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County Executive Steve Bellone delivering the state of the county address earlier this year. (Courtesy photo)

Suffolk Closeup Bellone’s budget, which comptroller calls ‘fraught with peril,’ set for legislative vote Wednesday in Riverhead

by Nov 5, 2016
Borrowing to fund police retirement payouts, over-reliance sales tax receipts and one-shot revenues sources: it's all a recipe for disaster, county comptroller says.

Suffolk Closeup Suffolk lawmakers take the lead, banning potent, deadly synthetic opioid U-47700

by Oct 30, 2016
Suffolk lawmakers unanimously passed a bill banning the sale of the synthetic opioid U-47700, an ultra-potent and deadly drug that's caused 50 known overdose deaths in the U.S. since December.

Suffolk CloseupWill his allegiance to Trump hurt Lee Zeldin’s bid for a second term?

by Sep 9, 2016
The freshman congressman representing the First Congressional District backs and has defended the Republican nominee, who he predicts "will annihilate" Hillary Clinton in his district.

Suffolk CloseupDespite Freedom of Information laws on the books for decades, records access often doesn’t come without a fight

by Aug 27, 2016
Freedom of Information laws date back to 1966 on the federal level and to 1974 in New York, but the guaranteed access to public records afforded by these statutes is often disregarded by government officials.

Suffolk Closeup As sales tax revenues come up short, county plans to eliminate bus routes

by Aug 18, 2016
Facing sales-tax revenue shortfalls, Suffolk is cutting county bus routes.

Suffolk CloseupN.Y. Public Service Commission OKs multi-billion dollar nuclear industry bailout funded by ratepayers statewide

by Aug 12, 2016
Ratepayers across New York State will be getting higher utility bills because the State Public Service Commission this month approved — despite strong opposition — a $7.6 billion bailout of aging nuclear power plants in upstate New York.
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Suffolk CloseupDoing battle with the mighty ocean to protect our changing coastline is futile as ‘hand-wrestling with God’

by Aug 6, 2016
Other coastal communities around the world are working to adapt to rising sea levels or relocate. But for Suffolk, the federal government is poised to spend more than $1 billion to take on the mighty Atlantic Ocean.

Suffolk CloseupComing together: an antidote to hate

by Jul 22, 2016
Getting to know one another as people, rather than stereotypes, is the key to ending racial strife in America.

Suffolk Closeup What will become of Long Island’s only daily newspaper?

by Jul 7, 2016
The $17.7 billion acquisition of Cablevision by Netherlands-based Altice last month has left the fate of Long Island's only daily newspaper uncertain.

Suffolk CloseupIn a world full of hazards, turtles find safe haven and healing in Jamesport

by Jun 30, 2016
Cars, bulldozers, boat propellers, fishing line, pesticides, weed-killers and other chemicals. It's tough being a turtle on Long Island.