Williston Park to hold June hearing on smoke shop moratorium

Williston Park to hold June hearing on smoke shop moratorium
Williston Park Trustees give their reports during a previous meeting. (Photo by Brandon Duffy)

The Williston Park Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing June 13 about the adoption of a local law that puts a six-month moratorium on the sale of tobacco products, liquid nicotine and electronic cigarettes within the village. 

The law takes aim at temporarily prohibiting the opening of smoke shops in the village, Mayor Paul Ehrbar said Monday night. 

“We’ve had them open up and we really can’t stop them; they’re permitted by law,” Ehrbar said. “It’s a difficult thing, but on June 13 we’ll have a hearing about it and we can look into setting some kind of guidelines on where they can go.”

Ehrbar told the public that by law moratoriums are six months but in certain cases can be extended. The mayor said the smoke shops are legal businesses regulated by different entities aside from the local level and that the village will be evaluating if there are ways to put restrictions on where they go and if there’s a way to control it. 

In other village news, Ehrbar said he hopes residents received the latest copy of the Village Green, which includes important information on what events are taking place in Williston Park during the summer months. 

“We have concerts run by recreation, gazebo concerts for the seniors, the pool is opening,” Ehrbar said. “We have a lot going on.”

Deputy Mayor Kevin Rynne said an application to use the pool, which he called a gem of the village, was included in the Village Green. Residential rates for the season will be $360 for families, $305 for couples, $233 for individuals, $134 for seniors and $167 for nannies.

The pool will open daily June 18. The next meeting for the Williston Park Board of Trustees will be Monday, June 13. 

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