Group Against Cross-Sound Tunnel

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Residents, Lawmakers Protest Against Cross-Long Island Sound Tunnel Plan

June 27, 2018 - 2:49 pm

BAYVILLE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A group of residents and lawmakers are coming together to unsound the crossing.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, they are against a proposed-Cross Sound Tunnel under the Long Island Sound, which would connect the town of Oyster Bay to Westchester County.

“I think the pollution from the ventilation towers in our biggest concern, as well as the risk of drilling through our aquifer system – which, again, would impact all of Long Island, not just Bayville,” said Jenn Jones of Bayville.

Larry Weiss of Plainview is also against the project.

“We’re very concerned about traffic. We’re very concerned about emissions. And as a boater, and the harbor, which is also a wildlife refuge, is ground zero right now for this proposed tunnel,” he said.

Linda Henninger lives in Kings Park.

“Environmentally, it would be disastrous for the Sound, which for many years, we’ve been trying to bring back,” she said. “A lot of people will, as an argument, say, ‘Well, we need that, because if there’s an emergency, we have to be able to get off Long Island,’ and I point out them that the first thing government always does in an emergency are close the bridges and tunnels.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Kevin Law, the head of the Long Island Association, said the project will ease up traffic on Long Island and bring more jobs. Jones did not agree on the first point.

“History shows that adding new crossings like this increases traffic, so that perceived convenience is actually not true,” she said.