The Suffolk County Legislature passed a bill Thursday that would require dry cleaners to post signs around their store detailing what chemicals they use to wash clothes, a step advocates said would let customers see which methods are “greener” for the environment. READ
Riverhead Town officials are debating whether to submit an independent application for a $10 million state grant or apply jointly with Southampton Town. READ
With one bill — the Campaign Finance Reform Act — already before the Suffolk Legislature and aimed at corruption in the county’s electoral process, a group of Suffolk legislators led by Kara Hahn (D-Setauket) is putting together another measure that would set up an office to investigate corruption, fraud and waste in Suffolk government and protect whisteblowers.
Citing a “culture of corruption,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone demanded district attorney Thomas Spota, whom he described as the head of a “criminal enterprise,” resign following the latest investigative story published by Newsday today detailing the DA’s office failure to prosecute crimes revealed on a wiretap. READ
The Suffolk County Department of Health is advising residents to keep their pets — and, for those young’uns looking for a chilly swim — children out of Laurel Lake after a blue-green algal bloom was found at the lake recently by Stony Brook University professors. READ
With money corrupting the democratic process becoming a major issue in the United States, Suffolk Legislator Rob Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) has introduced a bill to limit campaign contributions from county contractors and public employee unions.
The last time the issue of making Long Island a separate state was raised, the thought was parodied on The Daily Show, one of the nation’s most-watched late-night TV programs.
But that doesn’t mean the issue is going away. READ
A quarter-cent sales tax already funds the Suffolk County Drinking Water Protection Program.
In the near future, 20 percent of all Community Preservation Funds generated from East End real estate transfers will also be set aside for water quality initiatives.