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Raises proposed for Smithtown child care program teachers



More than 80 teachers and assistants in Smithtown’s School Age Child Care program would get raises under a proposal the department head is scheduled to present Tuesday to town Supervisor Edward Wehrheim.


Certified teachers, now paid $18.50 per hour, would be bumped to $20.50; assistants paid $12 per hour would be bumped to $14. The 85 educators have not had a raise in five years, town spokeswoman Nicole Garguilo said in an interview. New York State minimum wage on Long Island is $13, but municipalities are exempt from that standard, she said. ...

...The matter became public at a March 3...| read more ››

Developers seek to rezone industrial park to build apartments


Smithtown officials will propose zoning changes to encourage construction of as many as 1,000 apartments in the Long Island Innovation Park at Hauppauge, Smithtown Supervisor Edward Wehrheim said.

The rezoning, which the town council is scheduled to take up at a future public hearing, would enable mixed-use development on a far larger scale than Smithtown officials have previously contemplated. Apartments, commercial and office space along with resident- or shopper-friendly amenities would also mark a departure for the Innovation Park, an industrial center for 40 years now being repositioned by its stakeholders for a changed Long Island economy. Read more at Newsday| read more ››

Gov Cuomo: Every New Yorker To Receive A Absentee Ballot Application


Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he will issue an Executive Order mandating that the New York State Board of Elections automatically mail every New Yorker a postage-paid application for an absentee ballot. Earlier this month, the Governor issued an Executive Order allowing all New Yorkers to vote absentee in the June 23rd primary election. Click fore more information.

Newsday: Voters to be mailed applications for absentee ballots for June primaries| read more ››

How NYers Can Vote by Absentee Ballot in the June 23 Primary

Absentee ballots will be available to all New Yorkers for the June primary

New Yorkers looking to use absentee ballots to vote rather than going to polling places during the COVID-19 outbreak need only fill out an application for a mail-in ballot, according to the state Board of Elections.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive order temporarily suspends a portion of state election law. The order will allow voters to apply for absentee ballots because voting in person could make them susceptible to contracting the virus.

A voter must check the box on the existing application for “temporary illness or physical disability,” but will not be required to appear before election officials to obtain an absentee ballot.| read more ››

Cuomo Changes Election Rules in Effort to Slow Spread of COVID-19 Outbreak


Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed an executive order Saturday temporarily modifying election procedures to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Under the new order, the candidate petitioning process will be suspended effective 5 p.m. Tuesday for the June primaries for congressional, state senate, state assembly and judicial races.

In addition, the signature requirements for ballot access will also be modified under the new order. Candidates now only need to collect 30 percent of the statutory threshold. This means that congressional candidates need only 375 signatures rather than 1,250. Meanwhile, State Senate candidates need 300 signatures rather than 1,000, and State Assembly candidates require 150 signatures instead of the normally-required 500.| read more ››