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$550 million -- let's transform Long Island with it

Mike Pember of Northport, a clammer for 35

Mike Pember of Northport, a clammer for 35 years, paddles to shore in Cold Spring Harbor after a day on the Long Island Sound on Jan. 8, 2013. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Your budget is $550 million. Your mission: #TransformLI.

Our region is facing an unprecedented opportunity. The money comes from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s new budget and the furious efforts of Long Island’s business leaders and its delegation in the State Senate. There are two pots of money — $150 million from bank settlements stemming from the mortgage fraud scandals and $400 million in general funds.

This is a lot of money. So let's think bigger than our potholes.

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