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Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2016 1:05 pm | Updated: 1:08 pm, Thu Sep 22, 2016.

 Members of the Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations last Wednesday discussed a delay in road resurfacing projects scheduled for the area.

The work was set to take place in the summer, North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio said, but the town ran behind schedule.

“We started very late unfortunately. We’re usually almost done by now,” she said. “They completed Westbury, and they’re starting to move now to the other side of the town — Port Washington and Manhasset.”

The projects are part of a yearly maintenance plan from the town to keep up the roads and target roads in poor condition. This year crews are slated to work on eight streets, including Aldershot Lane, Castle Ridge Road and Timber Lane.

 About 7,913 feet of road is set to be fixed, according to the civic association’s website.

“I’m so afraid I’m going to get an e-mail saying we had to push it off to next year,” said Andrew Schwenk,  first vice president of the South Strathmore Civic Association.

De Giorgio said she doesn’t know when  the work will start in Manhasset, but she is hopeful that all of the work will get done.

“It’s a weather-dependent thing, but they have assured us that we are completing our paving schedule even though we got started extremely late,” she said. “I think we are all on the same page that it needs to be done.”

The road improvements started in Westbury because the projects didn’t reach that part of the town last year, De Giorgio said.

Also during the Greater Council meeting, Matthew Varvaro, the Republican candidate in the 16th Assembly District,  discussed what he intends to do if he takes office.

Varvaro is campaigning for the seat of outgoing Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.

The 25-year-old former aide to George Pataki, the former governor, said one of his priorities will be creating jobs and restoring economic growth in the state.

“We live in one of the highest taxed areas of the highest taxed state in the United States of America,” he said. “We also happen to be one of the most regulated. I think our burdensome tax and regulatory codes are raising the cost of living and doing business on Long Island to the extent that many businesses and individuals, especially people in my generation, are leaving the state for other states with better economic climates.”

Varvaro will face  Anthony D’Urso, a Democrat, in the November election.

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