Assemblyman Lavine Joins Summit on Long Island Sound

March 16, 2009

Pictured at the Long Island Sound Citizen’s Summit are U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd, New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine and New York State Assemblyman Marc Alessi (D-Wading River).

New York State Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine (D-Glen Cove) recently participated in the 19th Annual Long Island Sound Citizen’s Summit with U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and other New York State and Connecticut representatives. The bipartisan panel discussed the role of state government in ensuring the continued environmental, economic and recreational health of Long Island Sound, as well as the importance of federal stimulus funds for infrastructure upgrades and stability.

Assemblyman Lavine said, “Saving Long Island Sound should be a top priority as it is one of our greatest natural resources. Unfortunately, over the years the Sound has fallen victim to pollution with the buildup of a number of contaminants; however, with the help of the federal government, the New York State Legislature can take an initiative to save the Sound and at the same time produce more employment opportunities.” Currently, Long Island Sound generates more than $5 billion in annual revenue.

Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said, “Finally, the federal government is back in the business of protecting our environment. This new momentum in protecting our water bodies could help us leave a generational legacy of a cleaner Sound. We are anxious to get started implementing the stimulus funds.”

“The federal stimulus package includes $4 billion to go toward sewer infrastructure upgrades,” added Assemblyman Lavine. “This action will help stimulate our economy and restore the depleting marine habitat that benefits residents in so many ways.”