Dr. James Tomarken, Suffolk County Health Commissioner, says raising the tobacco age will keep youth from smoking
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Suffolk County has increased the minimum age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes from 19 to 21 years old. The bill, passed Tuesday evening, was pushed by health advocates who say it will reduce youth’s access to cigarettes.
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.
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.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is considering legislation that would pay back some $55 million that environmentalists say lawmakers "raided" from a water quality fund. This comes as environmentalists are ramping up public pressure on the issue.
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.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone delivered his annual State of the County address last night. He said Suffolk is stronger, safer, and resilient. Bellone spent most of his speech pressing the need for improved water quality.