Suffolk Legislature

Health advocates say law will save lives
5:22 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Bellone hikes age to buy tobacco

Dr. William Spencer (D-Huntington) authored the bill increasing tobacco purchase age to 21
Credit Charles Lane

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signed a  law on Monday increasing the minimum age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes from 19 to 21 years old. The law was pushed by health advocates who say it will reduce youth’s access to cigarettes.  

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Liberty vs Health
8:24 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Suffolk bans tobacco sales to those under 21

Dr. James Tomarken, Suffolk County Health Commissioner, says raising the tobacco age will keep youth from smoking
Credit Charles Lane

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.

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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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"Best of bad situation"
5:13 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Report: Bellone budget has $50 million in risk

Steve Bellone says 65% of his cost cutting is real reoccurring savings, not one-shot revenues. File photo
Credit Charles Lane

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.  

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