Lesko, Panelists Discuss Brookhaven Rail Terminal at Long Island Business Development Council

June 21, 2012

Farmingville, NY – On June 18, 2012, Supervisor Mark Lesko participated in a panel discussion on the Brookhaven Rail Terminal (BRT) with Jim Newel, Chief Operating Officer of Brookhaven Rail Terminal, and Daniel Falcone, Wholesale Manager of Ultra Green Energy Services, LLC, a user of the facility. The Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency sponsored this Long Island Business Development Council (LIBDC) event, which included representatives from Long Island businesses, civic organizations, real estate brokers, developers, government officials, lawyers, accountants, and engineering firms.

“I enjoyed the discussion we had on the positive impact Brookhaven Rail Terminal is having not just in Brookhaven, but on Long Island as a region. BRT opens the door for many Long Island businesses that need to ship or receive supplies to support their growth,” said Supervisor Mark Lesko.

Andrew Kaufman, President of BRT said, “This is an historic time for BRT, the Town of Brookhaven and Long Island. The ability to ship goods on and off Long Island by rail translates to lower costs, more flexible local service and a greatly enhanced market reach. Long Island businesses now have increased access to world markets through BRT’s connection to the national rail network. In addition, BRT’s rail transportation shipping alternative is helping to keep transportation costs competitive while importantly protecting the environment.” Brookhaven IDA Board Chairman Fred Braun said, “The ‘little engine that could’ is alive and well with Brookhaven and all of Long Island the beneficiaries. I guess if you say ‘I think I can, I think I can’ over and over, dreams can come true. It's truly remarkable what was been accomplished in such a short period of time and just proves the positive results with all parties working together. I'd like to be in charge of the over/under pool as to how many rail cars will be received over the next twelve months. The dream continues to be a reality.”

Ed Mirabella, Executive Board Treasurer of the LIBDC said, “The BRT brings new resources to the Long Island business community, which can only help to support growth in the region. The Long Island Business Development Council has, for over 43 years, worked with government and business in support of economic development.”

BRT is located in Yaphank and is the first privately financed multi-modal rail freight facility on Long Island. Rail freight shipping will allow Long Island business to significantly reduce their shipping costs, which in turn will support the expansion of existing businesses and allow them greater access to national and international markets. It has an environmental benefit of improving air quality by taking trucks off the road and reduces the cost and the aggravation of congestion.

Users of the facility include crushed aggregate that is brought to Long Island from upstate quarries, shipment of bio-diesel, and flour for Long Island's baking business. The shipping of the flour by freight takes about 2700 trucks per year off the road.

The Long Island Business Development Council helps its members form close associations and business relationships while providing a platform for an evaluation of Long Island’s economy and future and the steps that can be taken to keep it strong. In addition to working behind the scenes on projects and developments of regional significance, the LIBDC hosts issue-focused meetings and brings together business and government at an annual fall retreat.

The Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency provides incentives to facilitate the acquisition, construction, reconstruction and equipping of commercial and industrial projects in the Town of Brookhaven to create jobs. Projects may be eligible for financing and tax incentives. The Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency has been proactive in not just attracting and retaining businesses, but also focusing the private sector on redevelopment. For more information about the Brookhaven IDA, please call Lisa Mulligan at 631-451-6563 or visit the IDA’s website at http://www.brookhavenida.org/.

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