Farmingville, NY – – On March 30, Supervisor Ed Romaine (at podium), Deputy Supervisor/Councilman Dan Panico (right), and Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich (second from left) held a press conference at the Stony Brook LIRR station to support local residents in opposition to New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s Housing Compact. The press conference included members of the Ward Melville Heritage Organization and Concerned Homeowners of Stony Brook. The Governor’s Housing Compact aims to increase housing in the state and asks local municipalities to meet certain quotas for development. However, many Long Islanders feel that this proposal would negatively impact the character and quality of life in their communities. At the press conference, members of the Ward Melville Heritage Organization and Concerned Homeowners of Stony Brook also spoke out against the Governor’s Housing Compact, citing concerns about overdevelopment and the impact on property values.Supervisor Ed Romaine stated, “We stand with the residents of Stony Brook in opposition to this misguided plan from the Governor’s office. Local communities must retain the right to determine their own land use policies, and we cannot allow this proposal to be forced upon us. The Governor’s plan will have serious consequences for our community, including increased traffic, the strain on public services, and a loss of open space, and the lack of infrastructure, including sewers. The Town of Brookhaven is committed to working with our residents and in opposition to the Governor’s Housing Compact and protecting the quality of life in our communities. There is opposition on both sides of the political aisle, and we are united in our determination to stop this plan.”Deputy Supervisor/Councilman Dan Panico said, “Across Brookhaven in Port Jefferson Station, North Bellport, East Patchogue, and Mastic Beach there are four quick examples of pending proposals where mixed-use redevelopment is desired by the community and embraced by the town, and three are in proximity to a train station. Each development would offer new restaurant and retail options, as well as brand-new housing options for young and old and everyone in between. The hamlets and villages that comprise Brookhaven are not monolithic, which is why SEQRA and the foundation of local land use laws matter. The Governor is making a huge mistake to continue pursuing this proposal to overturn and violate established local laws.”Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich who represents the Stony Brook community said, “I think we can all agree, whether you’re a student, a senior citizen, or someone living on a limited income, you should be able to afford to live on Long Island. In Stony Brook, illegal student housing is a problem that can be solved, but we need New York State to build student housing on campus. The point is that different areas have different challenges and require individualized solutions. That is why Town government must make the land use decisions for our residents. It doesn’t matter what political party you support, your local elected officials must do the job we were elected to do: to make decisions about land use and development, to help guide our communities into a sustainable future, to keep our neighborhoods safe and affordable and to save our suburbs from overdevelopment and sprawl.”A video of the press conference is available for viewing at BrookhavenNY.gov/Video.