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Fleming Co-sponsors Fire Island Watershed Solutions Planning Study


Fire Island is a densely visited destination with more than 2.2 million people visiting annually. Following on many years of discussion among community members, advocacy groups, and public officials, concerning the fragile ecosystem on Fire Island, the Legislature determined that it is critical to take this important step to protect the water around the barrier island.
This resolution amends the 2021 Operating Budget to transfer $195,675 from the Fund 477 Water Quality Protection Program to the Capital Fund and appropriates that same money for planning connected with the Fire Island Watershed Solutions Planning Study (CP 8725.113) (ranking 78). The Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning will sponsor the Fire Island Wastewater Solutions Planning Study in accordance with Article XII of the Suffolk County Charter. The project will be initiated within one year of the date of adoption of this Resolution. The Citizens Campaign for the Environment will commit to provide matching project funds in the amount of $195,800 or at least one half of the total cost of the project, and if necessary, any additional amount required to complete the project.
Legislator Fleming commented “Upgrading and improving wastewater management on Fire Island for those not served by STP is critically important, and this legislation moves us toward a holistic plan to ensure the public health safety and sustainable water quality protection on the precious barrier island.”
Improvements for CR 39, North Road/Old North Road/Flying Point Road Approved
Residents and community members have raised concerns with the safety, capacity and lost time at the intersection of County Road 80 and County Road 39 in Hampton Bays.
In response to community concerns, this resolution will appropriate $250,000 in Suffolk County Serial Bonds to conduct a traffic safety study along County Road 39, North Road/Old North Road/Flying Point Road in Hampton Bays under CP 5528 “Improvements to CR 39, North Road/Old North Road/Flying Point Road.” $250,000 will be reallocated from CP 1755 “Infrastructure Improvements for Traffic, Public Safety and Public Health” to CP 5528 in order to complete this study.
“Commuters who travel through Hampton Bays desperately need and deserve relief from the traffic congestion that happens every morning and evening now at the intersection on the southwest corner of the canal. The recent re-configuration of the roads simply doesn’t work. We need to move quickly to find a solution,” said Legislator Fleming.