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From the desk of Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton: March 1, 2012

Meeting the Mayors

I was very happy to host a breakfast recently with most of the mayors in Nassau County’s 18th Legislative District.

In attendance at our offices in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative building in Mineola were: Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy, Bayville Mayor Doug Watson, Lattingtown Mayor Clarence Michalis, Upper Brookville Mayor Terry Thielen and Mill Neck Mayor Peter Quick. It was also helpful to be joined by former mayor Warren Tackenberg, who is executive director of the Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA).

We discussed a variety of local issues - sharing information on important items ranging from stormwater management to police precinct closings to small and large DPW road repair and renovation projects.  

West Shore Road

One thing I was happy to report is moving forward is the West Shore Road Capital Project, which will dramatically improve the roadway that extends about two miles along the west shore of Oyster Bay Harbor from Oyster Bay through Mill Neck, which also serves Bayville, Centre Island and Lattingtown.

The details of this renovation have literally been in the making for decades. At this point, repairs are not elective, but necessary. The improvements will include a new roadway, a walkable shoulder, underground utility lines and the repair of the highly deteriorated sea wall.

This month, we will announce a date for a public information session on the specific details of the construction. Many people – residents, officials and government staff – have dedicated a lot of time and thought to this initiative. It will truly improve a beautiful and special part of the North Shore.