Editor’s Note: The following letter is in response to a March 11 message from Congresswoman Nita Lowey informing that Congress has passed and the president has signed the final appropriations bill for 2009 that includes the following funds for Larchmont and Mamaroneck:
o $500,000 for sewer improvements to mitigate flooding in the Village of Mamaroneck;
o $20,000 for Larchmont Police Department to purchase a license plate reader;
o $95,000 for the Medicare Rights Center in Larchmont to conduct interactive health care workshops for area seniors;
o $30,000 for Mamaroneck Town Police Department to purchase a closed circuit television monitoring system; and
o $3.1 million, $2.5 million above President Bush’s request, for federal agencies to protect and restore the Long Island Sound.
The different Village of Mamaroneck neighborhood associations who are committed to seeking action on flood mitigation since the last disastrous 2007 flood are enthusiastic and optimistic to the positive news of federal and state funds now available to the Village of Mamaroneck to take immediate action.
We are grateful to our dedicated public servants: Assemblyman George Latimer, who has helped secure a $1.2 million New York State Economic Development Corporation Capital Projects grant with $400,000 earmarked for flood mitigation in the Village of Mamaroneck, and Congresswoman Nita Lowey who announced community funding totaling $8,286,367 that includes $500,000 for sewer improvements to mitigate flooding in the Village of Mamaroneck.
While we are all waiting for the Army Corps of Engineers to finish their investigations, which at best will be in 2012 and realistically will be closer to 2016, It is now time for Mamaroneck Village officials to act expeditiously to secure and implement programs that are well known and have been previously identified to give relief to future flooding conditions.
Our community is certainly thankful for the followup to promises made two years ago by many politicians. At least our assemblyman and congresswoman have come through for the Village. It helps restore the confidence of the residents that something will finally happen.