With heroin a growing problem across the region, Suffolk County recently created a tool to track heroin-related arrests within the county as part of Natalie's Law, named for Natalie Ciappa, a Massapequa teen who died of an overdose two years ago.
Interesting tool. Problem is, the East End was left off the map. And that tool is a map.
"Whoops. Like so many other things in county government, the East End is an after-thought," said Legis. Ed Romaine, who represents the East End and learned about the area's exclusion after an inquiry by the Shelter Island Reporter earlier this month.
Romaine has since written to Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer requesting that he take "immediate steps" to notify the nine villages and five towns on the East End that they need to report heroin arrests in order to make the data accurate.
For the record, those East End municipalities have separate police departments than the five western Suffolk towns.
Romaine suggested that the tool isn't the best as a whole since it reflects where the people charged live, not where the crimes happen.
We wish we could show you how it works, or doesn't, but it looks like the county has taken it down.
The Suffolk police department is double-checking.