About The Heritage Trust
Heritage Trust is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation formed in July 2000. We are dedicated to enhancing natural resources and the distinctive character of the surrounding communities. Our purpose is to encourage the appreciation of, and learning about, our environmental, historical and cultural heritage and to enhance a sense of community identity.
The Trust stewards the North Shore Heritage Park, in partnership with the Town of Brookhaven and Suffolk County. The roles and responsibilities of the partnership are vastly different, yet our goals are all to make Heritage Park a featured asset in the community.
Heritage Trust - Our non-profit owns and operates the Heritage Community Center and the design, development, and maintenance of the playground, The Shack concession, bathrooms, Court of America, various landscape plantings, park bench and tree planting programs and other park enhancements. The Heritage Trust runs all the events and programs at Heritage Park.
Town of Brookhaven – the Town of Brookhaven, with Heritage Trust design input, built out the park infrastructure and continues to maintain the ballfields, parking, lawn and general maintenance.
Suffolk County – As the land owner of the majority of the property (Heritage Trust owns .7 acre under the community center) the county role was to bring in partners to develop the land for passive and active recreation. The county meets their goals with written agreements with the Town of Brookhaven and Heritage Trust.
The Heritage Trust is solely funded by donations, grants and fund raising events -- we are not funded by tax dollars. The Trust is run by a volunteer Board of Directors, a small staff and volunteers. Our community park has made great strides growing from a sod farm to a beautiful park, filled with activities for all ages. Since its inception, new aspects have continually been added through the years. We are grateful of the support the Town of Brookhaven has provided to develop the infrastructure of the park and the foresight to partner with the non-profit Heritage Trust, to bring the vision of the community to life. Our presence makes Heritage Park a unique experience not found in other parks. There has not been a year that we have sat idle.
From landscaping to playgrounds, the Park’s features are currently enjoyed due to donations and efforts of volunteers. Together we can continue to make Heritage Park a valued community asset. Programs and events we sponsor throughout the year include children's programs, Movies in the Moonlight, adult programs, Halloween Event, Christmas Tree and Hannukah Menorah Lightings, Breakfast with Santa, SummerFest, Fall into Fun Carnival, Avenue of America flag raisings and more. Your support with a tax-deductible donation is something you can do today to help support these offerings. Or volunteer and join a committee!
Board of Directors
Victoria has been a Mount Sinai resident since 1973. As a single mom, she raised two children, Jennifer and Michael, both of whom were born, raised and educated in Mount Sinai. Victoria was a Girl Scout leader with one of the largest troops on Long Island and served as PTA President in Mount Sinai for two years. She received a degree in Paralegal Studies and worked as a Paralegal for 50 years. Victoria is currently Executive Assistant to the Chief Medical Officer at Stony Brook University Hospital and volunteers at many events that enhance the patients and outpatients. Those include Cancer Survivor Day, Pediatric Prom for our Pediatric patients, Pediatric Halloween Day, Parade for the children at the Cancer Center, Co-Chair for Bring Your Child to Work Day and many other events. For many years, she has participated as a volunteer for Welcome Inn, assisting in several soup kitchens throughout the local area. Finally, she enjoys the pleasures and wonderment of her two wonderful granddaughters.
Lori Baldassare is the current president and a founding director of the Heritage Trust. A resident since 1992 Lori began her volunteer efforts as the President of the Mount Sinai Civic association serving from 1995-2003. During her term she lead the community effort to legally challenge the Town's decision to build over 1000 homes on the Davis Peach Farm. This effort led to a settlement that redefined several different housing types that now occupy the 400 acres. When the McGovern Sod Farm went up for sale Lori organized the efforts to save the parcel know as the wedge. Lori has remained dedicated to enhance Heritage Park and Center to be a true community asset. She wrote 9 grants totaling over 1 million dollars that were used to build the 1.7-million-dollar Heritage Center. She is married to Jaime who shares her commitment for community volunteerism serving on the Mt Sinai School Board, President of North Shore Youth Council and is an Ex-Chief for the Mt Sinai Fire Dept. Lori and Jaime have 3 children, Katie, Jesse, and Cody.
Brad is the vice president of Heritage Trust and a proud member of the first graduating class from Mount Sinai High School. As a lifelong resident of the Town of Brookhaven, Brad has a passion for serving individuals and local businesses in our community. Brad is currently the CEO of two Long Island businesses, On Your Team Business Solutions and On Your Team Insurance Agency. Brad previously spent 17 years in the telecommunications industry, where he most recently served as the senior vice president of product management at Cablevision, responsible for leading the product strategy, development and go-to-market planning for one of the largest telecommunication companies in the United States. Brad oversaw the development and execution of the product roadmap for the full suite of video, broadband and voice products, and was named one of Multichannel News’ 2013 “40 under 40” as high-performing executive who has made an impact on the TV and broadband industries.
Brad earned an MBA from Hofstra University, a Bachelor of Science degree from Stony Brook University, and is a graduate of CTAM's Cable Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School. Brad also serves as the Treasurer and Board Member at TBE Mount Sinai, a non-profit that has been serving the community in and around Mount Sinai for more than 30 years.
Brad and his wife, Marisa, reside in Miller Place and have 3 daughters, Allie, Elissa and Gabrielle.
Tom has been a Brookhaven resident since 1994. In 2015 he retired from CA Technologies, after 27 years, where he worked in audio visual and media production. As a video producer and writer he brings to the table marketing, management, creative and project coordinating skills. He also has a background in graphic and theatre arts, which involved producing, directing and acting. As part of the initiative to save the future North Shore Heritage Park property, Tom became a founding director of Heritage Trust and was instrumental in acquiring its 501(c)3, non-profit status. Tom and his wife, Vicki, have been residents of Mount Sinai since 1998.