Tuesday, June 27, 2006

More Congressinal Shenanigans Could Gut Hempstead Harbor Funding

We have just learned from Friends of the Bay, based in Oyster Bay, that another proposed change in the language of the Long Island Sound Stewardship Act of 2006 (H.R. 5160) would eliminate open space from funding under the bill. Thus, underwater lands, wetlands, and open space would no longer be eligible for the funds the bill is designed to provide. These are the very lands that the bill was created to protect. It is difficult to believe that the sponsors of the bill would accept such changes, as they effectively gut the bill. Please contact the parties listed in the Civic Spot posting of June 25, Federal Funding for Hempstead Harbor Projects Threatened. At the very least, if you live on the east side of Hempstead Harbor, contact Congressman Peter King, as most—if not all—of us in that area are in Mr. King's district (Pete.King@mail.house.gov /1003 Park Boulevard Massapequa Park, NY 11762 / 516-541-4225). This legislation is very important.

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