It is always dangerous to make predictions. But I think there is a very high probability the Suffolk County Legislature will rue the day they made these decisions to sell the Suffolk County skilled nursing facility and the 230 acres of pristine wild lands.
∙ The Suffolk County home was one of the jewels of the county–something all county residents could be truly proud of.
∙ As reported in this blog, the owners/operators of the Brookhaven rail terminal (BRT), are perhaps the shadiest enterprise ever to have set foot in the county. And this in a county that has had many shady operators.. It is hard to understand the business logic of locating a rail terminal in the Town of Brookhaven on eastern Long Island (from a rail transport perspective near the end of the world). It is hard to understand how truck traffic on Long Island will be reduced. While eastbound truck traffic may be reduced, most of what is rail shipped to Yaphank will have to be transshipped by truck west to Nassau County and NYC. Where is the reduction in truck traffic there? Even though the BRT folks have indicated (tongue-in-cheek?) that they are not especially interested in shipping garbage, now with some 300-400 acres under their control (all apparently not subject to any local jurisdictions or control – neither Brookhaven Town, Suffolk County or New York State – it seems inevitable that it will become the regional collection point for the transshipment of garbage off Long Island. It is said that the BRT will be the largest rail transshipment operation in the United States.
The BRT will either become a huge white elephant headache for Suffolk County and the Town of Brookhaven, or a colossal raping of the Long Island environment including the Carman’s river and our drinking water aquifer. And in either eventuality, destroy the hamlet of Yaphank. All for a relatively small pot of gold. What were our elected officials thinking? One can’t help but speculate that someone is on the take –another long-time Long Island tradition.