Advisory Hearings on Nassau Environmental Bond Act
Nassau County will
be holding a series of public advisory hearings on the Nassau
Environmental Bond. At the hearings citizens can nominate specific
properties for preservation and projects for funding.
The hearings will be
- January 23rd
7:00 pm, West Hempstead High School
400 Nassau Boulevard, West Hempstead
- January 25th
7:00 pm, Jericho High School
99 Cedar Swamp Road, Jericho
- January 31st
7:30 pm, North Bellmore Public Library
1551 Newbridge Road
- February 1st
7:30 pm, Herricks High School
100 Shelter Rock Road
New Hyde Park
- February 15th
7:30 pm, Hewlett Woodmere Public Library
Environmental Bond Act 2006 PASSED!
Election day, November
7, 2006, Nassau County voters overwhelmingly approved (77% to
23%) the $100 million dollar bond act, to preserve open space,
improve parks, and protect water quality. This money will be used
to continue the presevation efforts that were begun with the $50
million 2004 environmental bond act.
|Youngs Farm in
Old Brookville. One of the few remaining farms in Nassau County.
This property could be preserved from development by the 2006
Environmental Bond Act.
Island Environmental Bond Acts 2004
In 2004 Long Islanders
in both Nassau and Suffolk
Counties voted to approve bond acts to protect our environment.
In the towns of Brookhaven and Oyster
Bay voters also approved separate Town bond proposals. The
Long Island Regional Planning Board has called for preservation
of 45,000 of Long Island's remaining 90,000 acres of unprotected
open space. Any property which is not preserved will likely be
developed in the next five to eight years.
Nassau Clean Water, Open Space and Parks Trust Fund
With this 2004 bond
act, Nassau County established a dedicated fund for open space
preservation, water quality protection, and parks improvements.
The Trust Fund was the first Nassau County program with dedicated
funding for preserving open space and protecting the environment.
County issued $50 million dollars in bonds, to be accounted for
separately from the general budget, which can be expended only
to protect open space, Nassaus few remaining farms and horse
farms, wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas, to
maintain and improve the quality of Nassaus water resources,
and to create community parks and refurbish existing parks. A
citizens advisory committee provides oversight of the Trust Fund.
This important program
costs the average Nassau County household just $7 per year.
Network Executive Director, Neal Lewis speaking at a press
conference in support of the 2004 Environmental Bond Acts.
Also present were Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi; Judy
Presiding Officer of the Nassau County Legislature, Nassau
County Legislator Lisanne Altmann, Nassau County Legislator
David Denenberg, Nassau County Legislator Diane Yatauro Legislators
and representatives of environmental groups.
County Save Open Space (SOS), Farmland Preservation, and Hamlet
This $75 million dollar
bond act will protect open space, preserve farmland, and provide
parks and active recreation facilities for local communities.
This is a continuation of a long history of Suffolk County land
The money provided
by this bond act will be restricted in its use. $30 million will
be spent on purchasing pine barrens, wetlands, woodlands and other
open spaces. $10 million will be used to create hamlet greens,
pocket parks, playgrounds, and other outdoor activity
and gathering places for Suffolk County communities. $35 million
will fund the acquisition of farmland development rights to preserve
Suffolks agricultural heritage, keep families on their farms,
and prevent farmland from being lost forever to development.
The impact of the program
would be approximately $11 annually on the average residential
tax bill over the next twenty years.
of Brookhaven Clean Water Open Space Bond Act
The $100 million Town
Clean Water Open Space Bond will allow Brookhaven to continue
to protect open space and drinking water resources throughout
Brookhaven Town has
identified 6,000 acres of land that are necessary to preserve
wildlife habitat, safeguard critical drinking water recharge areas,
protect wetlands and othe vital environmental areas, maintain
farming, and sustain the character of communities in Brookhaven
Township. Without this bond, many of these identified parcels
will be lost to development.
The program will be
overnseen by an advisory committe of Town residents. It will cost
an average of only $42 per household each year.
of Oyster Bay Open Space Bond Act
In the Town of Oyster
Bay, the Town bond act of $30 million dollars will allow Oyster
Bay to acquire open space for environmental and drinking water
protection and to create new parks and refurbish existing town
The program calls for
$15 million dollars to be expended on preserving open sace and
acqiring land for parks, ball fields, playgrounds and other recreational
facilities. The other $15 million would be spent on improving
newly acquired land, and existing town-owned lands for active
and passive recreation.
The cost of repaying
the bond will work out to about $16 a year for the average Town
of Oyster Bay household.