HUNTINGTON

Officials back Sound cleanup fund bill

Town officials have gone on record to support a bill in Congress that would restore $65 million in annual funding to clean up pollution and protect Long Island Sound.

Town Councilwoman Tracey Edwards sponsored a resolution that the board approved unanimously last month to support efforts by New York lawmakers in Washington, D.C., to reauthorize federal funding that expired in 2010 and 2011.

The town's resolution called for Congress to pass The Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act, which would combine two water quality and shore restoration programs and reauthorize their previous annual funding of $40 million and $25 million per year, respectively, through 2020.

"I have no greater local environmental and economic priority than getting this passed and signed by the president," said Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills), one of the bill's sponsors, in a statement.

The bill would fund a total of $325 million over five years.

The bill would fund water quality initiatives, such as wastewater plant upgrades, and focus on preserving open spaces and restoring wetlands.

In addition to Israel, the bill was sponsored by Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), and their counterparts representing Connecticut. It was introduced in June.

ISLANDIA

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Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7

The village of Islandia will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m. on Nov. 7.

The ceremony will take place at the village's Veterans Memorial Triangle at the corner of Old Nichols Road and Johnson Avenue.

Members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Veterans of America chapters, local U.S. Marine reserve units, and members of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard will participate in the ceremony.

The local fire departments and ambulance services along with Islandia village officials will also be in attendance. The Central Islip High School marching band will perform.

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The ceremony will feature the laying of wreaths in front of the memorial.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony and to arrive early as street access will be limited.

For more information, call 631-348-1133, or visit www.newvillageofislandia.com.