December 4, 2018


LICA is pleased to report that the Suffolk County Legislature recently voted to approve three SCCRI sewer-related referenda to go before select residents in the Towns of Babylon, Islip and Brookhaven on January 22, 2019. These referenda are part of the Suffolk County Coastal Resiliency Initiative (SCCRI) which LICA and many other business, labor and environmental organizations are strongly supporting. The SCCRI hopes to eliminate nearly 7,000 cesspools and septic systems in the “four rivers” region, to help reverse current degradation of our waterways and ensure the safety and quality of our water moving forward. To proceed, three of the four areas proposed (representing approx. 5,500 homes) require a referendum and approval by local residents. The fourth area, located in Patchogue’s Southwest Sewer District, which will connect approx. 1,500 homes to sewers, is not subject to voter approval, as the work in that area would be entirely grant-funded, resulting in no-cost to homeowners. Work on that section is scheduled to begin in 2020. You can read more about it in the recent Newsday article.

This is a “once in a lifetime” opportunity which Long Island cannot afford to pass up, as this project’s financial feasibility is only possible with the use of $388 million in federal and state funds which have been allocated for post-Sandy recovery projects and the timeline to use those funds is about to end. Without this funding, the cost of these projects to both the County and its residents would be prohibitive. 

If you live in any of these areas, we urge you to express your support for this important initiative! For more about the SCCRI, click here. Or, visit the specific informational websites for the three areas that require referenda approval:

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