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Rice, Long Beach Officials Urge Governor to Veto Port Ambrose Proposal

In first in-district public appearance as Rep. for NY-4, Rice joins local officials in opposing proposed LNG terminal

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Long Beach, January 15, 2015 | comments
LONG BEACH, NY – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice held a press conference with local officials in Long Beach today to express their opposition to the proposed Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, which would be constructed 17 nautical miles off the coast of Jones Beach. The event was Rice’s first public appearance in the fourth congressional district since she was sworn in earlier this month to her first term in Congress. Rice was joined today by NYS Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky, Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford, Long Beach City Council President Anthony Eramo, Long Beach City Council Vice President Len Torres, Long Beach City Councilmembers Fran Adelson and Eileen Goggin, and Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman.

“We’re here today to show that we’re united against this project,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice. “We’ve heard the outcry from community members who feel excluded and ignored, and we’re making their voices heard. Last week I wrote a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to veto this proposal, because our communities can’t afford the environmental risks that come with it. We can’t afford the added burden that would come with it when we’re still recovering from Superstorm Sandy. This project does not reflect our priorities. We want to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and lead the transition to clean, renewable energy. We want to invest in wind and solar power and create good green jobs and new economic opportunities here on Long Island. Those are our priorities.”

Rice’s letter to Governor Cuomo is available here: Rice.LNGLetter.pdf.

“This project jeopardizes the health, safety and security of the coastal communities in my district and threatens the marine environment that defines those communities,” Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky said. “I urge Gov. Cuomo to use his veto power to stop this proposal in order to protect our communities and to preserve our shore for generations to come. Additionally, it is absurd that the LNG facility would be closer to our community than its public hearing was. I call on the USCG and MARAD to hold additional public comment hearings in the communities that this project will impact the most," Assemblyman Kaminsky said.

"The time has come for us to invest in a robust renewable energy infrastructure,” said Long Beach City Council President Anthony Eramo. “We need to move away from fossil fuels and our dependency on them. Our children and grandchildren are counting on us."

“I am asking Governor Cuomo to hear the voices of those in opposition to the LNG Terminal and join us in saying ‘NO!’” said Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford.

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