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May
23
2013

Suffolk County late Thursday began relocating homeless sex offenders from East End trailers that have housed them for years, with the aim of closing the facilities within days.

Hours after County Executive Steve Bellone held a news conference to announce eight arrests under a new law requiring closer monitoring of all registered sex offenders, aides confirmed that some of about 40 homeless offenders had been moved to shelters...read more »

May
15
2013

Suffolk officials say they hope to begin moving homeless sex offenders out of trailers on the East End within several weeks, the first indication of progress in implementing an emergency monitoring plan passed nearly four months ago.

The Community Protection Act, drafted by County Executive Steve Bellone and approved unanimously by the county legislature Feb. 5, called for relocating about 40 homeless male sex offenders now living in...read more »

May
1
2013

Suffolk County residents who have long cried out for Sunday and evening bus service could soon see relief.

Suffolk Legislator Jay Schneiderman and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced this week an agreement that could provide a minimum of $1.1 million and up to $2.1 million in funding to expand Sunday bus service across Suffolk County.

Those advocating for the new legislation believe the expanded service could prove...read more »

Apr
30
2013

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone reached a deal with lawmakers Tuesday to expand Sunday and evening service on several bus routes.

The county will use $1.1 million of about $2 million in new state transit aid for Sunday and evening Suffolk County Transit service. A resolution previously proposed by Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) called for using the entire $2 million to expand bus service, but Bellone had said the county...read more »

Apr
26
2013

Thanks to increased transportation funding in the recently approved state budget, Suffolk County Transit will get about $2 million more than it had planned for the fiscal year that began April 1. Used to fund a one-year test of increased Sunday bus service in the county, that money could make a real difference in the lives of many residents.

The county has Sunday service only on two East End routes and only in the summer. That service...read more »

Mar
28
2013

The administration of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is seeking proposals to study a bus rapid transit system to ease traffic, speed commuting and spur economic development across the county.

The search for an outside consultant, who would be paid up to $300,000, is the first concrete step toward implementing Bellone's "Connect Long Island" initiative, first proposed in June. Bellone wants to create a rapid transit bus system...read more »

Mar
25
2013

By a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Suffolk County Legislature named County Road 39 in Southampton after the late Edwin "Buzz" Schwenk, a businessman, political leader and preservationist.

Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) introduced the legislation in November to rename the highway.

"I wanted to show my sincere respect and admiration for Edwin 'Buzz' Schwenk and his dedication, efforts and commitment to the residents of the...read more »

Mar
18
2013

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, I-Montauk, announced Monday that he will seek reelection in November, instead of running for the East Hampton Town supervisor position.

Should he win reelection, it will be his sixth and final term due to term limits on the Suffolk County Legislature. The legislator, who keeps an office in Sag Harbor, said he has not ruled out the possibility of a run for supervisor — a post he held before...read more »

Mar
15
2013

The Suffolk County Legislature last week unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Legislator Jay Schneiderman, of Montauk, to make golfing on county courses cheaper for veterans.

In 2006 the Legislature voted to grant veterans the same discounts at county parks that Suffolk seniors enjoy — except for discounts on green fees.

Schneiderman's legislation will extend the senior discount to veterans for one year, on a pilot basis...read more »

Mar
6
2013

The big lighthouse at Montauk Point stood sentry in the bright sun Monday, as it has since it was completed more than 200 years ago on the orders of President George Washington.

But for the first time, it stood with its historic value fully recognized.

The U.S. Department of the Interior has decided to designate the lighthouse a National Historic Landmark, according to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who had lobbied Interior...read more »

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