By Eden Laikin
Earlier this week, County Executive Ed Mangano’s administration presented information to contractors and businesses – including women and minority-owned businesses – on the next phase of the project to reconstruct the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant.
The County Executive said he wanted to ensure that “the people of Nassau County – including the construction workers, engineers, and the minority and women-owned businesses – get involved in what will amount to millions of dollars of construction and service opportunities” as part of the overall project.
To date, the County has committed $38 million to M/WBE firms and contractors. This construction contract, called “E3” will add another $42 million to the MWBE firms and contractors.
The funding combines from a combination of state and federal grants.
Joining Mangano at the information session was a representative for Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has provided tremendous support and funding to Nassau County for this project.
“Thanks to the Governor’s recent commitment of $150 million to remove nitrogen, we will add another $45 for M/WBE firms and contractors,” Mangano said.
The plant was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, suffering extensive damage to the infrastructure. Nassau’s Public Works officials have been working since Sandy to stabilize the Plant, repair the damage, and upgrade the plant so that it stormproof for the future.
This week’s information session deals with the plant’s “Third Phase of Electrical Improvements” – that will allow the Plants electrical systems to be stormproof in the future.
Moving forward, between 2015 and 2018, the County plans to add another $60 million to complete the FEMA-funded repairs.
Mangano said his administration has “made it a priority to make the Federal and State dollars spent on the Plant also help strengthen Nassau County’s economy.”
“We want to create good paying jobs in the professional service and construction industry right here, in our community, so that our community benefits — from the stormproof Plant, and the opportunities created by its construction,” he said.