LIers fight to preserve open space in Suffolk

Some Long Islanders are pushing Suffolk County to preserve more open space, but officials say they're already saving as much green earth as they can.

LAKE GROVE - Some Long Islanders are pushing Suffolk County to preserve more open space, but officials say they're already saving as much green earth as they can.

At a press conference today, County Executive Steve Levy (R-Suffolk) said that more than 58,000 acres have been saved from developers over the last five decades. However, many residents, including Pine Barren Society's Richard Amper, insists that it's not enough.

Statistics obtained by News 12 Long Island show that an average of 957 acres have been preserved each year that Levy has been in office. Amper argues that these numbers need to be tripled in order to meet land preservation goal of 35,000 acres, improve water quality and keep taxes from going up.

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