2013-11-06 / Front Page

Massapequa committees work to put plans together for shoring up local infrastructure

by Sean Mulligan

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I have been to both NY Rising

I have been to both NY Rising public meetings and I feel disaster mitigation is not the main reason for using federal funds for Super Storm Sandy Relief! I have listened to the suggestions of projects by both government representatives and some local individuals all are suggesting projects of their own desire and not disaster mitigation. I am not saying some disaster mitigations, handling procedure programs and developments were not discussed or brought up. However, I did see prodding suggestions of multi-dwelling projects, youth center developments, business center enhancements and other non-mitigation projects being suggested. All those ulterior motivated projects will only produce more government spending and increased taxes on a already over taxed base citizenship. The limited amount of federal money, approximately $5M-$25M for an area such as the Masapequas should be used for alternative drainage control to redirect flood/surge waters, low interest loans to raise homes in extreme flood areas and zones and village and Fire Department equipment replacement lost during Super Storm Sandy. They should be discussing evacuation plans or SOP for the next Super Storm Sandy disaster not Queenizing Nassau or Suffolk Counties with multi-dwelling housing projects! Raising roads without raising homes is ludicrous. Government better wake up to the realities of future disasters not on perpetuating their ability to spend taxpayer dollars on their pet projects!

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