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Letter: Response to ‘West Shore Road Potholes’ Story

It was interesting to read Ms. Linda Portney Goldstein’s article in last week’s Port News, titled “West Shore Road Potholes Challenge Autos.” She is to be commended on detailing her travails and perseverance in bringing this condition to the attention of various Nassau County agencies, including The Town of North Hempstead.

As one who embarked almost two years ago on the mission to have this dangerous traffic hazard corrected by the county, I empathize with Ms. Portney Goldstein’s frustration in reaching someone in the county for a proactive response. Welcome to the club, dealing with governmental bureaucracy! Without going into details, I was also sent from “pillar to post” in an attempt to achieve the same objective. It was only when I contacted County Legislator Wayne Wink’s office, that through his intervention, a “band-aid” patchwork was done in that area.

What is absolutely incomprehensible and totally unacceptable is the cavalier attitude and unresponsiveness by various people I contacted requesting urgent remedial action before, God forbid, a fatality occurs in that area. As the article reports, it is still a very dangerous traffic condition. It should be also mentioned that the southbound lanes on top of Beacon Hill Road, which not too long ago were resurfaced, are completely eroded. So much for quality materials and workmanship! Planned obsolescence?

A similar condition presented itself, this one flooding, on Bayview Avenue just ahead of the LIRR trestle. It also took me the better part of two years to convince the Town of North Hempstead that this is not a “natural phenomenon” but obviously a serious flooding problem, which equally poses a grave vehicular hazard, especially when that mini lake freezes! Happily and to the town’s credit, work is finally being done to correct it.

What all of this proves, is that bureaucracy notwithstanding, the ones responsible for it must have their feet held to the fire!

Stan Ronell