Covert Ave leadership calls for street protection following car accident Sunday

Covert Ave leadership calls for street protection following car accident Sunday
Rene Jorglewich and Cathy Grasman speak to the Floral Park Board of Trustees Tuesday night. (Photo by Brandon Duffy)

Rene Jorglewich, president of the Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce, called for more safety on the street after a car accident Sunday.

Jorglewich, along with chamber Vice President Cathy Grasman, asked the Floral Park Board of Trustees Tuesday to explore putting barriers on the road. 

“In efforts to protect our stores, patrons and employees we want to seek this possibility with the support of both villages,” Jorglewich said.”

The chamber president described a car on Sunday driving completely over the curb in front of Wild Flour Studio located at 70 Covert Ave. in Stewart Manor. The car did not go into any stores but someone was badly hurt, Jorglewich said. 

“It’s just not that it wasn’t bad enough, but it could have been so much worse,” she said.

Covert Avenue is a Nassau County road and any changes to it wouldn’t be able to come from any municipalities, but Floral Park Mayor Kevin Fitzgerald said he heard the women’s concerns and will speak with the village’s police department, Nassau County Legislators and Stewart Manor officials to find out how much support there is for protecting Covert.

In unrelated village news, the board rescinded the contract of Stasi Industries’ bid for the reconstruction of Hinsdale Avenue from Jericho Turnpike to Lowell Avenue, Spooner Street from Plainfield Avenue to S. Tyson Avenue, Clayton Avenue from Covert to a Dead End and the Spooner Street parking lot, otherwise known as the 2022 roadway improvements. 

The bid was awarded on June 7 and was rescinded because of Stasi’s failure to provide proof of insurance and compliance with the 2022 roadway improvement bid requirements, according to the agenda.

Trustee Lynn Pombonyo said that construction for Spooner will hopefully begin in August with Hinsdale and Clayton beginning after. 

Recently, the village’s zoning board approved a variance request for Centennial Hall. That process will continue to the village’s architectural review board next Wednesday, July 27 at 8 p.m. at the Floral Park recreation center. Residents are allowed to attend as the request will be undergoing a site plan and building review. 

The next Floral Park Board of Trustees meeting will take place Tuesday, Aug. 16. 

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