Suffolk Legislature

Suffolk considers puppy mill regulation
7:17 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Suffolk bans fracking waste water

Huntington Democrat William Spencer drafted the bill banning fracking waste water from Suffolk
Credit Charles Lane

At its regular legislative meeting, Suffolk County lawmakers moved to ban the use of hydrofracking waste and to ban smoking on the campus of the county Community College.  Lawmakers also heard arguments about a bill that would ban the sale of puppies coming from so-called puppy mills.  

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Budget expected to whipsaw back to negative
5:37 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Suffolk sheds deficit (but not for long)

Lou D'Amaro (D-Babylon) says Suffolk closed previous budget gaps and can do so again.
Credit Charles Lane

Suffolk County budget officials say there’s a slowly improving fiscal picture for the county and that Suffolk actually had its first budget surplus since 2006.  

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The magical septical tour
7:29 am
Tue April 22, 2014

After 4-state tour, here's what Suffolk knows of septic systems

Credit Charles Lane

After a four-state tour, Suffolk County planners updated lawmakers Monday on what they knew about mitigateing what officials call Long Island's greatest crisis in generations: nitrogen contaminating regional estuaries. 

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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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