Office of the County Executive

Robert J. Gaffney
County Executive
Eric A. Kopp
Chief Deputy County Executive

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Jan 13, 1997
(631) 853-4000
Gaffney Announces Land Protection for East End Property
Suffolk County Executive Robert J. Gaffney announced today that for the first time the Pine Barrens Clearinghouse purchased development credits from a private landowner, this will allow Suffolk County to protect more than thirty acres of land along the Peconic River in the Town of Riverhead.

The County used the Transfer of Development Rights a/k/a TDR Program to purchase 47.9 Pine Barrens Credits. Olin F. Warner Jr., former owner of the Warner Duck Farm, was presented with a check for 479-thousand 9-hundred dollars.

"The Pine Barrens Clearinghouse should be commended for facilitating this matter." said Gaffney, "I'm sure that this purchase by the Clearinghouse is just the first of many more to follow."

Suffolk County has been protecting and preserving environmentally sensitive areas for more than two decades.

Joining the County Executive in making the announcement were: Jim Tripp, Chairman of the Clearinghouse; Olin Warner, Owner of the Property, Ray Corwin, Executive Director of the Pine Barrens Commission and Ray Cowen, Regional Director of the State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

"Thanks to this effort, the thirty acres will be preserved," said Gaffney, "there will no longer be the threat of development on this land in the Core Preservation Area of the Pine Barrens."

The TDR Program gives those who own land in the Core Area of the Pine Barrens an opportunity to transfer development rights in exchange for credits. Those credits can be sold for cash.


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