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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

The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.

 

“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and

predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”


Sports

Samantha Pastore

Samantha Pastore, senior and third-year varsity player, is also co-captain of the currently undefeated (11-0) Mineola Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is an outside hitter and is often recognized in games by starting rallies with her quick thinking and nimble feet. She earns 20 percent of the team’s points and averages four aces per match.

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team fell to the Seaford Vikings last week 27-21, missing their chance to tie the top seeds Locust Valley and Roosevelt’s 6-1 Nassau conference IV record.

 

After tying the game in the second half and having the opportunity to capitalize on Seaford’s failed extra-point kick on their final touchdown, the Viking’s senior wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Buell knocked away a pass from Mineola senior quarterback James Gerstner to senior wide receiver Brian Smith in the end-zone with 57 seconds left


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