Crescent Beach – Applauding Cuomo Grant; Calling for Sewer Hook Up

Recognizing C.E.S.S.P.O.O.L. and Pushing for Next Step

Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton welcomes C.E.S.S.P.O.O.L. and announces her own efforts to save Crescent Beach.

Marking a key step forward at Crescent Beach in Glen Cove, where a few faulty home septic systems have caused the closing of one of the city’s few beaches to bathing and shell fishing for what will now be the fourth summer, Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton joined a press conference recognizing C.E.S.S.P.O.O.L.

The state funded “Coordinated Environmental Solutions for Septic Problems Occurring on Long Island” will direct a $45,000 grant towards public education on the importance of septic maintenance.

The C.E.S.S.P.O.O.L. grant comes as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Council program. Cuomo began the program with $785 million going towards job creation and community development in 10 regions of the state last year. This year, another $220 million is marked for regional strategic plans.

Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton applauded all who brought this important grant in to the local area. She said that offering guidance to homeowners on this crucial environmental issue is a great start to saving Crescent Beach.

She recognized that this is a further step in the group effort to fix the contamination at Crescent Beach, which in all has involved hard work on the part of the City of Glen Cove and the Nassau County Department of Health. She welcomed the participation of the Hempstead Harbor and Oyster Bay / Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committees, groups she strongly supports and holds in the highest esteem.

Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton’s Crescent Beach Initiative

While thanking all involved for their efforts, the Legislator also wanted to let residents know that she has begun her own longterm initiative, which involves hooking up the 75 homes in the area to Nassau County’s sewer system. She said that the Department of Health believes this to be the only permanent, 100 percent solution to the problem.

“We have 69 miles of county sewer in Glen Cove right now. Leaving these few remaining homes out of service is causing far too great of an impact to ignore,” she said.

DeRiggi-Whitton shared what she wrote in a letter to County Executive Edward Mangano: “As a Glen Cove city councilwoman, and now a county legislator, I know attempts have been made for years as the City of Glen Cove, the Nassau County Department of Health and the NY State DEC worked hard to track the source of the contaminants. These groups obviously need our help to come at the problem from another angle in order to secure a permanent solution.”

The Legislator has spoken with the Chief Sanitary Engineer of Nassau County Public Works on the issue, who explained that the project she is calling for would involve installing a pump station near the site and some additional connection construction.

In order to help alleviate the financial burden of this on a county in crisis, the Legislator has begun discussions with Senator Kirstin Gillibrand’s office and held promising meetings Congressman Steve Israel. Grants could be available through the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation. DeRiggi-Whitton is meeting with the congressman and that group in coming weeks to push for this idea to move forward.

Back: Doug Watson, Mayor of Bayville, Dennis Mildner, Supervisor, Long Island Unit, state DEC, Eric Swenson, Executive Director , Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee, Chris Coschignano, Councilman, Town of Oyster Bay, Ralph Suozzi, Mayor of Glen Cove, Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Nassau County Legislator, Terry Thielen, Mayor, Village of Upper Brookville, and Patricia Aitken, Executive Director, Friends of the Bay. Front: Pasqua Dziadul, Village of Sands Point Representative to the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee, Janet Connolly, Deputy Mayor, Village of Lattingtown, Kay Ullman, Trustee, Village of Sands Point, Catherine Chester, Village of Sands Point Representative to the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee, Jennifer Wilson Pines, Executive Director of the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee, Rob Crafa, Coordinator of the Oyster Bay / Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee.  Photo by Steven Giannitsis

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