STRATFORD – State Representative Lawrence Miller (R- 122) has been appointed to the Bi-State Long Island Sound Marine Resources Committee by State House Republican Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk.
Rep. Miller spent almost 40 years in the oil industry and 20 years operating a barge terminal located in the city of Bridgeport.
“I have advocated for a cleaner Long Island Sound and supported legislation to improve the quality of the Sound for our residents. In addition, I have always encouraged the development of our three deep water ports. Unfortunately, the state has not provided the needed financial assistance to improve the New Haven or Bridgeport terminals,” said Miller.
The committee was created to ensure that the natural resources of Long Island Sound are protected from the threat of industrialization, negative uses and/or proposed private projects. Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes section 25-139, members of the committee are tasked with making specific recommendations concerning the maintenance, protection and restoration of these natural resources so that Long Island Sound is preserved for public enjoyment. The committee may coordinate and recommend standardization of all laws relative to Long Island Sound including, but not limited to, standardization of jurisdiction of coastal waters by harbor management commissions, municipal waterfront authorities, municipal conservation commissions, municipal port authorities and municipal shellfish commissions. The committee will also prepare and submit a report to the governors of and the legislatures of both Connecticut and New York on or before February fifteenth, annually.
House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero applauded Rep. Miller for his continued commitment to protect and preserve Long Island Sound.