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E. Williston Spittin’ Mad Over Water

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner last week stood fast against paying an “excessive” water bill from neighboring village and supplier Williston Park, following a loss in a second round of legal battles.

 

Tanner said Williston Park sent East Williston a bill for $600,000 last week based on water rate increases East Williston refused to pay while pursuing two lawsuits that contested the rate hikes.

 

Williston Park is seeking $300,000 in interest and penalties following a recent state Appellate Court decision upholding the second of two water rate increases imposed on East Williston. Tanner said East

Williston will only pay approximately $250,000 of the $300,000  Williston Park seeking to recover in unpaid fees based on the two increases.

 

East Williston had prevailed in the first round of lawsuits, which began in April 2011. They objected to a $3.83 per 1,000 gallon rate set by Williston Park, and the Nassau County Supreme Court found the rate was improperly set.

 

Following an appeal by Williston Park in the appellate division of the Second Department, the second lawsuit was brought about in August, 2012, contesting a $4.33 water rate. After the Nassau County

Supreme Court reviewed the case, it was transferred to the appellate division again.

 

Arguments took place in court on May 5, and according to a July 9 decision, East Williston was ruled against, establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33 per 1,000 gallons as within legal limits.

 

“This is an example of what we’ve been up against with water rate negotiations—the fact that we’re charged $300,000 on a bill that is $300,000 in a commercial environment,” said Tanner.

 

According to Tanner, the village is in the process of paying what they owe, however will not pay what the village considers “excessive.”

 

Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar recently spoke to Newsday on the bill his village has issued, remarking that it is “in the ballpark” of what East Williston owes. He did not return calls for comment.

 

Village of East Williston trustee Robert Vella said the village is opposing the $300,000 in interest charges and penalties as they were not ordered by the court to pay that amount.

 

“We lost one of the actions in court, but we won the first,” Vella said.  “We escrowed the money for the bill all along, but we refuse to pay the penalty based on legal grounds.”

 

Vella encouraged anyone in East Williston “who takes umbrage with what Williston Park is doing here, to go to their village board meetings, and say so—that’s what I did on everyone’s behalf.”

News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


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