A long-awaited project has finally begun in the village of Sea Cliff. Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton recently joined NY State Assemblyman Charles Lavine, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy and village trustees, Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Director Eric Swenson and representatives from Nassau County’s Community Development agency at the groundbreaking ceremony for the sewer line that will run along Sea Cliff Avenue from Main Street to Prospect Avenue. Funding for the project came from the Village of Sea Cliff, Nassau County, New York State and the federal government via Congressman Steve Israel.
“Connecting the business district along Sea Cliff Avenue to sewers not only gives those businesses room to expand and thrive, but eliminates pollution from failing cesspools that contaminate our drinking water and Hempstead Harbor,” said DeRiggi-Whitton. “I am happy that Nassau County was able to help the village make this project a reality.”
The project will create Sea Cliff’s first sewer line. The line will connect to the Glen Cove Sewage Treatment Plant, currently being operated by the county. Contaminants from human waste, such as bacteria and nitrogen, have become an island-wide focus of concern. Recent studies link these pollutants to contamination of the drinking water aquifer and surface waters like ponds, streams and bays. Seventy percent of Nassau County’s north shore is unsewered and primarily using cesspools, which do not treat or remove pollutants.