(This letter to Senator Carl Marcellino is being printed at the request of the writer, Jean M. Thatcher.)
On behalf of the Concerned Citizens for 25A, I am writing to express appreciation for your efforts to get a traffic light at the intersection of Cove Road and Rt. 25A. Residents of Oyster Bay and Laurel Hollow, as well as area police forces have been asking for a light at this location for a decade, and we are very pleased to see that you have initiated action with DOT to expedite this most important matter.
Although DOT has agreed to segregate the Cove Road light from their larger construction project for this section of Rt. 25A, PIN 0327.75, the proposed installation date of June 1998 follows the typical DOT pattern of intransigence and unresponsiveness to community needs. Following a recent accident at Laurel Hollow Road and Rt. 25A, Central School District #2 found it necessary to route all buses from West Side School out of Cove Road, thus adding to the urgency for a traffic light at this location.
Area residents, commuters and now parents of West Side children call us asking for help in getting a light at Cove Road before the onset of winter weather, and we have been pleased to inform our callers that "Senator Marcellino has taken the matter in hand." We know that you understand the urgency of the situation and ask that you impress upon the DOT the importance of a timely response to this issue of public safety. An installation date of June 1998 is simply unacceptable. The simple, sane safety measure of installing a light at Cove Road can be accomplished by DOT within 30 days if they so choose.
Thank you for your help and we look forward to an early response.
Jean M. Thatcher
for the Sounding Committee of Concerned Citizens for 25A