NORTH FORK, NY– Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski (D-Southold) joined Majority Leader and new Parks & Recreation Committee Chair, Legislator Kara Hahn (D- Setauket) on a tour of County owned parklands on the North Fork from Riverhead to Orient. Hahn requested the tour as a first step to fully understand the scope of County park resources in the first district and throughout Suffolk. During their tour, Krupski and Hahn visited six county parks, including Orient Point County Park, Inlet Pond County Park, Cedar Beach County Park, Peconic Dunes County Park, North Fork Preserve County Park, Indian Island County Park and Golf Course, as well as Goldsmith’s Inlet.
“Suffolk County’s substantial open space and park land are the natural resources that define our quality of life and make Suffolk unique,” said Hahn. “Legislator Krupski and I toured six major parks within his district as a first step in our shared commitment to protecting and promoting these incredible resources. Our County parks and beaches are the jewel in Suffolk’s crown and we must do everything we can to keep them clean, safe and accessible to local residents.”
In 2012, Hahn was tapped to serve as chairperson of the Legislature’s Environment, Planning and Agriculture [EPA], on which Legislator Krupski now serves as Vice Chair. In addition, since January 2017, Hahn has chaired Suffolk’s Parks and Recreation Committee. “I consider Legislator Krupski an invaluable partner in furthering our mission to preserve and enhance our open space, agricultural land and our parks, especially on the North Fork. Taking a holistic approach to stewardship of our public lands is critical and it starts with really understanding where these resources are and what they offer residents.”
“Everyone who lives on the North Fork knows our open space, farm and parkland, and shoreline defines this unique and beautiful place,” said Legislator Krupski. “I appreciate that Legislator Hahn took the initiative to personally visit each of our county parks with me, in order to gain a better understanding of the issues we face here on the North Fork. I know our partnership is going to be good for this community and I’m looking forward to making progress this year.”
In her role as Parks and Recreation Chairwoman, Legislator Hahn is focused on protecting the County’s more than 46,000 acres of parkland from illegal dumping and misuse, while also increasing ways for the public to utilize and enjoy these sites. As Chair and Vice Chair of the EPA Committee, Legislators Hahn and Krupski will continue to oversee the County’s land acquisition programs, water quality improvement initiatives, farmland protection efforts, smart growth planning and numerous other projects.