Ehrbar sworn in for four more years

Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar was sworn in on Wednesday for another term by his wife and former Mayor Doreen Ehrbar. (Photo by Rebecca Klar)

Doreen Ehrbar, former Williston Park mayor, swore in her husband, Mayor Paul Ehrbar, for his third four-year term in front of a packed audience at Village Hall on Wednesday night.

Before taking the oath, though, Ehrbar shared a few words with the crowd honoring his wife.

“It must have been cold there in my shadow, to never have sunlight on your face … did you ever know that you’re my hero, and everything I would like to be,” Ehrbar said, quoting the Bette Midler song. “I can fly higher than an eagle, for you are the wind beneath my wings.”

Trustee Kevin Rynne was also sworn in for another term, as well as newcomer Trustee Bill O’Brien.

Rynne thanked the people who supported them throughout the campaign. Rynne, O’Brien and Ehrbar all ran on the Integrity Party ticket.

Ehrbar beat former Williston Park Fire Chief Anthony Gagliardi.

Rynne and O’Brien defeated Williston Park Fire Chief Rich Sais in a three-way race for two trustee spots.

“I also look forward to working with this current board, we’re definitely heading in the right direction and I think in the next four years better things are yet to come,” Rynne said.

Village Justice Kevin Kiley was also sworn in, as was acting Village Justice Beth Swendsen-Dowd.

Swendsen-Dowd is the village’s first female justice.

Village Clerk Julie Kain was also sworn in by Ehrbar.

Ehrbar thanked Kain for her behind-the-scenes work to control the village.

“She does a fantastic job,” Ehrbar said.

Department of Public Works Superintendent Keith Bunnell and Building Inspector Kerry Collins were also sworn in.

During the meeting, the village also recognized Erik Redding, a Marine from Williston Park, for his service.

Erik Redding could not attend. His mother, Susan, accepted the recognition on his behalf.

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