The Town of Brookhaven Local Development Corporation (LDC) was established in May 2010 following the expiration of New York State’s civic facilities legislation. The goal is to facilitate financing for not-for-profit organizations such as colleges, hospitals, libraries, and those organizations serving people who are physically, developmentally or mentally disabled.

Brookhaven LDC Board Members

The Board

(Bios are available below)

Chairman: Frederick C. Braun III 8-19-1980
Vice Chair: Felix J. Grucci, Jr. 5-7-2013
Treasurer: Martin Callahan 4-8-2014
Asst. Treasurer: Scott Middleton 1-15-2014
Secretary: Ann-Marie Scheidt 3-2-1993
Asst. Secretary: Gary Pollakusky 4-8-2014
Member: Frank Trotta 9-27-18




  • Ann-Marie Scheidt
  • Frank Trotta
  • Frederick C. Braun III *
  • Gary Pollakusky
  • Martin Callahan
  • Ann-Marie Scheidt
  • Scott Middleton
  • Frederick C. Braun III *
  • Felix J. Grucci, Jr.
  • Scott Middleton
  • Frederick C. Braun III *
  • Gary Pollakusky

* Ex-Officio

Board Member Bios

Fred Braun

Mr. Braun worked for over 46 years in commercial banking most recently as Executive Vice President of the State Bank of Long Island. He is currently President and CEO of Gyrodyne Company of America Inc., a publicly traded REIT. Mr. Braun also serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations including Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center where he has been a Trustee for over 30 years.

Felix J. Grucci, Jr.

Mr. Grucci has dedicated his life to public and private service. As the former President & CEO of his family’s internationally recognized fireworks firm, Fireworks by Grucci, Mr. Grucci produced many memorable once in a lifetime events such as Presidential Inauguration, Worlds Fairs, The Centennial of the Brooklyn Bridge, The Bi-Centennial of the United States, The Millennium Celebration in Washington DC 1999/2000 as well as many local events until his retirement in 2012. Mr. Grucci also served his community with distinction starting his community service as a Commissioner on the SC Planning Commission, Chairman - Zoning Board Town of Brookhaven, Councilman - Town of Brookhaven, Supervisor – Town of Brookhaven and concluding his public service as a Member of the 107th Congress from the 1st Congressional District. Mr. Grucci continues his community service by serving as a Board of Director and Trustee of the Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center. He is also a Trustee and Chairman of the Finance Committee at Mary Immaculate RC Church.

Ann-Marie Scheidt

Director of Economic Development and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Technology and Society, Stony Brook University. Executive Director, Long Island Angel Network. Director, Hauppauge Industrial Association. Vice Chair, Community Development Corporation of Long Island. Director, LIHTI, Inc. Director, Business Incubator Association of NYS

Scott Middleton

A partner in the Ronkonkoma law firm Campolo, Middleton & McCormick LLP, Middleton has represented individual, small and large corporations and municipalities in personal injury matters for nearly 25 years. He also has been a lecturer on administrative law in the Masters in Public Policy Program at Stony Brook University.

A 1984 graduate of Stony Brook University – he later served as President of the University’s Alumni Association, Middleton earned his law degree in 1988 at Brooklyn Law School.

Martin Callahan

Martin G Callahan III, is a partner and the Vice President for Coram-based National Computerized Agencies, Inc. (NCA).  NCA is an independent insurance agency serving the commercial and personal insurance needs of its customers in 35 states. . His emphasis in the insurance field began with creating and building programs including those for the law enforcement and education community.  He is also proficient in all lines of commercial and personal insurance.  Martin brings more than 32 years of business experience to the Brookhaven IDA and LDC.

As a Suffolk county resident since birth, and a resident of Miller Place for the past twenty-five years, Martin consistently gives back to the community he lives in.  He was the Treasurer and coach for the North Shore Colts Football & Cheerleading for more than 5 years, a coach for Northshore Little League in Rocky Point and a founding partner of the North Shore Stallions travel baseball organization, which had several teams play for many years after inception.  He also participates and fundraises for the annual Polar Bear Plunge each November to support the Special Olympics.  Martin received an award from the Town of Brookhaven for his volunteer work in the local community. He is also a member of the American Heart Association and was Chairman of the Brookhaven 2012 Redistricting Committee.  He also holds a NYS Real Estate sales person’s license.  Martin is married and has three children.

Frank Trotta

Frank C. Trotta, of Bellport, is the owner of two niche publications, 50 Plus LifeStyles and Fire News. 50 Plus LifeStyles is an award winning publication serving baby boomers and seniors on Long Island and New York City since 1975. Fire News serves Fire, Rescue and EMS departments and their members through six editions covering seven states. They include New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and a Long Island edition. He is also a principal in a family owned local real estate management company and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at Suffolk Federal Credit Union. Trotta served as an elected official of the Village of Bellport for 31 years, including 27 years as Bellport’s longest serving Mayor. Additionally he has served as the Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals for the Town of Brookhaven, Director of the Suffolk County Office of the Aging, Trustee of Suffolk County Community College and was appointed by the governor and serves on the Stony Brook University Council. He serves as the Chaplain of the Bellport Fire department. Trotta has been involved with local organizations including the LI Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Foster Grandparents of Suffolk County and the American Red Cross. He is a graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Long Island University as well as a Masters degree in Public Administration.

Gary Pollakusky

Pollakusky, a Baldwin native who now resides in Rocky Point, is a 1998 graduate of Cornell University. He started Media Barrel in 2002. He worked for Bernard Hodes Group, Brilliance Audio, Inc, and AHL Services, Inc. and with the American Foundation for the Blind.