U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman has received a 100 percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters, one of the nation’s leading environmental advocacy organizations.
Ackerman received the top score in the group’s 2009 National Environmental Scorecard, the yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental, public health and energy issues.
I have been a resident of Williston Park since 1963. My parents in their second attempt at the American dream found Williston Park when we rented a house on Burkhard Avenue. I say second attempt because during their first grasp, the new home they purchased in New Jersey was sold due to the economy and a job loss my father experienced due to a closing Ford motor company plant.
My parents came to New York looking for work and a place to raise their growing family. Immediately Joan and Verley Farrell made friends with the Ottens and Breens, the Lyons and O’Connells, and were expecting a new baby to accompany Eugene, Susan, Timothy and Kathleen. Shortly they found their new affordable dream in a Chatlos colonial on Capitol Avenue. We moved in July 1964, just in time for Patricia’s arrival.
Recently, my son, and 10th-grade student at Herricks High School, Alex Benjamin Katz, saved the life of his father. He was able to perform this heroic act based on the skills he learned in the Sports Medicine class he took last semester from Mr. S. Borell in Herricks High School. As part of Mr. Borrells’ class, my son was certified by the American Red Cross for completing the requirements for CPR/AED. He was certified on February 3, 2010.
Alex acted quickly when his father got food lodged in his throat and was turning blue. Alex applied his skills and was able to dislodge the food. He applied CPR; and when my husband was breathing and swallowing again Alex applied a cold compress to the back of his father’s neck to make him more comfortable. This morning my husband is fine and went to work.
It is about time that someone independent of the current mayor and former judge came out to run for mayor to represent all of the residents. That candidate is Paul Ehrbar. I have known Paul for over 30 years and I am amazed at his numerous endeavors in support of the community he lives in.
It has been my honor and pleasure to serve under the leadership of Williston Park Mayor Lud Odierna for the past four years.
Lud has poured his heart and soul into governing this great village we all call home.
Lud has kept an open door policy while remaining in close contact with support from United States Congressman Gary Ackerman, New York State Senator Craig Johnson, New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell and Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello. Due to their joint efforts, the village has obtained several grants at both state and local levels.
Alan Reardon, a public servant for many years, will be running for Mayor of the Village of Williston Park on March 16. In my opinion, he will lead the residents with integrity, intelligence and honesty. I am confident that Alan Reardon’s government will be devoid of self-interest and his decisions will be made with the best interests of the community in mind. He has already marked a path for change by and through the following anticipated measures:
We are writing a letter to our neighbors in the Village of Williston Park recommending the re-election of Mayor Lud Odierna. We have known Lud Odierna for more than 30 years and we respect him. His decision to run again shows Lud’s positive commitment to our community. Our community has improved tremendously since Mayor Odierna was elected in 2006. The village has raised its bond rating from A to AA. Village grants were received from numerous federal, state and county officials who worked with our mayor and his staff. Taxes have been kept to a minimum and our village veteran’s exemption now includes the Cold War veterans. Grants were also secured to improve our village library and for our fire department. A garbage truck, through the Williston Park Department of Public Works, was able to be purchased at auction at a great savings to the village. We saw our Little League field improve, a 9/11 Memorial and a new updated playground in another local park. The Roger Fay pool received a new slide to the enjoyment of the children and our gazebo was dedicated, as well in the name of former Mayor Thomas Muldoon. Mayor Odierna works diligently with the Nassau County Third Precinct and the Neighborhood Watch in keeping abreast of any criminal activities as well as passing laws with the board on holding owner of premises responsible for any wrongdoings. Further, the shoppers and residents can enjoy more parking spaces to visit our merchants and restaurants due to a change in parking regulations at the LIRR lot. Bob and I both attend the village monthly meetings and we see how Mayor Odierna continues to listen and communicate with the residents. The village must be guided through this present economy. Happiness is living in Williston Park so let’s continue with this progress and vote for The Representative Party that includes Mayor Lud Odierna and trustees Susan Redding and Kevin Rynne on March 16.
It is with great pride and pleasure that I ask all village residents to join me in voting for Susan Redding as she pursues her passion and commitment to the Village of Williston Park and its people.
Sue has been a valuable asset to our community in many ways and for many years. Most recently as a founding member of the WP Civic Association her responsibilities included, but were not limited to, producing the by-laws for this grass roots organization. Founded to give the residents a collective voice to the board of trustees, her efforts have not gone unnoticed. Sue has always been proactive, has a deep understanding of the workings of our village, is in touch with our current issues and concerns and most importantly is not afraid to speak her mind.
I have known Susan since we were both students at Herricks High School and have worked with her in different capacities within the Herricks PTA Organizations. She has always exuded dedication, character and compassion in her many endeavors. Her professional financial background and her incredible spirit will help guide our fine village into the future.
Together, with your votes, we can elect Susan Redding to trustee for the Village of Williston Park. Please join me on March 16 at the American Legion Hall to vote for our future.
For over one year, the president, his staff, and the Congress have had a focus on healthcare and the uninsured – not the escalating unemployment statistics. Why? I have not been able to understand the president’s priorities. And beyond understanding priorities, the public was dazed and confused by the healthcare efforts.
First of all, even members of Congress did not read the entire bill. What could be expected with a bill covering more than 2,000 pages. In addition, the details shifted as the legislation worked its way through the House and Senate. The three issues involving the most controversy were abortion, spending, and the public government-run plan.
I am a relative newcomer to the area, having moved into the Village of Williston Park with my wife to start a family in 2006.
At that time, Lud Odierna had just begun his term as mayor. At the behest of my father-in-law Klaus Konzack, a longtime acquaintance of Lud, I called him to introduce myself.
I was extremely surprised by the extremely gracious reception I received from the mayor. It set the course for the wonderful experience my family had had living in the area.
Lud immediately invited me to meet with him at village hall. He took the time to tell me of all the seasonal events and attractions the village has to offer and to introduce me to all the village officials that were present.
Further, he introduced me to the local chapter of Kiwanis, of which I became an active member and director.
When I mentioned that I was interested in moving my law practice he was very supportive and was instrumental in assisting me in establishing an office in the village. Lud and his family are now valued friends of my family. Many of Lud’s friends to whom we have been introduced are now mutual friends of ours.
Having worked in close proximity to Lud on a daily basis over the past two years, I have been privy to Lud’s selfless devotion to the often thankless task observing as our mayor. I’ve witnessed him spending the better part of his days focusing on the quality of life in the village and addressing the wishes and concerns of the residents. He has done so in precedence of his own business interests.
Therefore, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to mayor Odierna for all he has done for my family as well as for the village. I am hopeful that Lud will serve another term as mayor and ask that all residents support him and the Representative Party candidates in this regard.
Joseph Fazio, of Williston Park.
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