Suffolk says bye-bye to Railroad Dock

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Suffolk County officials have given up control of the Railroad Dock.
The Railroad Dock in Greenport. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

After months of negotiation, Greenport Village is about ready to take Suffolk County completely out of the equation when dealing with the Railroad Dock. 

Since the early 1980s, the dock has been leased to the county by the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The county then subleased it to the village for a token fee of $1 per year. But last July, the Suffolk County Legislature officially ended its lease with the MTA after a unanimous vote.

The new agreement has Greenport Village assume the county’s position in the lease, something that had been worked on for months since the legislature’s resolution passed.

“More or less, the transaction should be approved by the village,” said Village attorney Joseph Prokop. “It’s been something we’ve been looking forward to for a long time.”

Mr. Prokop said the new agreement with the MTA will allow the village to “constructively work with the users of the docks” directly. The agreement is nearly done, he added, saying that a few sticking points in the language of the agreement still need to be ironed out before it’s ready for the Village Board’s approval.

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