Meeting to present NY Rising's rebuild in Babylon Town

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Proposals for rebuilding storm-damaged infrastructure and revitalizing six Babylon Town communities hit hard by superstorm Sandy will be presented at a New York Rising Community Reconstruction Development Program meeting Monday in Lindenhurst.

The state program, designed to help communities damaged by Sandy and tropical storms Irene and Lee, will funnel as much as $33.4 million in federal funds to projects in Amityville, Copiague, Babylon Village, West Babylon, Lindenhurst and West Gilgo/Captree.

The communities' wish list is dozens of entries long and spans high-tech and low: a solar-powered "micro-grid" to provide supplemental power to Babylon Village's downtown, an improved storm sewer system in Amityville south of Montauk Highway, and a comprehensive plan for harbor management in Lindenhurst. Prioritized lists will be presented for the first time Monday, said Lindsay Safran, a spokeswoman from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's Office of Storm Recovery.

"These things are quite important," said Everett Budd, co-chairman of the committee developing projects for Amityville and Copiague. "It takes time, but in the end, I think it's going to turn out all right."

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High on his area list are the storm sewer system and upgrades to some roads leading from neighborhoods like American Venice. "Some of these have bridges that were damaged by the storm and some of these are the sole accessway for a homeowner," he said.

NY Rising will funnel as much as $14.1 million to Amityville and Copiague; $3 million to the barrier beach and island communities; $6.1 million to Lindenhurst Village; and $10.2 million to Babylon Village and West Babylon.

Anthony Davida, a Babylon Village Trustee and member of the committee representing both the village and West Babylon, said the village could receive as much as $6 million, with emergency power for the fire department and village hall and high-water rescue vehicles likely high on the priority list.

The meeting is 5 to 7 p.m. in the Lindenhurst High School cafeteria, 300 Charles St. Committees must submit individual community plans to the state for approval by March 31. For more information, visit stormrecovery.ny.gov or email info@stormrecovery. ny.gov.

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