to Blinkoff, presented no information that the property is clearly being sold, nor a report on the house to counteract the village’s findings.

 

Blinkoff then said that when he went out into the hall of the court, he saw Theresa, and went back to McCormack, advising him that she had later appeared. However, McCormack upheld the decision to adjourn.

 

Blinkoff was told that on May 13, the property was up for sale through auction... a result of that would be  closely watched by East Williston.

 

“No matter what, unless something happens and the property is sold, I’ll be in court to argue that the village has to do what has been shown needs to be done,” Blinkoff said.

 

Water Rate Issues Continue

As an update to the legal battles over water rates for the Village of East Williston from Village of Williston Park; both sides met in the New York State Appellate Court in Brooklyn on Monday, May 5.

 

According to Blinkoff, they are expecting to hear a decision by early June.

 

East Williston filed a lawsuit against the Williston Park in April 2011 for increasing the water rate charged to East Williston to $3.83 per one thousand gallons from $2.99 per one thousand gallons. The Nassau County Supreme Court ruled in favor of East Williston in 2012, where

Justice Bruce Cozzens declared that Williston Park did not hold an appropriate public hearing before they raised the water rates.  

 

Williston Park has appealed that decision. East Williston went to the supreme court again for a second lawsuit, filed in December 2012, for their raising the rate to $4.33 per one thousand gallons of water. According to Blinkoff, the Supreme Court did not decide the case by reason of a question raised that needed to be dealt with by the appellate division. Both cases were then transferred to the New York State Appellate Court in Brooklyn.

 

Big Grant For Fire Department

Deputy Mayor Bonnie Parente announced that the village fire department has worked with Nassau County Legislator Rich Nicolello to secure a $40,000 grant for the fire department’s radio room, which Parente referred to as “quite old and need of repair.”

 

The radio room is where the department receives calls, and have been using a map and switchboard with lights to correctly transfer calls to the proper location. Fire Department Chief Daniel Cramblitt said the department will now use LCD screens to display a map, location, call type and call history at the given location.

 

According to Parente, the money will be spent in the village budget and reimbursed.


News

The Mineola School District Board of Education assessed the district’s performance in recent New York State assessment and Regents testing; performance that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael

Nagler noted was in need of improvement at a July 24 board meeting.

 

Nagler addressed issues that students have been encountering with the recently-mandated state assessments, noting the difference in effectiveness between what he called “formative testing,” or testing on a regular basis, and “summative testing,” which is done annually, typically at the end of the school year.

Five storefronts on Willis Avenue in Williston Park were gutted after a five-alarm fire on Thursday, July 23 at around 2:40 a.m., Williston Park Fire Department officials said. Construction crews could be seen demolishing the row of stores as late as 2 p.m. last Thursday.

 

The fire was under control at around 4:30 a.m. No injuries were reported, officials noted.

 

Williston Park fire units responded at 2:44 a.m. According to department Chief Gary Smithing, the blaze started in the Village Cobbler Shoe Repair Shop at 617 Willis Ave.


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.

“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Mineola Hurricanes 10U offense was too much for L.I. Saints in 14-5 rout on Thursday July 17, at Willis Avenue Field in Mineola. With 11 runs in the first three innings, The Hurricanes left no doubt about the eventual outcome.

 

An RBI triple by Kevin Pusey, a steal of home by Kevin Pusey, and an RBI single by James Raziano during the first inning and an RBI single by Jack Mackay, a three-run triple by T.J. McManus put runs on the board early. 


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