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Carmans River protection discussion put off

A swan passes by near the banks of

A swan passes by near the banks of the Carmans River in South Haven County Park in Brookhaven. (March 29, 2012) Credit: Daniel Brennan

A scheduled discussion on a modified Carmans River watershed protection plan was abruptly canceled at Tuesday’s Brookhaven board meeting.

Councilwoman Jane Bonner was going to introduce the resolutions for the modified version of Supervisor Mark Lesko’s plan to protect the Carmans River. But a death in Bonner’s family Monday night kept her away and she asked that the resolutions not be considered in her absence, town officials said.

The resolution may be introduced at the town’s Sept. 13 board meeting or at a later meeting.

The modified plan is similar to Lesko’s plan but eliminates the most-debated element of the original version — specific “receiving areas,” such as sites designated for denser housing by transferring development credits away from vulnerable areas of the Carmans River. He withdrew his plan in March after community opposition.

The board also unanimously approved naming TRITEC Real Estate of East Setauket as the master developer for the proposed $350 million redevelopment of the Ronkonkoma train station into a 50-acre mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly district. The approval was the formal conclusion of the board’s selection of TRITEC as master developer in February.

The town’s Sept. 13 meeting is likely to be Lesko’s last as Brookhaven supervisor. On Aug. 15, he announced his resignation to become executive director of the Accelerate Long Island initiative to create a high-tech hub in the region. Lesko has said he will leave in mid-September after delivering a 2013 budget to the board, and Deputy Supervisor Kathy Walsh is expected to act as supervisor until a special election, intended to coincide with the general Election Day.

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