Public Works


Trustee Fred Handsman
DPW Liaison

Trustee Spyro Dimitratos
Deputy Liaison

Patrick McDermott

The Village of Lake Success maintains its own Public Works Department with a building at the corner of Lakeville Road and the Long Island Expressway that is large enough to house all the necessary equipment.

This department is responsible for maintenance of the Village streets, parks and other property, except the golf course. The Public Works crew plows the snow and sands the ice, and cleans the streets. Cuts the grass and removes refuse on the shoulders, islands and park areas; plants and maintains trees and shrubs; fabricates and installs street and traffic signs and pavement markings; clears and maintains storm drains and sanitary sewers, cleans up leaves, removes fallen branches and storm debris; and does a variety of other maintenance and repair work on the swimming pool and the many village buildings.


The Village of Lake Success operates and maintains a sanitary sewer collection system that serves all properties within the Village. The Village performs regular, routine maintenance on its sanitary sewer lines to ensure they are in good working condition.

Blockages in the main sewer lines or in individual service connections may happen on occasion and can cause sewage to back-up into a person's home. Blockages may also be caused by the improper disposal of items such as grease, diapers, feminine paper products, washing machine lint and other items flushed down the toilet or bathroom and kitchen sink.

If you have a sewer backup, please contact DPW at 516-482-2559 or the police at their non emergency number only at 516-482-4600 immediately. Informing the Village of any sewer back-up is critical so the line can be inspected to ensure the blockage is not in the Village's main sewer line. Our goal is to have employees immediately begin working with you to determine the cause and to clear any blockage in the main sewer line.

An abundance of basements have been finished without the benefit of a Building Permit. In many cases, bathrooms and laundries have been installed. Basement plumbing fixtures that are below grade and are lower than the sewer main are subject to possible sewerage back ups. A backflow device should have been installed at the time of plumbing installation. Please check with the Building Department for them to try and help make a determination.

The sewer line from your home, to the Village's sewer main is your responsibility. That means that you as the property owner are responsible for clearing any blockages. Property owners must schedule service and pay the cost of clearing any blockage located in the individual sewer line on their property. Should a back-up occur in your home, regardless of where the blockage is found, in most cases the property owner is responsible for the cleanup costs.

Patrick McDermott
Superintendant of Public Works


Residents of the Village have suffered sewer backups into their homes due to some residents throwing items such as Grease, Paper Towels, Disposable Diapers and Wipes, and Feminine products down their toilets and drains.

With just a little bit of help from ALL OF YOU, the Village's sewer lines will operate more effectively and less disruption in service will occur if we all follow these tips below.

Here are a few steps you can take to help prevent this problem:
· Do not put dairy products, fats, oil, grease or greasy foods down the garbage disposal or drain.
· Freeze small amounts of fats, oils and grease in a lidded container and dispose in a trash receptacle.
· Mix small amounts of cooking oil with an absorbent material such as cat litter or coffee grounds, place it in a lidded container and dispose of it in a trash receptacle
· Wipe additional grease from pots, pans and plates with a paper towel before placing them in the sink or dishwasher.

DO NOT dispose of any of the following in your sinks (Bathroom and Kitchen) or toilets:

If you have a sewer backup, please contact our
DPW at 516-482-2559.