A $2.4-million project to address flooding in the east end of Mineola and Carle Place will move forward, according to state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola).
Martins’ Democratic predecessor, Craig Johnson, had obtained a state grant for the project. But after Martins narrowly defeated Johnson in November, the State Senate Democratic majority in December canceled about $12 million in grants for that district — Nassau’s 7th Senate District — as well as Suffolk’s 3rd. This project was among them.
Martins said he has gotten the grant back and will distribute $800,000 each to North Hempstead, Nassau County and the Village of Mineola for the project. Mineola will use the funds to reconfigure a catch basin, and the county will build a bypass so water can go toward the catch basin instead of flowing to Bruce Terrace, one of the streets that floods during rainstorms. The town is scheduled to build a catch basin on the north side of Westbury Avenue near Glen Cove Road as well as clean out the catch basin on the south side of the avenue.
“This was a priority when I served as mayor of Mineola and it remains a priority,” Martins said, calling it “unfortunate” that the funds had been withdrawn.
Above, flooding on First Street makes the road hard to navigate as heavy rain falls last September in Mineola.