Tag: Steve Bellone

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.

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

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

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.

One can bet that residents in the areas Heartland will impact definitely have more than 40,000 reasons why the project isn’t right for Long Island.

Democratic Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone defeated GOP challenger James O'Connor.