Suffolk County

Advocates: "victims more willing to go to police"
5:40 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Suffolk hate crimes triple after reclassification

Former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy announcing the creation of a national coalition for immigration reform. Many critics blame Levy for the under reporting of hate crimes. Levy refutes this.
Credit AP

The number of hate crimes in New York State jumped 30% in 2012 compared to the year prior.  That’s from a state report released Thursday that says most of the statewide increase is attributed to Suffolk County property crimes classified as hate crimes.

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Election 2013
10:18 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Incumbents have strong performance on Long Island

Democrat Thomas Spota ran unopposed to win a fourth term as Suffolk County District Attorney (file photo)
Credit AP Photo/Ed Betz

Democrat Thomas Spota ran unopposed to win a fourth term as Suffolk County District Attorney, while Republican Ed Mangano won a second term as Nassau County Executive. 

Democrats have kept their majority in Suffolk's legislature, and supervisor positions in Southampton, Shelter Island, Huntington, and Babylon.  Republican Supervisors held onto their seats in Brookhaven and Smithtown. 

In Suffolk County, the proposition to legalize gambling received strong support while the effort to extend the retirement age for judges did not, mirroring statewide results.

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Environmentalist plan suit
5:54 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Suffolk lawmakers 'raid' environmental fund

Presiding Officer Wayne Horsley says money from the Assessment Stabilization Fund was using place of counting on state approval for debt refinancing.
Credit Handout

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.    

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How the sausage is made
8:57 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Budgeting in secret has few critics, even some respect

Islip Republican Tom Cilmi is one of the few critics of Suffolk's budget process which he calls secretive.
Credit Charles Lane

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.  

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Prepping for the next Sandy
10:16 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Lawmakers race to keep ahead of house lifting boom

A Westhampton Beach home in the process of being permanently elevated.
Credit Charles Lane

After Superstorm Sandy communities high and dry for as long as anyone can remember suddenly found themselves under eight feet of water.  Post Sandy, a booming business in New York and New Jersey is house lifting.  Picking a house up and setting it on stilts or a higher foundation to protect it from a future storm surge.  But the rush to lift houses has regulators scurrying to catch up.  

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