“The county has persevered during unprecedented challenges this year, a public health crisis and economic crisis, which have shown us how important it is that we commit to smart and transformative capital projects critical to the health, safety and quality of life of Nassau residents,” Curran said. “This four-year capital plan not only seeks to improve our infrastructure and resolve critical needs, but it also will make improvements to attract new residents and businesses so we can continue to meet the challenges of retaining our tax base.”
Curran’s proposed plan includes:
- Roads: The 2021-24 Capital Plan includes the resurfacing of over 100 lane-miles of road annually.
- Public Safety: The plan calls for funding for completion of the Nassau County Police Department Center for Training and Intelligence, a new three-story, state-of-the-art police training facility being built near Nassau Community College. Slated for completion early next year, this new center will improve the training capabilities of the Nassau County Police Department and provide for multi-jurisdictional training opportunities with other regional law enforcement agencies. Additional public safety funding includes the rollout of body cameras and infrastructure upgrades to the Nassau County Correctional Center.
- Western Bays Resiliency Initiative: With support from New York state, Nassau County is moving forward with up to $800 million in projects to remove harmful discharges and improve water quality in the Western Bays area on the South Shore. The Western Bays Resiliency Initiative is the most significant environmental investment we will make in many decades, Curran said, and it will translate into a tremendous economic boost for the region. The upgrade will clean our waterways, restore marshland, improve storm resilience, improve shell-fishing and provide a better ecosystem. Improved water quality means a better quality of life for residents.
- Family and Matrimonial Court and Family Justice Center: As the exterior renovations of the Family and Matrimonial Court and Family Justice Center are nearing completion, the project will continue with Phase 2 — an interior fit-out of the space commencing in 2021.
- Renovation of Bayville Bridge: This 1938-era bridge will be completely renovated, assuring its continued operation to both residents of the North Shore communities and the recreational boaters that traverse the waters of Mill Creek below it. Construction is expected to begin in mid to late 2021.
- Nassau Community College: To further enhance our educational system, the county is dedicating funding to implement major improvements at Nassau Community College’s Cluster C Building. Renovations will provide modern and sustainable spaces for STEM programming.
- Traffic and Pedestrian Improvements: A key traffic improvement project highlighted in the Capital Plan is the construction of a 1.4-mile stretch of Austin Boulevard in Island Park to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety, drainage and increased storm resiliency to create a safer and more sustainable corridor. Additional safety and traffic enhancements are planned at Manorhaven Boulevard in Manorhaven and Grand Avenue in Baldwin.
- Park Improvements: The plan calls for funding for improvements to county parks, including large-scale renovations planned for Centennial Park in Roosevelt, Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn and Wantagh Park.
“Despite the devastating financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021–24 Capital Improvement Plan reaffirms my commitment to restore and improve infrastructure while investing in big-picture projects that will improve the County for generations to come,” Curran said.
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