03/09/19 6:00am
03/09/2019 6:00 AM

As America continues to struggle with the opioid epidemic, Suffolk County has taken a major step forward in trying to cope with the crisis more effectively — and closer to home.

On Monday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Hauppauge for the opening of a unique crisis center for individuals and their families struggling with opioid and mental health issues. READ

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02/22/18 2:38pm
02/22/2018 2:38 PM

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced Thursday he has chosen Geraldine Hart, a senior supervisory resident agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Long Island office, as the next county police commissioner.

Ms. Hart, who has been with the FBI for 21 years, will be the first woman at the helm of the Suffolk County Police Department.  READ

02/12/14 11:59am
02/12/2014 11:59 AM

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | The New York Blood Center in Riverhead.

The New York Blood Center in Riverhead. (Photo by Rachel Young.)

Long Island’s recent string of winter storms has led to a critical shortage of community blood and platelets, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said in a Feb. 11 press release asking donors to head to their nearest New York Blood Center. (more…)

12/31/12 2:55pm
12/31/2012 2:55 PM

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone at a press conference before Hurricane Sandy in October.

There will be an increased in police presence on Suffolk County roads Monday night into Tuesday as officers will be out looking for intoxicated drivers on New Year’s Eve, said County Executive Steve Bellone.

Additional Suffolk County police patrol officers will be joined by members of the Selected Alcohol Fatality Enforcement Team and Highway Patrol Bureau, Mr. Bellone said Friday.

New Year’s Day is the single most dangerous day of the year for the motorists, with an average of about 80 drunk-driving related deaths annually, a 178 percent increase above any other day of the year, according to a press release from Mr. Bellone’s office.

In addition from an increase in patrols within the Suffolk County Police District, which covers the five western Suffolk towns, members of District Attorney Thomas Spota’s East End DWI Task Force have also been busy as of late.

Task force members arrested 10 people the Friday before Christmas at sobriety checkpoints set up across the East End towns.