02/28/15 8:00am
02/28/2015 8:00 AM
County Executive Steve Bellone (center) touts the benefits of the county's new sex offender monitoring efforts in Hauppauge Friday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

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…)

02/15/15 4:18pm
02/15/2015 4:18 PM

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has issued a travel advisory for the East End effective immediately until further notice due to current weather conditions of high winds and drifting snow, according to a press release.

Suffolk County’s Department of Public Works has deployed its entire fleet to spread salt and sand along all county-maintained roadways and facilities, officials said.

County officials strongly encourage motorists to avoid driving on East End roads due to hazardous conditions.

“If traveling, motorists should be prepared for blowing and drifting snow and use extra caution,” the release states. “According to the National Weather Service, Suffolk County may experience hazardous wind chills Sunday night into Monday morning.”

01/28/15 12:00pm
01/28/2015 12:00 PM
Ethan Sisson, a junior at Southold High School, demonstrates with other students from Project Bus Stop earlier this month. One proposed bus shelter would be built at the intersection where the students demonstrated. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Ethan Sisson, a junior at Southold High School, demonstrates with other students from Project Bus Stop earlier this month. One proposed bus shelter would be built at the intersection where the students demonstrated. (Credit: Paul Squire)

This month, Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski’s office submitted a request to build six new bus shelters in the county, including two by Calverton National Cemetery.

He has said Suffolk County stands at the ready to fund such shelter requests. (more…)

01/05/15 2:15pm
01/05/2015 2:15 PM
The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

It’s a project that’s been talked about since the 1980s, planned for since 2004, and is anticipated to actually happen something in 2016.

Soon, treated effluent from the Riverhead Sewer Plant will be re-used to irrigate the adjacent Indian Island Golf Course, which is owned by Suffolk County.  (more…)

01/02/15 10:00am
01/02/2015 10:00 AM
Suffolk County has OK'd the appraisal of a 94-acre property near Indian Island in Riverhead. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Suffolk County has OK’d the appraisal of a 94-acre property near Indian Island in Riverhead.      (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A 94-acre former Duck Farm adjacent to Indian Island County Park could be preserved by Suffolk County as open space after the county legislature authorized an appraisal of the property last week.

(more…)

01/01/15 9:34am
01/01/2015 9:34 AM
Steve Bellone signs the new tobacco law in October, raising the age limit to 21 for tobacco purchases. (Credit: Courtesy)

Steve Bellone signs the new tobacco law in October, raising the age limit to 21 for tobacco purchases. (Credit: Courtesy)

Suffolk County officials want residents to know that today, New Year’s Day, marks the first day the 21-or-over law goes into effect for the sale of tobacco and liquid nicotine products.

Prior to Jan. 1, it had been illegal to sell those items to anyone under age 19. (more…)