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Nassau Sewage Plant Fix Funding Feud Drags On

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Bay Park Sewage Treatment PlantNassau County lawmakers failed to reach an agreement Monday to borrow $360 million to fix the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant electrical system, which has been running on temporary repairs since Superstorm Sandy.Democrats in the Republican-controlled legislature argued over the funds with aides for County Executive Ed Mangano, who has requested $722 million to fix and upgrade the plant, before voting down the borrowing—then tabled the measure, meaning it will be taken up again at another meeting.“I’ve heard a lot of discussion about our side delaying the process,” said Legis. Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport), the Democratic legislative minority leader. “There was money allotted in previous years. We’re trying to figure out what happened to that money.”Abrahams was referring to $357 million in borrowing that was authorized but never spent on prior sewage plant projects. He and fellow Democrats grilled Mangano administration officials about that and why the $262 million the legislature passed three weeks ago wasn’t brought before the Nassau Interim Finance Authority for final approval last week.Timothy Sullivan, the deputy county executive for finance, said that contractors are still bidding on the projects approved by the legislature last month, but NIFA needs specific pricing weeks in advance of their next meeting before that New York State-appointed fiscal control board signs off on the measure.As for using the $357 million in previously approved borrowing for new repair projects, he said: “My understanding is that that would be illegal,” citing state local finance law.Department of Public Works officials were unsuccessful in convincing the Democratic hold-outs of how perilous the situation is at the plant, which flooded homes and waterways with sewage and was offline for more than a month after Sandy.“Without a fully functioning electrical system, the Bay Park plant is in peril every day,” said Rich Millet, the deputy commissioner of the public works department. “Different parts of it fail every day.”The Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to reimburse the county for most of the repairs.Environmentalists with Vision Long Island, Operation SPLASH (short for Stop Polluting Littering And Save Harbors) and Citizens Campaign for the Environment urged lawmakers to put aside the politics for the sake of residents, 500,000 of whom are served by the plant.“What this looks like is a mess,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of CCE. “Cross examining people here doesn’t look to be too fruitful… It doesn’t look like we’ve made much progress today.”The legislature is scheduled to have holds its committee meeting Sept. 9 and its next full legislative meeting Sept. 23, although Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) alluded to the issue being taken up again soon.last_img read more

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Triple treat with views for sale in Murrumba Downs

first_imgTHIS tri-level home is new to the market in the Castle Hill estate at Murrumba Downs. Robin and Rhonda Davis bought 17 Hawkhurst Ct four years ago, when they still had three of their seven children at home. Now that all but one have flown the nest, the couple have decided to sell and downsize. Mr Davis said their six-bedroom home would suit a family or people who liked to entertain. The home is on a 790sq m block with double lockup garage, off-street parking and a wraparound porch.The living areas are on the ground floor and include a formal lounge and dining area and an open-plan kitchen and meals area. The home has a multipurpose room on the top level.One of the bedrooms on this level also has views to Brisbane city. On the top level of the home there is a timber-clad space with views over the surrounding rooftops that could be used as a rumpus room or media room.Mr Davis said his favourite space in the home was the deck.“We live out there a fair bit,” he said. The home is close to schools and public transport. The property is being marketed by Grant Darbyshire of LJ Hooker Kallangur and Murrumba Downs. Expressions of interest are invited. The home has a deck and inground pool.The kitchen has stainless-steel appliances, a breakfast bar and plenty of bench and cupboard space.Mr and Mrs Davis added bi-fold doors to the meals area and a covered timber deck to create indoor-outdoor living. The deck flows out to lawn and the in-ground swimming pool, which has glass fencing and a water feature. Back inside, there is also a bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The master bedroom with walk-in robe, reading nook, ensuite and mountain views is on the second level, along with the remaining bedrooms and family bathroom.last_img read more

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