A land deal approved by the Suffolk County Legislature expanding a
railyard on Long Island will bring terrible repercussions for the people
of Queens, elected officials, civic groups and residents of the borough
More than 230 acres of public land in Yaphank, L.I., was sold to the
operators of the Brookhaven Rail Terminal last Thursday immediately
after Glendale and Middle Village residents pleaded their case to
Residents and elected officials said the expansion of the terminal
would greatly increase the number of garbage trains passing through the
Fresh Pond Rail Terminal in Glendale, increasing train traffic and
hurting clean air quality.
“The expansion of this rail terminal will prove chaotic and will be a
health hazard to the residents of Glendale,” said Anthony Pedalino, who
lives near the rail lines in Glendale and deals with the noise and odor
on a nightly basis. “The people deserve a little protection. Trains sit
there spewing out fumes an hour at a time. This is so inhumane, it’s
The $20 million deal gives the land to Brookhaven Terminal
Operations, which said in a statement it has worked with the community
before and will participate in an advisory board.
But that is not good enough for the people of Queens, who believe
Suffolk County has not taken the borough’s well-being into
Long Island is surrounded by water, so why not barge their trash out?