It’s officially 2022, and local officials including Brookhaven Town supervisor Ed Romaine, town councilman Dan Panico and Suffolk County legislator Jim Mazzarella shared future goals for the new year.
ED ROMAINE, SUPERVISOR
Supervisor Romaine is looking forward to getting to work on cleaning Moriches Bay with the Moriches Bay Project by using oysters to improve water quality
In the new year, he also hopes to create sports fields for the Manorville community to supplement local school fields, providing additional recreational facilities for both youth and adult leagues
He also promises to strengthen the shoreline against rising sea levels and ensure that road runoff does not enter and pollute our bays, while also making improvements to Great Gun Beach. One of his top goals in 2022 is to also ensure that when Moriches Inlet is dredged, the material is added to Webby’s Beach.
Romaine also said he will be overseeing and supporting additional road improvements and add curbing and sidewalks in residential areas, as well as expanding the Moriches nutrition program for local seniors in need and activities offered for local teens at the Moriches Community Center.
DAN PANICO, COUNCILMAN
In the Moriches and Manorville area, he said, he will continue to preserve open space.
“We just acquired over five acres in East Moriches on Tuthill Cove and we’re going to continue our preservation efforts in,” he said. “It’s important to the residents who live here, for the environment, and character of the community.”
In East Moriches, he added, Heils Creek can expect some dredging.
“It’s very important to the residents of Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Association,” he said, making note of the “great people” who live there. “They struggled with buildup and sediment over the years.”
JIM MAZZARELLA, SC LEGISLATOR
He said he is excited to begin the new year as a member of the majority caucus of the legislature.
“The Republican caucus is dedicated to working towards fiscal responsibility in the county as well as a balanced budget while continuing to provide the services that residents need and deserve,” he continued.
He also looks forward to possibly chair a legislative committee, which will give him direct oversight on specific aspects of Suffolk County government and departments.
As far as Moriches, he said, he will continue to work towards the restoration of the historic Captain Hawkins house on Montauk Highway. He explained that he will work with both the town and the Mastic Peninsula Historical Society to see the project move forward.
Mazzarella said he will also continue promoting the rural characteristics of the community by working towards open-space preservation and ensuring the area does not become over developed.
Lastly, he said he is excited to begin construction of the Forge River Watershed Sewer District project, to be breaking ground shortly.
“While the areas being connected are in Mastic and Shirley, this project directly affects the Forge River and the waterways shared with the Moriches community, and will have a positive impact on the health of these waterways and our entire Moriches Bay,” he added.
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