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The Mayor’s Corner Village of Williston Park

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all a happy and healthy New year on behalf of your village board. I hope all enjoyed their holiday season.

The Village employees have, for the most part, completed the cleanup from Sandy and the Nor’easter. Although there may be some minor issues to be resolved, the major effort is completed. Reimbursement requests from FEMA began weeks ago with the filling of numerous documents required to complete this process. We have been informed that the formula for reimbursement is 75 percent federal, 12.5 percent state and 12.5 percent village. The way in which the reimbursement guidelines have been set, the village should be able to absorb its share of the costs due to the total number of items available for reimbursement. Having said that, I’m concerned about how this funding is being handled in Washington. There should be no politics involved and the relief monies should be dealing with damages suffered in the northeast as a result of Sandy and the Nor’easter. 

Winter has arrived yet we’ve been lucky weather wise to date. The temperatures have been moderate but this will most likely change. If we have snow accumulations this year please follow the “Lessons in Snow Etiquette” as noted:

Follow the snow ordinance, which requires that cars must be removed from the streets when 2 inches of snow is on the ground.  Listening to weather reports should be your best guide, and cars should be removed from the street the evening before the expected snowfall.  Just pass down the streets that could not be plowed because cars were not removed and the results are obvious. The village ordinance also states that cars should remain off the street for 18 hours after the snow stops.

This is to allow the plows to come back again. When cars are put right back on the street after the initial plowing, it prevents the plow from making a second pass. Cars in the driveway prevent snow from covering the driveway, so leaving it there saves both time and energy as that section of the driveway will not need to be shoveled.

Don’t shovel the snow back into the street; it will only get plowed back into the driveway when the village staff plows for a second, third or fourth time. This also can create a hazardous condition when piles of shoveled snow freeze on the road. Shovel out your neighbor if they can’t shovel themselves or maybe just do it to be nice. Shovel a pass through if you live on the corner to allow entrance from the street to the curb and help clear the fire hydrant. Commercial properties must make arrangements to have the front of the business shoveled as quickly as possible. If you have more cars than can fit in your own driveway, make arrangements with your neighbors to put your car in their driveway.

 A little courtesy goes a long way and we pride ourselves in Williston Park for the caring attitude and small town feeling that we try to maintain.

This time of year, with the holidays behind us, we are all outside less often and remain inside more often. It’s important to remain in touch with our neighbors especially our seniors and those who live alone. 

As most are aware, I am available for residents at village hall on a daily basis, unless I’m out of town. On Saturday, Jan. 19, I, along with available trustees, will at Village Hall from 9 a.m. until noon, for those residents who may not be able to meet with me during the week. Call in advance on my cell phone at 941-8463 to set an appointment or just show up to discuss issues impacting our village. I expect to set a date for evening hours in February for those who would like to meet with me but cannot do so during the week or on Saturday morning.  

The first neighborhood watch meeting is scheduled for Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at village hall. A representative from the Town of North Hempstead’s Project Independence will be there to explain this program.


News

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

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.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com