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Democratic Assembly candidate Deana Lykins

Deana Lykins hits Wirths, Space over Lake Hopatcong

Challenger says incumbents leaving lake residents in the lurch

By Nikita Biryukov, August 14 2019 10:26 am

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Another Assembly candidate is taking aim at Republican incumbents using an algal bloom that has left the state’s largest lake shuttered to public use for weeks.

“It is unacceptable for this state’s environmental protector to so obviously fall down on the job. The Weldon Quarry has been an ongoing concern that our leaders have ignored. Perhaps this is partially because our opponents are funded by Bob Weldon,” Deana Lykins said. “For their part, the best either Assemblymen Parker Space or Hal Wirths could do on this issue was one brief Commission meeting appearance by Wirths. He left before hearing from his constituents”

Lykins is running for Assembly in the 24th legislative district.

For weeks, Lake Hopatcong has been closed to public use over an algae bloom that has made the lake’s water unsafe to swim in.

On Wednesday, Lykins released a roughly three-minute-long video blasting incumbents and the Lake Hopatcong Commission over the lake’s continued closure, saying that not enough was being done to reopen the lake to the public despite the lake’s importance to the area’s tourist economy.

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