News Roundup

May
31
2012

Sunday bus service has returned to the East End and will last one month longer than last year, when the Suffolk County Legislature first approved a special surcharge on the two lines during the week, to pay for it.

Started as an experimental program — there was no Sunday bus service on the North or South forks before it began — the buses ran for 11 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day, drawing a total of 5,861 riders. A 50-cent...read more »

May
22
2012

Thomas D’Amore said he wasn’t even aware that he was eligible for more benefits from his Navy service connected disabilities until he met another fellow serviceman. He’d served in the U.S. Navy from 1972 until 1974 and since that time he suffered from the condition known as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs website, PTSD is a mental health problem that occurs after a person goes...read more »

May
21
2012

The Republican-controlled Islip Town board will vote Tuesday night on a measure to hire Islip's Republican Party chairman as counsel to the town planning board.

Frank Tantone would be paid $55,000 a year for the position of outside counsel, town attorney Robert Cicale said. Tantone would not receive health benefits or pension credits, he said.

Some towns such as Brookhaven and Huntington prohibit town board appointments from...read more »

May
19
2012

Thomas D’Amore of Rocky Point received a $39,000 retroactive award and a benefit of $1,672 per month from the Veterans Administration and will be honored by Rep. Tim Bishop, D-Southampton, after Bishop interceded on their behalf.

A ceremony will be held Monday at 5:30PM at the Elk's Lodge in Port Jefferson Station to honor D'Amore and two other Suffolk County Veterans who received a total of $127,256 in retroactive compensation from...read more »

May
11
2012

The Hampton Bays Middle School was a sea of green on Friday morning as students, staff and local lawmakers came together to celebrate the school’s recent designation as a federal “Green Ribbon” building and to pledge to take their efforts even further with solar panels and wind energy.

At a pep rally held in the Ponquogue Avenue gymnasium on Friday, students—decked out in green—listened as Hampton Bays Schools Superintendent Lars...read more »

May
8
2012
Bellone addresses County Legislature of Health Bill

The Suffolk Legislature, responding to growing public pressure, last night voted to impose a share of health insurance costs on nearly 500 political appointees -- part of an opening salvo to pressure county unions to agree to a similar concessions.

"It's a good day for Suffolk County taxpayers," County Executive Steve Bellone said after the vote. "It's important to show we are leading by example . . . and we're not expecting any one...read more »

May
7
2012

Call center bill gaining traction, though no public hearing has been scheduled yet

Computerworld - WASHINGTON - A bill designed to discourage U.S. companies from setting up offshore call centers is gaining bipartisan support in the U.S. House.

The U.S. Call Center and Consumer Protection Act (HR 3596), spearheaded by US Rep. Timothy Bishop (D-NY) and David McKinley (R-WV), is designed to...read more »

Apr
27
2012

Rep. Allen West, a Florida Republican, was recently captured on video asserting that there are “78 to 81” Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party. Of course, it’s not unusual for some renegade lawmaker from either side of the aisle to say something outrageous. What made West’s comment — right out of the McCarthyite playbook of the 1950s — so striking was the almost complete lack of condemnation from Republican...read more »

Apr
23
2012

While the president has been urging “insourcing,” the government has been sending money to the Philippines to train foreign workers for jobs in English-speaking call centers.

According to New York Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop and North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones, this is unacceptable and “shocking.”

The pair are calling on the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to immediately suspend what is...read more »

Apr
23
2012

Funding stopped for USAID program that trained students in the Philippines to work in offshore, English language call centers serving U.S. companies.

The U.S. Agency for International Development has suspended funding for a program under which Filipino nationals were trained to work in offshore, English language call centers that serve U.S. companies. The program, first reported by InformationWeek, drew heavy criticism from lawmakers...read more »