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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 »

Apr
19
2012
County Executive Steve Bellone delivers State of the County address

HAUPPAUGE — Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was frank when he delivered his first State of the County address Wednesday evening. Bellone said Suffolk County was dealing with the greatest fiscal crisis in its history, facing a budget gap of more than $500 million. Having undertaken multiple cost-saving measures already, Bellone explained the county is authorized to borrow $90 million in a revenue anticipation note and that he and his...read more »

Apr
18
2012

An elderly couple recently had the opportunity to reclaim part of their life savings after a leak in their basement, where the cash was kept in a strong box, left tens of thousands of dollars moldy.

"It was kind of — it looked like it was dirty," said Donna DeSantis, the daughter of the Ridge couple who kept $37,000 locked up in their basement. She said the box was flooded when her parents' water meter broke. "The cashbox got wet, but...read more »

Apr
17
2012

After postponing his first State of the County address when his wife gave birth, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has set a new date for the speech.

Bellone will give the State of the County address Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. from the William H. Rogers Legislature Building in Hauppauge. The speech will be broadcast live on News 12. Long Island Business News will also cover the speech.read more »

Apr
17
2012

Spending for construction and other capital projects would decline by 21 percent next year under a budget proposed Tuesday by County Executive Steve Bellone.

Unveiling his three-year capital program, Bellone said roads and bridges still would be rehabbed and public safety vehicles replaced, but that the county's fiscal crisis requires a "leaner" plan than lawmakers have approved in recent years.

(MORE AT LINK TO ORIGINAL...read more »

Apr
12
2012

The next time you are in Huntington, Northport Village or Port Jefferson, officials want you to B.Y.O.B.

As in: bring your own bag.

The Citizens Campaign for the Environment on Thursday kicked off a campaign in the three communities to help protect local waters by encouraging business owners and shoppers to rely on reusable bags and drop the plastic bag habit.

"A reusable bag is sustainable, it's clean, it makes sense and...read more »

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