News Roundup

Apr
12
2012
DuWayne Gregory - Suffolk County Legislative Majority Leader - Legislator 15th District

As you know by now, County finances are in a very difficult way. Sadly, this is the fate many local governments have experienced in the wake on the Great Recession and slow recovery. While each municipality’s circumstances differ slightly, the precipitants of our collective dilemmas is very similar. An increase in demand in services—from those still affected the most by the recession—and the ever increasing cost of providing those (and all)...read more ››

Apr
10
2012
County Executive Bellone and Gov. Cuomo discuss the brush fires with the media

County Executive Steve Bellone announced Tuesday afternoon that the brush fires in Suffolk have been largely contained. Both Bellone and Governor Andrew Cuomo thanked firefighters for their efforts in battling the blaze, which they said could have been “a lot worse.” The Governor also declared a state of emergency for Suffolk County in order to put it in a position to receive financial assistance.read more ››

Apr
6
2012

The addition of 120,000 jobs to America's economy in March marks the twenty-fifth straight month of increased private sector employment despite the unwillingness of House Republicans to work across the aisle on a Transportation Bill and other substantive efforts to encourage economic growth, Congressman Tim Bishop said today.

The national jobs number follows a recent report from the NY State Labor Department that Long Island’s private...read more ››

Apr
5
2012

HAUPPAUGE — Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone unveiled a new online permit process to allow residents, businesses, developers and engineers to track the progress of building improvement permits on the web. The system is called the Submission and Status Terminal. The system will link users with the Departments of Health and Public Works.read more ››

Apr
3
2012

An early poll commissioned by Democratic U.S. Representative Tim Bishop’s campaign suggests that he currently holds a double-digit lead over Republican Randy Altschuler, the congressman’s possible challenger this November and the man who came within 600 votes of unseating him two years ago.

The poll, which was paid for by Tim Bishop for Congress, concludes that the incumbent congressman currently holds a 17-point lead over Mr....read more ››

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 ››