11/12/14 5:30pm
A view of Mattituck Inlet (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

A view of Mattituck Inlet (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

While lawmakers have proposed legislation to deal with deteriorating water quality such as mandating the use of costly wastewater treatment systems, one East End legislator has an idea for how to go about paying for such initiatives.

Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) has proposed using a portion of monies raised in the Community Preservation Fund, a law passed 16 years ago which taxes real estate transfers on the first East End towns.

Revenue from the CPF has been devoted strictly to open space purchases, protecting land from development in the towns.

But Mr. Thiele — the same lawmaker who sponsored the original CPF legislation — said it is time to use some of that money for water treatment systems and other clean water projects.

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11/07/14 1:17pm
Suffolk County health department workers have done extensive groundwater quality testing near the former Grumman plant in Calverton. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Suffolk health department workers have done extensive groundwater testing near the former Grumman plant in Calverton. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

In an attempt to further safeguard funding for Suffolk County’s Drinking Water Protection Program, County legislators have proposed a new law to ensure certain federal reimbursements for fund expenditures are deposited back into the program.

According to Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), a portion of Drinking Water Protection Program money goes toward paying the salaries of certain county employees, positions that are also eligible for state and federal reimbursements.

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11/07/14 12:01pm
Gary Joyce of Aquebogue (left) and Ed Densieski of Riverhead sort through a catch. They said they often throw away more empty scallop shells than healthy keepers. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Gary Joyce of Aquebogue (left) and Ed Densieski of Riverhead sort through a catch. They said they often throw away more empty scallop shells than healthy keepers. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Early Monday morning, under cover of darkness and beneath a star-lit sky, Ed Densieski and Gary Joyce boarded their custom-outfitted boat, dressed head to toe in vibrant all-weather gear.

Unfazed by the blustery chill, the pair headed out through Southold Bay, with Brick Cove Marina at their backs.

It was the start of their 16th scalloping season and, as Mr. Densieski said, “There’s only one opening day.”  (more…)

11/06/14 4:05pm
Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, left, and County Executive Steve Bellone shake hands after the law is signed. (Credit: Courtesy)

Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, left, and County Executive Steve Bellone shake hands after the law is signed. (Credit: Courtesy)

Suffolk County has banned the sale of pure caffeine products to minors, while becoming the first county in the nation to limit the potentially deadly substance.

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services issued a warning about pure caffeine products — which are marketed as energy boosters that can enhance mental focus — earlier this year. The law was signed by County Executive Steve Bellone Wednesday.

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11/05/14 4:37pm
Several agencies helped with the search warrant execution on Lewis Street in Riverhead. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Several agencies helped with the search warrant execution on Lewis Street in Riverhead. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Police arrested an undisclosed number of people in a Wednesday afternoon search warrant that was executed at a house in Riverhead, authorities said. (more…)