Nassau County is reconsidering the proposed placement of one of its red light cameras at the intersection in front of the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department, but may put one at the nexus of Brewster Street and Cottage Row instead, according to traffic safety coordinator Christopher Mistron.
"A determination on this location is under review due to the location of the fire department and the geography of the location," Mistron said of Brewster and Pratt Blvd., where a camera placement is opposed by the City and fire department. "There have been several construction issues that make the placement of a system unlikely in the location."
Matthew Venturino, Glen Cove EMS chief, said his agency is opposed to a camera there because it would disrupt responders as they answer calls.
"We’re opposed to anything that could burden our members responding to headquarters in their personal vehicles," he said. "Emergency vehicles are only exempt from receiving citations if they're responding to an emergency call with emergency lights activated. Members in their personal vehicles and emergency vehicles that aren’t responding to calls will still receive red light camera citations in the mail in which they would have to fight them."
Venturino said he did not have a problem with the other three proposed locations, which include the Forest Ave. intersections with Dosoris Ln. and Walnut Rd.
"The installation of red light cameras would not effect EMS response times," he said.