Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, February 18, hosted a groundbreaking event at Stony Brook University last week to announce a multi-pronged state strategy to protect critical water resources. The strategy targets four essential goals, including a $6 million investment in groundwater analysis across Long Island, creating a statewide water quality rapid response team, multi-million dollar investment in wastewater treatment infrastructure and technology, and the first-ever state regulations of mulching facilities.
At the event, both Governor Cuomo and County Executive Steve Bellone praised former Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst’s leadership on clean water issues and mitigation strategies. Ms. Throne-Holst is currently running in a Democratic primary against Dave Calone for the opportunity to face off against Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin.
“I want to recognize the great leadership of Anna Throne-Holst on the issue of clean water. Anna has done a fantastic job in helping bring the Clean Water Technology Center to Stony Brook University,” the governor said in a release issued by her campaign. “This center will help protect the environment while creating high-quality jobs on Long Island.”
“Anna took the lead on bringing the Clean Water Center to Stony Brook and has been proactive in addressing the nitrogen loading in our drinking water,” added Mr. Bellone.
Ms. Throne-Holst worked to bring the Clean Water and Technology Center, which will focus on finding ways to reduce nitrogen loading in ground and surface water, to the university. The institution will be the first of its kind in New York and serves as a model for similar efforts in areas plagued by this issue.