Kings Park Sewers Advance, Legislation for Property Alienation Passes in Albany

Kings Park revitalization saw a big win in the month of June with the approval for a bill in Albany that will lead the way for a new downtown sewers.

The Kings Park Civic Association’s Linda Ann Henninger, Kings Park Chamber of Commerce’s Tony Tanzi and Vision’s Director Eric Alexander were up in Albany during May to push for passage of the bill.  This issue has also been on the agenda of the 100-organization LI Lobby Coalition for multiple years.

Town of Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone both pushed hard for the passage of the bill as well.  As part of the effort, they sent letters of support to Albany lawmakers and made their stances on revitalization clear.

The Kings Park community has held multiple visioning sessions in recent years and sewering the downtown area was one of the primary goals for residents.  As a result of these efforts, the NYS budget included $20 million in infrastructure funding for the sewers and this legislation was needed to transfer a small amount of land to make it happen.

“It’s a good day for Kings Park,” said Ms. Henninger.  “The passage of this bill in the Assembly brings our town that much closer to a vibrant and revitalized downtown.”

Vision also applauds NYS Senator John Flanagan, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, and their respective colleagues for passing this important legislation.  This was a collective effort that will result in real positive change for Kings Park’s Main Street.

It’s good for the region, good for the Island and, since we reside above our potable water supply, sewering is essential in making sure we have quality of life going into the future,” Fitzpatrick said.

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