Cigarette seller Victoria Edwards outside her shop on the Poospatuck reservation in Mastic. 2009
Credit Charles Lane
As they continue to deal with a troubled budget Suffolk County lawmakers are meeting Tuesday to consider a number of revenue generators including hikes to traffic and parking fees and also suing big tobacco.
It's summertime and on Saturday nights on Long Island there are demolition derbies. Cars wrecking cars for the pure thrill of it. WSHU's Charles Lane recently went to a "demo" at Riverhead Raceway and he found out Long Island is the legendary home of the demolition derby. He brought back this audio postcard.
In his State of the County speech Wednesday night Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone mentioned New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ten times. That's eight more times than he mentioned anyone else. Turns out the name dropping is intentional.
Two New York hospitals say they still have not yet reached deals with insurance companies participating the state's new health insurance exchange. But one of them, Stony Brook University Hospital, says a deal is imminent. Much of the struggle is over low reimbursement rates.
Last week New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a sweeping plan to fund universal pre-kindergarten. This would make New York only the fourth state to launch such an ambitious program. But schools on Long Island are skeptical if not indignant.
For the last several weeks Suffolk County lawmakers have been negotiating next year's budget. The $2.8 billion spending package is expected to be unveiled Friday afternoon. While there has been a quiet increase in criticism about how lawmakers get the budget done most still defend it.