Suffolk Legislature http://wshu.org en Bellone hikes age to buy tobacco http://wshu.org/post/bellone-hikes-age-buy-tobacco <p></p><p>Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signed a &nbsp;law on Monday increasing the minimum age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes from 19 to 21 years old. The law was pushed by health advocates who say it will reduce youth’s access to cigarettes. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:22:23 +0000 Charles Lane 15814 at http://wshu.org Bellone hikes age to buy tobacco Suffolk bans tobacco sales to those under 21 http://wshu.org/post/suffolk-bans-tobacco-sales-those-under-21 <p></p><p>Suffolk County has increased the minimum age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes from 19 to 21 years old. &nbsp;The bill, passed Tuesday evening, was pushed by health advocates who say it will reduce youth’s access to cigarettes.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:24:28 +0000 Charles Lane 14381 at http://wshu.org Suffolk bans tobacco sales to those under 21 Suffolk lawmakers 'raid' environmental fund http://wshu.org/post/suffolk-lawmakers-raid-environmental-fund-0 <p></p><p>Suffolk County lawmakers are set to approve a $2.8 billion budget tomorrow that, according to some, raids an environmental protection fund to plug holes in the county budget. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 22:54:58 +0000 Charles Lane 7880 at http://wshu.org Suffolk lawmakers 'raid' environmental fund Budgeting in secret has few critics, even some respect http://wshu.org/post/budgeting-secret-has-few-critics-even-some-respect <p></p><p>For the last several weeks Suffolk County lawmakers have been negotiating next year's budget. &nbsp;The $2.8 billion spending package is expected to be unveiled Friday afternoon. &nbsp;While there has been a quiet increase in criticism about how lawmakers get the budget done most still defend it. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:57:35 +0000 Charles Lane 7654 at http://wshu.org Budgeting in secret has few critics, even some respect Report: Bellone budget has $50 million in risk http://wshu.org/post/report-bellone-budget-has-50-million-risk <p></p><p>Independent budget analysts for the Suffolk County Legislature say County Executive Steve Bellone's budget next year has a potential $50-million hole in it. &nbsp;But the analysts say it makes the best of the county’s fiscal problems that have built up over the years. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 21:13:27 +0000 Charles Lane 7063 at http://wshu.org Report: Bellone budget has $50 million in risk