Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
After two denials by John and Theresa Muzio, the Village of East Williston finally inspected 8 Sumter Ave. recently, officials confirmed. The property has been the subject of controversy and public criticism, resulting in numerous hearings and court proceedings.
The village tried to inspect the house on Jan. 14 and 31. The Muzios thwarted their entry each time, calling the police.
“They’re persecuting me,” Muzio said. “They’re harassing me and they destroyed my house. My house froze up since it’s had no heat since 2009. They need a court order before [demolishing the house].”
The Muzios were present at the recent inspection, village officials said. East Williston will go before a judge to review the results of the house walk-through this week.
If the ruling leans in East Williston’s favor, they can schedule a demolition date. The Muzios would have 30 days to remove any personal property from the Sumter Avenue home.
“We did successfully inspect,” East Williston Deputy Mayor Bonnie Parente said. “There was nothing surprising that came out of the inspection. The plan is to hopefully move forward with the demolition of the house.”
The village had been granted demolition rights by a February 2012 court order, and the plan was approved by the village board in October last year, when it accepted a $28,500 bid from East Williston-based J. Galvin Construction. A survey was required prior to demolition.
In a court order in January, Nassau County Supreme Court Judge James McCormack approved the Village of East Williston sending J. Galvin to inspect the property, which permitted the village to repair or demolish the structure after an inspection.
After numerous hearings, which included a subdivision denial by the village’s planning board of a plan by Mineola-based BNL Construction to build two houses on the property last September, Parente acknowledged the long road East Williston has taken to get to this point.
“I feel that it’s taken too long to get to where we are now but I think we’re in the right direction and that we should be able to wrap this up,” Parente said.