Support local journalism.

Now more than ever, local news matters.


Suffolk County government

Suffolk cyberattack began months earlier than previously disclosed; full extent of data exposure still unknown, officials say

by Dec 23, 2022
Attackers used a known software vulnerability to access to the county clerk’s computer systems in December 2021. They installed malware and cryptocurrency mining software and stole sensitive data. Though their presence inside the network was first detected in June, the clerk's IT department fumbled its response and didn't inform the county’s central IT security officials of the breach, according to an independent investigator's report.

Bellone: Cyberattack breached county traffic agency, potentially exposing personal data of people issued moving violations over past decade

by Nov 25, 2022
Suffolk County, still struggling to recover from a cyberattack earlier this year in which hackers reportedly stole 4 terabytes of data from county computer systems, revealed for the first time Wednesday specific information about a large-scale breach of a county network.

‘BlackCat’ group claims responsibility for ransomware attack on Suffolk County, begins publishing stolen documents on dark web

by Sep 16, 2022
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone tonight confirmed that “(i)nformation posted yesterday on the dark web indicates a threat actor has claimed responsibility for the current cyber incident in Suffolk County.”

County IT systems crippled, with websites, email down, five days after discovery of cyberattack

by Sep 13, 2022
Suffolk County’s information technology systems are still crippled due to a cyberattack having 'the hallmarks of ransomware' that county officials became aware of on Sept. 8.

Documents in ex-Suffolk DA’s corruption trial reveal county politics at their sordid worst

by May 16, 2021
Thanks to the federal judge in disgraced Suffolk district attorney Tom Spota's corruption trial, we have a glimpse into how things work behind the scenes in Suffolk. It's not a pretty picture and hasn't been fully reported by the press. Column by Greg Blass.

Prop 2 is a scam. Vote No.

by Nov 1, 2020
Prop 2 is yet another ploy to fix the county’s budget mess caused by its own fiscal mismanagement — by erasing its legal obligation to repay $154.17 million it “borrowed” from environmental protection funds, by erasing a court judgment of $29.4 million arising from an earlier lawsuit and by raiding the Sewer Assessment Stabilization Fund to the tune of at least $15 million. Voters should say no to this scam.

COVID is a convenient scapegoat for county’s fiscal mismanagement

by Oct 4, 2020
Suffolk County's fiscal crisis long preceded the COVID pandemic, but the county seeks to blame COVID in its quest for a federal bailout. New column by Greg Blass.

Coronavirus may expose Suffolk’s dire fiscal condition to be worse than feared

by Apr 19, 2020
County officials say that a two-month extension of the property tax deadline will put the county in default on paying some of its bonded debt of $329 million due in July, and another $74 million due in August. Column by Greg Blass

State comptroller: Suffolk the most fiscally stressed county government in New York

by Sep 30, 2019
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Thursday announced fiscal stress rankings for 2018. Suffolk County was at the top of the list for counties statewide for the second year in a row.

Bellone releases 2020 recommended budget

by Sep 21, 2019
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone yesterday released a $3.2 billion recommended operating budget for 2020.