Curran calls on Washington for stimulus for 12 infrastructure projects

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran was joined by labor leaders to announce details of the County’s federal stimulus proposal to advance twelve shovel ready, high priority Nassau County infrastructure projects – a key component of Curran’s pandemic economic recovery plan.  The total value of this stimulus request is $583 million.   The County estimates that over 3,300 full-time construction jobs and an economic output of over $400 million will be generated by the advancement of these critical projects.

 “I am calling on our federal representatives to approve this infrastructure stimulus package to help us build back a county that is stronger than ever,” said County Executive Laura Curran.  “Infrastructure investments are the foundation of our economic recovery – and essential to getting thousands of people back to work. The construction industry was hit hard by the pandemic with over 37,000 jobs lost on Long Island.  Delays to infrastructure improvements are costly and have a rippling effect on our economy. Robust federal stimulus is vital to preventing further economic catastrophe.” 

 “Due to the unprecedented fiscal constraints of the pandemic, progress on several critical infrastructure projects in Nassau County has been on hold,” said Congresswoman Kathleen Rice. “But as we continue to fight this virus, investments in our infrastructure will be essential for getting people back to work again. I commend County Executive Curran’s leadership on this front, and I support her call for a federal stimulus. I will continue fighting in Congress for the resources Nassau County needs to get through this crisis.”

“The effects of this pandemic have been cruelly uneven. While some individuals and businesses remain unscathed or even better off, others have been completely devastated,” said Congressman Tom Suozzi. “We cannot, in good conscience, leave DC before the holidays without a relief package and when we come back after the inauguration of the new President, the first priority must be creating a robust infrastructure program for the nation. We must provide federal funding to help New Yorkers get back to work.”

Projects outlined in Curran’s proposal sent to federal representatives include: Family & Matrimonial Court Phase Two; Bayville Bridge Rehabilitation Program;   Bay Park Conveyance Project; Baldwin Complete Streets; Austin Boulevard Road Improvement, Island Park; Police Academy Tactical Village; Nassau Hub Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Phase 1; Manorhaven Boulevard, Manorhaven Road Improvements; West Broadway Road Improvements;   Centennial Park Improvements; Cedar Creek Electrical Distribution Project; Park Street/Beech Street Drainage Improvements.  

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