Longtime county planner Koppelman receives Suffolk distinguished service medal

When Lee Koppleman, 93, who drew up Suffolk's

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When Lee Koppleman, 93, who drew up Suffolk's first comprehensive master plan in 1970, showed up at a public hearing in Hauppauge on Monday, July 20, 2015, to endorse the county's first new plan in 45 years, County Executive Steve Bellone, right, took the opportunity to present Koppleman with the Suffolk Medal for Distinguished Service. (Credit: Suffolk County Executive's Offic / Pam Robinson)

Lee Koppelman, the man who drew up Suffolk's first comprehensive master plan in 1970, showed up at a public hearing in Hauppauge Monday to endorse the county's first new plan in 45 years.

And at the same time, County Executive Steve Bellone presented Koppelman, 88, the region's top planner for decades, the Suffolk Medal for Distinguished Service.

Bellone lauded Koppelman, saying the...

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