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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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St. Patrick's Day fun at Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Irish step dancer Clare Owens, right, holds hands

(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Clare Owens has a busy March.

For the 12-year-old competitive Irish step dancer from the Donny Golden School of Irish Dance, every weekend is filled with performances at St. Patrick’s Day events. But she was particularly looking forward to her favorite appearance of the month: the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

“It’s really good,” Clare, of Stewart...

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Brightwaters passes law against cutting village trees and shrubs

Brightwaters Village Hall, at 40 Seneca Dr., houses

(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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'Crisis' prompts funds for Amityville road repairs

Amityville Village Hall

(Credit: Alexi Knock)

Amityville trustees on Monday night approved spending as much as $20,000 for emergency road repairs that are to start immediately. “I think we have a crisis here, by no fault of our public works department,” said Trustee Nick LaLota. He estimated there are now 200 potholes on village roads caused by the harsh winter. Workers from Rosemar Construction Corp., an East Moriches-based paving...

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Massapequa Park vote on breaking tax cap a 'safety net'

Massapequa Park is an incorporated village in the

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

The village of Massapequa Park trustees on Monday night approved breaking the tax cap for the fiscal 2015 budget if needed.

The village does not expect to break the cap, but wants to have the authority to do so as it begins to work on its budget, village administrator Peggy Caltabiano said.

“We don’t anticipate going over it,” Caltabiano said of the state cap. The authorization is “there...

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'Pothole patrol' tackles Patchogue roadways

Luis Arias, of Patchogue, walks along Nottingham Avenue

(Credit: James Carbone)

Patchogue’s public works crews are repairing potholes before they pose a public safety and health threat, village officials said.

Workers plan to fix the worst holes first, officials said at Monday’s village board meeting.

“While the crews will be on the streets every day that weather allows filling potholes … We are going to repair those that pose a serious threat to health and safety,...

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