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