Daniel h. serota
Hello Neighbors and Friends --
After such a beautiful and warm Fall, it’s hard to imagine that Winter is now here.
First, I’m pleased to announce that after several years of lobbying by your Village government, and being turned down several times, New York State DOT finally added Route 107 to its resurfacing budget. It’s our most vital roadway, used daily by thousands of vehicles, especially our school buses. The potholes, broken shoulders, and faded striping had put us all at risk and I am gratified the work on Route 107 has been completed in record time without too much inconvenience. This project was among the most urgent of issues — and its completion is a milestone. A special thank you to Assemblyman Michael Montesano is called for as he was very instrumental in helping us push the project through to completion.
Second, I am not at all pleased about the failure of the Wheatley Road repaving project. After well over a year of roadwork, shut downs and rerouting, we are still awaiting the completion of the investigation of that project so that the road can be repaired. So far, no word. I follow up with Nassau County Roads Commissioner Shila Shah regularly, and as soon as I have more information, I will advise residents.
Third, this Fall saw the challenge of a Nor’easter, which arrived on nearly the anniversary of Super
Storm Sandy. Fortunately it came and went with less damage than anticipated, although there were downed trees and poles and power lines aplenty. Parts of Brookville were without electricity for up to 36 hours. But compared to SS Sandy, we did very well. OEM Director Robert Spina had the Village prepared, so cleanup and recovery went quickly with our Road Crew starting work in the middle of the night.
Fourth, as far as preparation for the snow season, we are ready with our new “bigger and better” snow truck. Affectionately named Big Bertha, she has a larger capacity for both sand and plowing. Bertha also adds another workhorse truck to our fleet that enables the Crew to work more efficiently. So we are ready to tackle the inevitable snow headed our way.
Finally, I want to thank all our residents who attended the September Safety Meeting. Representatives from the Jericho Water District were there updating us on what’s happening with our water — from water quality, pressure, conservation, and to the very important topic of the replacement of the Wheatley Road water tank.
As always, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.