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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 ››

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 ››

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 ››

Full Video: Smithtown Democratic Action Committee Meet the Candidates CD-NY1 February 25, 2020


Full Video: Smithtown Democratic Action Committee Meet the Candidates CD-NY1 February 25, 2020

Candidate Web pages:

Bridget Fleming

Perry Gershon

Nancy Goroff

Greg Fischer

Congressional Primary Election Day Tuesday June 23, 2020. Early congressional primary voting June 13 to June 21.

Please note the Presidential Primary is Tuesday April 28, 2020. Early presidential primary voting April 18 to April 26.

Check you polling location: New York Voter Lookup| read more ››

Democratic Candidates Say Lee Zeldin's Record Is Bad News For LI


There was a unified message at Tuesday’s CD #1 Congressional Candidates Forum, that message was Lee Zeldin’s record is so bad for Long Island that he has got to go.

On stage looking to challenge Zeldin from the Democratic line in November was Nancy Goroff, Perry Gershon, Bridget Fleming and Greg Fischer. The forum, hosted by the Smithtown Democratic Action Committee, was moderated by its chairperson Jan Singer.  

Over 100 people attended the forum held at the First Presbyterian Church...| read more ››