Wednesday on Long Island: County Exec to Announce Ads on New Bus Shelters

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3:23 p.m. Christiano’s, once thought to be Billy Joel's famed "Italian Restaurant," has uncorked their last chianti after 56 years of business. Read the story here.

2 p.m. 
A Queens man will serve jail time, get probation, and pay restitution for setting fire to dumpsters on the Fourth of July. Read the full story here.

1:15 p.m.: A Lindenhurst man was arrested Tuesday after police say he held two females, one just 15-years-old, against their will and forced them "to engage in acts of prostitution." Read the full story here

11:20 a.m.: A “person of interest” strolled right past Nassau County Police headquarters Tuesday without getting arrested. NCPD posted a picture on its Facebook page of Jim Caviezel, star of hit CBS show, "Person of Interest," as he walked near NCPD headquarters Tuesday. See the photo here

11:05 a.m.: Two people were arrested Tuesday afternoon in Ronkonkoma after police discovered "a large quantity of heroin" in their car, which was also occupied by their 5-month-old son, police said. Read the full story here

10:28 a.m.:
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine are slated to announce a plan Wednesday that will provide bus shelters on county roads within Brookhaven Town. The town has agreed to extend its advertiser-supported bus shelter system to the county. The resolution will be voted upon by the Suffolk County Legislature next Tuesday.

localguy February 26, 2014 at 11:02 AM
And maybe they can add collection boxes in each so we can pay the SCPD a little more money. Better start saving now so the taxpayers can afford to pay all the pay increases that are being pushed into their retirement plans. If you think your portion of taxes for SCPD is high now, wait another 10 years....... Yes I know school taxes are the highest but SCPD is creeping up quickly.
Conservative Underground February 26, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Peconic County Now!
Kristina Mirell February 26, 2014 at 02:49 PM
Thank you for the new bus shelters! Now all you have to do is clean them of snow so they can actually be used in the winter. Most of them are packed with 3-4' of snow and ice and not only can you not use them, for most of the stops in the county you have to stand IN TRAFFIC just to wait for the bus because there IS no bus stop with all the snow. But I will say, I'm glad there's sunday service on 10 routes, I thought I'd never live to see it. I'm surprised the S62 wasn't one of the main routes that was added first tho. (Riverhead to Hauppauge)
brookhavenconfucius February 26, 2014 at 05:02 PM
Do we REALLY need a person as County Executive, IF they are going to make announcements like this ? THIS GUY LOVES the camera, MORE than Chucky Schumer, IF that is possible !
Rollo Tomasi February 26, 2014 at 05:37 PM
He was the same in Town of Babylon....nice hair.
Six Pack February 26, 2014 at 05:55 PM
Local guy. I just reviewed my tax bill and I wish to share the numbers with you. I pay $9100 a year. $7800 for schools. 1300 for everything else. Street lights, snow removal, street cleaning, garbage pickup, library, the parks , street repair, tree trimming, ambulance service and the Police. $1300 a year for all of that. I pay almost two grand for my two cell phones. As I am writing this a city cop was shot. God bless our police. My neighbor is a cop. He misses weddings, funerals, birthdays, holidays, Saturday games with his kids and many other family events. While I am sleeping inside my warm home he is out there protecting us. He wears a vest to work. I carry a laptop and worry about my parking spot at the office.
Six Pack February 26, 2014 at 06:27 PM
Sorry. I had that wrong. He was shot twice.
Greg Martinez February 27, 2014 at 12:59 AM
What's a Bus Shelter? I'm always suspicious when politicians start using the word "Shelter" in any proposal.
Paul L. February 27, 2014 at 06:22 AM
Where is the local news, Patch?
Vincent February 27, 2014 at 07:05 AM
Where is my local news Patch. I am in Mineola . I could care less about Suffolk County or the Haptons. I'll read the Newsday for that.
Vincent February 27, 2014 at 07:18 AM
What has happened to the Mineola Patch ie...to allof the local patches. I don't want news about the Suffolk County Supervisor or what is going on in the Hamptons in my Mineola Patch. The people that read this rag should start complaining as some already have.
dan pichney February 27, 2014 at 07:32 AM
Thank God! The biggest problem with the county bus shelter program since it was started over 20 years ago was cleaning and repairing the units once they were installed. Most became instant eyesores. Having the private sector provide for shelter installation and maintenance guarantees that more people are served and the shelters themselves enhance rather than detract from the system. The one thing that the county should demand is that the shelters at a given location be large enough to handle the average ridership at any given location. The county should make an effort to institute a full advertising shelter program throughout the county. Over 20 years is a long time to wait for clean and safe shelters.
localguy February 27, 2014 at 09:33 AM
Six Pack, I get it that the nature of the job entitles cops to a generous salary. I also get it that to live on long island and be relatively comfortable you need to make six figures+. However, as noted in my last post, the tax portion for cops will rise sharply in the future because contracts call for pay increases to be added to pension plans that the county and the taxpayers will NOT be able to afford when they become due. The politicians who approve these crazy contracts really don't care, they will be riding the same gravy train. Your current tax bill does not include that money that's going to pensions. Very few cops if any join the force because they feel the need to protect us. They choose that career because of pay, benefits, pensions and all the other perks that go with the job. Here's my tax numbers for you. $9250 a year AFTER star and a couple other "discounts". $5750 for school, $1170 for cops, $535 for fire, $262 for library. That leaves about $1500 for all other services. So what's the solution to this??? Not sure, maybe hire more cops and reduce the overtime afforded the current ones to help pay for it? Union will never allow that! Maybe stop floating bonds for 20 years on cop cars that last 3-4?? That's another recipe for disaster. Would you take a 20 year loan on a car that will be useless in 4 years?? The county does! And by the way Six Pack, do yourself a favor and actually look at your tax bill. If you are from Smithtown your tax ratio will be the same as mine. There are no line items for ambulance service in Smithtown, the line item is Fire Service which varies from fire district to fire district. The rate varries from district to district depending on the number of residential taxpayers vs the number of commercial tax payers along with the budget needed to run the service. There's too much of a discrepancy in the numbers unless you are from Nassau.
localguy February 27, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Or maybe you are from an East End town...... certainly not Smithtown......
Six Pack February 27, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Actually I own two homes and the numbers I gave you were from the Nassau Home. I can't tell were stories are put out on the patch. My huntington home. $7726 total tax, 4882 school tax, 324 for the library, 385 for garbage, 241 for the FD, 74 for the ambulance service and $ 914 for the police. That's $2.50 a day. That is worth it to me! A crime in progress call or medical emergency will get officers here in a minute. $2.50 a day. As stated earlier $2000 for two cell phones. When the economy was thriving no one complained about the cops salaries or pensions. My most stressful part of the day is whether or not I am going to get a spot at the rail road. I pray for all the officers everywhere. 4 were killed in the line of duty in the last two years In Nassau. I can't comment on the police cars but did ask my neighbor about his car. It is an 07 Ford with 112,000 miles on it. Go ask the widows of the 4 Nassau cops killed in the last two years how the "gravy train " is working out for them. There are some who take the job for the Bennies. I agree, as does town workers and politicians. We have to keep the salaries and qualifications high to get the right people for the job. There are some that slip through the cracks but that is the case everywhere.
knee jerk February 27, 2014 at 11:34 AM
This discussion of tax bills and how much of it goes to police is irrelevant to the real issue. The real issue is Nassau and Suffolk PDs are grossly overpaid relative to other PDs in the downstate area. Grossly. Where in this area does anyone make more money relative to NYC? You've got cops leaving the city job after 5 years or more to get out to the island where it's safer and pays better. In todays Newsday the Suffolk SOA voted 340 to 24 to approve a pay hike of 3.375% a year through 2018. What group votes overwhelmingly for a new contract unless it's a sweetheart deal? The county negotiators should be fired.
Six Pack February 27, 2014 at 12:01 PM
4 recently graduated NCPD officers are headed back to their old jobs. 3 to the NYPD and one to Suffolk corrections. What's does that say about the job. What would be a good salary for Ling Island Cops. Let's hear some numbers. 40,50,60000. Top pay. Teachers who also have a tough job are at or near a 100 on Long Island. 2.50 a day. That's a large coffee and 2 newspapers. Downstate? Where would that be? The SOA are supervisors. My manager or supervisor makes 500000 a year plus a nice bonus. He deserves every penny of it!
Danny Walsh February 27, 2014 at 03:23 PM
The bus system in Suffolk county is really bad, you don't know where you're supposed to wait for the bus, or have to walk 2-3 miles to find it. The buses also seem to be breaking down a lot lately and leading people to wait in the freezing cold, up to 2 hours. The most congested is easily the 66 from Patchogue to Riverhead.
localguy February 27, 2014 at 03:35 PM
Six Pack-- not disagreeing with you on the $2.50 a day, all I'm saying is that $2.50 will increase to double that or more in about 10 years. You may make a nice living in the city and can afford it but there are millions of others either on a fixed income or that are making $100k or less that cannot afford all the increases. Holy crap, I just said people making $100K can't afford to keep paying increases... That in itself is nuts. So what would be a good salary for LI cops you ask? they already have it now and then some.
Six Pack February 27, 2014 at 07:33 PM
Local guy. I work in the city but live in huntington. Nothing about the teachers???? And the school taxes. The school taxes are killing us. The teachers deserve every dime as do the cops. I pay $13.38 each day for the schools. 2.50 for the police. The school taxes are insane!
Six Pack February 27, 2014 at 07:35 PM
And yes. 100 grand almost isn't enough to LIVE on the island. Insane.
knee jerk February 27, 2014 at 08:01 PM
The teachers & cops are both overpaid. That's how we got in this fiasco in the first place. Playing off each other (Nassau & Suffolk) and negotiating with politicians interested in placating voting blocks instead of looking out for the public. 340 to 24, they just made a mockery of the negotiating process. You couldn't get that many cops to agree on which diner gives out the best comps, much less agree on a contract unless it was so sweet it's absurd. How much, I can't say, but 3.375% per year till 2018 based on an already over inflated salary is ABSURD. You know the old rule of 7% over 7 years your money doubles? I guess that's what those 24 guys were holding out for when they voted no.
localguy February 28, 2014 at 06:18 AM
Forget about it, paying nearly 6k a year with no kids in school. A real killer!
Patchogue Snoop March 05, 2014 at 09:34 AM
As suffolk nears bankruptcy due to the obscene salary increase this guy gave to the SCPD over the next five years....this is what he sees as important.
Patchogue Snoop March 08, 2014 at 06:03 AM
I pay 1900 for the SCPD to get rich. My friend in Florida pays 1600 for everything including a professional police force.


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