News Roundup

Mar
28
2012
Small Horse Farm

Equine Operations to be included in Farmland Development Rights Acquisition Program

Hauppauge, LI—Tuesday, March 27: Leg. Rob Calarco’s bill (IR 1059) that will ultimately help small horse farm businesses and operations in Suffolk County to survive and continue doing business in the region passed in a vote of 16-2 at the General Meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature today. Leg. Calarco’s bill mirrors a state bill passed...read more ››

Mar
27
2012

Bureau Will Increase Public Safety and Raise Revenue

Hauppauge, LI—Tuesday, March 27: Legislator Rob Calarco took the first step towards fulfilling a campaign promise Tuesday night when his bill to establish a Suffolk County Traffic Violations Bureau (SC TVB) was passed unanimously at the General Meeting of the Legislature. Presently, traffic violations issued within the Suffolk County Police District are prosecuted by the...read more ››

Mar
27
2012

As Members of Congress return to Washington, D.C., this week, Republican brinkmanship has once again frozen progress on Americans’ top national priority — creating jobs.
Last summer, our nation’s creditworthiness was held hostage to political gamesmanship by Republicans, causing significant damage to the economy and public confidence in the federal government. More recently, the critical operations of the Federal Aviation Administration...read more ››

Mar
26
2012

A proposed law would require pharmacies in Suffolk County to store their strongest prescription pills in locked, immovable cabinets or face fines.

Legis. William Spencer (D-Centerport), introduced the bill in response to Long Island drugstore robberies last year, including two that turned fatal. The bill is set for public hearing at Tuesday's legislature meeting, and could be approved next month.

State law requires that...read more ››

Mar
25
2012

I am proud to represent the North Fork in Congress and appreciate the opportunity to respond directly to recent criticism of my record in the local media.

I write knowing that reasonable people seek to form their opinions and statements based on facts, and I am confident that an impartial assessment of my record shows that I have been an effective representative of the interests of Southold and Riverhead.

First, experience has...read more ››

Mar
25
2012

Earlier this week, Joe Dujmic, candidate for New York State’s 10th Assembly District received his first major endorsement of the campaign from Suffolk County Legislator Dr. William Spencer, of the 18th Legislative District.

Dujmic was publicly endorsed by Dr. Spencer at a well-attended gathering in honor of the popular legislator at Albert’s Mandarin Gourmet in Huntington.

“I am proud to endorse Joe Dujmic for New York State...read more ››

Mar
15
2012

Millionaire outsourcer Randy Altschuler (NY-01) wants voters to judge Tim Bishop by the number of jobs created in district. Well, Long Island added 17,600 jobs last year.

After weeks of claiming that the Long Island Association economic reports serve as “a non-partisan report card for Tim Bishop,” the newly revised figures show that Long Island added jobs, not lost them.

“Will Randy Altschuler admit that Congressman Bishop’s...read more ››

Mar
15
2012

Sag Harbor's village board has cracked open the door to creating the first new ferry service in Suffolk County in decades -- a water taxi that would run between the South Fork village and Greenport on the North Fork.

Village officials in Greenport Friday night are expected to discuss giving their approval to the project as well. The Suffolk Legislature -- which would have to approve the route and set the fares -- is already reviewing...read more ››

Mar
14
2012

Hauppauge, LI—Tuesday, March 13: Legislator Rob Calarco’s bill to help move the historic Carnegie Library to a new location in Patchogue passed unanimously at the General Meeting of the Legislature today. The landmark building needs to be moved from its current location on Lake Street in order to accommodate the New Village project, which if it moves forward, will transform and revitalize the Four Corner area of the Patchogue downtown....read more ››

Feb
26
2012
Smithtown Town Hall. Credit Sara Walsh

Correction: Patch first reported that it was Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio who instructed committee members to send the letter to the ethics board's PO Box, when it was in fact town attorney John Zollo.

Smithtown Democrats are calling for the town's ethics board to open an investigation based on findings of a Suffolk grand jury released earlier this month.

Newsday reports Smithtown Democratic Committee chairman Ed...read more ››