Zeldin Announces Grant To Aid Stranded Marine Life, Funds for Montauk Fire Department

U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin
U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin.

Congressman Lee Zeldin announced this week that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has given a $100,000 grant to the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMSC) of Hampton Bays. The funding will aid the organization in its mission to help entangled and stranded marine life, including dolphins and whales.

“On Long Island, our waterways are an integral part of our way of life and, in a district almost completely surrounded by water, we have a unique responsibility to safeguard our local environment, waterways and marine life,” said Congressman Lee Zeldin in a statement. “Successfully responding to the strandings of whales, seals, sea turtles and dolphins, the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society has worked hard to respond to distressed marine life, but also collect data and provide insight to ensure the long-term survival of the animals in and near our local waterways.”

“In just 19 months of receiving our stranding agreement from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we have responded 21 large whales that have washed up on New York shores,” said Atlantic Marine Conservation Society founder and chief scientist Robert A. DiGiovanni, Jr. “As the lead large whale response organization in New York State, NOAA’s Prescott Grant will help mortality and entanglement investigations for marine mammals and sea turtles, partner training, and research efforts surrounding these issues. We are so grateful to receive this grant as it furthers our mission of promoting marine conservation through action while raising an awareness for the need of public support, volunteers, members, and donors to carry out this important work. Together, we can learn what’s impacting the marine environment and what we can all do to help save it.”

Montauk Fire Department Receives $175,000 for Upgrades

The Montauk Fire Department has been awarded a $175,562 grant for equipment upgrades by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, according to a press release issued by Congressman Lee Zeldin.

“Our first responders put their lives on the line each and every day to protect us, and it is our responsibility to ensure they have everything they need to safely and effectively do their jobs,” said Congressman Zeldin. “That’s why today I am proud to announce this essential funding for Montauk Fire Department, so they can make necessary equipment upgrades and purchases to continue to exceptionally serve our community.”

“It is with great pleasure that I have received the news from Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters grant program that the Montauk Fire Department will receive $175,562. This money will help the purchase of much needed pre-hospital cardiac care equipment that allows us to continue the outstanding service our Emergency Medical Technicians have been providing,” Montauk Chief Fire Engineer Vincent Franzone said. “As with most East End towns, our population swells from a modest 4,000 to well over 75,000 in the peak season, our proximity to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, an hour away, makes the job of our EMTs that of life support, not just transport. This grant allows us to purchase equipment that will relay vital information to the hospital while en-route that will without a doubt save lives. I would like to thank Donna Hitscherich, Dawn Lucas, Captain Dustin Lightcap and Lieutenant Robert Mautshke for making this grant process a success for the Montauk Fire Department along with the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant.”