A Great Win for Water on the East End of Long Island and a Renewed Call to Action for Land Protection

by Robert S. DeLuca, President and CEO, Group for the East End and John v.H. Halsey, Founder and President, Peconic Land Trust Category:

On November 8th,  East End voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum to extend the Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund through 2050 and to allow up to 20 percent of its future proceeds to be used for water quality initiatives. Group for the East End and Peconic Land Trust are two of many groups who collaborated to ensure this huge win. Louis Bacon, The Moore Charitable Foundation and local affiliate The Robin’s Island Foundation are longtime supporters of both. Since 1999, the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) has provided the five East End Towns of Long Island with an important revenue source to protect what we know and love – our working farms and natural landscapes, watersheds and habitats, shorelines and wetlands, as well as our historic resources.  While we have achieved so much – over 10,000 acres protected — there is still much to be done. Basically a real estate transfer tax program, the fund has raised more than $1 billion since its inception. An important component of the funding is that the dollars raised, in each town through these sales (2% tax on real... read more +