They don’t have a plan
Long Island Advance
August 9, 2012  


The new investors, Nevada 5 Inc. and Oakland Transportation Holdings LLC, under Brookhaven Rail Terminal will be investing $20 million of their money on 230 acres of land in Yaphank for use as a potential warehouse site. Maybe. Because “potential” can mean a lot of things. 

Once the land is sold, it is under federal aegis and you can kiss any kind of town or county regulations goodbye. Plus — and this is very important — it is a mile away from the Carmans River, which many in Brookhaven Town spent years trying to craft ways to save. 

Back in 2007 in a U.S. Court of Appeals Declaration, John Turner, then Brookhaven’s director of the Division of Environmental Protection, stated that the adjacent property was in a deep flow recharge zone and was ecologically part of the Long Island Pine Barrens. Unless there has been shape shifting since then, that hasn’t changed. 

This is what Chad Trusnovec had to say, whose family has lived in Yaphank since the 1700s and who has seen the alarming evolution of Yaphank over the years: “When they first proposed the rail yard four years ago, it was the private company coming in,” he said. “The guy was arrogant. He said, ‘We’re just here as a courtesy. Because it’s a federal project, you really don’t have a lot to say about it.’ Now we’re going from 30 acres to 370 acres. I hate to use a pun, but we’re getting railroaded.” 

Remember Beaver Dam Creek? There were plumes leaching into it a couple of years ago from the landfill. That was touted as stateof- the-art when it first came on board. What does the county or town think will happen if this goes through, even with a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant? 

This is being heralded as the savior of Long Island. Good for business. Good for industry. Well, where are the plans? And who will make all the money from this entire project, which has been in the works for several years? And is it really good for the local residents who are dealing with a company that already came in, mowed down trees without town permission before getting their federal status, and have two DEC violations, as recently cited as May.  County executive Steve Bellone got assurances that the Foley Nursing Home will be purchased by a company that will keep its residents, its employees and is offering a nursing scholarship to Suffolk County Community College. That seems to be a deal that was thoughtfully and humanely crafted. 

The Foley Nursing Home residents and staff are important. So are the people in Yaphank and the Carmans River. Think carefully about this. Once the deal is sealed, there’s no turning back.