Lawmakers renew bid to halt NY’s Plum Island sale

MINEOLA — Lawmakers from both sides of Long Island Sound are again voicing their opposition to the planned sale of Plum Island.

The tiny New York island is home to a laboratory that researches infectious animal diseases that could imperil the nation’s livestock industry.

Legislation passed in 2008 calls for the lab to be moved to Kansas and for the island to be sold to defray the cost.

Politicians want the Obama administration to issue an executive order halting the sale. They include New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (KUR’-sten JIHL’-uh-brand), and Rep. Timothy Bishop. They’re joined by Connecticut Rep. Joe Courtney.

The town of Southold, N.Y., recently passed zoning laws that essentially ban development of the property.

The lawmakers and environmentalists want to keep it as a nature preserve.

— Associated Press

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Source: Albany Times Union – State Capitol

    

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