YAPHANK, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to expedite a proposed $30 million dredging project to protect sections of Ocean Parkway damaged during Superstorm Sandy.
More than 1 million cubic yards of sand would be deposited on the beaches at Gilgo and Robert Moses state parks. The funding is included in the Sandy Supplement Aid Package. It's awaiting approval by the House of Representatives.
Sen. Charles Schumer announcement the agreement on Monday. The Corps will immediately allocate $350,000 for the project's engineering and design.
Schumer told Newsday project will benefit commuters, tourism, fishermen and businesses that rely on a passable Fire Island Inlet.
The $33.2 million project also includes dredging sand from Fire Island Inlet to restore five miles of dunes at Gilgo and Tobay beaches.
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Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale has been ousted and replaced after an investigation by the district attorney. The investigation was over a report that Dale told cops to pull over a county bus and arrest a witness involved in an election year dispute, according to Newsday.
Police have cited a Long Island woman for allegedly neglecting her two dogs, authorities said. A Suffolk County cop and an SPCA worker on Wednesday responded to a 911 call to the Deer Park home of Sharon Martinez, 55, where they found two pit bulls, Nina and Papa, severely emaciated and chained to a tree in the back yard, police said.