MINEOLA, NY — This week Peter Kohler, Vice President of Editorial Services for Cablevision, called on Democrat County Legislators to abandon political battles and authorize the funds needed to conduct critical repairs at the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant. The plant was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, sending raw sewage into hundreds of homes in some Nassau County communities.
Why the Wait?
Presented by Peter Kohler
July 26, 2013
(Visit the Cablevision Editorials website at http://cveditorials.com/LI) When Superstorm Sandy devastated Nassau’s Bay Park sewage treatment plant, raw sewage cascaded through streets and flooded the Western Bays.
Despite the urgent need to rebuild Bay Park, Nassau County legislators are moving at a disappointing pace to fund it.
Last week, county legislators approved $260 million of the $722 million in bonding the Mangano administration has sought to fix Bay Park. Democrats balked at authorizing the larger amount, saying they needed more detailed plans, and stronger oversight over the spending.
While legislators authorized borrowing to control odors, replace pumps, and digesters at Bay Park–all urgent projects–they failed to support funding to rebuild the electrical system. The plant continues to rely on backup generators.
No wonder Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves and environmental groups say Bay Park was shortchanged. Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams says the legislature still has time to act so work can start on the electrical systems in October.
County Executive Ed Mangano has just established a bipartisan and environmentally expert committee to provide oversight. Federal officials have pledged to reimburse Nassau County for the work.
So there’s no reason to delay fully funding work to rebuild Bay Park. And there’s every reason to act.