This week, Assemblyman Brian Curran vehemently opposed legislation (A.7711-B) to transfer the Freeport Armory to the Cedarmore Corporation, a private entity. The sponsor of the bill is Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper.
Instead, Curran voiced his support for his own bill (A.4609) to transfer the property to the Village of Freeport to be used as the site of the new Department of Public Works complex. Curran’s legislation is not only supported by Mayor Michael Kennedy and 3,000 village residents, but it serves the good of the community as well.
“This property must be returned to the Village of Freeport,” said Curran. “It was originally donated to the state by the village nearly 70 years ago. Our Department of Public Works facility sits in the midst of a flood zone and was severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy. To stormproof the current facility would cost our taxpayers $25 million. It makes more sense to build a new facility on the grounds of the armory, which should be transferred back to the village – its original owner. I stand with our local government and our residents on this issue.”
Gov. Cuomo has previously vetoed Hooper’s legislation to transfer the Freeport Armory to a private entity on two separate occasions and has stated that he will not sign this measure into law unless there is a consensus on the issue. The past two years, Curran and the Assembly Minority has been able to prevent Hooper’s bill from passing by denying a 2/3 vote of the Assembly.
The Assembly Majority has blocked Curran’s bill which is supported by the Village of Freeport and its residents.