NEW YORK – Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker is pleased to announce that the County Legislature has approved the acquisition of the 5.4-acre wooded parcel adjacent to Cordwood Landing County Park in Miller Place. At the General Meeting on April 25th, the Legislature unanimously approved Introductory Resolution 1263, sponsored by Legislator Anker, to acquire this parcel under the Drinking Water Protection Program. Legislator Anker has advocated and worked diligently to preserve this environmentally sensitive parcel in order to expand the adjacent 64.4-acre county park. She submitted three separate resolutions in 2011, 2014, and 2016 for the county to appraise the parcel and has recently been successful in this important land acquisition.
“For over 6 years, I have diligently pursued this acquisition and I am happy to see it coming to fruition,” said Legislator Anker. “Residential development on this property would have negatively affected the character of the Miller Place historic district and infringed on the beauty of Cordwood Landing County Park. This acquisition will expand the adjacent nature preserve allowing local residents and families to continue to enjoy this beautiful county park.”
“Today’s vote marks the fulfillment of a community vision to preserve this beautiful and environmentally sensitive property from bulldozers and development,” said Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn, chairwoman of the Legislature’s Environment, Planning and Agriculture and its Parks and Recreation committees. “Without the determination of this community in combination with the steadfast commitment of Legislator Anker, today’s celebration may never have been, leaving the residents of Miller Place, and indeed all of Suffolk County, less natural beauty to enjoy within Cordwood Landing County Park.”
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 immensely supportive of this acquisition.
The passing of IR 1263 will allow the county to move forward with the final execution of the land acquisition contract. For more information or for questions about Suffolk County acquisition process, please contact Legislator Anker’s office at 631-854-1600.
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