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Pols urge fed funds for LI water infrastructure

Long Island's water infrastructure needs federal money, politicians urged Friday at the Great Neck wastewater treatment facility.

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Roslyn Heights) used the facility to highlight how antiquated water systems across the state do not adequately serve residents.

Plans have been finalized to expand the treatment facility, which will cost $60 million and create nearly 500 jobs, Gillibrand said in a news release.

"Here in Great Neck we have a shovel-ready, priority water infrastructure project, waiting for federal investment," she said. "The federal government has failed to provide the resources Long Island needs to rebuild these structures and enable real, long-term economic growth."

Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman said the project shows how federal policy can make an impact on the local level.

Gillibrand said she will ask for federal dollars for water infrastructure in the next jobs legislation being considered by Congress.

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