Reasonable deal for Suffolk jail
$5 million -- That's what it could have cost Suffolk over a full year if the county hadn't reached an agreement with the state's Commission of Correction. The agency faulted the evacuation process for inmates in a temporary structure at the county's Yaphank jail during Tropical Storm Irene. So it narrowed its permission for the jail to hold more inmates than its capacity. That forced Suffolk to send more to other jails, at a high cost. Now, after quiet diplomacy by County Executive Steve Bellone, the agency is reversing that action. Calm and steady get it done.