Suffolk Offers Free Ice in Yaphank, Riverhead

Suffolk County officials have opened free ice distribution centers on a first-come, first-served basis through 5 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday.

Drivers can come fill up the their coolers at the Suffolk County jails in Riverhead and Yaphank, according to the Suffolk sheriff’s office. There is a limit of one cooler full of ice per vehicle.

“Ice is a critical need to keep food and certain medications from spoiling,” Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco said, encouraging residents to “bring their own coolers.”


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The ice can be found at Suffolk County Correctional Facility on Route 24 in Riverside and the Suffolk County Minimum Security Facility on Yaphank Avenue in Yaphank. For more information, call 631-852-2202.

The sheriff’s office released the following directions for the two facilities:

Directions to Riverside: The entrance to the Suffolk County Correctional Facility is on Rt. 24 in Riverside.  From the LIE: travel eastbound to exit 71. Make a right at the stop sign onto Rt. 24 and go approximately 4 miles. The correctional facility will be on the right. From Sunrise Highway:  travel eastbound to exit 61. Follow the signs to County Rd 51- Riverhead.  Go past the county complex. Make a left onto Rt. 24.  Go approximately 1/8 mile and watch for the correctional facility on the left.

Directions to Yaphank:  Traveling from the west, take the LIE east to exit 67, Yaphank Ave. Make a right at the first traffic light. Continue on Yaphank Avenue traveling south and the correctional facility will be approximately 1.5 miles on the right. Traveling from the east, take the LIE to exit 67, Yaphank Avenue. Make a left at the light, and go south for approximately 1.5 miles. The facility will be on your right. From Sunrise Highway, take exit 57 north onto Horseblock Rd. Bear right at the fork onto Yaphank Avenue. The correctional facility will be approximately 1.5 miles on your left.


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