Suffolk County’s visionary farmland preservation program has just achieved a triumph. The state’s Appellate Division last month rejected a ruling by a state Supreme Court justice in 2016 that hamstrung the program. Conceived by County Executive John Klein, the program, begun in 1974, is based on the brilliant and then novel idea of purchasing development rights. Farmers are paid the difference between the value of their land in agriculture and what they could get for it if they sold it to a developer. In return, the land is kept in agriculture in perpetuity. READ
A footbridge in Riverhead’s Cranberry Bog Preserve that has been closed for the last six years is open for public use after its ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon. READ
New text stop areas where drivers can pull over to use their cellphones on Flanders Road were dedicated in Barbara Tocci’s memory Friday.
The Suffolk County Legislature has approved spending $2 million for the long-awaited fitness center at Suffolk County Community College’s Northampton campus.
The project is expected to receive the remaining $2 million from New York State, which missed its April 1 budget deadline.