July 17, 2018

budget_dispute.pngLICA URGES LAWMAKERS TO RESOLVE BUDGET DISPUTE

Last week, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone took to the streets (literally) to hold a press conference urging the Republican legislature to “stop playing politics” and approve the bonding agreement which is necessary to move forward with important public works projects, such as improvements to County Line Road. Using a timely sports analogy, LICA Executive Director Marc Herbst echoed Bellone’s position, accusing Suffolk politicians of playing “inside baseball.” Herbst said lawmakers need to resolve their differences quickly so that these critical projects can move forward for both economic and quality of life reasons. Labor representatives Vinny Albanese of the NYS Laborers and Mike Bourgal of Local 282 attended to stress the importance of the potential economic impact, while residents of the nearby senior living community demanded action, citing specific safety concerns if these projects are further delayed – calling the current conditions “dangerous and unsightly.” Both Senator John Brooks and Suffolk Legislator Susan Berland also expressed their disappointment in the messy political conflict as well.

The capital plan, which includes projects such as road repairs, new sidewalks and other safety improvements, was previously approved (unanimously) as part of the recent county budget, which is what makes this matter particularly frustrating. Shortly before going to press, it appears the two sides may have come to an agreement, however you can click on the following links to read more about the issues as covered by Newsday, FiOS1, News12, or read LICA’s official press release about the event.

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