Speaker Carl Heastie today continued his annual statewide tour with Assemblymember Steve Stern on Long Island. They made stops at Sweetie Pies on Main and Cold Spring Harbor, and Farmingdale State College.
"Going on my statewide tour every year gives me the opportunity to visit communities across New York and see firsthand how the Assembly Majority can best help them grow and thrive," Speaker Heastie said. "From investing in our students and the SUNY system to revamping aging infrastructure, today's tours were a great way to see how we can best serve the people of Long Island."
"Our communities need our help to keep up as they as age and grow – whether that's updating transportation infrastructure or building new academic buildings at Farmingdale State College," Assemblymember Stern said. "It was an honor to tour with Speaker Heastie around the district today, and show how we can help keep Suffolk County a destination for families and businesses."
The first stop was Sweetie Pies on Main and a walking tour of Cold Spring Harbor. Speaker Heastie and Assemblymember Stern were joined by Sweetie Pies owner and Cold Spring Harbor Main Street Association President Tom Hogan. The guiderails, shoulder, curbs and sidewalk along Route 25A, which runs between Cold Spring Harbor State Park and the downtown business district and are used by pedestrians and cyclists, are falling into disrepair. A proposed plan would improve this stretch of Route 25A, allowing people to safely walk between the park and the business district, boosting the local economy.
Speaker Heastie and Assemblymember Stern then toured Farmingdale State College, where they were joined by Assemblymember Kimberly Jean-Pierre and Farmingdale State College President Dr. John Nader. Together they met with the Student Senate, and toured the School of Business, the student center and the library. Farmingdale State College is SUNY's largest college of applied science and technology. Assemblymembers Stern and Jean-Pierre are leading the fight to get Farmingdale State College $53 million in state funding for a new academic building to keep up with the college's growing student population.