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Letter: Thank You Ronnie Shatzkamer

A miracle is unfolding in the backyards of the houses along Crabapple Road in Flower Hill. On Monday morning, Jan. 9, I woke to the sound of several LIPA trucks that were beginning the process of upgrading electrical wiring along a line that separates Flower Hill from Munsey Park starting at Port Washington Boulevard and running west.

For years our neighborhood has been suffering from ongoing blackouts. Every time it rained there was a real fear of loss of power and in fact last August when there was no rain or wind power was lost, accompanied by a temporary surge that destroyed tens of thousands of dollars of electrical appliances in houses up and down Crabapple Road. In the past I had written a number of letters to LIPA (some printed in the Manhasset Press) complaining about these power losses as well as the old and decrepit wiring.

I wondered who was responsible for the wonderful news on our wiring upgrade and a call to the Village of Flower Hill revealed the possible hero or heroine. It appeared that the Village Administrator, Ronnie Shatzkamer, heard about complaints to LIPA from Munsey Park residents concerning frequent loss of power and they apparently got a response with promises to upgrade the wiring. According to Ronnie, she asked that Flower Hill be included in the wiring upgrade. The result was the Jan. 9 project discussed above.

Much thanks go to Ronnie for her efforts on our behalf.

John Frangos, Ph.D