Suffolk is looking to buy hundreds of acres for preservation


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Town supervisors in eight towns in Suffolk County have identified 252 eco-sensitive plots that the county wants to pursue purchases to protect open spaces for future generations of long islanders. did.

The· List of parcelsThe most private, will be voted in front of the county council on March 2, after receiving recommendations from the Environmental Trust Fund Review Board and the county park trustee. This committee was created as part of the Suffolk County Drinking Water Conservation Program, a voluntary program that includes all 10 towns in Suffolk. Smithtown and Southold did not include the list of parcels to buy because the money allocated through the program was previously used to buy parcels.

The county, which did not answer inquiries about the available funds the town had allocated to buy parcels, now takes a quarter percent of the sales tax and some of that money is spent on land conservation. I will.

Legis. Al-Cutchogue, vice chairman of the county’s Environment, Parks and Agriculture Commission, upheld a resolution approved 8-0 on Monday. As some long islanders tried to spend their time outdoors in parks and beaches during the coronavirus pandemic last spring and summer, parcels will continue to be preserved, but only to maintain open space. Not Kurbsky said.

“We need to continue to protect farmland in Suffolk County because there are so many people to feed,” Kurbsky said, adding that the program would no longer exist once the money was spent. “The farmland will be so important that it will be needed for food production.”

The proposed plots on the list must be in a natural and undisturbed state and should be adjacent to the county green space or have freshwater or saltwater wetlands as planned by the State Department of Environmental Conservation. Must meet at least one of eight criteria, including.

If approved, the county will contact the owners of individual parcels ranging from less than 1 acre to 402 acres for purchase based on valuation.

Although Babylon Town identified the most plots on the list — 72 — Huntington Town identified 21 plots with an estimated 1,000 acres, most of the eight towns.

Huntington supervisor Chad Lupinatch said that depending on the parcels he acquired, he could either leave them alone or buy development rights.

“We are always looking for ways to increase open space and protect aquifers and drinking water for future generations,” says Lupinatch.

The non-profit charitable UJA-Federation of New York has three parcels, two in Melville and one in Wheatley Heights, identifying Huntington and Babylon as potential purchases, respectively. I will. The total plot is estimated at 473 acres and is part of the Henry Kaufman campsite used in the eight-day camp.

Irvin Rosenthal, Federal Chief Financial Officer, said the parcel has been owned by a nonprofit organization for 60 years and will continue.

“We are not talking to the county, and we would not be interested in selling them because they are in active use,” Rosenthal said.

Part of interest:

  • East Hampton Town 6
  • Riverhead Town 6
  • Huntington Town twenty one
  • Brook Haven Town twenty two
  • Shelter Island Town 35
  • Ice Lip Town 41
  • Southampton Town 49
  • Babylon Town 72

Source: Suffolk County Council


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