(Lawrence, Long Island) – Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky thanked the New York State (“NYS”) Department of Transportation (“DOT”) today for meeting him on Friday, February 6, on NYS Route 878 to make expeditious repairs to dangerous potholes. Assemblyman Kaminsky was notified of the unsafe road conditions last week by Chaverim of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway. Chaverim reported an increase in calls for flat tires on 878 and requested that Assemblyman Kaminsky reach out to NYS DOT. Assemblyman Kaminsky immediately called on NYS DOT to make repairs. Workmen were sent on Friday evening to meet Assemblyman Kaminsky at the site, where he supervised the repairs to the pothole that had claimed many a tire.
“NYS Route 878 is in dire need of a complete overhaul. Until that can be done, I thank NYS DOT for addressing the dangerous potholes and repairing them on Friday evening,” said Assemblyman Kaminsky.
“On February 3rd, Chaverim of the Five Towns and Far rockaway had an enormous call volume increase for flat tires due to huge potholes on the 878 highway. We posted to our Facebook page warning local motorists of the area. Assemblyman Kaminsky immediately contacted us for the exact location of the potholes and within the next 24 hours had a Department of Transportation truck there filling in the potholes. He PERSONALLY supervised the operation. We are so impressed and thankful for his incredibly fast response. We thank him for helping us to help the community!” said Binyamin Lipsky, Co-Director of Chaverim of the Five Towns and Rockaway.
About Todd Kaminsky
Todd Kaminsky was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 4 to represent the 20th District, which covers much of Long Island’s South Shore and includes all or parts of Atlantic Beach, Long Beach, Lido Beach, Island Park, Oceanside, Point Lookout and the Five Towns, including Woodmere, Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Inwood and Hewlette.
Before he was elected, Todd brought some of New York’s worst criminals to justice, and advocated tirelessly for Long Island’s South Shore.
As a federal prosecutor representing Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens, and as acting deputy chief of the Public Integrity Section, Todd took down corrupt elected officials who used taxpayer dollars to fund lavish lifestyles, as well as drug kingpins and other major felons.
Todd’s successful prosecutions include State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, Rep. Michael Grimm and notorious gangster James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond. For his role in the Rosemond case, Todd was given the True American Hero Award from the Federal Drug Agents Foundation.
Todd began his career as a prosecutor in the Queens District Attorney’s office, prosecuting domestic violence cases, robberies, shootings and other violent crimes.
As a community advocate, Todd has worked vigorously in support of the South Shore. He organized free legal clinics for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, and helped bring tens-of-thousands of dollars in relief funds to local residents. For his efforts, Todd was awarded the Community Service Award from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the Long Beach Martin Luther King Center’s Sandy Relief Service Award.
Todd’s commitment to public service is inspired by his grandparents, who collectively served 40 years on the Long Beach Board of Education. His mother and grandmother were also teachers in the Long Beach School District.
He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from New York University, and his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan.
Todd and his wife, Ellen, have been married since 2010. They live in Long Beach, where Todd grew up, with their newborn son, Rafe Alexander.”