Suffolk, Paws of War kick off Pet Safety Initiative


Suffolk County Sheriff Errol D. Toulon Jr. says he aims to protect all the county’s residents — including four-legged ones.

So on Friday, he launched a free microchip program that can help reunite owners with lost pets.

The program is being undertaken in conjunction with Paws of War, a Nesconset-based nonprofit that provides dogs and veterinarian services to veterans and first responders. They held the first of three free clinics as part of a “Dog Days of Summer” initiative.

Veterans and first responders get priority, but anyone can sign up.

“We see way too many heartbreak stories about animals that are not chipped and wind up being euthanized” at shelters after they get lost and are turned in, said Robert...| read more ››

Democrat David Calone Announces Bid for Suffolk County Executive


Democrat Dave Calone, a venture capitalist and a former federal and state prosecutor, has announced his candidacy for election as Suffolk County executive next year.

County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat first elected in 2011, has reached his term limit and will not run next year, opening up the seat.

Calone, 48, of Setauket, said in a news release he has raised $1 million in campaign funds.

He cited the environment and affordable living as his key reasons for running.

“I’m running for County Executive to make sure that everyone benefits from the same kind of opportunities that I have enjoyed growing up and living in Suffolk County,” Calone said in a statement last Friday.| read more ››

Upcoming Book Release Event for "Below the Ocean: Keeping Our Sea Friends Safe"


Meet the Author, Sarah Anker! The first 25 copies of the book will be free with limited supplies available!

Sarah Anker, a current Suffolk County Legislator, has published a children’s picture book on ocean pollution entitled “Below the Ocean: Keeping Our Sea Friends Safe”. The book provides an engaging story, with vibrant colors and adorable characters, about a young seal who encounters ocean pollution, and learns how it is affecting sea life and our ocean.| read more ››

Biden Expected to Offer Partial Student Loan Forgiveness Plan


WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is expected to roll out a student loan relief plan in the coming weeks as he faces increasing pressure from congressional Democrats — including Sen. Chuck Schumer — to act before a moratorium on federal student loan payments expires for millions of borrowers in August.

Biden has said he hopes to unveil a plan “in the next couple of weeks,” but has repeatedly emphasized he is “not considering” the up to $50,000 in loan forgiveness pushed by Schumer (D-N.Y.). Instead, White House officials have signaled that any plan that emerges will likely be closer to the $10,000 in relief Biden pledged as a presidential candidate.

Before stepping down, former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said officials were looking to finalize a plan before a pause on student loan payments expires on Aug. 31. Meanwhile, borrowers who have had a two-year reprieve from paying their federal student loans because of the pandemic, are anxiously waiting on news.

Leigh-Ann Barde, a married mother of four sons from Central Islip, said she owes $48,000 in student loan debt that she has not had to pay since Congress enacted a pause on payments in March 2020 at the onset of the pandemic. Barde said the absence of monthly payments has allowed her family to use the money for the expenses that come with a household of children ages 5 to 13.| read more ››

Sheriff's Honors for One Who Dreamed of Joining the Ranks


Two years after Philip Joseph “PJ” Fusaro’s death due to COVID-19, his memory continues to live on as family, schoolchildren and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office celebrated his legacy Friday in his hometown of Shirley.

Donna and Phil Fusaro, PJ’s parents, were at times holding back tears during a ceremony at Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School as Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. presented them with a special badge and posthumously named their son an honorary K-9 deputy sheriff.

Fusaro, a horticulturalist and animal lover who family members say was beloved in his community and dreamed of joining the sheriff's office K-9 unit, died May 3, 2020, after battling COVID-19. He was 25.

Donna Fusaro, a teaching assistant at Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School, told Newsday after the ceremony that her son was “the love of my life.”

“My son was the most selfless, giving person you would want to meet,” his mother said. “He was the guy that you called when you were in trouble at 3 o’clock in the morning and he would get out of bed and go, ‘No problem, I’ll be right there.’ He was just that guy. He was just amazing.”| read more ››

Suffolk Sheriff Hosts Active Shooter Training For Suffolk Legislature


On Friday, May 20 the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office taught an active shooter training and “Stop the Bleed” training for the Suffolk County Legislators and legislative staff. Participants learned strategies to protect themselves and loved ones in the case of an emergency or active threat situation.

Deputy Sheriff Investigator William Weick from the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office presented the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course, which focuses on the "Avoid-Deny-Defend" strategy to best prepare residents should they ever find themselves in an emergency threat situation. Participants were also certified in “Stop the Bleed,” a basic trauma care course the teaches participants how to stop or slow bleeding during emergencies.| read more ››

New York Sheriff Launches Database for Finding Lost Pets, Hopes it Will Become a National Model


A New York sheriff is looking to make a nationwide impact with his new initiative for keeping pets in the community safe.

On Tuesday, Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. introduced a new database to help local pet parents quickly locate missing animals.

The Lost Pet Network will enroll pets into a database and provide owners with a printed pet identification card. If an enrolled four-legged friend goes missing, the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office will send an alert with the pet's information to deputy sheriffs and local municipalities. Information about the lost pet will also be shared on social media accounts to aid in the animal's return.

Suffolk County sheriff creates database for missing pets, hopes it will become a national model

"Centralized and organized because right now there is nothing in Suffolk County to really assist pets that are lost," Toulon said during a briefing in the Town of Islip. "Not only would we alert our staff that may be on patrol in certain areas, but also we would post it on social media, we would notify shelters."| read more ››

One-on-one with Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon


This week, TBR News Media had an exclusive interview with Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. (D). During our conversation with the sheriff, he addressed his battles with cancer, the challenges of steering the sheriff’s department through a pandemic and his surprising place in the history of the New York Yankees.

Sheriff, what is your professional background and how did you land in the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office?

I started my career in 1982 as a New York City correction officer and I worked with the New York City Department of Corrections for 22 years on the uniform side. From 1982 until 2004, I worked on various assignments in numerous jails throughout the department. We had almost 25,000 inmates in our city system back then. I worked in our emergency services unit for almost 10 years. I was a captain there and also a captain in our detectives unit for almost three years before I retired. I also worked in the compliance division toward the end of my career.| read more ››