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Jul
18
2013

Suffolk County has cleared an important hurdle in its goal to secure nearly $4 million in federal funding for expanded Sunday bus service.

The New York Metropolitan Transit Council’s Program Finance and Administration Committee has approved giving Suffolk a $3,965,934 federal grant over three years. The Job Access Reverse Commute grant still needs to be approved by the Federal Transit Administration.

The county in May approved...read more »

Jun
28
2013

Many eastbound travelers are welcomed into the lush North and South Forks by a congested traffic circle and a desolate, boarded up “Main Street” in Riverside. Just across the Peconic River lies a bustling Riverhead, and further along Route 24 you’ll find Sunrise Highway carving a path through Hampton Bays, Southampton, and the rest. As suited Porsche drivers and bikini-clad, surf-ready regulars crawl (or idle) through the traffic circle and...read more »

Jun
26
2013

The weather on Thursday might not be shaping up to be another sunny scorcher, but locals will have the opportunity to go to Suffolk County-run beaches for a day at a discounted rate, as the county attempts to promote its parks system as a destination locals can take advantage of right in their own back yard.

Officials hope that 'Discover Suffolk County Parks Day' will spur sales of its Green Key, which grants residents discounted...read more »

Jun
19
2013

Suffolk's new Sunday bus service on the East End has gotten off to an impressive start, according to county Legis. Jay Schneiderman, who said ridership on some runs this year is exceeding last year's by nearly 50 percent.

The buses, which operate from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, are busiest in the early morning and late in the day. Schneiderman (I-Montauk) said it means the buses are being used by people going to work and coming back...read more »

Jun
12
2013

A Hampton Bays motel will no longer be used as a homeless shelter, with 20 families living there moved to longer-term housing by Sept. 30, Suffolk County and Southampton Town officials announced Tuesday.

Hidden Cove Motel has been operated as a shelter since October 2011 by a White Plains nonprofit, Community Housing Innovations. Up to 28 families have been living at the motel complex at any time since then, officials said.

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May
31
2013

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
29
2013

"The trailers have been emptied and padlocked."

That's the word Tuesday evening from County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, who's been fighting for more than six years to shut down the two trailers used the Suffolk County department of social services to shelter the county's homeless registered sex offenders within his legislative district.

"It's the end of an era. We did it. This has been a very challenging, long-fought...read more »

May
24
2013

The East End trailers that have housed homeless sex offenders and sparked community complaints will be shut down by Tuesday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced.

Twenty-six men remaining at the Riverside and Westhampton facilities will be moved to motels and homeless shelters throughout the county -- no more than one per location, Bellone said Friday at Riverhead Town Hall, where he received applause from local officials...read more »

May
24
2013

The East End trailers that have housed homeless sex offenders and sparked community complaints will be shut down by Tuesday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced.

Twenty-six men remaining at the Riverside and Westhampton facilities will be moved to motels and homeless shelters throughout the county -- no more than one per location, Bellone said Friday at Riverhead Town Hall, where he received applause from local officials...read more »

May
24
2013

It's time to get on the bus, Gus.

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman announced this week that Sunday and holiday bus service will begin again on the East End with the holiday weekend.

The Sunday service will run from Memorial Day weekend until October 13, Columbus Day weekend.

The program was successful for the past two years, with numbers indicating a healthy ridership, and is back for another season.

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