Why Some Village Roads Are Plowed Better Than Others

Route 112, Waverly Avenue conditions discussed at Monday's Patchogue Village Board of Trustees meeting.

While some residents have praised Patchogue Village for plowing out the streets from last weekend's winter storm, Route 112 and Waverly Avenue were specifically mentioned at Monday's Patchogue Village Board of Trustees meeting at Patchogue Village Hall as not being as clean.

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Trustee Joseph Keyes said at the meeting that this is because they are state and county roads, respectively, and as a result the Village's Department of Public Works (DPW) are not currently able to plow them even though they each have sections within Village boundaries.

Keyes said that himself, Joe Dean of the DPW and Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri are talking about possibly making some sort of deal with Suffolk County and New York State so the Village can work on those roads.

"We agree and we might try to make some sort of arrangement with those municipalities," Keyes said during the meeting.

Roads outside of Patchogue Village, such as in North Patchogue, East Patchogue and Medford fall into the greater Brookhaven Town cleanup efforts.

What are your thoughts on this? Or your experiences on Route 112 and Waverly Avenue during the winter storm? Comment below.

Dan February 13, 2013 at 11:06 PM
That's probably not going to happen 1. The county and state are unlikely to go along with that. 2 once you maintain those roads, you are then liable for them. Any accident will bring the village into a lawsuit.
Been Here a Long Time February 13, 2013 at 11:24 PM
I think a more appropriate headline would be "Why are State and County Roads in the Village not Plowed as Well as Village Roads?" The headline is misleading in that it assigns responsibility to the Patchogue Village DPW which is inappropriate. The Village DPW did a masterful job clearing the streets for which they are responsible. One need simply to drive across Bay Avenue and Carman Street to see the difference.
Michael Sorrentino (Editor) February 13, 2013 at 11:38 PM
@Been Here a Long Time: I understand your point but respectfully disagree. I do not feel my headline mis-assigns responsibility, it simply is stating that this post is to explain why Route 112 and Waverly Avenue were not able to be plowed in the same fashion as the rest of the Village. It was an interesting point and small discussion that took place at Monday's meeting and definitely felt it was worth sharing. Thanks for commenting.
aliarlf43 February 14, 2013 at 10:42 AM
When my husband and I left our home in the Village of Patchogue Sunday evening, to go to the movies, we were amazed at the awful condition of the roads outside our village. We are truly spoiled by the awesome clean up efforts put forth by our village workers after every storm! Again, Thank You, Village Workers!
Rosanne Baker February 14, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Our roads were done quickly and beautifully. We had blacktop showing one day after the storm! Thank you to the crew at the village!
PHYLLIS CASORIA February 14, 2013 at 01:37 PM
I lived in Patchogue most of my life. My husband and I lived in the Village for 3 1/2 years. We appreciated the way our roads were plowed. We both worked in the village. So going from home to work was like living in a bubble when it snowed! The rest of the world could not hold a candle to the way the Village takes care of snow removal. All I can say is "thanks for the memories!"
Linda February 14, 2013 at 02:29 PM
First of all that is soooo stupid that they cant plow what is in the village regardless of if is is a state or county rd, its in the village - plow it. Second the village did do a wonderful job plowing and clearing what they were allowed to do, so why is it that the county cant do the same thing. We dont want to hear its a much larger job, higher the man power, with the prober equiptment and get it done. We all knew this storm was coming for a week they county had time to sub contract or get the ppl and equiptment up and ready. Ppl pay very hi taxes and they dont get what they pay for. We should be able to deduct 100 for every day we went unplowed from out taxes - you will see how fast things get done then!!!
john e matuszak February 14, 2013 at 03:36 PM
I feel that the village did a great job. Kudos to the village workers for doing a great job. As for state and town roads, the Village could be held responsible for any accident and it could take away from the great job on our village roads. Maybe people should approach the state and town governments and have them explain for their shortcomings.
Richard Murray February 14, 2013 at 05:25 PM
I agree - the headline is "Why some Village Roads..." and then the article goes on to identify that the poorly-plowed roads are in fact a county and a state road which happen to pass through the village. Also, the article does not mention Main St, which is State Route 27A. Who plowed it during the storm? Was it plowed well?
Charles Smith February 14, 2013 at 08:21 PM
While I suspect no malice, I agree that the headline is misleading. I already knewg that the State road and County Roads within the village were not plowed particularly well, so based on this headline I expected to be reading that some village roads in the village had problems because of parked cars, etc...
CCOP February 16, 2013 at 09:22 AM
Great job to the Village snow removal crews. You were a little slow on keeping Union Ave open but know that the main rds. Looked great during the storm.
Lee February 17, 2013 at 03:16 PM
The roads were cleared of snow very nicely. I pay $2000 a year in village taxes and this is the best service I get from the village for this money. One of the village salt trucks blew through a stop sign and blasted my car with salt pellets. It left white salt markings all over my car, which I had to wash off immediately in the cold weather and several pings in the paint. The other service that I receive for my tax money is garbage service. The pail is usually left on the ground, not upright and covered as it should be. I know that some of my tax money has to go to pay for a $20,000(+) SUV for the mayor. I'm just saying that the one good service from the village, snow removal, is something that we all pay dearly for.
PatP. February 17, 2013 at 08:08 PM
This is the most work these union people and politicians have ever done by trying to blame someone else for the screw up, so things should settle down now that they can not find anyone else to blame.....


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