The Truth About New York Rising Mastic Beach Village and the Settlement
I was absolutely stunned at the February Monthly Meeting to hear Mayor Biondi state that he had gotten an email from Zach Richter and Vanessa Lockel of New York Rising and was informed “the money was gone and we were not getting anything”. I could not believe what I was hearing as I had just spoken with Vanessa the week before and we had discussed the status of the $3 million in funding for our community. Turns out what the Mayor stated was not true. We were on target to get the first $1 million for storm water work that is being done through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. One of the next priority projects that is slated to be funded is The Restoration of 4 beaches and Wetlands BUT only if there is a resolution and settlement to the lawsuit between the MBPOA and the Village.
I contacted Vanessa and Zach after the meeting to get clarification on where the village stands with the CRP funding. Here is the response below sent out on February 13 2015:
Dear Mastic Beach/Smith Point of Shirley Planning Committee,
I hope that this email finds each and everyone of you well.
There have been some great questions from some of you to me in recent days—particularly around the HOA litigation— so I wanted to address the whole committee at once. I also wanted to give the Committee an update on where we are in the implementation of your first mover project.
First and foremost, our program remains committed to investing the community’s full $3 million allotment in eligible projects in the Mastic Beach/Smith Point of Shirley area. While the litigation does not jeopardize our overall investment in the community, it does preclude us from investing in properties where the title is in dispute. As such, we look forward to the lawsuit’s resolution….. (click here for the complete email).
So just to clarify where the community stands on this funding: Mastic Beach/Smith Point of Shirley CRC is still receiving the full $3 million from New York Rising. The Wetlands and Beach Restoration Project is still listed as a Priority Project and could be funded BUT ONLY IF THERE IS A RESOLUTION TO THE LAWSUIT AND THE VILLAGE OWNS THE WATERFRONT PROPERTY.