Unless they are walking by well-lit businesses, pedestrians on Rockaway Turnpike in Cedarhurst are in the dark due to the disconnected streetlights.
Driving or walking on Rockaway Turnpike in Cedarhurst at night is more challenging than it used to be, as Eugene Falik, a Rockaway resident who drives through the area several times a week, has noticed.
In previous discussions with the Long Island Power Authority, Falik said, he wanted to know who was responsible for fixing four dark streetlights along the turnpike. “[LIPA] said that the Village of Cedarhurst was responsible,” Falik said. “So then I called Cedarhurst, who said they were only responsible for one side of the street. There has been some dispute over who’s responsible.”
On Jan. 1, PSEG Long Island took over LIPA’s operations. The streetlights have been dark for over a month.
Dennis DiCeglio, the village’s code enforcement officer, surveyed the streetlight situation in Cedarhurst on Feb. 18, focusing on the lights on Rockaway Turnpike. He found nearly 40 other streetlights that were not on throughout the village. Inwood-based Mittman Electric Inc., which has had a contract with Cedarhurst for the past two years, will repair all the lights that need fixing or are disconnected. The work is expected to be done by the end of the month, DiCeglio said.
“LIPA was doing some work and not turning the lights back on once their work was finished,” he explained. “It isn’t fair [to the village], as we didn’t shut the lights off to begin with, but we’re making sure that the lights will be turned back on.”
Mittman Electric Inc. manager Gabriel Mittman has begun taking care of this situation. Mittman was waiting for final word on who was going to pay for the lights to be fixed, which turned out to be the village, he said. “Due to some weather damage done on the poles, and light bulbs being burnt out, these need to be replaced,” Mittman said. “The problem began when LIPA finished their work over a month ago. I’ve also had to bring wires to be reconnected and replace the burnt out light bulbs.”