Farmingville, NY – – On October 13, Councilman Dan Panico (right) and Suffolk County Legislator Jim Mazzarella (left) were on-hand for the demolition of two long-vacant houses on Neighborhood Road in Mastic Beach. The Suffolk County-owned property, located in the center of the Mastic Beach business district, will be leased for a nominal fee to the Mastic Moriches Shirley Community Library which has a branch directly across street from the newly vacant property. The library will create a park-like space that they will use for recreation and educational events.
Councilman Panico said, “These demolitions are the latest efforts by the Town of Brookhaven to eradicate blight in Mastic Beach. Every day, we work toward the goal of creating a clean and safe main street for our residents.”
Legislator Mazzarella said, “Suffolk County remains committed to partnering with the Town of Brookhaven to bring about initiatives and accomplish goals that are important to our community. The property at 366 Neighborhood Road was leased to the Community Library across the street at a nominal fee to help facilitate the development of outdoor programming. As the community works together, we will continue on a path to beautify and invigorate downtown Mastic Beach.”
“With the creation of our new satellite branch at the former Mastic Beach Village Hall, residents will soon enjoy convenient access to state-of-the-art library services,” said Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library Director Kerri Rosalia. “We are grateful to Town of Brookhaven Deputy Supervisor Dan Panico and Suffolk County Legislator James Mazzarella for making it possible for the library district to construct park-like programming space across the street. This additional parcel will serve as a value-added feature of the new Mastic Beach satellite branch.”
“The new Mastic Beach satellite branch library will help invigorate the Neighborhood Road streetscape, stimulate local economic development, and improve library access, safety, and convenience for children, teens, adults, and seniors,” said Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library Board President Joseph Maiorana. “We’re also creating supplemental, outdoor programming space through a long-term lease with Suffolk County for a parcel of land across the street. The library district applauds Deputy Supervisor Panico and County Legislator Mazzarella for successfully advocating for the resources needed to clear and remediate the property.”