Your article on potholes and the need for preventive maintenance on local roadways resonated strongly with me ["Stuck in a rut," News, April 5].
In the Village of Rockville Centre, we have village, Town of Hempstead, Nassau County and state roads -- and all of them need heightened maintenance.
The village is committed to repaving projects and is improving several miles of roadway each year. But because we, like most of our Long Island neighbors, have significant infrastructure under the roadways, like water mains and electric conduits, road resurfacing can become quite complicated.
While the village has been lucky enough to receive some state and federal funding for resurfacing in the past, the administrative effort required of the recipient of those funds is substantial -- first to lobby other officials for financial help, then to spend long hours to make sure we comply with a multitude of roadway specifications. These factors make road resurfacing a more significant investment in time, effort and funds than the casual observer would perceive.
I urge Congress to pass a long-term transportation reauthorization bill -- to send money to New York State, and then to municipalities, to maintain our roads. I ask Nassau County officials to join me in raising awareness of this important issue.
Francis X. Murray, Rockville Centre
Editor's note: The writer is mayor of Rockville Centre.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano asked Newsday readers to send him pictures of potholes with their locations ["Officials: Let us know if you spot a pothole," News, March 25].
This is absolutely unnecessary. All he has to do is get in his car and drive through the county. Practically every street and road has damage that needs immediate attention. The state, county, towns and cities must get their acts together and repair these potholes before they get any bigger and we lose someone or some vehicle.
Michael Bonagura, North Massapequa