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Infrastructure

American infrastructure is crumbling. And the situation is so dire that the American Society of Civil Engineers gave our country’s infrastructure a D grade. If we continue to underinvest in our roads, bridges, and tunnels, we limit our ability to accommodate Long Island’s growing population, attract new businesses, and grow our economy.

We’re investing billions of dollars into the Long Island Rail Road to buy new trains, upgrade stations, and build new tracks. It’s a good start, but we need to do more. The LIRR is currently single tracked on both the South and North Fork, which limits the number of trains that can operate. We need to build parallel tracks to increase train capacity and electrify the entire LIRR system to minimize our carbon footprint. In addition to upgrading our rail system, we need to invest in big infrastructure projects, like the Cross-Harbor Freight Tunnel. This tunnel would permit freight traffic to pass under the bay between New Jersey and Long Island, bypassing Manhattan and alleviating highway congestion. We also need to invest in Long Island’s sewer lines and waste treatment plants to address water pollution, which endangers our drinking water and contaminates our marshes and fisheries.

Not only will infrastructural investments make us more economically competitive and environmental sound, but the direct investments will improve our quality of life and create thousands of jobs. The Congressional Research Service estimates that more than 10,000 direct and indirect jobs are created for every billion dollars invested in construction projects in New York.

But local and state government can’t make these investments alone. In Congress, I’ll fight for increased federal funding so that we can not only make improvements to our current infrastructure and transportation networks, but expand them. And I’ll work tirelessly to make sure that our tax dollars are spent right here in Suffolk County so that we make Long Island a better place to live and work for everyone.

“It's time Long Island had a strong voice to fight for high-paying jobs, affordable health care, high-quality education and clean air and water.”Perry GershonCandidate for Congress, NY-1