NEW YORK – Suffolk County Legislator Anker is pleased to announce that the owner of a 5.4-acre parcel, adjacent to the 64.4-acre Cordwood Landing County Park, has accepted Suffolk County’s most recent offer to acquire the property for open space preservation. For over 6 years Legislator Anker has worked diligently to preserve this 5.4-acre wooded parcel that was slated for residential development. She has submitted three separate resolutions in 2011, 2014, and 2016 for the county to appraise the parcel with hopes of expanding the adjacent county parkland. While there are still several steps in the approval process, Legislator Anker will continue to push the acquisition forward.
“I will continue to do everything in my power to preserve this environmentally sensitive parcel. Residential development on this property would negatively affect the character of the Miller Place historic district and infringe on the beauty of Cordwood Landing County Park,” said Legislator Anker. “I would like to thank the local community for their support, and I am confident that I will be able to work with my peers to bring this acquisition to fruition.”
“This is a remarkable achievement for Suffolk County and its residents. Legislator Anker has been an incredible advocate for the preservation of the open space around Cordwood Landing County Park, and this acquisition speaks volumes to the quality of leadership we strive for in our region,” said County Executive Steve Bellone. “Land preservation allows us to protect our environment and most of all, improve the water quality in the region. I look forward to continue working with our local leaders to make Suffolk County a great place for all our residents.”
The County is currently in the process of obtaining an Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) survey. The Suffolk County Planning Department and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) will then review the ESA to ensure the site is environmentally sound, in order to move forward with the acquisition. Following review and pending approval by CEQ, Legislator Anker will put forth a resolution to purchase the property. The purchasing resolution will be reviewed by the Environmental, Planning, and Agriculture Committee, and if approved by the committee, will move forward for a vote by the entire Legislature.
Cordwood Landing County Park is in the heart of the Miller Place Historic District and is an important parcel of open space for the local community as it offers extensive hiking trails and access to the Long Island Sound. The local community, including the Miller Place Civic Association, has been vocal in their support for this acquisition.
“The Miller Place Civic Association is very pleased to see the preservation efforts of this property located between our Historic District and the Nature Preserve is moving forward. Everybody’s very grateful and appreciative of owner Mr. Baisch’s willingness to pursue acquisition and preservation,” said Woody Brown, President of the Miller Place Civic Association. “We owe a big thank you to Legislator Sarah Anker who stood with the community throughout the entire process and continued to work diligently to save this precious parcel in its natural state. Also, we wish to thank the Town of Brookhaven, Jane Bonner, and Supervisor Romaine for all their support and willingness to partner with the County to purchase the property.”
For more information or for questions about Suffolk County acquisition process, please contact Legislator Anker’s office at 631-854-1600.
Pictured Above: Legislator Anker, pictured at Cordwood Landing County Park, looks forward to adding a 5.4 acre parcel to the pristine Cordwood Landing County Park located in Miller Place. Press Release by Theresa Santoro. Press Release Made Available by the Office of Suffolk County Legislator Sarah S. Anker.
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