Seaford Harbor access road tops NY Rising fund priorities
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Legislator David Denenberg has written a letter to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano to request an amendment to the 2013 Capital Budget for Nassau County to include $650,000 for the construction of the emergency access road for Seaford Harbor. The Nassau County Legislature has not yet voted on the 2013 capital budget. Additionally, he has asked Jonathan Kaiman, Special New York state advisor for Long Island Storm Recovery if the state is willing to reimburse Nassau County for the project as part of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program in the Seaford/Wantagh area.
“Let the county do it now and get reimbursed so you don’t have to wait eight or 10 months before the state gets around to allocating money for that road,” said Mr. Denenberg.
But Mr. Dunne disagrees with this tactic. “I absolutely 100 percent believe in that road and I have fought hard for it. But Mr. Denenberg is grandstanding. The New York Rising Program is the way to go. It is our best bet.”
Seaford School’s Superintendent Brian Conboy in a prepared statement said, “The Seaford School District is open to and will consider any opportunities to fund this project whether its through the County or New York Rising funds, or any other means, but we continue to believe that the building of roads is a function of government and not school districts with limited revenues at their disposal.”
But it was resident Ray Laverti who expressed the sentiment of many residents at Thursday’s meeting. “I don't care who does it, but I don’t want to wait eight to 10 months. I want it now. This is about the safety of our children.”
Editor’s Note: Look in upcoming editions of The Citizen for more on the visions, ideas and plans of the Wantagh Seaford New York Rising Reconstruction Program.