Riscica thanks Martins, Phillips for road work grants

Plandome Heights Mayor Ken Riscica, right, shows Jack Martins, left, and Elaine Phillips where streets have been repaved around the village. (Photo by Amelia Camurati)

The Village of Plandome Heights is working through it’s $1.2 million capital plan thanks in part to grants from state leaders.

Plandome Heights Mayor Kenneth Riscica gave former state Sen. Jack Martins and current state Sen. Elaine Phillips a tour of the village’s ongoing road improvement project Friday, thanking both for helping secure funding.

“Roughly 60 percent of the money is village money, and 40 percent is this grant,” Riscica said. “Without that grant, we would never have been able to do as much work as we’ve done, and with the grant, this whole [west] side of the village now is done. It’s great that we have literally half the village done.”

Roadwork Ahead crews work on Aug. 25 to finish repaving Cove Road in Plandome Heights. The repaving is part of a larger $1.2 million capital improvement plan kicked off last fall. (Photo by Amelia Camurati)

Roadwork Ahead of Westbury won the bid last fall with a $360,000 offer for both phases of the contract last September.

The village launched the 10-year, $1.2-million plan in September to replace and repair village roads as well as concrete swales and curbs.

The scope of the project includes work on Cove Drive, Grandview Circle, The Neck, Plandome Court, Shore Road, Summit Drive,The Waterway and Willow Court.

Work for the completed Phase 1 cost $220,000 and consisted of paving The Waterway and The Neck, replacing swales on those roads and concrete work on Plandome Court and Grandview Circle.

Phase 2, which began in May, cost $140,000 and consisted of paving Cove Drive, Willow Court and Shore Road as well as more swales on The Waterway and more concrete work on Plandome Court and Grandview Circle.

The project was funded with a $150,000 New York State and Municipal Facilities Program grant, $30,000 from other grants and $175,000 of village capital funds.

The program is one of three in New York that gives lawmakers discretion over who receives hundreds of millions of dollars in grants each year. More than $1.5 billion has been appropriated for the State and Municipal Facilities Program alone since its inception.

Riscica said the aging Bournedale area on the east side of the village is expected to receive work next. Approximately $535,000 is set aside for the remainder of the capital project, and Riscica said Martins helps secure last December a $100,000 New York State and Municipal Facilities Program grant for the area before Martins retired.



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