News Roundup


Under Steve Bellone's watch, Babylon is the only municipality in the state awarded the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation 2010 Environmental Excellence Award.

From the press release:

Town of Babylon - Long Island Green Homes Project (Suffolk County)

The Long Island Green Homes (LIGH) project in Suffolk County is the first operational, municipally-administered and -financed energy more ››


Despite grappling with plummeting revenue and swelling pension and health-care costs, most Long Island towns intend to hold the line on taxes in 2011.

Flat tax rates will not come without a cost in towns such as Brookhaven, which intends to lay off 69 workers, and Islip, where officials expect to continue their effort to reduce the workforce, which will be 24 percent smaller than it was in 2006.

With 10 Long Island more ››

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Supervisor Bellone's success underscores the fact that big cities aren't the only ones who can hatch innovative ideas and become national leaders on local sustainability. Bellone, a LEED AP, led the launch of Long Island Green Homes in 2008, the nation's first property assessed clean energy (PACE) program to help homeowners surmount the upfront costs of making energy efficiency improvements - and dramatically save money and more ››

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg - One of eight US mayors driving green progress

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, a non-profit with more than 1,800 members worldwide that are organizing sustainability and green initiatives, has published a list of eight U.S. mayors and elected officials leading environmental innovation and smart city initiatives in their communities. The list is part of the ICLEI’s more ››


The 50 Most Influential Long Islanders of 2009

...Bellone puts the “super” in supervisor.... Bellone is likeable, humble and hard working...

What do people with power do? More importantly, what can someone accomplish with power? In 2008, an African-African man won an more ››