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Town Lowers Speed Limit On Cold Spring Road

The Town of Oyster Bay unanimously voted to decrease the speed limit on a stretch of Cold Spring Road from Arizona Avenue to Laurel Hollow from 40 mph to 30 mph last Tuesday during a town board meeting.  The selected area had become a primary concern for residents of Syosset and nearby towns and villages, following multiple accidents over the past few years.

Cold Spring Road is a Nassau County road, and the Town of Oyster Bay maintains jurisdiction on setting speed limits within the town’s locations.

The vote was originally to decrease the speed limit to 35 mph, however to the suggestion of a concerned Syosset resident to go down an extra 5 mph, the town board went into a brief executive session and returned with the revised number.

“Lowering it to 30 mph seemed to make more sense,” Venditto said.

Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) attended the meeting, and pleaded for action to be taken, as well as numerous Syosset residents, including one who brought articles written on the fatal accidents that had taken place due to speeding.  Jacobs also warned the town and residents of various other treacherous driving locations, including South Oyster Bay Road in Plainview.

“Money is very tight right now in the county,” Jacobs said.  “Unfortunately its one of the pitfalls of what’s going on in the county - if you take Cold Spring Road, South Oyster Bay Road you ride along there, you better not be going more than 25 mph, or there’s a good chance you won’t have a car.”

Venditto complied with Jacobs sentiment, and said: “I don’t know what price to put on human life - regardless of our financial conditions, one way or the other, we will find the money to do this.”