News Roundup

Jul
13
2021

The Suffolk County Legislature voted Monday to accept more than $21.5 million from four major pharmacy chains and one opioid manufacturer to settle a lawsuit alleging the companies fueled the opioid epidemic on Long Island. The Nassau Legislature later gave preliminary approval to similar-sized settlements totaling $28.3 million.

The 18-member Suffolk County Legislature approved settlements Monday morning from the pharmacies — Rite Aid...read more ››

Jul
10
2021

Suffolk County could be eligible to receive millions of roughly $55 billion in federal funding for water quality through the bipartisan infrastructure bill amid an increase in brown tide in Long Island waters, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Saturday at a news conference in Patchogue.

Speaking alongside environmental advocates and local officials overlooking the Great South Bay on Laurel Street, Schumer, the Senate majority...read more ››

Jun
23
2021

East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc won the Democratic primary for the town's top elected office, while Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez and Cate Rogers won the Democratic nominations for two town council seats, unofficial elections results show.

But a count of hundreds of absentee and affidavit ballots in other primary races Tuesday in Nassau and Suffolk counties likely will delay final unofficial results in those contests...read more ››

Jun
22
2021

The Suffolk County Legislature Tuesday night approved a bill designed to combat discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders after an increase nationwide in anti-Asian hate crimes during the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill was approved by 14 yes votes and the remaining four lawmakers abstaining. It will amend the county's human rights laws to ban discrimination related to the "incorrect and unfounded belief that certain...read more ››

May
11
2021

The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously approved a bill Tuesday to help homeowners remove racist restrictive covenants from their deeds that barred people of color and religious minorities from living in certain Long Island homes and neighborhoods.

The legislation will create a method to start the process and waive fees to remove discriminatory covenants that, though legally unenforceable, once helped segregate the Island by...read more ››

Mar
24
2021

Democrat Jonathan Kornreich has won a Brookhaven Town Board seat in a special election to fill the vacant post.

Kornreich, 51, of Stony Brook, trounced Republican Theresa Laucella in Tuesday’s election, garnering more than 85% of votes cast, according to unofficial tallies posted on the Suffolk County Board of Elections website. Kornreich, a Three Village school district trustee, claimed victory late Tuesday in a statement emailed to...read more ››

Mar
3
2021
Southold Town Council Zoom Convention

The Southold Town Democrats are proud to introduce their candidates to run for election in Southold Town in 2021, nominated at a virtual convention held on March 2nd, 2021.

These six candidates will bring needed transparency, accountability, productivity, energy, experience, and diversity into Town Hall, strengthening the leadership and expertise of our town for all the residents of Southold.

The Screening Committee interviewed...read more ››

Mar
3
2021

Two years ago, Greg Doroski of Mattituck came up just 117 votes shy of ousting incumbent town Supervisor Scott Russell from office.

Now, he’s returning to local politics in a run for one of two open seats on the Town Board in November’s election.

“I feel called to do the hard work required to preserve the irreplaceable character of our community,” Mr. Doroski said as the Southold Town Democratic Committee announced its slate of...read more ››

Feb
24
2021

Today, former Legislator Kate Browning announced a campaign run in an effort to return to the 3rd Legislative District seat. Her announcement came after Suffolk County Legis. Rudy Sunderman (R-Mastic-Shirley) announced last week he would be stepping down as of March 21 to pursue a career in the fire/EMS field as the Suffolk County Fire Academy director.

“The 3rd district demands a full-time legislator who can hit the ground running and...read more ››

Feb
23
2021

The Suffolk County’s Sheriff’s Office will create a review board to evaluate use of force and update technology to collect racial data from traffic stops and arrests to eliminate potential bias, according to a 78-page reform plan released Tuesday.

The agency, which operates Suffolk County jails and provides police services in parts of Long Island’s East End, will also offer greater support to the needy and the mentally ill, provide...read more ››