Clean Water Infrastructure Act

Island gets the lead out, with Albany’s help

By GREGORY ZELLER // Four Long Island projects are included in a $20 million state funding package for municipal projects replacing residential water-service lines made from lead. Twenty-six individual projects – including jobs in Glen Cove, Hempstead, North Hempstead and Southold – are included in the statewide package, announced Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. The pipe-replacement effort, part of the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, targets service pipes containing lead, which…


Albany makes shell of an investment in Island waters

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State is throwing $10.4 million into Long Island coastal waters in an effort to improve water quality and bolster seaside economies by restoring native shellfish populations. Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the Halesite Fire Department in Huntington Wednesday to announce the dedicated grant program, which includes five new sanctuary sites in Suffolk and Nassau and expanded public shellfish hatcheries in both counties. As shellfish like clams and oysters are natural…


With Albany’s help, all’s well in Ocean Beach

The Village of Ocean Beach will get a backup freshwater supply, thanks to a $3.7 million boost from Albany. The package – which includes a $1.9 million zero-interest loan and a $1.2 million low-interest loan – will help fund a new water-supply well to serve as a “redundant water source” for the village, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. Ocean Beach’s stipend was part of $62 million in grants and low-cost financing approved Thursday by…


Cuomo inks $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure act

By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany dove into water pollution once again Wednesday, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo visiting Farmingdale State College to lay out a $2.5 billion plan to remediate and protect New York’s drinking water supply. To raucous applause, Cuomo officially signed the state’s Clean Water Infrastructure Act, enacting what he called a “comprehensive, multifaceted action plan.” In what has become a semi-regular occurrence, the governor elaborated on aggressive plans to clean up, and keep…