The astonishing win of the U.S. presidency by Donald Trump on the Republican ticket has, to put it mildly, overshadowed all other political news out of the 2016 election.
In Suffolk County, which Mr. Trump carried with 52 percent of the vote, a percentage-point more than Democrat Barack Obama did in 2012, there was a variety of less astonishing but still interesting results. Foremost was the, not unrelated, first re-election victory of Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley).
The top fiscal watchdogs in Suffolk County government are critical of County Executive Steve Bellone’s recommended $2.96 billion county budget for 2017.
Al Krupski is a man of the land of Long Island — a fourth-generation farmer. He’s a champion of open space and farmland preservation. And he well understands the importance of the water table below the land’s surface — the sole source aquifer on which Long Islanders (and Shelter Islanders, too) depend as their only potable water supply.
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