Presiding Officer Kevin McCaffrey, Legislator Dominick Thorne Join Suffolk County Executive Bellone to Announce $10 Million In New Sewer Grant Funding for Patchogue
Grant allows additional 100 homes to be connected to sewer system as part of the Patchogue River Watershed Sewer Project
HAUPPAUGE, NY--Suffolk County Presiding Officer Kevin J. McCaffrey (R Lindenhurst) and Legislator Dominick Thorne (R-Patchogue) joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri, residents and officials at a press conference this week announcing a $10 million grant that will connect 100 homes to the sewer system in the Village of Patchogue.
The grant, funded by the County’s Wastewater Infrastructure Fund, will help to eliminate an estimated 100 cesspools and septic systems close to the Great South Bay by connecting these homes to the Village sewer system, reducing nitrogen discharge to the Bay by 2,500 pounds per year.
“Water quality remains of the highest priority to the members of the Suffolk County Legislature,” said McCaffrey. “These grants are essential as we work to improve the county’s wastewater infrastructure.”
“On behalf of my constituents in Patchogue, I am proud to have spearheaded this effort. I also thank County Executive Bellone, Presiding Officer McCaffrey and Mayor Pontieri for their leadership in addressing this critical issue,” said Thorne. “This is a multi-generational issue, and we will make sure we leave behind a clean environment for the next residents of Patchogue and beyond.”
The Village of Patchogue currently has a $22 million dollar project underway in the Patchogue River Watershed which will eliminate approximately 240 cesspools and septic systems that have been identified by scientists as the primary source of the nitrogen that is polluting local waterways. The new grant will allow the Village to expand the project to include 100 additional homes.