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Lettrer: Rebuild Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant


The Nassau County Legislative Democrats have now twice voted to deny critical funding for the repair of Nassau County’s sewage treatment infrastructure damaged by Superstorm Sandy.  To be clear, the actions of the Nassau County Democrats, if left unchallenged, will delay recovery efforts and will place public safety and the environment at risk.


The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant serves nearly 500,000 Nassau County residents and processes on average 50 million gallons of sewage daily.  Flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy devastated this facility, knocking many systems off-line.  The damage was so severe that millions of gallons of raw sewage backed up into people’s homes and was released into south shore waters.  


 The plan advanced by Nassau County’s engineers calls for nearly $722M to fund rebuilding and storm-hardening efforts.  Ninety percent of this amount will be reimbursed by the federal government through FEMA.   


 Blatantly ignoring the advice of Nassau County’s expert engineers that failure to approve the total funding request will delay this vital reconstruction, the Democrats have denied funding for the repair of the Bay Park Facility’s electrical distribution system and other storm hardening measures.  The contractors selected for these electrical and storm hardening projects will be the linchpins to the rebuilding process, and the performance of every other contractor depends upon their work.  The Democrats know well that to delay these projects is to delay the reconstruction of the plant.


 I wonder if the Democrats would have voted differently if raw sewage backed up into their houses.  

 What is most troubling is that the Democrats justify their “no” votes with false statements on debt and oversight.  The reality is that County Executive Mangano has reduced total overall county debt by millions of dollars from levels incurred by his predecessor Tom Suozzi.  


 As for oversight, both FEMA and NIFA will work closely with Nassau County as the rebuilding process proceeds.  Additionally, County Executive Mangano has created the Hurricane Sandy Waste Water Advisory Board comprised of environmentalists, union and community leaders so as to provide unprecedented transparency as to how this process is accomplished.  Finally, Nassau County’s elected legislature will aggressively monitor all phases of construction.  


 Calls for additional layers of bureaucracy by Nassau County’s Democrats are not going to aid in Nassau County’s recovery.  It is the job of Nassau County’s elected officials to ensure that our sewer facilities are repaired quickly and efficiently.  And though Nassau’s Democrats would look to unelected boards and commissions to do their job for them, I assure you that the Republican delegation will work tirelessly to assist our residents as we recover from this devastating storm.


On behalf of the one million residents connected to Nassau County’s sewer system, I urge Nassau County Democrats to approve the funding required to rebuild the Bay Park STP.

Norma Gonsalves


Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


SUNY College at Old Westbury recently named Dr. Anthony DeLuca of Levittown as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  

DeLuca, now entering his third year at Old Westbury, also holds the position as director Old Westbury’s Honors College.


“We are thrilled that Dr. DeLuca will serve as Old Westbury’s Faculty Athletics Representative,” said director of athletics Lenore Walsh.  “He is a champion for intercollegiate athletics and has been involved with our program since his arrival at Old Westbury.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Dr. DeLuca in support of our students’ academic and athletic pursuits at Old Westbury.”

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


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