A school district in Wading River is owed hundreds of thousands of dollars by Suffolk County for tuition payments for special needs students that had built up over the course of 15 years, according to an audit conducted by the state comptroller’s office. READ
Green Key passes, golf course admission and hunting permits will become more expensive next year, as will all other user fees at county parks, if the Suffolk County Legislature approves a resolution next week raising rates across the board. READ
Suffolk County has begun to crack down on short-term rental owners who list their properties online and are now requiring them to collect and remit a hotel-motel tax from their guests. In some cases, the county has administered back taxes to those who hadn’t previously collected the tax. READ
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