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Port Jefferson budget hearing set for Monday

The Port Jefferson Village Board is scheduled to

(Credit: Jasmin Frankel)

The Port Jefferson Village Board is scheduled to hold a public hearing Monday night on a proposed budget that would raise taxes about 4.4 percent.

The proposed $9.7 million budget would increase spending by 2.3 percent over the current $9.47 million budget.

The village is facing increases in state pension contributions and costs related to necessary repairs to village beaches and a public...

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Bellport budget would hike taxes 14 percent

South Country Road looking east in Bellport Village

(Credit: Carl Corry)

The Bellport Village Board is expected to vote Monday night on a $4.5 million budget that would raise taxes an average of 14 percent.

Mayor Ray Fell said repairs and improvements to village buildings and roads contributed to a 4.6 percent increase in the proposed 2014-15 budget. The spending hike would push the average tax bill to $1,368 next year, from $1,200 this year, Fell said.

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Babylon Town Board broadens public-nuisance law

Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer on July 30,

(Credit: James Escher )

The Babylon Town Board has broadened a public-nuisance law that allows officials to board up buildings that have become sites of chronic criminal activity and fine the buildings’ owners.

An amendment to what was once informally known as the “crack-house law” passed 5-0 on Tuesday and added reckless endangerment, along with sex and weapons offenses, to a list of illegal activities tracked under...

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Smithtown board to vote tonight on Patrick Vecchio, Lynne Nowick terms

Smithtown Town Supervisor Patrick R. Vecchio sits in

(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Smithtown town board members plan to vote tonight on a resolution needed for state legislation allowing Supervisor Patrick R. Vecchio and Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick to serve their full, four-year elected terms instead of having to run for office again in November.

State Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) and Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-St. James) introduced the bill earlier this month...

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Brightwaters passes law against cutting village trees and shrubs

Brightwaters Village Hall, shown on Aug. 4, 2012,

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

The Brightwaters Village Board passed laws to levy fines on anyone who cuts down trees or shrubbery on village rights-of-way, and to limit use of nonvegetative or nonimpervious surfaces in residents’ backyards.

The board voted unanimously to adopt the two laws at its monthly meeting Monday.

Fines for cutting down trees and shrubbery on village rights-of-way or public spaces will start...

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Babylon school board chief resigns, citing health reasons

The Babylon School District is made up of

(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

Babylon Schools Board of Education president Roger A. Katz resigned Feb. 24, citing “personal and health reasons” in a two-sentence letter to the district superintendent.

Katz, a senior technology architect at Brookhaven National Laboratory, is 65, according to records. He served on the board from 2000 to 2003 and again beginning in 2005.

He and his wife, Marisa, have two children who...

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East Hampton sets hearings on parking, noise proposals

The East Hampton Village board is expected to

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

East Hampton Village is getting ready for spring by proposing changes in the village code to address two perennial local problems — noise and parking.

The village board already restricts “loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises,” and wants to further limit noise by reducing the hours that construction and demolition work can take place. The board also plans to extend by about two months the...

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