Eastern Long Island Chapter


Vote NO, on Suffolk County Proposal #2

The goal of this campaign is to inform and urge Suffolk County Voters to vote NO to Suffolk County Proposal No. 2 / Resolution 547 on the back of the 2020 ballot and help protect and preserve Long Island’s drinking water.

Launch Date: October 2020
Status: Loss

This resolution proposes that funds from the Sewer Assessment Stabilization Reserve Fund (ASRF) be made available to pay county operating expenses, to plug holes in the county’s budget.

Suffolk County Proposal #2 / Resolution 547-2020 would move “excess funds” in the Drinking Water Protection Program Fund to the Suffolk County Taxpayers Trust Fund, a general fund. “Excess” does not refer to funds that are not needed to protect drinking water of county residents.  Instead, “excess funds” are those that have not yet been spent.

A Vote AGAINST Suffolk County Prop #2:

  • Would enforce a court ruling that requires the repayment of millions of dollars illegally raided from the Drinking Water Protection Program Fund.
  • Would ensure the availability of money to protect residents’ drinking water.
  • Would maintain enough money in the tax stabilization fund to assist taxpayers in existing and new sewer districts.

A Vote FOR Suffolk County Ballot Prop #2:

  • Would move funds from the Drinking Water Protection Program to a general fund, which can be used for whatever politicians want.
  • Would “forgive” the repayment of tens of millions of dollars back to the water protection fund, that had been illegally raided from the water protection fund to the general fund, which can be used for whatever politicians want.

We Need These Funds Now More Than Ever.

Long Island has the most contaminated water in the state.  It also has some of the highest concentrations of nitrogen in our groundwater in the country. 

Suffolk County has 360,000 individual septic systems and cesspools in the ground.  These systems were never designed to remove nitrogen, so instead, they leach nitrogen and other chemicals into our groundwater, which eventually makes its way to our surface waters.  Excess nitrogen in our waters has led to the proliferation of harmful algae blooms (brown tide, red tide, rust tide, etc.) that destroy our marine environment and economy.

The good news is, we know the solution! We need to replace these old, polluting systems with new nitrogen-removing technology and in some areas, sewers.

Information in on this page was sourced from The Long Island Pine Barrens Society. For more information visit https://www.pinebarrens.org/voteforcleanwater/

East Hampton Star, October 22, 2020
Propositions: No and No

Newsday, October 28, 2020