Suffolk Legislature

25% higher for credit card transactions
7:48 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Suffolk tables plan to warn of "outrageous" fees

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.  

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Legalized gambling can't make money
4:37 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Suffolk's OTB made zip on Kentucky Derby

Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.
Credit AP/Darron Cummings

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.   

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IT Commissioner pleads not guilty
5:14 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Bellone official arrested for misleading lawmakers

Donald Rodgers, Suffolk County IT Commissioner, was arrested Thursday for misleading lawmakers in $5 million software deal
Credit Linkedin

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.  

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Unions oppose bill saying it wasn't fully vetted
4:40 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Bill to professionalize Suffolk PD called 'flawed'

Robert Trotta (R-Smithtown) wants Suffolk cops to have same requirements as police in region
Credit Charles Lane

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.  

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Mitigating water quality
5:35 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Suffolk considers monitoring shellfish

Babylon Democrat refused to vote for shellfish monitoring grant without getting more answers from officials
Credit Charles Lane

Some Suffolk County lawmakers are concerned about how a county grant to study shellfish is spent. Lawmakers got some details about the program on Monday.

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