September 11, 2018

sewer-testimony.pngLICA DIRECTOR TESTIFIES IN FAVOR OF SUFFOLK SEWER REFERENDUM 

Last Wednesday, LICA Executive Director Marc Herbst appeared before the Suffolk County Legislature to testify in favor of moving forward with a public referendum for new sewer construction. The issue at hand was discussed in some detail by Herbst in the commentary section of the most recent issue (Sept. 7) of Long Island Business News (LIBN). In it Herbst explains that the referendum, known as the Suffolk County Coastal Resiliency Initiative (SCCRI) is critically important now because Suffolk has already been awarded $388 million in state and federal assistance for four wastewater projects (which could connect as many as 10,000 more Suffolk homes to active sewage treatment plants helping to reduce dangerous nitrogen levels in our waters). The county would only need to borrow $22 million more (through the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation) to move these projects forward, but they must act soon or federal funding will no longer be available. It seems to be a proverbial “no brainer” – spend $22 million and get $388 million? But in today’s climate every issue has become a political football the likes of which the NFL couldn’t even imagine. Click here to see the County’s presentation with further details on the proposed projects.  

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