June 14, 2006
Legislation to Provide Funds for the Peconic Bay and South Shore Estuaries
New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (R. Sag Harbor) has introduced legislation in the New York State Assembly that would re-appropriate $2 million in unexpended funds from State Bond Acts from 1965 and 1972 to the Peconic Bay Estuary and South Shore Estuary. Each estuary would receive $1 million for water quality improvement projects.
The funds, according to Thiele, are simply lying dormant in the state treasury, and should be used for the purposes intended by the voters when they approved the bond acts in 1965 and 1972. They would provide the money necessary to begin efforts in the estuaries such as sewage disposal upgrades, wetland restorations, stormwater abatement projects, and land acquisition.