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Source: Long Island Business News

Sewers planned for LI airport, Sayville and Oakdale


Posted: September 15, 2016
Originally Published: September 14, 2016

A group of Long Island elected officials joined environmental and business leaders in Sayville Wednesday to announce plans to add sewers to three communities along the Great South Bay and MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said the county is advancing the design process for the two projects. The first will provide sewers for Oakdale, Sayville and West Sayville, a project that follows an extension of the Southwest Sewer District to Great River. That extension was one of four projects funded by $388 million in state and federal money through the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery.

The second will create a separate sewer district called the MacArthur Industrial District that will serve the airport and its surrounding commercial and industrial areas. Both plans are part of the county’s Reclaim Our Water initiative aimed at eliminating the Island’s nitrogen pollution and restoring the bays.

“These projects will help reverse decades of nitrogen pollution in the Great South Bay, provide flexibility for existing businesses in Oakdale and Sayville and provide a significant new incentive for investments in development and redevelopment in the area around MacArthur Airport,” Bellone said.

Bellone added that the planning for the sewer systems needs to be done now so the projects will be shovel-ready once federal and state funding for infrastructure is allocated.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said State Sen. Tom Croci. “This will help us remain great stewards of our Great South Bay.”

Both Croci and State Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino pledged to fight for the funds to help pay for the sewer projects.

“Sewers are a necessity, not a luxury,” Garbarino said. “We need sewers to save our downtowns in Sayville and Oakdale.”

Adrienne Esposito, executive director for the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, called the goals of the new sewers, environmental protection and economic development, are a marriage made in heaven.

“We are thrilled,” Esposito said. “Our bays will be restored.”

Other officials at the announcement who have been working on the sewer initiative included Suffolk legislators William Lindsay and Tom Cilmi, Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter, Islip Councilwoman Trish Bergin-Weichbrodt, Robert Blair from the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce and Ron Beattie, president of the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce.