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Laura Schultz, of Residents for a More Beautiful Syosset, (center) attended the Nassau County Legislature's recent meeting and is pictured with Legislator Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) the Legislature's Public Works Committee Chairman and Legislator David Denenberg (D-Merrick).

At the Nassau County Legislature's Jan. 12 meeting, the legislature approved an item that Syosset residents and local civic groups, especially Residents for a More Beautiful Syosset, have been waiting a long time for.

The Legislature approved, through all its committees, an item that begins the final stage of the improvement to Jackson Avenue from Jericho Turnpike to the railroad tracks. The project includes the realignment of Jackson Avenue along that stretch of the road.

According to Residents for a More Beautiful Syosset president Robert W. Rockelein, the revitalization improvements needed for Jackson Avenue were one of the founding issues when the group was formed over 10 years ago. "Since then, the project has inched forward at a slow but steady pace, awaiting its turn on the county's growing list of roads needing complete renovation," said Rockelein.

Congressman Steve Israel was able to secure federal funds for improvements on both Jackson Avenue and the intersection of Woodbury Road and Syosset-Woodbury Road, which has already been completed.

Rockelein said that Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs' persistence is the main reason this project is getting done. "Over the years, Judy Jacobs kept the project in the forefront, never letting it stray from the hearts and minds of the County Department of Public Works," said Rockelein. "Public Works Commissioner Raymond Ribeiro along with Senior Deputy Commissioner Raymond Stefanowicz have been closely following the project's timeline, and will continue through the projects fruition."

Laura Schultz, Vice President of the Residents group, echoed Rockelein's sentiments. "We truly appreciate Legislator Judy Jacobs' hard work and determination to steer the Jackson Avenue construction project safely through the approval process of the Nassau County Legislature," she said. "Her efforts will make Jackson Avenue safer for the thousands of vehicles and the dozens of pedestrians that use the road on a daily basis."

The Town of Oyster Bay will also be involved regarding updated parking restrictions, where deemed necessary. "The fact that so many local governments and agencies have worked in concert on behalf of this project is favorable testimony to our elected officials' dedication to their constituents," said Rockelein. "My hat is off to each of them, for their spirited involvement, and accessibility to the Syosset community."

According to Jacobs, there are many preliminary matters to be approved before actual work begins, however, she said, passage through the Legislative Committees was a major advance toward construction.


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