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May 2008 Newsletter

Jackson Avenue Update

A meeting was held on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at the office of County Legislator Judy Jacobs in Mineola. In attendance were Raymond Stefanowicz, Senior Deputy Commissioner of Nassau County Department of Public Works, and members of the RESIDENTS board: Vice-president Laura Schultz, Lorraine Donlon, and Robert Denby.

As you know, RESIDENTS has advocated for many years for much needed safety improvements on Jackson Avenue. Mr. Stefanowicz stated that the Jackson Avenue Project is the number one priority in Nassau County at this time. The design process is now in its final stage, and construction will begin before the end of this calendar year. The reconstruction will take approximately one year, and the road will remain open to traffic.

Jackson Avenue will have sidewalks on both sides of the street and a center turn lane from Jericho Turnpike to the LIRR crossing. A single lane northbound and southbound will remain unchanged. Drainage improvements and curbs, where none currently exist, will also be included. An additional traffic light may be added, and three possible sites are under study. This road project will enhance the road's usage, increase driver and pedestrian safety, and greatly benefit the Syosset community.

RESIDENTS would like to thank Congressman Steve Israel for securing the 1.8 million dollars through federal funding in the latest transportation bill. We would also like to thank County Legislator Jacobs for her input and attention to this project, as well as Ray Ribeiro, NCDPWCommissioner, and Ray Stefanowicz, Senior Deputy Commisioner of the NCDPW who have taken the concerns of the RESIDENTS very seriously.

RESIDENTS Founder Wins

Martha Stewart Living Award

Lorraine Donlon, known as the founding mother of Residents for a more beautiful Syosset was one of eleven winners, including singer Carole King, in Martha Stewart Living "Dreamers into Doers" contest. This awards program recognizes women from across the country who have turned their passions into businesses and philanthropic programs. At the October 2007 awards ceremony held at Lincoln Center, each winner received a $I,000 award from Martha Stewart Living, a matching $1,000 award from Bank of America, and a $250 Talbots shopping spree. In addition, the "Dreamers into Doers" winners were featured in the November issue of Martha Stewart Living.

Lorraine contributed her monetary awards to the treasury of RESIDENTS to fund future community projects. Congratulations, Lorraine!

Recent Activities of the Directors of RESIDENTS

RESIDENTS board members attended a State Senate hearing on the Cross Sound Tunnel held at the Oyster Bay Town Hall on January 24th. This hearing was presided over by Senator Marcellino. The hearing examined a proposed 16 mile tunnel between Syosset and Rye in Westchester County. The $10 billion cost of the project would be privately funded.

Board members of RESIDENTS also attended the public hearing about safety concerns at the Syosset Station held by the MTA Long Island Rail Road. This forum was held on February 13th at Syosset High School, and was chaired by LIRR President Helena Williams. RESIDENTS board members were proud to represent our members who would be most directly impacted by any measure adopted by the MTA. We will keep you informed of any further developments in either of these two areas.

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