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
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.