Settlement Restores $30 Million to Drinking Water Protection

Today, Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone, alongside Pine Barrens Society Executive Director Richard Amper and Group for the East End President Bob DeLuca, announced a settlement that restores $30 million to the Drinking Water Protection Program and prevents future use of money from the Program without the public’s approval at a Mandatory Referendum. The Pine Barrens Society had challenged “raids” of the fund with two lawsuits, and in February, launched a petition campaign alongside Group for the East End that aimed to place a Proposition on the ballot that would require the county return the money and never take it again without a new referendum. The Pine Barrens Society thanks its pro bono lawyers and citizen supporters who helped to bring this campaign to a successful conclusion.