County, village officials congratulate Mineola band

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Chris Toomey, center, holding the street sign the Village of Mineola had produced to recognize the band's state championship. (Photo by Jed Hendrixson)

Students representing the recently crowned state champion Mineola marching band were honored by village and county officials Wednesday night.

Mineola Trustee Paul Pereria invited band director Chris Toomey, assistant director Zachary St. John and students to the front of the meeting room to be recognized for their victory at the trustee’s regularly scheduled meeting.

“This is a big deal,” Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) said. “It’s a really big deal to win a state championship and the entire Nassau County is proud of your achievement and proud of your commitment.”

“We all know that Williston Park has two school districts, Herricks and Mineola,” Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar said. “It’s a great achievement to win a state championship in any activity, its special.

“We would like to see a repeat next year if that’s possible,” Ehrbar said.

“On behalf of the village, kudos to all of you, Dr. Nagler and the school board,” Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss said. “The support of parents and community has given them what they needed to bring your talents to light.

“You shed a prime light on the village of Mineola,” Strauss said.

“I want to thank the village for recognizing our kids,” Mineola Superintendent Michael Nagler said. “I don’t think they realize how much pride we have as a community when they represent us so well.

“It amazes me every time I think of the accomplishment and all the work you’ve put into it,” Nagler said.

At the end of the ceremony, Pereria presented a metallic street sign acknowledging the band’s achievement to Toomey and the band.

Multiple signs will be displayed on streets near Mineola High School.

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