Featured Story
04/18/17 12:12pm
04/18/2017 12:12 PM

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced on Tuesday that Jon Kaiman, a former North Hempstead Supervisor, will join the administration as deputy county executive with a focus on leading Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Shared Services initiative. READ

Featured Story
05/12/16 1:23pm
05/12/2016 1:23 PM

bellone

Citing a “culture of corruption,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone demanded district attorney Thomas Spota, who he described as the head of a “criminal enterprise,” resign following the latest investigative story published by Newsday today detailing the DA’s office failure to prosecute crimes revealed on a wiretap.  READ

03/15/15 8:00am
03/15/2015 8:00 AM
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, center, Legislator Jay Schneiderman. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, center, Legislator Jay Schneiderman. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

Would constructing a large-scale convention center capable of hosting boat shows, concerts and auto shows be a viable means of bolstering the Suffolk County’s economy?

That is the question being posed by county lawmakers who passed a resolution seeking consultants willing to conduct a feasibility study on such a project.

(more…)

03/14/15 3:15pm
03/14/2015 3:15 PM
Orient Assocaition president Robert Hanlon polls the room Saturday morning, asking who opposed a proposed freight truck plan. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Orient Association president Robert Hanlon polls the room Saturday morning, asking who opposed a proposed freight truck plan. (Credit: Paul Squire)

If you were trying to find someone who supported the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council’s plan to divert tractor trailers through the North Fork, the last place you’d want to look was Saturday morning’s meeting at Poquatuck Hall in Orient.

The residents, elected officials and community leaders gathered there called it “ruinous,” “pointless,” and “an absolute disaster waiting to happen.”

(more…)

12/09/14 5:00pm
12/09/2014 5:00 PM
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone speaks during Monday's announcement that the county will not pursue school zone cameras. (Credit: courtesy photo)

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone speaks during Monday’s announcement that the county will not pursue school zone cameras. (Credit: courtesy photo)

Are school zone speed cameras nothing more than a money grab? That’s a question Suffolk County residents won’t have to worry about.

That’s because Suffolk officials announced Monday that the controversial program, which launched in Nassau County earlier this year and has come under fire from residents there, won’t be implemented here at all. This past spring, the state authorized the use of one camera in each Nassau and Suffolk county school district. But Suffolk County officials had been debating going forward with the program since July.

(more…)

10/22/14 8:00am
10/22/2014 8:00 AM
A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

It’s no Mega Millions, but 19 Suffolk County homeowners will soon hit the lottery in a county drawing to test new wastewater treatment systems.

Suffolk County officials are seeking homeowners willing to offer their properties as testing sites for advanced wastewater treatment systems, in hopes of finding a system suitable for use in individual homes.  (more…)

09/17/14 3:11pm
09/17/2014 3:11 PM
A view of West Creek in New Suffolk. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

A view of West Creek in New Suffolk. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

County legislators voted overwhelmingly last week to let Suffolk voters decide the fate of a plan that would eventually replenish the Drinking Water Protection Program, which has so far been tapped twice for money to balance the county budget. If approved by voters, the plan would also allow the county to continue dipping into that program for several more years.  (more…)

07/11/14 8:01am
07/11/2014 8:01 AM
Aquaculturist Bren Smith of Thimble Island Oyster Company in Connecticut is the first sugar kelp grower to cultivate the sea vegetable from Long Island Sound waters. He is working with food industry insiders, including expert chefs from New York City, and international supermarket chains to help drive market demand for domestically grown kelp products. (Credit: Bren Smith)

Aquaculturist Bren Smith of Thimble Island Oyster Company in Connecticut is the first sugar kelp grower to cultivate the sea vegetable from Long Island Sound waters. He is working with food industry insiders, including expert chefs from New York City, and international supermarket chains to help drive market demand for domestically grown kelp products. (Credit: Bren Smith)

It’s a delicacy Asian cultures have enjoyed for centuries but is more commonly thought of as the slippery — and sometimes slimy — brown stuff that grows naturally in area waters and then washes up on beaches.

And one day, it could be a major moneymaker for the North Fork.  (more…)