Officials at the county level are exploring various strategies to collect a 3 percent occupancy tax from tourists who rent private homes for brief periods through websites such as Airbnb and Homeaway — and they want those property owners to know they may be legally obligated to tax their guests. READ
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.
Paltry budgets. Aging patrons. Inadequate staffing.
For homeowners interested in a more environmentally friendly septic system, Peconic Green Growth is offering to install eight alternative recharge dispersal fields as part of a pilot program with Suffolk County. READ
Space for both tent and RV camping. An equestrian center. Picnic areas. Restored tennis courts. A store selling firewood and ice.
These are all potential components of the North Fork Preserve under A conceptual site plan discussed at a public meeting Thursday held by the committee responsible for the planning of the 311-acre park, which was bought largely by Suffolk County from private hands in 2012. READ
New York State’s highest court declined to hear an appeal by Suffolk County late last month that would have allowed further review of a case that will now require the county to repay $29 million it took from its Drinking Water Protection Program. READ
The unemployment rate in Riverhead continues to drop compared to last year, according to this month’s statistics released by the county Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs. READ