LIRR Plans to Relocate Yaphank Train Station 434

$20 million NYS Funding for project that will spur economic development and provide Brookhaven residents with more transportation opportunities

Farmingville, NY – Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilman Dan Panico announced today that the MTA and Long Island Railroad have agreed to relocate the Yaphank train station to an undetermined site east of its current location. The train station is now severely underutilized due to its inconvenient location in West Yaphank and limited train schedule because the LIRR main line can only accommodate diesel powered trains east of Ronkonkoma. The absence of industry or retail along County Road 21 in Yaphank, which is near the current train station, is also a reason for low ridership. The next step in the plan is to conduct a feasibility study to identify and select the new site for the station. New York State has committed $20 million to fund the move.  Supervisor Romaine and Councilman Panico have lobbied the MTA and LIRR for many years to give the “go ahead” to the project. Pictured are Supervisor Romaine (center) and Councilman Panico (right) at the January 11 meeting with Town, LIRR and MTA officials to discuss the Yaphank train station move.


The Town has indicated that the Yaphank train station should be moved to a location adjacent to William Floyd Parkway, just south of the Long Island Expressway. Moving it to this location will make train travel more accessible to commuters and provide crucial support to the nearby Brookhaven National Lab (3000 employees), as well as the businesses in the area, including those in the Brookhaven Technology Center (2500 employees), and the sustainable mix-used development “The Meadows at Yaphank,” currently under construction. The station would also service Brookhaven Calabro Airport.


Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “I am pleased that the LIRR and MTA have taken these first steps to move the Yaphank train station east. As a long-time proponent of this plan, I look forward to working with them to select the most convenient and beneficial site for commuters and businesses in the Yaphank and Shirley communities. Future economic growth in the area is dependent on this move, and I will do everything I can to bring this to fruition sooner rather than later.”


Councilman Dan Panico said, “Years ago, I spoke to Supervisor Romaine about the need to relocate the terribly underutilized Yaphank train station to a new station in East Yaphank off of William Floyd Parkway, which would give our residents in this area better and easier access to the Ronkonkoma line. We then worked with our MTA board member Mitch Pally and Senator Ken LaValle to get this transportation project funded.  Today, we kicked off with the MTA/LIRR, and their engineering consultants, to review the timeline for this project and look forward to working with them to make this idea a reality for residents.”


Courtesy of Town of Brookhaven

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Paint Patchogue Purple for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month 430

If you have been in Patchogue recently, we are sure you have noticed the purple ribbons located around town. The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce has partnered with local businesses and elected officials to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. Patchogue has “gone purple” from June 16th through the 30th  to support local families affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Approximately 30 local businesses are participating by decorating their storefronts and stores with purple ribbons which were donated by the Village Walk.  Businesses will be offering specials on purple items in their stores and raising funds with point of sale campaigns to support The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce Walk team.  The walk will be held on Saturday, September 28th in Yaphank and all proceeds fund efforts to help end Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 400,000 in New York State. By 2050 that number is projected to reach as many as 14 million. Patchogue Chamber of Commerce states that “simply by having a brain, every person is at risk for developing Alzheimer’s, a fatal disease that cannot be prevented, treated or even slowed. Patchogue knows it’s important to take action now to help end this epidemic.”

“We applaud the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Patchogue for acknowledging June 2019 as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month,” said Douglas Davidson, executive director for the Alzheimer’s Association Long Island Chapter. “Our ongoing efforts to support, educate and advocate for Long Islanders affected by Alzheimer’s disease in coordination with the County and State Departments of Health, Governor Cuomo and the New York State legislature are key to mitigating the Alzheimer’s public health crisis in New York.”

On Monday June 24th,  The Float Place in Patchogue will be hosting a Sunset Yoga and Meditation at Mascot Dock in Patchogue. Below is the event flyer which contains event schedule and other details.


There is also a media campaign running for the entire month of June.  Help turn Facebook purple for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, be sure to use #PaintPatchoguePurple, #ENDALZ, @alzlongisland when posting.  For more info checkout

Here is the list of Patchogue businesses participating in #PaintPatchoguePurple:
Amazing Olive
Amulet Arts
BluePont Brewery
Brickhouse Brewery
Cirigliano Agency
Curiosity shop
Del Fuego
Edward Jones
Free Spirit Patchogue
I love Mac & cheese
James and Joyce
Meetball Place
Pat Med Library
Pauly Market & Butchery
Public House 49
Swell Taco
Tap Room
Variedades Rincon Latino

For more information about Alzheimer’s check out the links below:

Alzhiemer’s Association

Alzhiemer’s Disease Facts & Figures report

  #PaintPatchoguePurple, #ENDALZ, @alzlongisland

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