The $65-million project to replace Hicksville’s commuter parking garage remains on track for late winter completion, with the Town of Oyster Bay approving three “loose end” resolutions at this morning’s meeting.

With no discussion, the town board unanimously ratified a budgeted $745,500 change order for construction material; an easement agreement for a pedestrian walkway to the garage; and an extension of the monthly lease for one temporary parking lot. The 1,440-car garage near the Long Island Rail Road station is within budget, officials say, and slated for a mid-March opening.

It will replace the garage closed in 2008 after cracked beams were discovered. The town is building the new structure on the same site. 

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In other action:

* Town Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia was sworn-in to complete the term she was elected to last year. The Plainview resident and former Nassau County assistant district attorney said she’ll operate on advice given to her by long-standing Republican Town Supervisor John Venditto: “You don’t have to worry about good politics if you have good government,” Alesia said.

After the meeting, she said she’d like to finish her term this year (before running for re-election) by working with Hicksville residents on the hamlet’s downtown revitalization efforts, and seeing through a $6-million road improvement project in Syosset.

* The brief board meeting was otherwise dominated by frequent references to the town’s snow removal efforts during the recent blizzard. Venditto lauded Oyster Bay’s reverse notification system that provided automated messages to residents and said plow drivers often went beyond their duties.

Some, he said, would exit their trucks to help dig out residents needing to leave for urgent medical appointments.

“There was amazing attention to detail,” Councilman Anthony Macagnone said.

Councilman Joseph Muscarella also shared a story about his daughter, who lives in the town and works in Manhattan. Referencing the city’s well-reported street-clearing problems, Muscarella said his daughter gave her co-workers a bit of advice: They should all move to Oyster Bay.


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