- Mar 1, 2012: ADOPTED
- Mar 1, 2012: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
- Feb 23, 2012: REFERRED TO FINANCE
ATIVE RESOLUTION urging the New York State Congressional deleg- to repeal those provisions of Public Law 110-329 requiring the of Plum Island and to oppose any sale of Plum Island for any e S, Plum Island, so named due to the abundance of beach plums grow- ere, is an 843-acre island situated off Long Island's North Fork Town of Southold; and EAS, Plum Island is owned by the U.S. Government and is the site Plum Island Animal Disease Control Laboratory at which research ducted on contagious animal diseases, first under the aegis of the ment of Agriculture but since 2003, under the supervision of the ment of Homeland Security; and EAS, The facilities of the laboratory take up approximately 10-15% Island, entirely in the northwestern corner of the Island, with maining areas of the Island occurring in its natural state; and EAS, Plum Island contains nationally significant natural, al, historic, and scenic features and resources; and EAS, More particularly, these natural resources include over 140 species which occur in and around Plum Island including federally ered and threatened species such as the federally endangered e Tern and federally threatened Piping Plover; and EAS, The fields, forests, wetlands, and shoreline habitats of Plum provide habitat essential to migratory songbirds, waterbirds, and of-prey including the presence of an active Bank Swallow colony ght active Osprey nests; and EAS, Plum Island contains the largest winter haul out site for pinnipeds in southern New England, typically involving several d harbor and grey seals that utilize the rocky coastline of the 's east end for this purpose; and EAS, Plum Island contains significant natural communities and species including an extensive wooded freshwater wetland in the estern section of the Island and a maritime dune community, a New tate Natural Heritage Program ranked community which collectively es habitat for a number of rare and endangered plant species ing seabeach and slender knotweed, blackjack oak, and spring ' tresses; and EAS, More particularly, these cultural and historic resources e the Plum Island Lighthouse situated on the western edge of the , serving to warn mariners of the dangers in traversing Plum Gut rt Terry, a fortification built for the Spanish-American War and hich remains are scattered throughout the Island including several batteries and a toy gauge railroad system once used to move arma- to these batteries; and EAS, Due to Plum Island's existing network of trails and roads and ively undeveloped character and remoteness and location of the Fork at the point where the Peconic Estuary, Long Island Sound, lantic Ocean meet, the Island provides unparalleled opportunities e general public for passive recreational activities such as bird- ng and hiking and enjoying the scenic landscapes of the East End; EAS, Plum Island is situated where the Long Island Sound and c Bay meet, each being estuaries that are part of the National y Program, thereby reflecting each natural system's nationally- icant environmental and economic values to the region, and into the federal government has invested hundreds of millions of feder- llars over the last two decades for long-term improvements in the vation and management needs of each; and EAS, Despite all of the nationally significant natural, ecologi- istoric, cultural, scenic, and recreational values elaborated in 2008 Congress approved and the President signed P.L. 110-329, f the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance and Continuing riations Act, a provision of which (Section 540) authorized the ary of the Department of Homeland Security to "liquidate the Plum asset" if he determines the National Bio and Agro-defense facili- AF) be located at a site other than Plum Island; and EAS, Part of the rational for disposing of Plum Island is to use ds from the sale of the Island, after decommissioning costs, to reduce the costs of site acquisition and construction of the new ed NBAF facility proposed to be sited in Manhattan, Kansas; and EAS, The Federal Department of Homeland Security Secretary has the requisite determination, thus initiating the process of al of this publicly-owned Island, that at the current time, es the General Services Administration preparing an Environmental Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act ; and EAS, The proposed disposition of Plum Island runs counter to past itions of federal property which have led to the creation of l National Wildlife Refuges in proximity to Plum Island including s Island National Wildlife Refuge in coastal Massachusetts, and Island and Satchuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in coastal Island; and EAS, This proposed disposition runs counter to the several decade ffort by state and local government on Long Island expending near- billion to acquire parkland possessing ecological, environmental, al, historic, recreational and scenic value in the New York metro- n area; now, therefore, be it LVED, That the New York State Congressional delegation be and is respectfully memorialized by this Legislative Body to repeal provisions of Public Law 110-329 requiring the sale of Plum Island oppose any sale of Plum Island for any purpose, in recognition of traordinary ecological, wildlife habitat, environmental, cultural, ic, recreational and scenic values possessed by Plum Island; and further LVED, That this Legislative Body pause further to support trans- g the underdeveloped portions of Plum Island to the National Wild- efuge system and dedicated as "Plum Island National Wildlife ", or in the event the Plum Island Animal Disease Control Facility rmanently closed and the buildings and associated infrastructures t adaptively re-used the entire Island be so dedicated; and be it r LVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran- d to each member of the Congressional delegation from the State of rk.