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Annual Ragamuffin Parade Set for Halloween on Park Avenue

Village Names Illustrated An Official Paper

At the last Williston Park Village Board meeting, Mayor Paul Ehrbar and trustee Kevin Rynne announced that the Recreation Committee and the Kiwanis Club will hold its Annual Ragamuffin Parade on Halloween, October 31 to start at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall and then travel on Willis Avenue and this year on Park Avenue. 

Trustee Kevin Rynne also announced that this year, directly after the Ragamuffin Parade, there will be judging of a pumpkin-carving contest on the village lawn.  All entries to be judged are to be left on the village lawn by 6 and 6:45 p.m.

The mayor and the board also approved a resolution to name the Illustrated News as an official paper for the Village of Williston Park.

Mayor Ehrbar announced that at recent chamber meeting Marilyn and Ron Doughty, of Williston Park Plumbing and Heating, were honored as Chamber Persons of The Year, and he congratulated them both for the honor.

The mayor mentioned that he had attended the East Williston grand opening of their new village hall. He said it was a beautiful facility and he was pleased to be included in the ceremonies.

Also, Angela Williams, of the Village Gift Shop, was awarded the Winthrop Auxiliary Award of the Year.

Mayor Ehrbar also said, “The roadwork, as a result of the Ackerman grant, after so many years of waiting, has finally begun. The roads to be worked on are Exeter, Syracuse, Cornell, Williams, Cushing, Aster and Brown Streets.”

The mayor announced that the board would be holding a fall workshop on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Clark Garden to go over the village capitol plan.

The mayor ended his report by announcing that the amount of money for quotes for a project has been changed. Quotes that are from $500 to $6,000, three verbal quotes are needed.  From $6,000 to $19,000 three written quotes are required. Estimated amount for public contracts are $500 to $599 for verbal; $6,000 to $8,999 for written and $9,000 to $34, 000 for written. The mayor added, “The state raised the dollar amount but it does not preclude us from going for a bid.”

Next Williston Park Board Meeting Saturday, Nov. 20

The next Williston Park Village Board Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 20 when the winners of the Village Officials of the Day Contest will be announced and the winners will take over the jobs of the village officials for a day.  The four local schools have been notified and the village is expecting to receive their essays in a few days.

Deputy Mayor Teresa Thomann

Mayor Thomann said she also attended the grand opening of the East Williston Village Hall and commended them for weaving in village history as well as presenting a new updated look.

She also attended Williston Park Fire Company No. 1  event for the outgoing and incoming captains held at the Plattdeutsche Park Restaurant. 

Deputy Mayor Thomann said that Kristine Afonso is a new member of the Williston Park Fire Department Ambulance Corps.

She also announced that there would be a Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, 454 Willis Avenue, Williston Park on Nov. 21 with proceeds going to the Wounded War The pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. 

Deputy Mayor Thomann added that the Auxiliary Volunteers, during the month of September,“ clocked-in” 118½ hours.

Trustee Willam Darmstadt

Trustee Darmstadt announced that Little League Registration will be held on Nov. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m., on Nov. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Nov. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the boardroom of village hall, 494 Willis Avenue, Williston Park.

Trustee Darmstadt also announced that Willy Parker’s Restaurant, Memories and Café Angelina have all reopened on Hillside Avenue.

Further, trustee Darmstadt reminded everyone not to forget to vote in the Midterm Elections on Nov. 2 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at your regular polling place.

Trustee Barbara Alagna

Trustee Barbara Alagna thanked Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell for facilitating the flu shots for the seniors in Williston Park. She also thanked the many nurses who joined with Clerk O’Connell in volunteering their time for the program.

The Court Report

Trustee Alagna announced that Judge Kiley heard 133 cases with fines of $9, 240 with the state mandatory surcharge of $85 and Judge Beth Swedsen-Dowd heard 7 cases with fines of $ 1, 465 with a mandatory surcharge of $140.

Mayor Ehrbar then said he wanted to go back and warn those in the area that belong to the Neighborhood Watch to be aware that someone is coming around to their houses because they see the sticker in the window and say they are Safety Inspectors and want to inspect their homes. “Do not let them in. Call 911 and let the police deal with them.  They are not authorized, just let us know if anyone has called you,” the mayor said.

Building Inspector Kerry Collins

Building Inspector Collins gave the following report: “Activity includes: One building application; four residential plumbing permits and three commercial plumbing permits; one electrical licensing; two oil permits; two sign permits; one sidewalk sales permit and four sidewalk/apron permits; application for Board of Appeals; one street opening for a total of $6, 275. Certificate of Occupancy-3; Notice of Violation-3 and issued three summonses.”

Hearing on Cell Towers

Regarding the hearing on the cell-towers held a few weeks ago, the village has contacted a company to review the village either denying or adjusting the proposal.  The company will submit their report and it will be made available shortly.

Continuation of Hearing of Local Law from Oct. 4

According to village attorney James Bradley, “The purpose of this local law is amend section 230-8 in the village code, to prohibit drive-in establishments, of any type whatsoever,  in the business district. There is similar language that already exists in 230-8 but it has been the feeling that language can just restrict restaurants. I understand that it has been the practice that anyone in the village requesting a drive-in establishment has been told it is a prohibited use and that the person seeking the drive-in must then apply to the Board of Appeals for a use-variance.  The proposed local law will clarify that is the meaning of section 230-8 and will not represent a chance in the practice of drive-in establishments.

 “As I mentioned to the board in the work session, the board has not yet heard back from the Nassau County Planning Commission, so if the board closes the hearing tonight they will still have to wait for their opinion.”

One resident said the banks already have that drive-in.  Attorney Bradley said it was his understanding that the banks have already been granted a use variance. 

It was established that if anyone wants to have a drive-in they must go to a use variance application to the Board of Appeals.

The board then closed the public hearing and passed the local law.


A resident wanted to know if the ’09-’10 budget was completed and the mayor said they are working on it.

Railroad Parking

There were questions about the parking at the railroad and Kerry Collins said that the railroad owns that lot and the village can’t put restrictions on their lots, only on the lots owned by the village.

Noise Abatement

An ongoing problem with abatement between a village resident and a business is still being decided in the courts, although, it appears that the owner of the equipment has abated the noise because the machinery has been moved to the front of the property. This is an ongoing problem.


It was also noted that the 3rd Precinct has been alerted regarding Halloween and the problems in the past and feel certain that they will not occur again due to the increased presence that is expected.

The meeting finally ended with a reminder that the next meeting will be held on a November 20, which is a Saturday.