October 20, 2006
Scannell, Environmentalists & Legislators Urge Residents to Vote “Yes” in November
$100 M Environmental Protection package for County
Nassau County Legislator Joseph Scannell (D-Baldwin), Long Island environmentalists and Nassau County Legislators are urging Nassau’s residents to approve a $100 million Environmental Protection bond that will appear on this November’s ballot. All 19 lawmakers unanimously supported the proposed environmental legislation which went before the full legislature last month.
Legislator Scannell said that, if approved by voters in November, the proposed referendum would authorize the county to bond $100 million for environmental programs, including the preservation of the county’s remaining open space.
“Nassau County’s first open space bond for $50 million was a resounding success story,” said Legislator Scannell. “We believe we will once again receive the support of the voters, who know that Nassau’s precious open space is quickly disappearing. A year from now, two years from now, it could be too late.”
"With land prices rising dramatically and so little open space left, we must act now to protect and restore natural areas while we still can. We are very grateful to the Nassau County Legislature and County Executive for understanding the importance of protecting our environment and giving voters the opportunity to choose to do something about it. $1.33 cents per month is a very small price to pay to preserve the quality of life we enjoy in Nassau County,” said Lisa Ott, executive director of the North Shore land Alliance.
"Nassau’s voters are able take direct action in this November referendum to create an earmarked fund dedicated to environmental programs that will protect our drinking water and preserve our remaining open spaces," said Neal Lewis, executive director of the Neighborhood Network.
The first open space bond preserved 72.3 acres of land and development rights were purchased on 43 acres. The first bond also addressed park improvement, clean water, and brownfields projects.
Voters will be asked to approve a charter amendment setting up an environmental fund to be paid off through a dedicated tax, estimated to cost the average tax payer about $16 a year for 20 years.
Richard Amper, executive director of the Pine Barrens Society, said, “County Legislators are giving Nassau voters the bargain of a lifetime by offering them drinking water protection, open space preservation and parks – all for just 16 bucks!”