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Roundup: Hicksville site cleanup finished

Contamination at the site of a former Hicksville lighting factory has been cleaned up, the New York State Department of Environmental announced last week. Alsy Manufacturing Inc. made electric lamps and lampshades on about four acres at 270 and 280 Duffy Ave. from 1975 through 1991.

“A significant threat to the public health and the environment no longer exists at the site,” the DEC said in a public notice.

Investigations conducted between 1995 and 2003 found high levels of contaminants associated with the company’s metal plating processes, including arsenic, chromium, nickel and solvents. A $1.3 million remediation plan, which included replacing contaminated soil with clean soil, was completed in 2010, though the site will still require monitoring.

State records show that Alsy Manufacturing became Emess Manufacturing, Inc. in 2001. The site is occupied by commercial buildings. -- Ted Phillips


Villages will share salt-storing

The villages of Great Neck and Russell Gardens have entered into an agreement to allow Russell Gardens to store its salt in Great Neck’s facility.

The agreement, which both village boards approved at their meetings last week, allows Russell Gardens, which doesn’t have its own salt shed, the option of storing its salt at Great Neck. Russell Gardens stores its salt in Nassau County’s Manhasset facility, but receives a less expensive mixture of sand and salt in return.

The village would give Russell Gardens back salt only, and would split the savings with Russell Gardens, said Great Neck Mayor Ralph Kreitzman.

“This is a win-win scenario,” Russell Gardens Mayor Steven Kirschner said. “We think it’s advantageous for us.”

Kreitzman said his village also stores salt for the Great Neck Park District, and that the arrangement wouldn’t cost the village extra money.

“If we have the capability, we’re happy to help anybody,” Kreitzman said. “If it saves them money and it doesn’t cost us anything, we’re delighted.”  -- Jennifer Barrios


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