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Source: Long Island Business News

Public Works Alliance calls for sewer improvements

BY LIBN STAFF

Posted: July 21, 2011
Originally Published: July 10, 2011

Carrying what appears to be half-dozen five gallon water jugs of seriously contaminated sewage, members of the Public Works Alliance, the Long Island Contractors’ Association and the Citizens Campaign for the Environment will hold a Monday news conference in Mineola to underscore their anger at the actions of lawmakers who would block critically needed improvements to the Nassau County Sewage Treatment system.

Recently, two Capital Program Bond ordinances were presented to the Nassau Legislature for approval including a sewer and storm water improvement plan along with a General Capital Improvement plan which includes infrastructure upgrades. Partisan wrangling blocked approval of the proposal.

The Public Works Alliance will be bringing a three-legged stool to the steps of the old County Court House on Franklin Avenue where they will place the mock sewage.

“It will be a stool sample for the entire Legislature to ponder,” Marc Herbst, executive director of LICA, said in a statement.

“We are taking this action because the days are long gone when politicians can delay action on our infrastructure and not expect an immediate reaction from the labor community, the business community and the public at large,” Herbst said.

Billy Duffy Jr., president of Local 138 of the Operating Engineers and chairman of the Public Works Alliance, said, “This will only be mock sewage but it still stinks that anyone would delay approving capital funds to cover needed sewer and storm water repairs. We cannot allow politics to hold hostage much needed public works improvements.”

Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said sewer and storm water infrastructure upgrades are necessities, not frivolous programs that can be used as betting chips in a game of political poker.

“We only have to look at the damage to the Western Bays by the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant to see what damage insufficient upgrades and maintenance can cause,” Esposito said.