Musings from the mayor
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Musings from the mayor


BRIGHTWATERS—It’s only been a couple of months since his election, but Brightwaters Mayor John Valdini recently weighed in on a number of planned changes as well as other goings on around the village. The latest board meeting held on Tuesday, Sept. 4, had a full agenda. Here are some of the things that were discussed.

First, the board approved Valdini’s resolution to decrease the speed limit in the village from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour, a limit that already exists in the lakes area. 

“We have a lot of kids [in the neighborhood] and we don’t have sidewalks, so I’ve always wanted to lower the speed limit,” Valdini said. He said that while passing through some North Shore communities, he noticed people tend to take notice of the lower speed limits there and hoped it would have the same effect in Brightwaters. “If we can slow some people down a bit, it will be a success,” he added.

Valdini said the cost of changing the signage would be between $4,000-5,000. He said that after the paperwork was recently filed in Albany, he expects the signs with new speed limits to be done in just over a month.

The Ackerson building, located on a three-quarter-acre plot on the corner of Concourse West and Montauk Highway, has been vacant for the past year. The structure, which dates to 1910, had long been used as a real estate office and is owned by the Ackerson family, one of the village’s original residents.  The property is zoned residential even though it has never been used as a residence, and now it is up for sale. A wellness doctor has shown interest in purchasing the property for his business. However, Valdini said that residents have expressed some concerns. “There are concerns about traffic, so we are being very cautious,” he noted. The mayor added that the sale of the property would not go through until the zoning board of appeals have made a decision on whether to keep it as a nonconforming use. He said limiting hours of operation and the number of cars parked at one time could weigh in their decision.

The vacant building on the southeast corner of the business district of the village that once held a hardware store will soon get some sprucing up. “The owner is doing the right thing by trying to make it fit into the community,” Valdini said. “We’re hoping it will be a model for what the village will look like moving forward,” he added.

There are a number of events on the village calendar coming up within the month. On Saturday, Oct. 6, the annual Community Garage Sale will be held in Wohseepee Park. The following day, Oct. 7, the first annual Community Block Party will be held on the village square from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, go on the village website at