RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – The Suffolk County Legislature has passed a resolution that authorizes the appraisal of land along Swan River in East Patchogue for potential acquisition. Introductory Resolution 1085-19 was co-sponsored by Deputy Presiding Officer Rob Calarco and was passed by a unanimous vote. If acquired, the parcel will be preserved as open space, preventing the land being developed and helping to preserve the delicate ecosystem along Swan River.
The 11.59 acre property rated very highly under Suffolk County’s land preservation program scoring system. Potential acquisitions are assessed based on their proximity to other preserved land and water bodies, vegetation, and animal life. There is also preference given to lots that are contiguous, such as this parcel. This land was included in a 2012 master list of properties that Suffolk County was looking to acquire for open space preservation.
The parcel will be evaluated by two independent appraisers. Suffolk County Real Estate will then make an offer to buy the property from its current owner based on that assessment. The land would be purchased jointly by both Suffolk County and the Town of Brookhaven, which has agreed to pay for 30% of purchase price.
“Suffolk County has already preserved a large amount of land around Swan River to protect it,” said Deputy Presiding Officer Calarco. “Adding this parcel to our inventory fits with our larger goal of preserving as much land around the river as possible. We have a responsibility to protect our natural resources because it is so important to the future of Suffolk County.”