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Rep. Zeldin Announces $1.58 Million in Funding for Town of Brookhaven

April 22, 2017
Press Release

Patchogue, NY - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) announced that $1,580,000 in federal funding has been awarded to the Town of Brookhaven for the construction of new sidewalks and curbs along Old Town Road, in Port Jefferson Station and Coram, including bicycle and pedestrian access, and Americans with Disabilities Act regulated sidewalks, among other projects. The $1.58 million in federal funding represents 80% of the total cost of the project.

Congressman Zeldin said, “This is key funding to improve walkability and bicycle access in the Town of Brookhaven. The $1,580,000 will go a long way in improving the sidewalks and bridges along Old Town Road in Port Jefferson Station and Coram, which are in desperate need of repair. Last Congress, I proudly helped lead the bipartisan effort to pass the highway bill, which secured funding for the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG). Our transportation and infrastructure are essential to the Long Island economy, way of life and safety, and I will continue working to ensure that states and local governments have the flexibility and resources necessary to strengthen our infrastructure and improve transportation safety, job creation, and our overall economy and quality of life.”

New York State Senator Ken LaValle said, “It’s critically important that we continue to invest in infrastructure to maintain the quality of life in our Towns.  With the new construction of over a mile of curbing and over 2 miles of sidewalks, pedestrians, bicyclists and the disabled will have safer routes to travel.  I am pleased that by working together, the federal and state governments are continuing to improve Brookhaven’s infrastructure.” 

New York State Senator Tom Croci said, “These vital funds will not only help to improve the deteriorating infrastructure around the Town of Brookhaven, making it safer for vehicular and pedestrian traffic, but will also strengthen the economy and support job creation. I would like to commend Congressman Zeldin for fighting for this much needed funding for Brookhaven. It is leadership and collaboration like this that helps our communities thrive and keeps our neighborhoods safe.”    

Assemblyman Steve Englebright said, "Old Town Road connects the communities of Port Jefferson Station and Coram and both hamlets will soon become more pedestrian and bike friendly with the construction of new sidewalks as well as bicycle access along this route.  With funding secured by Congressman Zeldin, the Town of Brookhaven will build walkability and bicycle lanes into our local community and encourage healthy and carbon-free transportation alternatives to driving around town."

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “I want to thank Congressman Zeldin for his commitment to Brookhaven Town and his leadership in securing the funding to make our roads safer and more accessible to everyone. Infrastructure keeps the Town moving forward and upgrading it improves our quality of life and creates jobs that drive the local economy. Congressman Zeldin has always been a strong advocate for the people of the First District, and I look forward to working with him to help find more ways to make Brookhaven a better place to live and work.”

Brookhaven Superintendent of Highways Daniel P. Losquadro said, “I’d like to thank our leaders on all levels of government, local, state, and federal, for awarding the Brookhaven Highway Department $1,580,000 for the construction of new sidewalks and curbs along Old Town Road from Route 347 in Port Jefferson Station to Route 112 in Coram, especially Congressman Zeldin and Governor Cuomo. As we work to improve our infrastructure, the construction of bicycle paths and ADA-compliant, accessible sidewalks is crucial in ensuring the safety of our roadways for motorists and pedestrians.”