By Bushra Mollick
To further ensure the health and safety of Nassau County residents and the local environment – and as part of continued post-Sandy efforts to rebuild stronger, storm-resilient infrastructure – County Executive Edward P. Mangano today launched the creation of the Hurricane Sandy Wastewater Treatment Plant Advisory Committee.
The 14-member committee’s mission will be to assess the wastewater treatment plants within the county, and review the progress of work being done at the sites – with a focus on progressing toward a healthier environment – post Sandy.
County Executive Mangano has called for an investment of more than $700 million in repairs, however Democrat Legislators have withheld their support for full funding.
“Hurricane Sandy was catastrophic to the County’s critical infrastructure, specifically the wastewater treatment plants. I immediately ordered temporary repairs be made to protect the health of our residents,” Mangano said, “It is essential that we take every step to make permanent repairs to the plants.”
Three committee members will be appointed by County Executive Mangano; one member by the Nassau County Legislature’s Presiding Officer and one by its Minority Leader. The Committee will also include one member from each of the following organizations: Citizens Campaign for the Environment; Operation Splash; Sludge Stoppers; League of Conservation Voters; Point Lookout Civic Association; Vision Long Island; and the Nassau Coalition of Civic Associations. Two representatives of the Nassau Suffolk Building Trade Council will also sit on the Committee.
The Hurricane Sandy Wastewater Treatment Plant Advisory Committee is to meet bi-monthly with the Commissioner of Public Works and the Office of Legislative Budget Review to evaluate the status/progress of the repair and rehabilitation of the wastewater treatment plants. They must address any issues that arise during the course of that work and, after each meeting, they are to submit a progress report to County Executive Mangano.
“I am establishing this Hurricane Sandy Wastewater Treatment Plant Advisory Committee because it is imperative that the facilities can withstand the impact of future storms,” the County Executive said, “Nothing can stand in the way of protecting the health of residents and strengthening the County’s infrastructure.”