Spring 2022 - Message from the Mayor


“It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. It took one afternoon on the golf course.”
― Hank Aaron

It must be Spring! Williston Park Little League has put in motion the steps needed to begin the 2022 season. The following has been provided by Williston Park Little League President Joe Manopello:

“The Board of Directors of the Williston Park Little League is happy to announce that after two years of not having opening day ceremonies, we will continue the rich tradition on April 2nd.  We will start with a parade kicking off at 10am and continue to Kelleher Field for our opening ceremonies.  We hope you can all be outside on the parade route to cheer on the boys and girls. 

As all of you know, despite dealing with the pandemic over the last two little league years, we were able to play very successfully thanks to all the volunteers who assisted in following the defined protocols.  We thank you for that!

This year’s enrollment has been nothing short of amazing.  We have over 300 boys and girls who are excited about this season.  Free winter training has been extremely successful thus far thanks to the generosity of over 30 business sponsors as well as individuals who donated to the league.  We are planning a fundraiser this year so we continue offering these extra programs for all. We are looking forward to what will be another phenomenal year.”

Thank you, Joe, for the aforementioned.
Many of our residents have participated or watched their children participate in the great American sport over the long history of the league. Many memories were created and will continue to be created in the future. I encourage all residents to come out to watch the parade, cheering on our youngsters as they get ready for an exciting season. When possible, stop by Kelleher field and watch a game or two during the season. You don’t have to have a family member playing to enjoy the youngsters play.

"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'" Robin Williams
With the arrival of Spring the Village Beautification committee volunteers will begin operation. The current committee has approximately 12 members who get together to help beautify various areas of the Village. It’s an enjoyable experience! Laughs and good discussions take place and the work is not that difficult. Anyone who would like to join this friendly, dedicated group, contact Village Hall (516-746-2193) and information will be provided to you.

"My wife is always trying to get rid of me. The other day she told me to put the garbage out. I said to her I already did. She told me to go and keep an eye on it." ~Rodney Dangerfield

Last month I highlighted our Village staff. This month I’d like to compliment our Sanitation Department regulars. While all members of our Highway crew participate in this job function, six employees are the “regulars”. Each truck crew consists of three men. Typically, one crew consists of driver Chris Banwell accompanied by Jim Sullivan and recently hired Brian Kane. The second truck has Bob Praher accompanied by Mike Roach and Fabio Barretta. They interact well with residents, are friendly and respectful, always with a smile. These two crews work regardless of weather conditions to ensure village sanitation needs are met. Whether it’s snowing, raining, cold or hot, they are out “getting the job done”. It’s a difficult, tiring job, yet these gentlemen are out every day picking up garbage and trash of all sizes. The village consists of approximately 2400 homes and a large commercial district. This group takes pride in their work and are efficient in completing their daily tasks. It is important, while driving, to be cautious when approaching a working crew. Don’t pass a truck unless waved on by an employee and be patient when behind the working vehicle. Although it may not appear to be so, moving vehicles can present a dangerous situation to our sanitation workers.

A Little History: I recently came across a copy of “Your Village Williston Park” mailing, Vol. 1 No. 1, dated June 1961. This newsletter discussed at length needed village improvements. A referendum was held and passed by the residents. The voters were asked to approve issuance of $360,000.00 thirty-year bonds. The money to be spent as follows: Firehouse construction $275,000.00, Land for firehouse $36,000.00 Library, Village Hall Extension $97,000.00 for a total of $360,000.00. Obviously, a lot more could be had for a lot less money in 1961!

The Board continues to work on next year’s budget. The expectation is that the budget will be under the State cap, although with rising costs this may be difficult. The Board considers all aspects of the budget, knowing full well that any increase has an impact on all Village residents.

I hope all had an enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day. With the virus on a downward trend this was a day many got out and shared festivities with family, friends, and neighbors. On a side note, this year the Senior Social will not take place, but it is anticipated that a fourth Gazebo concert will be added to this summer’s schedule.

“I still believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and true love. Don’t even try to tell me different.”- Dolly Parton

On behalf of myself and the Village Board; Kevin Rynne, Billy Carr, Bill O’Brien and Mike Uttaro and their families, we wish all a Happy Easter. The Recreation Committee will be hosting the Village’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 10th at 12:00 noon at Kelleher Field.  Details are on the Village website.

“Golf is just the adult version of an Easter Egg Hunt.” Unknown