LIRR Plans to Relocate Yaphank Train Station 304

$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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Coding and Makerspace at South Country School 76

Coding and Makerspace at the Verne W. Critz Library

 South Country Central School District libraries are no longer a place to just hear a story and select a book. The district’s librarians have been teaching crucial technology skills that will help prepare students for the 21st Century workplace. Verne W. Critz librarian Lynn Cullen explained that in addition to lessons in research, students are now learning basic coding skills and are inventing and creating in Makerspace labs.

At Verne W. Critz Elementary School, students are afforded the opportunity for hands-on activities that require critical thinking skills, problem-solving and collaborative team work. Ms. Cullen, along with the support of Principal Mandy Mazziotti, have furnished the library with engaging products such as PowerClix, Brix, K’nex, Keva, Squigz and IO blocks. The library will soon introduce modular robotics called Cubelets.

During a recent trip to the library, second grade students collaborated to design an incline plane with Keva wood planks, which allowed a ball to travel without falling off-course. Not only did the students use teamwork to design their course, they utilized science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics principles to acquire their results.

Verne W. Critz Elementary School students worked in the school library with Keva wood planks and used STEAM principles


Photo courtesy of the South Country Central School District

Town Receives Tree City Growth Award 46

Brookhaven Town Receives Tree City Growth Award from Arbor Day Foundation

Town has earned Tree City Designation for Four Consecutive Years

Farmingville, NY – Brookhaven Town has for the fourth consecutive year been designated a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation, and in recognition of its ongoing successful tree programs, the Town has this year also earned the “Tree City Growth Award.” Brookhaven spends over $1.4 million per year on community forestry programs. Pictured left to right are New York State DEC Supervising Forester John D. Wernet; Councilman Kevin LaValle; Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright; Councilwoman Jane Bonner; Supervisor Ed Romaine; Councilman Dan Panico; Councilman Neil Foley; Councilman Michael Loguercio; and Town Clerk Donna Lent.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I am proud to have the Town recognized as a Tree City USA. We have given away and planted thousands of trees and strictly controlled the clearing of trees across Brookhaven to help protect and preserve the environment. I thank the Arbor Day Foundation for honoring the Town and all the residents who have followed our lead to make Brookhaven a greener place to live.”

Superintendent of Highways Dan Losquadro said, “The preservation of healthy trees is a priority of the Brookhaven Highway Department. In instances when trees were planted too close to the Town Right-Of-Way (ROW) and roots were growing into the roadway, we remove the trees and replace them with street-friendly trees, planted the appropriate distance from the road.”

Tree City USA is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, benefits of a Tree City USA program include:

  • Reduce costs for energy, stormwater management, and erosion control
  • Cut energy consumption by up to 25%
  • Boost property values across your community
  • Build stronger ties to your neighborhood and community

Growth Award

The Tree City USA Growth Award is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects as well as increased commitment of resources for urban forestry. It also provides an opportunity to share new ideas and successes across the country. More information about the Arbor Day Foundation can be found at

Growth Awards are given to communities that have earned the Tree City designation for at least two consecutive years and:

  • Engage in education and public relations programs on the importance of planting trees in their community, and
  • Create partnerships with utilities, Green Industry Partners or other organizations
 Photo Courtesy of Town of Brookhaven

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