Palumbo Extends Support for Zeldin’s Bill to Save Plum Island
Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R,C,I,Ref-New Suffolk) today showed his support for Congressman Lee Zeldin’s bill, the Plum Island Preservation Act, which passed through Congress this week with unanimous support. This bill would prevent the sale of Plum Island by the federal government to the highest bidder. The fate of Plum Island, and the research facility there, along with the many wild species that call this unique habitat home, has been in question for some time. Many local and national environmental groups and government representatives have been fighting to prevent the sale.
Zeldin’s bill will commission the Government Accountability Office to work with the Department of Homeland Security to create a plan for the future of the Island. Their plan will focus on education, conservation and research while transferring the direct ownership from the Department of Homeland Security to a new agency at the state or local level or to a nonprofit or a combination of both.
“I commend Congressman Zeldin for getting this accomplished,” said Palumbo. “I am very glad to see this pass through Congress with overwhelming support. The fate of Plum Island has been in question for some time and I am glad to see we are finally taking steps in the right direction. Protecting the natural beauty, vital ecosystems, wildlife and the crucial research that is conducted there benefits the North Fork and Long Island as a whole. Once again I would like to thank and congratulate Congressman Zeldin for getting this done, and encourage the Senate to pass this bill.”