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Nassau set to preserve Malverne farmland

MALVERNE

Suozzi to announce plans

to buy, preserve farmland

Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi was scheduled to announce plans today for an organic farm on the former Grossmann's Farm in Malverne.

The Nassau Legislature was not expected to vote until next week to approve the payment of $6.5 million from the county's 2006 Environmental Bond Act to the Grossmann family to acquire the five acres where Hempstead and Ocean Avenues meet at the northern tip of the village.

The farm opened in 1895 and sold fresh produce before it closed in 2007.

The plan calls for the Nassau Land Trust to manage the farm and produce organically grown products for local use. A parcel of adjacent property with a private home will remain in the Grossmann family.

MANHATTANMTA board approves

salary of incoming chief

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board of directors yesterday approved the salary of incoming transit executive director and chairman Jay Walder.

At a closed-door meeting in Manhattan, the MTA board voted 7-1, with four abstentions, to greenlight Walder's negotiated annual salary of $350,000. Walder, a Rockaways native, also will get a severance package that could pay him up to an additional $450,000 if he is terminated in his first year.

In addition, Walder will receive a housing allowance of up to $5,000 for his first year as he relocates his family to New York from London, and $22,000 a year into a retirement plan.

Walder, a former financial executive for the MTA and for Transport for London, was nominated by Gov. David A. Paterson and confirmed by the State Senate yesterday to fill the newly consolidated position of chief executive, executive director and chairman of the MTA. The job has a six-year term.

"I am pleased to have completed the last step in the appointment process," Walder said in a statement yesterday. "I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting started on Oct. 5," which is his first day on the job.

OYSTER BAYLIRR locomotives 397, 398

to get names in retirement

The Long Island Rail Road is set to announce today the winning entries of a contest to name a pair of retired locomotives on display in Oyster Bay.

The LIRR launched the contest in April as part of its 175th anniversary celebration. The small, 150-horsepower, blue-and-yellow switching locomotives - known as "dinkies" - were used to push or pull larger diesel locomotives and coaches around the LIRR's Morris Park rail yard in Richmond Hill.

The elder of the two, previously named only "397," was purchased in 1958; the younger one "398," was bought in 1987.

Winning entries will be announced at the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum.

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