County transfers contaminated, tax-delinquent properties

At the site of the blighted Liberty Industrial Plating in Brentwood, Legislators Tom Cilmi and Monica Martinez joined County Executive Steve Bellone for the signing of bills transferring the first four tax-delinquent, brownfield properties to the Suffolk County Land Bank.
At the site of the blighted Liberty Industrial Plating in Brentwood, Legislators Tom Cilmi and Monica Martinez joined County Executive Steve Bellone for the signing of bills transferring the first four tax-delinquent, brownfield properties to the Suffolk County Land Bank.

Legislator Tom Cilmi joined Legislator Monica Martinez as County Executive Steve Bellone signed bills transferring four properties to the Suffolk County Land Bank which will, in turn, sell the properties to private developers.  Environmental contamination will be cleaned up and the properties will be redeveloped; the properties will be put back on the tax roles and revenue from the sale will be returned to the taxpayers.

Legislator Cilmi spoke at the bill-signing transferring the first four tax-delinquent, brownfield properties to the Suffolk County Land Bank.
Legislator Cilmi spoke at the bill-signing transferring the first four tax-delinquent, brownfield properties to the Suffolk County Land Bank.

Cilmi, a member of the Land Bank Board, said, “As someone who sought solutions for the brownfield problem from virtually the moment I was elected, I am delighted we have finally reached this important milestone.  Three years ago, government finally resolved to take its head out of the sand and deal with the more than one hundred contaminated brownfield properties in Suffolk County.  With help from our partners in federal, state and town government, we are here today transferring the first four properties.  These properties will be sold to private developers.  The environmental contamination will be cleaned up.  The properties will be redeveloped into productive uses that benefit our communities.  They will be put back on the tax roles, and revenue from the sale will be returned to the taxpayers.  This is truly a great day.”

An original co-sponsor of the land bank legislation, Cilmi credited his colleagues in the Legislature, County Executive Steve Bellone who, along with Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, also sits on the Land Bank Board, and members of the Land Bank staff for a job well done.  He said there’s still much more to do.

“These are just four of about a hundred properties which still need to be addressed, but with this milestone, dealing with the others should be much easier,” Cilmi said.  “One by one we will continue to chip away at the remainder.”