Holbrook downtown receives $2 million for future sewers to drive economic growth

Main Street in Holbrook, New York, as seen on Oct. 10, 2020.

HOLBROOK, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — A livelier, bustling downtown Holbrook could be in the hamlet’s future if sewers are installed, paving the way for more restaurants and other development. A new multi-million dollar grant is bringing the long-awaited sewers closer to reality.

New York State Senator Monica Martinez (D-Brentwood) of the 3rd Senate District announced she successfully secured $2 million for the future installation of sewers in the Holbrook business district along Main Street and Union Avenue, which would enable business growth and efforts to revitalize the area.

"Our small businesses are the heartbeat of our downtowns and ensuring a gem like Holbrook can continue to thrive with new additions and expansion is a priority of mine,” Martinez said. “The $2 million will assist Suffolk County to begin the revitalization of downtown Holbrook. Small businesses are a staple to communities on Long Island and we must do our part to help them succeed."

Holbrook businesses rely on cesspools today, limiting the number of businesses and other development that generate significant wastewater. Cesspools across Long Island are often cited as environmental concern because of the excessive nitrogen they release, polluting Long Island’s waterways.

"On behalf of the Holbrook Chamber and Holbrook business community, we're extremely grateful to NYS Senator Monica Martinez and her staff for efforting and securing a $2 million grant to be appropriated toward the Holbrook Business District Sewer Project, which has been included within County Executive Steve Bellone’s 2021-23 Capital Budget,” said Holbrook Chamber of Commerce President Rick Ammariti. “The chamber has worked tirelessly for over 20 years to procure sewers for our downtown, which will dramatically improve, enhance, and further the economic landscape of the Main Street and Union Avenue corridors upon installation.”

Martinez's 3rd Senate District spans the south shore from Brentwood to Mastic Beach. In the Sachem area, the district includes large portions of Farmingville, Holbrook, Holtsville, and Lake Ronkonkoma.

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