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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
County to allot funds for Seaford Harbor access road
by Laura Schofer

“Absolutely thrilled!” That’s how Deanine Nagengast, President of the Seaford Harbor PTA described the news that Nassau County has agreed to fund a secondary access road to help alleviate traffic at Seaford Harbor Elementary School.

The secondary access road, a 310-foot driveway, will be constructed on county-owned land running from Bayview Street just north of the school to Ionia Street, according to school officials. The access driveway is expected to be gated at both ends, but would be opened to alleviate traffic and provide an emergency exit if necessary. Currently, the only roadway from the 50-year-old elementary school is heavily congested during morning and afternoon drop-off and pick-up times.

In a letter dated October 28, Nassau County Executive Edward P Mangano wrote to Seaford School Superintendent Brian Conboy to inform him that the DPW [Department of Public Works] and the County Attorney’s office would be drafting an Inter-Municipal Agreement between Nassau County and the Seaford Union Free School District. Once that agreement is received by the district, it will be presented to the Seaford Board of Education for approval.

Public reaction

“I’m wearing a cotton candy wig today. I’m having a party on my head for the access road. I’m so happy,” said Seaford Harbor parent Melanie Schnaier, who spoke with The Citizen on Halloween. “There is this feeling of elation. We finally did it!”

“We are thrilled to share this exciting news,” read the October 30 email news alert from Harbor Happenings. “This is truly a community effort. When all is said and done the ones that will benefit the most from having the access road built are the children of the Seaford Harbor Elementary School, as their safety is of the utmost importance.”

“We have many people to thank for putting this project into action,” said Seaford Superintendent Brian Conboy. “We thank Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his staff, our county legislators, the Seaford Board of Education, Harbor School employees, PTA, and more specifically, the Harbor School parents who were the movers and shakers.”

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