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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Seaford Harbor access road tops NY Rising fund priorities
by Laura Schofer
SEAFORD HOMECOMING: The Seaford High School freshman class wins the float contest by incorporating the Homecoming theme

The long and winding road to recovery after superstorm Sandy may also include a new opportunity to build an access road for the Seaford Harbor School.

At the Wantagh-Seaford‘s NY Rising committee meeting on October 17, dozens of concerned residents turned out in force to request that approximately $650,000 be given to construct an access road for Seaford Harbor School. Over 600 students and staff occupy the building and have a single congested road for ingress and egress. The Wantagh-Seaford communities have been given $11 million from New York state through the NY Community Rising program for rebuilding and revitalizing infrastructure to withstand future coastal storms.

Resident Melanie Schneider held up two posters with photographs of the traffic clogged street in Seaford Harbor. “This is an average morning to school. It is bumper to bumper traffic, horns are blowing and we can’t get through. It takes 30 minutes at drop off and dismissal. It’s gridlock.”

Referring to the access road, Mrs. Schneider said “We need help before it’s too late. What happens the next time there is an emergency? What if the children are trapped in the building? What if there is need for medical attention? We are isolated, scared, alone. This is an opportunity for us to be proactive and not re-active.”

These sentiments were repeated again and again. One mother said “I went to Seaford Harbor School when I was a girl and I remember my mother petitioned to have this road built. I never thought that, like my mother, I would have to be here tonight to petition for a road.”

Legislator David Denenberg said the property for the proposed access road originally belonged to New York state. “It was the state’s intention to build a road that would connect the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway to the Wantagh Parkway. But that plan never materialized and around 2000 the state considered selling that property to a private developer for a nine hole golf course at Cedar Creek. The County was approached and asked if they wanted the property and in 2002-2003 the county acquired it,” he said. “Once the county secured the property, it was given to the school for a right of way for an access road.”

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