Mayors seek solution for Plandome Road plowing issue

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Mayors seek solution for Plandome Road plowing issue
The Village of Plandome Heights Board of Trustees passed its new budget this week. (Photo by Teri West)

Village of Plandome Heights Mayor Kenneth Riscica has discussed the town’s decision to no longer plow Plandome Road in Plandome Heights with other local mayors and police, he said at the village Board of Trustees meeting Monday.

“It affects more than just us, so I discussed it with the Manhasset mayors in a meeting with the Nassau County police,” Riscica said. “I wanted the police to be aware, and I discussed it this morning in a meeting with the Port Washington and Manhasset mayors and we have their support.”

Riscica expressed concern about the Town of North Hempstead’s decision regarding plowing at the village’s October Board of Trustees meeting.

Nassau County owns Plandome Road.

“For years, under an agreement with the county, the town plowed that road, but that agreement has expired,” said Carole Trottere, a spokeswoman for the town. “However, we are working with Nassau County on an arrangement to continue plowing the road.”

Mayor Barbara Donno of the Village of Plandome Manor is supportive of Plandome Heights’ position, Riscica said. She is on the executive board of the Nassau County Village Officials Association and plans to have the issue on the agenda for a meeting it is holding later this month with County Executive Laura Curran, Donno said in an email.

“The point is to emphasize our concern for safe travel in this area during a snowfall,” Donno said. “My hope is that the town, the county and Plandome Heights will come to a resolution before the winter season begins.”

The Village of Plandome Heights is also in the process of planning and reviewing aesthetic and organizational changes to the village office, such as repainting the walls and purchasing a new table and chairs.

Riscica proposed investing in a smart TV for digital presentations and digital tablets for the trustees to use for reviewing documents during meetings rather than continuing with printed packets.

The additions come after the decision to stay in the building, a cost-effective choice, Riscica said, that came with the opportunity to devote some funds to improving the space.

“We’ve saved a fortune, and we should invest in staying here,” he said.

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