Two candidates are running for mayor of Williston Park in next Tuesday’s election, and three people are vying for two open seats on the village board of trustees.
Incumbent Mayor Paul Ehrbar is facing challenger Anthony Gagliardi for a four-year term.
Ehrbar, 70, is a retired Nassau County probation supervisor and co-president of the nonprofit Herricks Community Fund. He previously served on the Herricks Public Schools Board of Education.
Ehrbar said he wants to further his work from his past eight years in office, touting a $5 million effort to repave roads. He said the village’s recent move to single stream recycling makes the process easier for residents while saving the village money. He also highlighted the recent renovation of Village Hall and Kelleher Field.
“I’m very proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish with a strong board, and I’m going to continue doing my best for the residents,” said Ehrbar, who is married to former village Mayor Doreen Ehrbar.
Ehrbar is running on the Integrity Party line, along with trustee candidates Kevin Rynne and William O’Brien.
Gagliardi, 63, is the former Williston Park Fire Department chief and a current volunteer firefighter. Running on the Taxpayer Party line, the retired electrical worker and truck driver said he wants to repair roads, save money by reducing the amount of work by subcontractors, and find a more “financially stable” recycling program. He said he would work with the Nassau County Police Department to increase the number of patrol cars in the village.
“I feel it’s time we have a change for new blood in the office of mayor to have new ideas,” Gagliardi said.
Incumbent Rynne and newcomers O’Brien and Richard Sais are running for two open board seats, including one left vacant by trustee Teresa Thomann, who is not seeking re-election.
Rynne, who serves as deputy mayor, is running for his third term on the board. He is the postmaster of the Hempstead Post Office. He said he wants to complete more roadwork, rehabilitate or replace the aging village water tower and “keep an eye on the budget.” Rynne, 57, said he wants to continue working with the recreation committee to host family events that “give that small, hometown feel to the village.”
O’Brien is an officer in the Manhattan-based NBC Universal global response and intelligence center. He is also vice president of the Williston Park Little League. O’Brien, 50, said he wants to get more involved in the community and “help the mayor and his staff move us in the right direction,” including by maintaining the tax rate.
Sais, 57, is the Williston Park Fire Department Chief and a Suffolk County Police Officer. His two-year term as fire chief ends April 4, and he plans to retire from the police force at the end of the year. Sais said he would “modernize” village operations, citing that residents cannot pay many village bills online. The Citizens Party line candidate said he wants “to continue my service to the village” and touted his work writing grants to save taxpayers money.