Tag: Steve Bellone

Suffolk Pols OK 5-cent Shopping Bag Fee

Suffolk County lawmakers approved a 5-cent fee on single-use paper and plastic bags in a measure intended to encourage the use of reusable bags when shoppers make purchases at local stores. Legislators passed the bill Wednesday by a vote of 13-4 and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signaled his intent to sign the bill into law. Retailers that fail to collect the nickel would be subject to a $500 fine, once the law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

Suffolk DA Tom Spota Rebuffs County Exec Bellone’s Calls to Resign

Spota, who was first elected district attorney in 2002, has come under fire amid several high-profile investigations of close confidants in his office and a former lieutenant, former Suffolk County Police Chief of Department James Burke, who pleaded guilty to beating a robbery suspect and covering up the incident. The victim had stolen a bag of Burke’s personal effects, including his department-issued gun and sex toys.

Is Bellone’s Bid for a Drinking Water Tax Proposal a Ploy...

No one doubts that Long Island's aquifers need protection but a plan to promote sewers in Suffolk County should not become an excuse for run-away development.

Downtowns Are All the Rage These Days But Some Places Can’t...

Why is the Suffolk County IDA hiring an outside, New York City-centric organization to conduct planning work that could easily be done through the county’s myriad in-house professional departments including Planning and Economic Development, the Department of Public Works, and the Department of Health Services?

Ex-Suffolk Police Chief James Burke Pleads Guilty To Beating Suspect, Coverup

Disgraced ex-Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke pleaded guilty to federal civil rights violations and conspiracy charges Friday for beating a suspect and ordering police to cover it up. Burke was arrested in December 2015 on allegations by federal prosecutors that he had beaten Smithtown resident Christopher Loeb while in police custody two years earlier and coerced police officials who had witnessed the beating to lie to investigators about what they’d seen.

Cuomo’s ‘Fight For $15’ Minimum Wage Tour Makes Long Island Stop

Cuomo’s latest pitch comes after his administration successfully enacted minimum wage increases for fast food workers and 28,000 employees of the SUNY system that would over time surge to $15 per hour. The governor has made the so-called “Fight for 15" a top priority of his 2016 agenda. And it's all part of a campaign called the "Mario Cuomo Campaign for Economic Justice," which has the support of nearly 100 religious leader across the state.

Pols Confirm Tim Sini New Suffolk Police Commissioner

The new commish will be tasked with cleaning up the mess left by a former police chief who was arrested on corruption charges. Among his first moves was announcing plans to invite the FBI to work more closely on the Long Island Serial Killer case, gang investigations and other probes. He also unveiled plans to revamp the internal affairs unit, crack down on drug houses, and hinted at an upcoming "unprecedented" law enforcement partnership.

Pols Call for Federal Monitor of Suffolk Police

Republicans also urged the county executive to expand his search for a new police commissioner.

5-year Anniversary of Long Island Serial Killer Case Brings Fresh Look

Will investigators promises to take a “fresh look” at the case and bring in FBI reinforcements lead to an arrest?

Lawsuit Claims Suffolk Taxpayers Are Owed $250M

Calling it "the biggest ripoff" in Suffolk County history, a pair of well-connected lawyers say that the Southwest Sewer District has illegally overcharged 340,000 local taxpayers by $254.9 million since 2009--and they demand a refund.
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