U.S. Rep. Nick LaLota, R-Amityville, testified last week before a congressional committee on protecting Long Island Sound and improving the Asharoken seawall.
The hearing involved reauthorizing the Long Island Sound Study, which was created to address the ecological and environmental problems of the Sound.
The seawall has badly deteriorated over the last several years, buffetted by wind and water during storms. LaLota said.”It’s a crumbling seawall, and a very narrow road,” LaLota told the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “Due to weather conditions and the elevation of the road, there are times that the road has completely flooded, leaving stranded entirely communities. With every storm, the situation has become more and more dire for the local residents.”
LaLota represents the First District, which incorporates all of Huntington.
He testified before the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee regarding the Water Resources Development Act.
Photo: Breach of Asharoken Avenue by seawall in 2019. From video shot by Augie Piazza