Before this year, I hadn’t used public transportation regularly as part of my commute since my Boston days — six years ago, back before I moved to Long Island. That all changed a couple months ago, when a medical event took away my driving privileges. READ
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s proposed budget includes a $10 million cut to the county’s bus transit system, which could result in service reductions starting this spring.
Members of the East End Tourism Alliance asked County Executive Steve Bellone to increase the amount of tourism funding they get through an existing 3-percent county room occupancy tax at a meeting in Riverhead Tuesday. READ
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has vetoed a widely-supported bill that banned the use of drones on county parkland, saying the law’s privacy stipulations would be unconstitutional. READ
County Executive Steve Bellone (center) touts the benefits of the county’s new sex offender monitoring efforts in Hauppauge Friday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
A program designed to monitor and reduce recidivism among convicted sex offenders has been very successful in the Suffolk County Police Department’s jurisdiction, officials said Friday.
The program, part of the county’s Community Protection Act, uses retired police officers who work for the nonprofit Parents for Megan’s Law to make in-person visits to sex offenders to ensure that they’re in compliance with residency registration laws and other requirements.
To date, however, none of the five East End town police departments is using that portion of the program, which has been offered to them at no cost, said Laura Ahearn, director of the nonprofit, which works to prevent sex offenses and aid victims of sex crimes. (more…)
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone at a Monday press conference with elected officials. (Credit: Courtesy)
In the ongoing effort to combat the growing use of heroin across Long Island, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone on Monday announced a new strategy aimed at making a special drug more accessible to addicts at treatment centers and county facilities — though experts warn it’s no panacea.
Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone speaks during the press conference at Southampton Town Hall Wednesday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)
East End police departments and villages across Suffolk County will benefit from a collective $6 million in sales tax revenue over the next three years, thanks to a new agreement announced by County Executive Steven Bellone during a press conference at Southampton Town Hall Wednesday afternoon.
The deal is one step in the right direction for securing a fair split in sales tax revenue for the twin forks — which aren’t policed by Suffolk County Police Department — a budgeting issue Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montuak) said he had been working on for more than a decade.
A school crossing sign near Roanoke Avenue Elementary School. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and the county’s legislators made the right call in backing off a planned camera and ticket program that was to be implemented next year in school zones across Suffolk. They did so after witnessing the uproar and outrage among those who live, work or regularly visit neighboring Nassau County. (more…)