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A Suffolk County bill that would raise the age to purchase tobacco products from 19 to 21 cleared a legislative committee Thursday on a split vote, leading up to a decisive vote at the Suffolk Legislature on Tuesday.
Opponents and advocates debated the proper role of government, particularly in regulating those over 18.
The bill’s sponsor, Legis. William Spencer (D-Centerport), said...Read more »
Four out of the five countywide elected officials in Suffolk did not attend County Executive Steve Bellone's State of the County Speech on Wednesday night.
District Attorney Thomas Spota, a Democrat, County Treasurer Angie Carpenter, a Republican, County Clerk Judith Pascale, a Republican, and Sheriff Vincent DeMarco, a Conservative Party member, were no-shows...Read more »
A bill that would require Suffolk County’s Industrial Development Agency to hire only county residents failed to advance Wednesday after a 3-3 legislative committee vote.
The measure, sponsored by Minority Leader John M. Kennedy Jr. (R-Nesconset), came after IDA officials disclosed they planned to hire Tim Ruggeri, a former spokesman for County Executive Steve Bellone, as a $77,000-a-year...Read more »
Labor and liberal groups rallied in Hauppauge Thursday afternoon, protesting portions of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s budget as a boon to the wealthy.
“We’re here because we’re angry about the governor’s proposal to benefit the rich and corporations and make the rest of us pay,” said Lisa Tyson, director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition. She said portions of Cuomo’s budget would exacerbate...Read more »
The Suffolk County Legislature plans to hold a public hearing Tuesday afternoon on a proposal to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products from 19 to 21.
The American Lung Association praised the proposed law in a committee meeting Thursday, where it moved forward to the full legislature.
“Such a large percentage of smokers start at a young age,” said Michael Seilback,...Read more »
On the fifth day, the passengers were calling it the “Disease of the Seas.”
That’s what Josh Slaughter, 30, of Shirley, said Wednesday, after he disembarked from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship where nearly 700 passengers and crew fell ill. The Explorer of the Seas returned two days earlier than scheduled to New Jersey on Wednesday. Officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...Read more »
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is adding to his communications staff, with a new $125,000-a-year assistant deputy county executive and local communications aide to handle smaller media.
Justin Meyers, a former Town of North Hempstead spokesman, started last week as assistant deputy county executive in charge of communication. “In a government the size of Suffolk County, we have a responsibility...Read more »
Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone's camp rang up tens of thousands of county residents Sunday night to let them know about a clean-water "tele-town hall" Monday night in which the county executive will talk about his top priority of the upcoming year.
The calls are being paid for by a nonprofit and not by county money, a county spokesman said. The administration said this was the first time...Read more »
Suffolk County Treasurer Angie Carpenter has hired a $42,000-a-year secretary, a post that Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone blocked twice before.
The secretary will start in February, Carpenter said Tuesday. Carpenter declined to name the hire, saying she was not sure if the hire had given notice at her old job.
Bellone, a Democrat, refused late last year to allow Carpenter to...Read more »
The Suffolk and Nassau county executives joined a Long Island business group Thursday to praise Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plans to lower taxes.
At a news conference in Melville, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, a Republican, called Cuomo’s tax cut plan “good news for all our residents” that would help businesses and set state spending on the right track.
Suffolk County Executive...Read more »