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Suffolk legislature meeting notes

Newsday's Reid J. Epstein reported on the Suffolk County Legislature’s votes Tuesday that included stripping County Executive Steve Levy of his authority to approve new hires to fill vacancies in the offices of the other five countywide elected officials, along with the approval of a plan using mini-shelters to house homeless sex offenders.

Other news from Tuesday’s meeting:

* 19 people signed up to speak during the public portion at the beginning of the meeting.
* A 50-cent increase in bus fare to fund a pilot program for Sunday bus service was approved by a vote of 11-7.
* A ShotSpotter device, which helps police determine where shots originate from, was approved for Huntington Station by a vote of 15-3.
* A public hearing was recessed on a proposed county energy-drink ban for teens. Public hearings were concluded on the proposal for “Cash Only” signs for restaurants that don’t take any other form of payment, and the proposal that would require stores to close on Thanksgiving.
* A proposal that would help ensure the safe use of air guns in Suffolk County was defeated by a vote of 12-6.

The legislature will next meet for an organizational session on Jan. 3.

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