Schumer: LI should get part of $100M to combat toxic algae

Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday promised to use his political influence to push a bill that would help Long Island receive a portion of $100 million proposed to be spent to combat toxic algae bloom outbreaks.

The “Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act,” was introduced by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) in May. It would authorize $22 million a year for five years starting in 2019 to protect marine life and conduct research on harmful algal blooms and hypoxia — low oxygen levels — across U.S. waters.

Schumer (D-N.Y.), citing Newsday’s reporting on toxic algal blooms, said Sunday Long Island should get a sizable portion of the money.