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).
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.”