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Great Neck district OK to take over village sewers

The state comptroller Thursday approved the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District's takeover of the village's sewer system.

The village and the district have two separate plants and systems that are 2,000 feet apart, said district Superintendent Christopher Murphy.

The district will take over the village's system and construction is expected to begin in the next couple of months on a bigger plant, Murphy said.

"This is something we've been working for. It's a very practical, cost-effective solution," said village Mayor Ralph Kreitzman.

Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman said the transfer was a project he had been coordinating for two years.

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said in a news release that the transfer will save taxpayers money and reduce pollutants in Long Island Sound.

"Shared services and consolidation can achieve greater cost efficiencies," he said. "The village, the district and the Town of North Hempstead should be commended for their efforts."

Village officials estimate that a taxpayer, with property valued at $1 million, will save about $477 per year. A district taxpayer will save $114 per year, according to DiNapoli's release.

"To be spending money on two separate plants when you can essentially carpool seemed to be a better way to go," Murphy said.

The village's sewer system employees will be offered employment with the district, Murphy said.

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