Suffolk County government for years delayed considering advanced wastewater treatment systems — to be installed at homes and featuring new technologies that reduce nitrogen discharges to a fraction of what traditional cesspools put out. Nitrogen discharges are considered a major cause of the brown and red tides and other algal blooms that have wreaked havoc in the bays and other water bodies of Suffolk.
County Executive Steve Bellone (D-Babylon) has proposed a record-high budget for Suffolk County government for 2017 — $2.96 billion, 1.5 percent higher than this year’s.
Mr. Bellone says the budget is “tight but fair.”
Driving on Shelter Island is a pleasure. But off the Island and on what has been called “Long Island’s Main Street,” a.k.a the Long Island Expressway, it’s truly another world.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s administration intends to eliminate eight Suffolk County Transit bus routes as of Oct. 3, including several on the East End. READ
The racial strife of recent weeks in the U.S. has reverberated in Suffolk County.
“I’m really pleased with the turnout,” said Vanessa Vascez-Corleone, an organizer of a demonstration in Riverhead. “It’s more than I expected it to be and it’s truly a multiracial crowd. READ
It’s tough being a turtle on Long Island.
“Turtle Rescue,” answered Karen Testa last week on the “emergency line” at the century-old farmhouse at 111 Manor Lane in Jamesport, where she and her staff care for the amphibians.
With one bill — the Campaign Finance Reform Act — already before the Suffolk Legislature and aimed at corruption in the county’s electoral process, a group of Suffolk legislators led by Kara Hahn (D-Setauket) is putting together another measure that would set up an office to investigate corruption, fraud and waste in Suffolk government and protect whisteblowers.
With money corrupting the democratic process becoming a major issue in the United States, Suffolk Legislator Rob Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) has introduced a bill to limit campaign contributions from county contractors and public employee unions.