September 22, 2014
By Stephanie West
Hauppauge, NY – September 15, 2014 – Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has announce a proposed $5 million in funding for four major infrastructure projects which are expected to create thousands of jobs, encourage economic growth and facilitate the development of transit-oriented downtowns.
The projects, which are located in the Town of Brookhaven (Ronkonkoma Hub), Town of Babylon (Wyandanch Rising), Town of Huntington (Huntington Station), and the Town of Smithtown (Smithtown Central Business District), are part of Suffolk County’s ‘Jumpstart’ program, a comprehensive economic development plan to encourage, foster and enhance the planning and development of regionally significant developments in and around Suffolk’s downtowns.
"We call these funds Jumpstart because they are designed to provide a jolt to our economy and create jobs,” said County Executive Steve Bellone. “Investments in our infrastructure today are investments in the quality of life for future generations. These projects will put people to work and provide the much needed framework for vibrant downtowns right here in Suffolk County.”
Jumpstart Suffolk program is sponsored by Suffolk County’s Department of Economic Development and Planning and is intended to promote mixed-used residential and commercial developments that maximize access to public transportation. The Jumpstart funding resolutions were introduced on Tuesday, September 9 and will be up for a vote in front of the County Legislature on Tuesday, October 7.
Presiding Officer Legislator DuWayne Gregory noted, “These projects will help promote the long term economic growth of Suffolk County and encourage our youth to stay, live and work here in our County. I hope for the legislature to vote for this legislative package.”