Tag: Suffolk County

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.

Across the Island some municipalities are clearly ahead of the pack. These communities possess the good fortune to have visionary leaders, courageous council members and the right combination of assets, infrastructure and drive to make a difference in people’s lives. When you look for local role models, a few stellar examples quickly come to mind: Jack Schnirman, Long Beach city manager; Paul Pontieri, mayor of Patchogue; Francis X. Murray, mayor of Rockville Centre; and state Sen. Jack Martins, the former mayor of Mineola.

Beyond the obvious issues that everyone complains about–taxes, traffic, cost of living, the way we tawk–there are some seriously twisted things about this place we call home. Here are a few we take for granted that boggle the minds of interlopers who happen upon our fair Island. Did somebody say "Cheese Fries"!?

"Blowing and drifting of snow with near blizzard conditions are expected due to strong winds. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency."

Civil rights attorneys lauded the agreement for establishing much-needed safeguards to prevent abuse and religious profiling of a disenfranchised population.

Thinking regionally and acting locally shouldn't be left up to the big developers alone if we want a sustainable, prosperous Long Island for years to come.

The concept sounds great but when push comes to shovels, is it just a developers' scam?

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.

“It’s another layer of government imposed on planning and zoning initiatives. It’s red tape. It’s unnecessary.”