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Village Board Votes Down Road to Nowhere Removal

MAMARONECK, N.Y. - The village Board of Trustees rejected the low bid for the removal of the road to nowhere in a heated three-to-two decision at Monday night's work session.

Mayor Norman Rosenblum made the motion to accept the low bid of $36,500 by Landi Contracting Inc. Deputy Mayor Louis Santoro made the second, but the proposal, which was $1,500 over the village's original offer, failed to garner support from the Board's three Democratic members, including Trustee Toni Pergola Ryan.

"I don't know a lot about the company that put the low bid in and I thought we needed to know more," said Ryan, who would like to have waited until the board's next regular meeting Nov. 14 to put it to a vote.

The village had negotiated an Inter-Municipal Agreement with the Town of Harrison for the project, which proposed to remove the 15 to 20 feet of Glendale Road that extends into the Mamaroneck River. "The actual removal of the 15 to 20 feet of the road, as proposed last night, is a very minimal project and the benefit would have been a couple of inches of reduction in flood levels," said Richard Slingerland, village manager.

Slingerland called Harrison Mayor Joan Walsh earlier that day to see if they had funds to compensate for the low bid going over budget. Walsh said she would get back to him next Monday. "I don't think it's unreasonable to wait and see what Harrison will do," Ryan said.

Without those facts and a motion to award the contract to the low bidder, the matter was rejected. "There is no reason why they could not have accepted the extra $1,500," Rosenblum said.

Both Rosenblum and Ryan said they will continue to push for the removal of the Road to Nowhere.

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