Lawmakers table controversial plan to sell parkland

SELDEN - Suffolk legislators decided today to put off voting on a controversial plan to sell a tract of parkland in the Town of Brookhaven in an effort to balance the county's budget.The 55-acre county-owned land known as Selden Woods has been previously considered for a recreation area or a ballpark, but now Suffolk is planning to sell it for a new housing development and use the money to make up for a budget shortfall and perhaps avoid layoffs. "I would much rather sell vacant land than close a facility that serves people," says Legislator Bill Lindsay.However, Selden resident Debbie Felber believes the estimated $4 million that the county could get for the land would be a drop in the bucket. County Executive Steve Levy (R-Suffolk) has spoken out against the land sale plan and called Lindsay hypocritical for supporting it.

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