From time to time, farmer and North Fork Legislator Al Krupski will call attention to the image on the Suffolk County seal: an ox. The context surrounding his references typically have to do with highlighting agriculture’s importance in the county’s economy.
Nearly 25 years ago, Suffolk County imposed a tax of 0.75 percent on the owners of hotels and motels, with the proceeds earmarked to benefit a variety of organizations. That tax was later quadrupled to 3 percent and, more recently, an effort has been launched to collect the same tax from homeowners who rent out their properties on a short-term basis. READ
Suffolk County officials and substance abuse providers have announced a new plan to tackle a growing epidemic plaguing Long Island. A 24/7 hotline for those dealing with opioid and heroin addiction will be available starting Friday.
Suffolk County government remains in financial difficulty.
At a series of public hearings late last summer, environmentalists and elected officials from across the region came out in strong opposition to the Army Corps of Engineers’ latest plan for disposing of dredged materials in Long Island Sound.
Months after Suffolk County began targeting short-term rental owners, county Comptroller John Kennedy is expected to explain how the hotel-motel tax is enforced at an upcoming meeting in Riverhead. READ
The debate over whether Riverhead and Southold towns should ban single-use plastic bags may soon be over. READ
“Greenport, like towns on Staten Island, prospered from the oyster.”
So wrote John Kochiss, author of “Oystering from New York to Boston,” in 1973, pointing back to the oyster’s heyday on eastern Long Island in the early part of the 20th century.
Fast-forward 100 years or so, and things have certainly changed. READ