Farmingville, NY – – On March 20, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, Councilman Dan Panico, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Legislator Jim Mazzarella joined state and local officials, environmental advocates, and labor leaders at a press conference to announce a Host Community Agreement (HCA) with Sunrise Wind. The announcement was made on the first day of spring at Smith Point County Park. This groundbreaking agreement will enable millions of dollars’ worth of community and environmental improvements to flow into Brookhaven Town and the region. The announcement was made at Smith Point County Park and included Town and County officials, labor leaders, environmental groups and more. The Sunrise Wind project will generate enough clean energy for nearly 600,000 New York homes annually and bring more than $700 million of investment for assets, jobs and programming in the County. The new HCA community host agreement between the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County and Sunrise Wind marks the beginning of a new era in renewable energy. Pictured at left are (left to right) Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone; Suffolk County Legislator Jim Mazzarella; Supervisor Ed Romaine (at podium) and Councilman Dan Panico. Pictured at right at the signing of the agreement are (left to right) Councilman Dan Panico, Supervisor Ed Romaine; Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Legislator Jim Mazzarella.
Supervisor Romaine said, "Today's announcement is a major milestone in our efforts to move towards a sustainable, clean energy future. The collaboration between the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County and Sunrise Wind will bring significant economic benefits to our region, while also helping to reduce our carbon footprint and preserve our environment for future generations."
Councilman Panico said, “This project is a tremendous generator of economic activity, and will provide needed funding for important projects, and reaffirms the status of Brookhaven as a leader on environmental initiatives and alternative energy.”