Government: County Session on Septic Program, GOP Opens Headquarters

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County To Hold Public Session on Septic Program

The office of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone this week announced it would hold a series of town hall meetings to inform residents about the county’s new proposed “Reclaim Our Water: Septic Improvement Program.” The new program would provide eligible homeowners with grants and low-interest loans through CDCLI Funding Corp. to help pay for advanced wastewater treatment systems.

The first event will be held in Flanders on Monday, April 24 at 7 p.m. Subsequent town halls will be held in Port Jefferson, Huntington and Centereach in an effort to help answer questions and provide key information on how the program would operate if approved by the county legislature.

The meetings will include presentations from Mr. Bellone along with officials from the County Department of Health Services Division of Environmental Quality, among others. These meetings are part of a recently announced community outreach campaign to promote the “Reclaim Our Water: Septic Improvement Program.”

An estimated 400 Suffolk County homeowners would be selected to receive the funding under the first two years of the program. Through the year 2021, the program will be funded with $2 million each year from the Suffolk County Assessment Stabilization Reserve Fund. If approved by the Suffolk County Legislature, the program would be scheduled to launch on July 1.

Under the program, homeowners would apply for a grant to cover the cost of an advanced wastewater treatment system. The grant, up to $11,000, would enable eligible homeowners to cover the costs of systems that cost between $14,500 and $17,500. In addition to the grant, homeowners could qualify to finance the remaining cost over 15 years at a fixed interest rate of 3 percent. In comparison, the cost to install or replace a conventional cesspool or septic system with no capabilities to reduce nitrogen is estimated at $6,000 to $8,000.

The county has been holding a pilot project to test new wastewater technologies. To date three technologies that have proven to be effective have been approved for use. More than 360,000 houses in Suffolk County, more than the entire state of New Jersey, rely on outdated cesspools and septic systems that do not treat properly wastewater to remove nitrogen.

The Flanders meeting will take place at the David W. Crohan Community Center/Flanders Senior Center at 655 Flanders Road. For more information visit www.suffolkcountyny.gov.

GOP Opens Campaign Headquarters

The East Hampton Town Republicans will hold a grand opening at their campaign headquarters at the Red Horse Market at 74 Montauk Highway in East Hampton, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21.

“We welcome all East Hampton residents to the grand opening,” said Reg Cornelia, the chairman of the East Hampton Town Republican Committee. “Come and enjoy some wine and cheese, meet our outstanding candidates Manny Vilar, Paul Giardina and Jerry Larsen and have a chat with your neighbors and friends.”

Not only will the office serve as the campaign’s headquarters for the upcoming election season, but “we intend for our headquarters to be a resource center where East Hampton residents can stop by to discuss the issues that are important to them in this upcoming campaign,” Mr. Cornelia continued.

The Republican town board candidates have been meeting and greeting voters on Sunday afternoons at various restaurants and will continue to do so throughout the campaign.

“Paul, Jerry and I want to meet with as many East Hampton residents as possible and in addition to our weekly meet and greets at local restaurants, we look forward to meeting with local groups and individual voters at our campaign headquarters,” said Mr. Vilar, the Republican candidate for town supervisor. “These informal meet and greets are the first building blocks of what will become our open and inclusive administration.”

The office is in suite 17 on the second floor of the Red Horse Market. For more information on the candidates and the campaign, visit ehnygop.com.

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