Message from the Mayor

A good laugh is sunshine in the house.

William Makepeace Thackeray

While vaccines have become available, it has been difficult for those eligible, especially the senior population. The need to navigate various options on the internet has created many of these problems. The follow was given to me by my Goddaughter Becky Fleming:

“Are you currently eligible to receive the COVID vaccine, but struggling to get an appointment?  I’d like to help.  My name is Becky Fleming, born and raised in Williston Park.  I have been working with a small group of volunteers, each of us using our free time to help family and now strangers to book vaccine appointments.  I’m especially interested in helping bridge the gap for those with limited skills to book over the internet.

If you’re a little more tech-savvy and looking for vaccine resources, go to Facebook and join the groups “Covid Vaccine – New York” or “Long Island Covid-19 Vaccination Information.”  These are volunteer, community-based efforts to help all New Yorkers get a vaccine.  I am an active volunteer in both groups, and they are great resource for navigating a complex (even confusing) process.

If you or a loved need help booking an appointment, reach out to me – a local resource here in Willie Park – via phone, text or email: (516) 430-7446 or beckyvaxhelpNY@gmail.com. “

 As we drive through the Village it becomes obvious that a number of homeowners have decided to improve their homes, from solar panels, siding, windows, extensions, etc. I would like to use this opportunity to inform residents, who may be considering home improvements, about the overall process required to move forward with ideas and plans. The Village Building Department, overseen by Building Inspector Kerry Collins, is the first step to begin when planning a building project. Mr. Collins is available to discuss needs and requirements necessary in order to implement construction plans. All should be aware that is critical for homeowners to seek guidance to ensure that work being done meets both Village and State codes. Codes are put in place to protect the homeowner. Permits are required in many cases, so that the work being done is legal and safe. Kerry has been with the since 1984 is seen as an asset to all residents. Those who have worked with him over the years, can attest to the fact he is easy to work with and has a great concern for our Village and our residents. When working with him on projects, he is supportive, not an adversary, to those involved in construction. I expect that in a future edition of The Post a more detailed article regarding home improvement guidelines/requirements    will be submitted in order to help residents better understand this process.

As was mentioned in the Village Green, AT&T has approached the Village seeking to install cell antennas on the water tower. Discussions have been ongoing, and they have presented a lease proposal to the Village Board. At a future Public Board meeting, most likely in April, representatives from AT&T to present their proposal to the Board. As this moves forward, our residents will be kept informed.

With all going on with the virus, my wife, Former Mayor Doreen, decided to continue an ongoing holiday theme. After little Christmas, she took ornaments off the Christmas tree and replaced them with hearts for valentine’s day. A heart replaced the outside wreath, while red ribbon adorned the two small trees out front. Once Valentine’s Day passed, shamrocks replaced the hearts, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Outside, red ribbon was removed from the small green trees and a shamrock replaced the heart. Once St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, eggs will replace the shamrocks! A little extra work, but it keeps the home in a festive mood during these trying times.

On behalf of myself and the Village Board - Deputy Mayor Kevin Rynne, Trustee Billy Carr, Trustee Bill O’Brien, Trustee Mike Uttaro, and our families - we wish all a Happy and Joyful Easter and Passover,

“It is amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.” Jerry Seinfeld