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Suffolk to crack down on adults serving teens alcohol, Sini says

Jun
28
2017

Suffolk County police will crack down on adults who serve alcohol to minors over the summer, when rates of underage drinking spike, officials said Wednesday.

Last year, Suffolk County strengthened its social host law — which holds adults liable for knowingly permitting underage drinking in their homes — to allow greater enforcement, police Commissioner Timothy Sini said at a news conference at police headquarters in Yaphank. The change made a first offense a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $500 fine, rather than a violation.

Bolstering the law was an effort to prevent the emergency room visits, car accidents, deaths and other issues that result from underage drinking, Sini said.

“This is a public health issue,” he said. “We will...| read more ››

Democrat Dominador Pascual challenges GOP Legis. Tom Muratore

Jun
26
2017

Suffolk Democrats have picked Dominador Pascual, an attorney from Farmingville, to challenge four-term GOP Legis. Tom Muratore in the Fourth District this fall.

Pascual’s selection came after county Democrats at their party convention last month left nominations for six legislative seats vacant.

The party also named Kevin l. Hyms of Lake Ronkonkoma to run against Legis. Leslie Kennedy (R-Nesconset).

Pascual, 36, is making his first run for public office. He is a lifelong Long Island resident, and works as a financial crimes investigator. Earlier, he worked for the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development and is a lieutenant in the U.S. Army reserves.

“I’m really excited and will bring energy to the race,” Pascual said. “We need...| read more ››

Suffolk top cop testifies before Congress on MS-13 gang

May
24
2017

Federal authorities should create a national database of MS-13 members and boost funding for more prosecutors, police enforcement, and community outreach to combat the rise on Long Island of the vicious street gang, Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini told a congressional panel Wednesday.

Sini, in testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said MS-13 was responsible for 27 killings in Suffolk since 2013 with 17 of those committed since January 2016. As proof that members of the gang are “savages,” Sini said they recently attempted to recruit a 10-year-old.

“This database is mission-critical to facilitating effective collaboration,” Sini told the committee.

The police commissioner later said he envisioned collaboration that would eventually include international law enforcement from...| read more ››

New York Becomes Only to Offer Free Four-Year College

Apr
10
2017

New York will be the only state in the country to cover four-year college tuition for residents after the program was included in the budget package approved Sunday night.

The state's Excelsior Scholarship program will be rolled out in tiers over the next three years, starting with full coverage of four-year college tuition this fall for students whose families make less than $100,000.

The income cap will increase to $110,000 in 2018 and $125,000 in 2019.

"With this budget, New York has the nation's first accessible college program. It's a different model," said Governor Andrew Cuomo Saturday in a statement. "Today, college is what high school was—it should always be an option even if you can't afford it."

According to...| read more ››

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