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Seaford School District Seeking Funds for Emergency Access Road Project

Superintendent and school board president planning to draft letter to elected officials explaining dire need for emergency egress at Seaford Harbor School property.

The Seaford School District is planning a letter-writing campaign with area lawmakers to try and obtain government funds for a long-planned emergency access road project at the Seaford Harbor School property. 

Seaford Board of Education President Brian Fagan and Superintendent Brian Conboy said during Thursday night's school board meeting that they would draft a letter to be signed by the district as well as other community groups that will be sent to elected officials on a federal and local level. The letter will explain the dire need Seaford is in for the long-stalled emergency access and the particular importance of the project in wake of Superstorm Sandy. A referendum for the estimated $596,719 access road project, which would have be paid for by leftover funds from a capital improvements proposition approved in December 2007, failed by 238 votes in May 2010. 

"What we just went through with the storm makes it all the more clear that this has to happen," said Conboy, who emphasized at Thursday's meeting that the district would not like to see residents' school taxes have to be utilized for the project if possible and is hopeful that federal and local funds will be made available for it. "It wouldn't only benefit the school district, it would benefit the whole Seaford Harbor community having another way out." 

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An access road at the Seaford Harbor School, which would connect Bayview Street with Ionia Street through approximately 320 feet of open land just north of the school, has been in the works going back more than four decades. Parents have expressed concerns that it is challenging to get near the school during pick up and drop off periods since traffic is typically backed up down the block, with both buses and cars unable to move because of the high congestion level on the tiny road.

Nassau County is paving the way for the new access road by providing a little over an acre of land surrounding the property. The board of education accepted the findings of a State Environmental Review Act in February 2011 related to the project and at Thursday's meeting approved a contract with Hauppauge-based VHB Engineering to provide updated environmental permitting for a required Army Corps. of Engineers report. 

Fagan said the timetable of when a potential new refernedum vote on the emergency access road project would take place has not been determined. 

Hilarity Jones January 05, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Just as expected, you have no answers, just a deflection. I asked you for an answer, and your answer is, as usual, nothing. Typical of you Lorraine, you are bereft of meaningful information, and when confronted, run for cover. I will ask once again, where did YOU get your information. Please give everyone YOUR information sources and how they prove YOUR statement to be true. I did not ask you where I could find this information, I asked YOU to provide it for everyone. But as usual you defer, deflect, do anything but answer directly. By the way, does the name Cynthia DeMicelli ring a bell? What about the rest of it Lorraine, nothing to say, or are you under the thumb again, because lord knows there has to be a reason you disappear for hours at a time during some days, make very short responses those days, but have all the time in the world on others, and can not be quieted. All the time, mostly during the week, not much time, evenings and weekends, there must be some reasonable conclusion to be drawn from that, don't you agree?
Hilarity Jones January 05, 2013 at 11:21 PM
I neither confirm nor deny that I am the person who posted using your name, but here is my theory as to why someone would do something such as that. To see what kind of wacked out response they would get, and you apparently lived up to expectations. "I have called the FCC, FBI and NCPD to report identity theft" if my recollection is correct. Completely over the top. Lorraine, why is it so difficult for you to give a straight answer? I also would like to know why a comment can be on a string for hours on end, with no response from anyone, but all of a sudden, I am chastized by Andrew, followed by comments by you. Interesting timing, Lorraine, and Andrew as well. Just pointing out an interesting aside.
VL January 05, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Lorraine DeVita 1:51 pm on Saturday, January 5, 2013 @ Valerie - I think you need a reality check- or a man- either one would serve you well. lmao. Andrew, I do not want this removed. I want the other people posting on the Patch to note the inherent lack of character and the obvious bullying nature of this “woman.”
Hilarity Jones January 06, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Ok Lorraine, here we go: You said "What should have been addressed sooner?- Duh the ROAD/access / driveway" Article says:"An access road at the Seaford Harbor School, which would connect Bayview Street with Ionia Street through approximately 320 feet of open land just north of the school" You say "What plan did they impart in this article- urging people to write letters for funding?" Article "Nassau County is paving the way for the new access road by providing a little over an acre of land surrounding the property" Also the article makes no reference urging people to write letters it says "Seaford Board of Education President Brian Fagan and Superintendent Brian Conboy said during Thursday night's school board meeting that they would draft a letter to be signed by the district as well as other community groups that will be sent to elected officials on a federal and local level" You "They have no funding, they have no costs estimates" Article "A referendum for the estimated $596,719 access road project, which would have be paid for by leftover funds from a capital improvements proposition approved in December 2007, failed by 238 votes in May 2010" You "this is in the STAGES to develop a plan but it is NOT a definitive PLAN" Me Not from what I read in the article. It looks as though the BOE has a plan in hand, just not implemented yet. This was all mixed in with your condecending remarks about me and my lack of knowledge, and stupidity, as usual. Shall I continue?
A. Shaw January 06, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Andrew - can't you end this nonsense?

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