Roads closed due to Plaza gas leak

Deanna Gillen And Steve Smirti

A gas leak on Grace Avenue in the Village of Great Neck Plaza forced public safety officials to close the road between Barstow Road in Great Neck Plaza and Colonial Road in Thomaston last Friday.

The roads were closed between 12:05 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Nassau County Police public information officer James Imperiale said.

Though the gas was contained by National Grid workers by 3 p.m., building managers of the Eden Terrace apartment complex scrambled to restore gas in each of the complex’s 32 individual units, which were knocked out by the gas leak.

Village of Thomaston Mayor Robert Stern he was under the assumption that the leak did not occur in Thomaston, though he did acknowledge that LIPA had been doing upgrades to the power and gas lines underneath the railroad. 

“I guess they had an accident,” he said. “Otherwise we’ve found that [LIPA] is pretty cooperative.”

“Unfortunately one of our apartment complex’s were affected by the leak,” said Michael Sweeney, commissioner of public services for Great Neck Plaza. 

But Sweeney said the leak was the responsibility of the Village of Kensington and not that of Great Neck Plaza. 

Einsidler Management, the management company of the apartments located at 71 Grace Ave., blamed the gas outages on electric work directly in front of the building. 

 Asplundh , a subcontractor of LIPA,  which was responsible for the digging under the street, declined to comment.

The Water Authority of Great Neck North officials said they were unaware of the leak.    

“We are not aware of any oil spills or gas leaks that occurred on Grace Avenue last week,” Water Authority of Great Neck North’s public information officer Lisa Schlichting said. “ I checked with the superintendent, and we are not aware of anything.

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