State Senator Kelly Appointed to Bi-State Long Island Sound Marine Resources Committee

September 15, 2011

HARTFORD – State Senate Kevin Kelly (R-21) has been appointed to the Bi-State Long Island Sound Marine Resources Committee.

Senator Kelly is one of eighteen members – nine of whom shall be residents of Connecticut and nine of whom shall be residents of New York – appointed to the committee.

“I look forward to acting as a member of this committee and look forward to finding ways to further protect the Sound,” said Senator Kelly. “My district reaches out to the waters and beaches of Long Island Sound, and it is vital that we not only preserve, but better this natural resource so that commerce and marine industries flourish, and so that our children can enjoy the beautiful resources of the Sound.”

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.

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, who made the appointment, commended Senator Kelly for his desire to volunteer his time and expertise in order to safeguard a vital resource for the citizens of Connecticut and New York.

State Senator Kevin Kelly represents the 21st Senatorial District which includes the towns of Monroe, Seymour, Shelton and Stratford.