Written by Michael Scro Friday, 22 August 2014 00:00
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.”
Saturday, 11 October 2014 00:00
Audition Hosts: Eleanor Rigby’s Restauant, Mineola Village Hall, Piccola Bussola and Plum Tomatoes
Audition Team: Master Performance Artist Ed Dennehy of Huntington/ formerly of Mineola
Robert Busch, Little Neck and Melville Fire Department, Adrian Gaeckler: Oyster Bay/ Nassau Coliseum Staff, Nigel Gretton: Hempstead/ St John’s University Performing Arts Chair Lady Laura, Hempstead/ Global Performing Artist, Ralph DeSalvo: Williston Park, Musician/ Band Leader.
Al Trompeter, Entertainment Promoter
Special Touches: Bagelman of Mineola ( Entertainment Committee Host)
Creations de Belle of Mineola (Street Decorations/ Balloons)
Friday, 10 October 2014 00:00
Tom Hayden has been a member of Mineola Golden Age for nearly 20 years.
Growing up in Flushing, Queens, he has lived in Mineola for about 40 years. Hayden has five children—two on Long Island, two in Florida, and one in Maryland—and 13 grand-children, all girls.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs ended last year’s playoff run in a 34-6 drubbing from the West Hempstead Rams. Mineola was poised for another post season push in 2014 and it showed last week, with a 15-14 victory over the Rams in homecoming weekend.
With a slow start in the first half, Mineola (4-1) put their first points on the board in the second quarter with a field goal by senior Robert Lang. After a touchdown by the Rams (2-3), they headed into halftime 7-3.
Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00
Despite two goals from Liam Going, the BU11 Mineola FC squad fell to a relentless and talented Hota Panthers team at Soccer Park in Plainview on Sept. 6. Hota jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Going connected on his first tally, launching a 30-yard free kick that dropped over the Hota keeper. The Mineola striker’s second goal brought his team to within two goals of their opponent, but Hota scored several more goals in the second half in a strong performance. Mineola’s Nicholas Buffolino and Luke Sommese gave solid efforts for Mineola in the season-opener for both teams.