Natiss said the intersection is a “hot spot, with an average of five wrecks per month according to Nassau County police reports issued monthly. Natiss, however, along with trustees Phyllis Lentini, Dennis Sgambati and Gail Cohen, said they do not believe the lights are in the best interest of residents. “One of my complaints about these red-light cameras, I really believe they’re rigged,” Natiss said. “I honestly and personally believe they’re rigged.” Natiss said he has received one ticket from a red-light camera in Manhasset, and Cohen said she has received three on New Hyde Park Road.
“I’ve sat there and I’ve counted to 10, and I’ve had three tickets now,” Cohen said. “I’m done. I won’t turn anymore.”Lentini pointed out that the questions from Greenman Pederson weren’t for the trustees’ opinions about the cameras but a simple question of what’s required to install them. Village Attorney A. Thomas Levin said without any plans to examine, he could not answer if permits were needed but said they would likely use county or state land to install the cameras and therefore would be outside the village’s jurisdiction. Natiss said the main purpose of the red-light camera violations, which do not add points to a driver’s record and the fines cannot be reduced, is to increase the county’s revenue stream and will not benefit drivers.