“…last year alone, with the county being on the brink of fiscal insolvency, the Legislature still spent $60 million on open-space acquisition. Not only is that mind boggling, it was also utterly irresponsible. ~ Frank Seabrook
Is there really hope for Long Island? Our “open spaces” program is contributing to our bankruptcy. Can it be that legislators understand we simply cannot afford to keep buying up properties to save the environment? We can’t save the environment if we don’t have any money left.
Riverhead, NY: Frank Seabrook, Chairman of the New York Liberty PAC, and long time opponent of unnecessary environmental debt and regulation, today applauded the decision by the Suffolk County Legislature to re-evaluate the County’s Open-Space Program.
Frank Seabrook said, “Already being a national leader in open-space preservation, and in light of the current dire local economic situation, a decision to reconsider the ¼ cents sales tax dedicated towards the county land acquisition program is long overdue.”
Yesterday Legislator Kara Hahn said, “We need to take a step back to really evaluate where we’re at, we simply can’t afford to buy every property.” Ms. Hahn is hoping to introduce a resolution that would formally authorize the open-space program reassessment by next week’s full legislature meeting. “I really think there’s an urgency to this,” she said.
The New York Liberty PAC couldn’t agree more.
Seabrook further stated, “last year alone, with the county being on the brink of fiscal insolvency, the Legislature still spent $60 million on open-space acquisition. Not only is that mind boggling, it was also utterly irresponsible.
As I previously have stated, without any other significant sources of new revenue, the $65 million per year generated from that ¼ cent tax should be re-directed and used in helping reduce the deficit.
The New York Liberty PAC applauds Presiding Officer William Lindsey who is now also raising the possibility of asking voters to allow the program’s dedicated funds to be used to balance the operating budget.
While Suffolk County has a long way to go in removing a myriad of governmental created road blocks harming the local economy, yesterday’s common sense decision by Lindsey and Hahn restores a little bit of hope that maybe, just maybe, our elected leaders on both sides of the aisle will finally start exercising fiscal prudence.”
The New York Liberty PAC is a political action committee registered with the NYS Board of Elections.