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.
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.
Independent budget analysts for the Suffolk County Legislature say County Executive Steve Bellone's budget next year has a potential $50-million hole in it. But the analysts say it makes the best of the county’s fiscal problems that have built up over the years.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said Thursday he will try again to merge the county offices of treasurer and comptroller. After his first attempt was derailed on a technicality Bellone is turning his second attempt into a somewhat unusual campaign issue for Democrats.
The US Census Bureau is releasing data from its annual American Community Survey on Thursday morning. It shows a region still not recovering from the recession and housing bust of 2008. WSHU's Charles Lane on Long Island and Craig LeMoult in Connecticut had a look at the data and have this report.