Government is a slow by comparison with business. We all know this intuitively, but it can still surprise. For example, I was running through the issues that are important to the 149th State Assembly district (where I am the Democratic candidate in November) and thought, ah yes, funding for the Byram River flooding study to be undertaken by the Army Corps of Engineers. Where does that project stand? The agreement between the Town and the Army Corps must be inked by now, I thought. I remember the push given by Selectman Marzullo and the intervention of Congressman Himes that promised Federal funding if the Town would match.
That was almost two years ago and passed muster with the RTM and the BET — pretty much a no-brainer in terms of long over due infrastructure improvement, but sweetened enormously by the prospect of those Fed dollars.
Must be done, right? Actually, no. Two years and the Town is still dragging its feet. Local associations such as Byram and King-Merritt have been pounding the table and here we are, only a few days from a hard deadline and the application is still not submitted. And everybody is getting nervous.
This project, and the promise of Federal assistance, cannot go South because we fail to meet the deadline. I urge the Town to come through and get this deal done. This is good business. Town, don’t let us down!