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Construction to begin on long-vacant lot in downtown Smithtown


The first transit-oriented development in Smithtown history broke ground Monday, with developers and elected officials swinging ceremonial gold shovels in an empty lot across from town hall.

This is “exactly what we need to be doing across Suffolk County and across Long Island,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat running for re-election who has gotten warm welcomes from town Supervisor Edward Wehrheim, a Republican, on previous visits to announce county aid for sewers and municipal parking lots.

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Officials say residents, businesses in Kings Park will reap benefits of $20M sewer project


Sewer construction in downtown Kings Park is expected to start in 2021 and to finish in October 2023, work that Smithtown and Suffolk County officials said will disrupt life but pay immense dividends for residents and businesspeople when it is finished.

The $20 million project still needs approvals from county legislators and residents in the service area, said Deputy Suffolk County Executive Peter Scully.

Plans call for 1.5 miles of pipe to be laid underneath Main Street and two nearby roads, rendering obsolete the septic systems that now serve approximately 150 business and residential parcels and a 144-unit co-op apartment complex, Kings Wood community. Read more at Newsday| read more ››

Early Voting Information


Early Voting Times and Places for the November 5th, 2019 General Election Starting this fall, New York voters will have the opportunity to vote early in New York’s General Election.

Starting on Saturday October 26th and continuing through Sunday November 3rd, polling locations throughout Suffolk County will provide voters the chance to vote prior to Election Day.

Any registered voter in Suffolk County may vote at any location on the early voting dates.

For the complete list of locations and times click: Suffolk County Early Voting| read more ››

Big Long Island wins help Democrats take control of State Senate


Democrats also campaigned to block Republican President Donald Trump’s policies on taxes, immigration, social welfare programs, civil rights and environmental protection.

Most Republicans, however, tried to walk a fine line on Trump, who is deeply unpopular in New York. New York Republicans have said they would support some of his measures, such as those that spur the economy, while distancing themselves form Trump’s heated rhetoric.

Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone, who was dispatched statewide to show Democrats how to win in Republican areas, called Stewart-Cousins “the soon-to-be majority leader.”

“I look forward to working together to protect suburban homeowners and finally pass good-government reforms that have been stalled for far too long,” Bellone said.

Democrats controlled the Senate only twice: In 1965 until Republicans won a special election months later; and in 2008, when Democrats won 32 seats in what was then a 62-seat chamber. Republicans scored a net gain of two seats in 2010, giving them a 32-seat majority plus a conservative Democrat who allied with them. GOP rule was further solidified in 2010 when four Democrats broke away from the Democratic majority to form the Independent Democratic Conference, which allied with the Republican majority and Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to get some progressive measures to the floor. It dissolved in April under pressure within the party.| read more ››

Liuba Grechen Shirley, Perry Gershon win congressional primaries


First time candidates Perry Gershon and Liuba Grechen Shirley defeated longtime party veterans for two Democratic Congressional nominations Tuesday night.

With all precincts reporting, East Hampton businessman Perry Gershon had 36 percent of the vote to 30 percent for former Suffolk Legis. Kate Browning, who called Gershon late last night to congratulate him.

Three other challengers had 34 percent of the vote combined.

Gershon will face Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) in November.| read more ››