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Nature preserve named for Nora Bredes

Nora Bredes, 60 Led Long Island's fight to

Nora Bredes, 60

Led Long Island's fight to halt the opening of the Shoreham nuclear power plant. She also headed the New York League of Conservation Voters and served as a Suffolk County legislator for eight years. Photo Credit: Newsday / Dick Yarwood

The Suffolk Legislature overwhelmingly passed a resolution on Tuesday to name the nature preserve at Forsythe Meadow after the late former Legis. Nora Bredes, a major leader in the fight against the Shoreham nuclear power plant.

The vote followed a week of controversy over the naming of the Stony Brook preserve.

Legis. Vivian Viloria-Fisher’s resolution failed to gain enough votes last week from the committee that makes recommendations on naming county properties. The committee voted 3-0-1 in favor of going forward with the naming, but the resolution needed four votes for passage because the committee’s full membership is six.

A key vote was the abstention of Robert Martinez, an aide representing Legis. Ricardo Montano, who worried about setting a precedent of ignoring committee guidelines, which say nominations should not made until six months after a person’s death. Bredes, who served in the 1990s, died in August.

Fisher said after the vote she was “very disappointed” at Montano, saying she thought he would have extended the “courtesy” of approving her resolution before she has to leave office Dec. 31 because of term limits. Montano abstained from Tuesday’s vote.

Legislative Counsel George Nolan said the six-month rule is a guideline, not a mandate, and lawmakers can act sooner based on other factors if they wish.

Later in the week, the parks committee did just that when it approved the resolution on the motion of Legis. Tom Barraga. Nolan also noted Bredes’ name would not go up until February when six months will have passed.

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