After a four-state tour, Suffolk County planners updated lawmakers Monday on what they knew about mitigateing what officials call Long Island's greatest crisis in generations: nitrogen contaminating regional estuaries.
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.
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.
Suffolk County has received a grant from the technology company IBM to help solve what many see as Long Island's biggest looming crisis: poor water quality. Planners and environmentalists say they’re "thrilled" with the announcement.
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.
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.