Turns out Lee Zeldin and Tim Bishop agreed on one thing: Plum Island should not be sold. We concur.
Zeldin, the Republican who won Bishop's congressional seat last year, has reintroduced his predecessor's bill to stop the sale of the 834-acre island. The federal government wants to use the proceeds of a sale to help foot the bill for a new animal and agricultural disease laboratory being built in Kansas. But a sale would bring a pittance of the $1.2 billion price tag for the new lab.
Plum Island needs a considerable environmental cleanup, and even then Southold's zoning bans residential development there and allows only research and conservation.
The largely undeveloped island is a unique environmental treasure containing endangered or threatened species. It should be preserved as a national wildlife refuge and remain in the public domain.