Drive safe for the summer, Williston Park officials say

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Village of Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar is seen on April 24, 2017. (Photo by Rebecca Anzel)

By Grace King

As schools begin to let out for the summer, Williston Park village officials reminded residents to drive through town, as one said, “like your children live here, because they do.”

At Monday’s village Board of Trustees meeting, the board drew attention to activities in the community as summer approaches, including opening day for the village pool on Father’s Day weekend and public safety.

“We like to blame others, but it is many times our residents that are going through stop signs, driving a little too quick down Broad Street, Park Avenue and other streets in the village,” Trustee Michael Uttaro said.

Trustee Teresa Thomann congratulated three members of Boy Scout Troop 200 for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and said that the village looks forward to more Eagle Scout achievers recognized at the ceremony for Troop 45 on June 3.

The village listed these Eagle Scouts for Troop 200: Kevin Parente, David Villani and Robert Earley. It listed these Eagle Scouts for Troop 45: Danny Roach, Dan Albano, Bryan Franz, David Scalese, Adriel Santoli, Kyle Mahoney and Liam Carr. 

Mayor Paul Ehrbar also provided an update Monday on Williston Park’s efforts to participate in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s statewide shared-services initiative.

Approved as part of a state budget deal, the initiative requires local officials to devise a plan to eliminate duplicative services such as emergency equipment and office administration costs.

Dozens of local officials met last Thursday with County Executive Edward Mangano to start developing the plan, which must be presented to the county Legislature by July 21, Newsday reported.

Ehrbar met with the state and Nassau County officials about the concept, but said, “It’s questionable in my mind as to whether or not we can reach those goals.”

Ehrbar said he hopes to meet with village officials from Mineola in the coming week.

Also on Monday, village officials said the proposal from Verizon Wireless to install new cellular antennas on top of a Hillside Avenue building was postponed to June 5.

Verizon was not ready to present its plan to the village again on Monday, village Clerk-Treasurer Julie Kain said after the meeting.

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