East Williston Board extends time for code update

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East Williston Trustee James Iannone. (Photo by John Nugent)

By John Nugent

The East Williston Board of Trustees has voted to extend the time to consider its review of the local zoning code by 90 days to June 27.

Mayor David Tanner, who will be retiring from the board this month, said “additional time is necessary to discuss proposed changes that might be needed in the statutes to address current issues.”

Interviewed after the board meeting Monday, Deputy Mayor Bonnie Parente expressed concern over traffic control and increased congestion in the village. She also noted the concern of many residents about break-ins of vehicles at night. Parente said that while the village has not actually seen a recent increase in criminal activity, the availability of more sophisticated security equipment and greater use of social media have enabled residents to become more aware of illegal behavior.

Trustee James Iannone, who is facing a challenge in his bid for re-election March 19, commented that he is “very focused on safety and quality of life issues.” Interviewed after the meeting adjourned, Iannone said “the new water tower now under construction will substantially improve the quality of water in the village.” He also expects the imposition of new heavier fines to deter the illegal opening of fire hydrants.

“The new water tower operation should also greatly reduce the amount of rust in the water flow,” Parente said.

In unrelated matters, the mayor reported that state Sen. Anna Kaplan (D-Great Neck) has told the trustees that the state grant of $125,000 for improved street lighting secured by former Sen. Elaine Phillips in August 2018 is being finalized.

Trustee Christopher Siciliano said the Department of Public Works will be purchasing a new sander.

Parente announced two upcoming events sponsored by the senior group. St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated March 21 with entertainment by Phil Dee, while April 18 a steel band will play at “a taste of the Caribbean.”

The mayor also gave notice that a budget hearing was scheduled for April 1.

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