Seaford Harbor access road tops NY Rising fund priorities
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Meanwhile Legislator Dennis Dunne, whose district presently includes south Seaford said, “I had people from every level of government down there over the years to try and work on building this road.
“We had the DEC there to make sure we met their requirements on tidal flow and wild life protection. I spoke to contractors working on Wantagh Parkway [at the time] who were going to provide dirt for free,” said Mr. Dunne. “I even tried getting a temporary bridge to get to Cedar Street.
“The plan is to have the road start by the first house on the north side, where the property abuts that home and then we could go straight north to Cedar Street,” explained Mr. Dunne.
But Seaford School district taxpayers were unwilling to fund the road and that bond was defeated twice, most recently in 2011.
But then Sandy hit our shores and the community re-evaluated the issue. From all corners of the community support has grown for this access road.
Rita Matalone, representing Friends of Wantagh and Seaford, told The Citizen, “After Sandy, the road to get to and from school got worse. Lots of people are still trying to get back into their homes and there are construction trucks down thereblocking the road. I’m also concerned that something could happen at Cedar Creek plant [near the school.] If there is an accident, how will the children get out?”
Deanine Nagengast, Seaford Harbor PTA President said “we are collecting signatures and have an email campaign underway to county legislators, the County Executive, state Senator Charles Fuschillo and state Assemblyman Dave McDonough. The road needs to be built now.”
Ella Stevens, President of the Wantagh Seaford Homeowners Association [WSHA] said, “We support the efforts of the families of Seaford Harbor School for this much needed access road. We would be happy to assist their efforts any way we can.”
At the Seaford Harbor Civic Assocation meeting, the building of an access road also received support.
While everyone agrees the road needs to be built, the question remains on how to fund the project.