Thomaston approves LED street lights

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The Village of Thomaston will be making the switch from regular street lights to LED street lights in a move to save energy as well as cut costs.

Duplex Electrical Supply, a distributing company based in Port Washington and owned by United States Electrical Services Inc., will be the supplier of the new LED light bulbs. 

“It is supposed to save a lot of money on the electric bill because they are a lot more efficient and will last a lot longer,” said Village of Thomaston Mayor Steve Weinberg. “It is estimated to save half of the electric bill and I would be thrilled with that.”

The village received a $40,000 grant from Nassau County with the help of Nassau County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum for the payment of the bulbs. Birnbaum’s legislation covers the Great Neck, Herricks, North Hills, North New Hyde Park, and Searingtown/Albertson areas.

The cost of the bulbs are estimated by Duplex Electrical Supply to be $16,284.41, while cost of the photocells is estimated at $1,320. Photocells are built into LED lights and indicate when the lights should turn on.

“We may be able to do our own installation or cover the installation as well,” added Weinberg. 

Installation methods and costs are still to be determined. 

In other business,

Officials reported that Morton’s The Steakhouse, located at 777 Northern Blvd. in Thomaston, will be the filming location for CBS’ hit show “The Good Wife” next week.

Assistant location manager David Occhino filed the filming permit application on Monday, which was approved by the Village of Thomaston Board of Trustees. 

“The village will be receiving a little more money because of this commercial film application” said Weinberg.

A $500 dollar application fee will be accepted by the Village of Thomaston. Typically, there is a $1,000 commercial filming cost per day if the filming will take place on a public street.

“In the case of Morton’s, they are not using a public street as they will be filming inside Morton’s and using the Morton’s parking lot for staging equipment,” said Weinberg. “So in fairness to them we cannot charge them $1,000 a day as they are not using village property.”

Filming will begin on Aug. 24 and is expected to last about half a day.

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