Jay Schneiderman (I-Southampton) proposed bill after seeing stations charge 25% more for credit card transactions
Credit Charles Lane
The Suffolk County Legislature voted down a controversial measure Tuesday night. It would have required gas stations to notify motorists when there's a large disparity between cash purchases compared to credit card transactions.
At its regular legislative meeting, Suffolk County lawmakers moved to ban the use of hydrofracking waste and to ban smoking on the campus of the county Community College. Lawmakers also heard arguments about a bill that would ban the sale of puppies coming from so-called puppy mills.
Suffolk County's Commissioner of Information Technology was arrested Thursday over accusations he misled lawmakers about a $5 million technology deal. The charges suggest County Executive Steve Bellone was moving forward on a technology upgrade without legislative approval.
Suffolk's off tracking betting corporation didn't make any money on the Kentucky Derby last weekend, horse racing's biggest event. The county-run betting parlor told lawmakers this week that last minute fee hikes snatched all the profits.
A bill coming before the Suffolk County legislature would require county police, among other things, to get a college degree if they want a promotion above the rank of captain. But the bill will likely hit stiff resistance from police unions.