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.
In Suffolk County, District Attorney Tom Spota survived his first competitive election since he took office in 2001. Winning 56-percent of the Republican primary vote, Spota beat former prosecutor Ray Perini. Spota's win means he will again be the only candidate on the November ballot, because of a cross endorsement deal between Suffolk's major political parties.