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Romaine Welcomes Offer From Schumer To Secure Permits To Dredge Sterling Harbor

Originally Posted: January 27, 2012

Greenport - Yesterday, North Fork County Legislator Ed Romaine sent a letter to Senator Charles Schumer thanking him for offering assistance to secure permits to dredge Sterling Harbor in Greenport.

In his letter Romaine writes, "The dredging of Sterling Harbor is a priority and should be expedited by the Army Corps of Engineers. Our commercial fishing industry and those lives that may be saved by the hospital cannot afford any further delay."

Sterling Harbor serves commercial fishing boats, a pack-out dock at the end of Monsell Place, and Eastern Long Island Hospital. The Army Corps of Engineers performed a survey of the area several years ago, which concluded that the mouth was narrowing.

Over the summer, Romaine addressed a letter directly to the Army Corps of Engineers asking for assistance, but it went unanswered. In addition, Legislator Romaine, Senator Ken LaValle, and Mayor Nyce held a news conference at the mouth of the harbor last fall to bring attention to the plight of the village. However, this too garnered no response from the federal government.

"I remain hopeful that with your renewed interest the Army Corps will make every effort to approve the dredging with all due haste," Romaine concluded in his letter to Schumer. "I look forward to working with your office to get this done before Sterling Harbor becomes completely unnavigable."

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