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Albany May Put Kibosh On Suffolk Wastewater Treatment Fund

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A proposed ballot referendum to create a $70 million-a-year revenue fund for wastewater projects in Suffolk County doesn’t have the support it needs in the New York State Legislature.

The legislation would create a per-gallon water charge to help pay for wastewater infrastructure like advanced septic systems, sewer expansions and water treatment facilities.

Richard Amper, executive director of environmental advocacy group Long Island Pine Barrens Society, says people wouldn’t have to pay much to have better drinking water.

“50 bucks is a drop in the bucket if you can restore the water quality to the people of Long Island.”

The bill has support in the State Assembly, but does not have a sponsor in the Senate.

A spokesperson for County Executive Steve Bellone says they are focused on spending the $400 million they already have for water quality projects.

Jay Shah is a former Long Island bureau chief at WSHU.