"These state wide tours are a great reminder of incredible beauty of New York, but also of the unique challenges that face our communities," Speaker Heastie said. "Investments in things like water and sewer infrastructure and public safety programs will help places like Suffolk County flourish - improving the quality of life, and protecting the environment for generations to come."
"We all know that Suffolk County is a wonderful place to raise our families," Assemblymember Stern said. "And it is our responsibility to ensure it stays that way for our children and grandchildren. Investments in our water quality infrastructure will protect the water we drink and our precious environment. We must also put an end to the gang violence that's plaguing our streets. As a county legislator, I secured funding and worked with law enforcement to crack down on the violent gangs that are threatening our communities. That remains my focus in the Assembly. I know Speaker Heastie stands with me in our efforts to reduce gang violence. I look forward to working with him and my Assembly colleagues to provide our children with good opportunities and continue working with law enforcement so it has the tools it needs to combat gang activity."
The first stop on the visit was to Huntington Harbor to discuss the necessity for investments in the implementation of sewer projects in Suffolk County. Currently, up to 75 percent of Suffolk County, where the 10th Assembly District is located, is un-sewered, meaning households and businesses pump their waste directly into the ground. Investments in sewer infrastructure and next generation septic systems would lead to healthier drinking water, and the preservation of the health and beauty of the Long Island Sound.
The second stop was to the Tri CYA in Huntington. Speaker Heastie and Assemblymember Stern also walked through the surrounding neighborhood with Tri CYA Regional Director Debbie Rimler, and discussed the importance of public safety for both protecting the quality of life, as well as for the future of economic development in the area. While known as one of the safest communities in the nation, there are hot spots of crime activity, including concerns about the gang MS-13. On their walk around the neighborhood, Assemblymember Stern was proud to point out the Jack Abrams School, which had been closed due to shootings in the area, and has since reopened as a STEM magnet school and is a successful source of pride in the community.