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County Eyeing Red Light Cameras in Glen Cove

Mayor: two are likely for Forest Ave.

County Eyeing Red Light Cameras in Glen Cove

Two Glen Cove intersections may soon know the flash of red light cameras, according to Mayor Ralph Suozzi.

Nassau County's Department of Public Works is considering placing the cameras on Forest Ave. at the intersections with Dosoris Ln. and Walnut Rd., Suozzi said. The County owns Forest Ave. and has final say over the decision, he said, although a third proposed for the Pratt Blvd. intersection has been opposed by the City.

Suozzi called that location too complicated, noting the roughly 3,300 calls per year the Glen Cove Fire Department and Glen Cove EMS rush through it to answer.

A County official told Suozzi first responders could be eliminated from receiving citations there, and the fire department has a button that turns all the lights red so emergency vehicles can get through. That's not enough assurance for the City, fire department and State Sen. Carl Marcellino, who all remain opposed to the idea.

Suozzi said he has no concerns over the other two cameras.

"I don't think there's a negative impact to people slowing down and stopping for red lights," he said. "It's safer if people are respecting the lights. While some people might not like it, if you're a safe driver you have nothing to fear."

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