Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy: Laura Curran Voted Against Critical Infrastructure Projects in Areas Devastated During the Storm
FRANKLIN SQUARE, N.Y. (October 29, 2017) – On the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Nassau County Executive candidate Jack Martins today called out Laura Curran for voting against infrastructure projects that would have reinforced the area’s resiliency — in particular, capital investments in areas that were devastated by Superstorm Sandy.
“Laura Curran has voted to block needed upgrades and critical capital investments across Nassau County including areas that were devastated by Superstorm Sandy,” Martins said. “As we reflect on the damage wrought on our region by Superstorm Sandy, we are reminded how dangerous it is to play politics with funding for critical infrastructure.”
Curran voted against funding local projects for Nassau County, including more than $50 million in sewer upgrades in areas like Cedar Creek, Bay Park and Sea Cliff, except when there were projects in her district. Roads and bridges throughout Nassau County have gone without maintenance and repair because Laura Curran chose to put politics ahead of the safety and well-being of our communities.
One project that made the cut was a $665,000 investment in “streetscaping” in her hometown of Baldwin.
“Laura Curran has again let our Nassau County families down. There is no Republican or Democrat way to repair a road or bridge or to advance sewer improvements. There must be no place for partisan politics in preparing our communities for the next natural disaster,” Martins said.
According to reporting by Newsday and New York Rising, one-third of Sandy-damaged Long Island homes, approximately 3,400, that participated in New York Rising’s Homeowner Recovery Program have not finished their repairs.
And equally important, many families are still awaiting funds or are suffering through a “recapture” process during which New York Rising – which received billions of dollars in FEMA money – is requiring homeowners to pay some of the relief money back. After, in too many instances, years of red tape, families are still struggling to put their lives back together.
“What is still happening – five years later – is simply a disgrace. More than 3,000 Long Island families are still out of their homes or still awaiting relief,” Martins said. “Government is supposed to help in times like these and unfortunately for thousands of our neighbors, government failed. We must do everything in our power to ensure these families are made whole – and get home – again.”
As Senator, working with his colleagues, Martins secured hundreds of millions of dollars for capital improvements on Long Island including millions of dollars for local infrastructure.
As Mayor of Mineola, Martins developed balanced, fiscally responsible budgets and debt management plans that substantially reduced Mineola’s debt and returned the village to a sound financial footing. He also led the effort to create Mineola’s award-winning master redevelopment plan that expanded the village’s economic base through smart growth principles.
As a State Senator, Martins enacted an historic series of balanced, on-time state budgets while cutting state taxes on middle class families to the lowest level in 50 years, enacting the state property tax cap and delivering record state funding for Nassau County schools.
Martins has secured deep support for his candidacy, in particular with law enforcement unions, because they trust in his integrity and ability to lead Nassau forward. His union support includes: the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, Patrolman’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York, the New York State Fraternal Order of Police, the Correction Officer Benevolent Association, the Uniformed Officers Association, the Superior Officers Union, Nassau Correction Officers Benevolent Association, Detectives’ Association Incorporated, Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association, Inc., Police Medic Benevolent Association, Fire Marshal Benevolent Association, the New York State Fraternal Order of Police, the Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc., Local 237 Teamsters, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and the NYC District Council of Carpenters, the Civil Service Employees Association.
Martins has also earned the endorsement of the New York League of Conservation Voters, former New York Governor George E. Pataki and Congressman Peter King.
Jack Martins is the Republican, Conservative and Reform Party nominee for Nassau County Executive. Jack is a former three-term New York State Senator, the former Mayor of Mineola, and he lives in Nassau with his wife and four daughters. Jack Martins is focused on making Nassau County a better place to live, work and raise a family. As Nassau County Executive, Jack is committed to ending the corruption that has compromised the public’s trust in government, protecting local property taxpayers and creating an economic renaissance to provide a brighter future for the middle class. The election is November 7, 2017.