Targeting pollution at Crescent Beach
Glen Cove officials are preparing to hire a consultant to determine the feasibility of a system to kill or filter out bacteria from contaminated water that flows into Long Island Sound at Crescent Beach.
The beach has been closed for swimming for nearly a decade because of consistently high bacteria counts.
“We’ve been trying to find the source for this for years, and it’s very difficult,” Mayor Timothy Tenke said, referring to what is causing the contamination. “One of the ways we can open up Crescent Beach is to treat the water before it reaches the Sound. It doesn’t cure the problem of the contamination, but it certainly will allow clean water to be discharged into Long Island Sound.”
The city is planning to issue a request for proposals from consultants within the next three weeks, city spokeswoman Lisa Travatello said.
The City Council on Dec. 27 approved an intermunicipal agreement with Nassau County in which the county will pay up to $200,000 for a consultant to work with the city to review possible treatment systems and then design one. The county Legislature authorized the funding in July.
Brian Schneider, deputy county executive for public works, told Newsday in August that among the options that may be examined are a filter that “shreds the bacteria” as water passes through it; using ultraviolet light to kill bacteria; and creating a retention pond in which bacteria can die off before water is released into the Sound.— DAVID OLSON
grant from FEMA
Long Beach will receive more than $2.7 million in federal funds for flood prevention infrastructure.
Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $2,777,740 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency was awarded Thursday to install backflow prevention, remove and relocate electrical panels, install a flood wall, flood plank barriers and slab replacement at the city’s maintenance building.
The city was awarded FEMA funding after superstorm Sandy flooded and damaged the maintenance building, and the sanitation, beach maintenance and highway garage. Floodwater damaged the building’s structural, electrical and plumbing systems, according to Schumer’s office.
“In the continued aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, delivering federal funds such as these are crucial to repair the damages caused by the devastating storm surge and are essential to fortifying our critical infrastructure against future weather events,” Schumer said in a statement.
The funding was provided through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Long Beach City Council President Anthony Eramo said the maintenance building is used for snow and storm response, and operates as the Long Beach Soup Kitchen.
“These funds will go a long way in making sure the building, its offices, and the vehicles stored there are operational during extreme weather events, so we can maintain services and aid in recovery efforts,” Eramo said.
— JOHN ASBURY
New attendance rule for 2 local boards
Members of Huntington’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board are now required to attend at least 85 percent of the scheduled board meetings.
Town board members at their Dec. 18 meeting voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to require the members of those two boards to attend most of the meetings. If members do not attend 85 percent of the meetings, they face a hearing to determine if they will be removed from those boards.
“We added the attendance requirement for Zoning and Planning Board meetings to ensure members are consistent in fulfilling their obligations to the taxpayer and applicants with business before the board,” Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci said in a statement. — SOPHIA CHANG
Telecommunications companies sue town
A group of telecommunications companies has sued the Town of Hempstead, alleging the town’s response to their request for a building permit to modify a telecommunications facility in North Bellmore violated federal and state law.
Sprint Spectrum, LP, a subsidiary of Sprint Corp., along with Crown Castle USA Inc. and Global Signal Acquisitions II LLC, filed the suit against the town in U.S. District Court on Friday, online court records show.
The plaintiffs applied to modify the facility on Jerusalem Avenue in North Bellmore in 2017, but the town objected, arguing that the modifications required the structure to comply with more stringent building standards, according to the complaint.
The companies disagreed, and the town never issued the permit.
In their complaint, the firms allege the town violated federal telecommunications law and New York Civil Practice Law and Rules in part by not acting on the modification request in a timely manner and by imposing an “unlawful prohibition on wireless telecommunications service.”
The companies are asking that their permit request be approved and that the town be prevented from “taking any action that would delay construction,” according to the complaint.
A Hempstead Town spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit. — JESSE COBURN