Reps. Zeldin, Suozzi, and DeLauro Host Conference Re: Protection of Long Island Sound
Kings Point, NY - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), co-chair of the Long Island Sound Caucus and a founding member of the bipartisan Congressional Estuary Caucus, co-hosted a conference today titled “Orchestrating Both Coasts for a Better Sound - Part II” at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, alongside Rep. Tom Suozzi (D, NY-3) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D, CT-3).
Rep. Zeldin pictured above, center, speaking about the need to protect the Long Island Sound, alongside, NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, Rep. Suozzi, and NYS Assemblyman Steve Englebright (left to right)
Rep. Zeldin pictured above with several Midshipmen from Long Island
Rep. Zeldin pictured above with Commissioner Seggos
The conference provided the opportunity to review many past successes protecting the Long Island Sound, and to share information and ideas about efforts to protect the Sound moving forward.
Congressman Zeldin said, “The Long Island Sound is a precious feature of our life, culture and economy. Over the years, the Long Island Sound has suffered from pollution, overdevelopment and other negative impacts. There has been a lot of progress made, but there is still much more that must be done to protect this critical waterway. Today’s conference with my fellow co-Chairs of the Long Island Sound Caucus, Reps. Suozzi and DeLauro, brought local, state and national leaders and environmental stakeholders together to discuss the work ahead. I look forward to continuing this progress in Congress on a bipartisan basis to ensure the Long Island Sound is preserved for generations to come.”
This past May, Congressman Zeldin voted in favor of H.R. 244, which was signed into law by the President, to fund the Long Island Sound Program at $8 million, an increase of $4 million in funding from the previous year, and the National Estuary Program, which serves both the Long Island Sound and Peconic Estuary, at $26.7 million. H.R. 244 also provides $72.5 million for the National Sea Grant College Program, which works with local producers to grow and sustain their business models while connecting them to local resources to share best practices.
Alongside U.S. Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), as well as Rep. DeLauro and Rep. Suozzi, Congressman Zeldin reintroduced the Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act (H.R. 1674) to preserve and protect the Sound. Congressman Zeldin also reintroduced his legislation to protect and preserve Plum Island, the Plum Island Preservation Act (H.R. 2182), which passed the House with unanimous bipartisan support in July. Rep. Zeldin also announced in August that Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Suffolk County had been awarded $120,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to remove derelict fishing gear from the Sound.