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Local Projects Could be Funded Via Legislature's Adopted Capital Budget

County Legislator Kara Hahn reports $1 million will likely be allocated for three local capital projects.

A handful of local capital projects affecting the Three Village community will likely be funded following the county legislature's adoption of its 2013-2015 capital budget on Tuesday.

Suffolk Legis. Kara Hahn, D-Setauket, said in a statement Wednesday that $1 million will likely fund three projects, contingent upon County Executive Steve Bellone signing off on the capital budget, affecting Stony Brook and Setauket.

Serial bonds in the amount of $600,000 will be authorized that would facilitate plant upgrades in one local sewer district and meet requirements for outside funding for a project that would "decrease nitrogen discharge into the Long Island Sound through Port Jefferson Harbor, thus increasing the health of its ecosystem and protecting area bathers" in addition to meeting Long Island Sound Study requirements, the statement read.

A total of $350,000 will be allocated over two years to plan and construct sidewalks on Nicolls Road connecting Stony Brook University's north entrance to the greater community.

"When completed, this project will protect pedestrians utilizing Nicolls Road/CR-97 and link Stony Brook University to the greater community," the statement read. "This will protect public safety and help support local businesses."

Additionally, $50,000 will fund the construction of a driveway and parking at the Nora Bredes Nature Preserve in Stony Brook, which is currently inaccessible to visitors.

Hahn said funding these projects "delivers on Suffolk County’s current infrastructure commitments and lays the groundwork for the future economic development needed to spur job creation for our residents."

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