Wednesday, 05 December 2012 11:53
County Executive Mangano has agreed to hold an informational meeting on the West Shore Road plans he has created with Nassau’s Department of Public Works engineers. I will continue to advocate on your behalf to the county administration, but it will also be helpful for your community leaders to come discuss the plans with the people directing the project. We expect to hear details on things like emergency plans, detours and whether the road can be open on weekends.
I have been pushing for the restoration to start since I took office. I was told that the permits were in and that the work could start as early as April of this year. Unfortunately, the first time they even brought it before the legislature was months later in July. Then, instead of letting us approve it, it was tabled by the late presiding officer, Peter Schmitt. Had the work started in April like we were first told, the sea wall may have been completed, and maybe the road would have survived the storm.
Regardless, we are now at a point where County Executive Mangano believes the best course of action is to close the road for nine months in order to do the full restoration project “Phase One” (from around Cleft to about 2,000 feet north).
I am well aware of the impact this could have on day-to-day life and on the local economy. I have spoken with many residents and met with local business, community and school leaders. If the county maintains that this is now the only way they can do the project, I will keep pressure on them to finish the job before summer, which is the most crucial time of year for area businesses.
I am monitoring the project and will keep on top of their progress. As soon as we can get a date for a community meeting, community leaders and local officials will be invited to get more specifics and voice comments.
Nassau County Legislator
Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, 18th LD