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 Ramsey – Shep/Chow mix 3 years old male/neutered up to date on vaccines. Ramsey loves to play with his toys and go for walks. He is affectionate and playful but would be best placed with older children and a home without other dogs.




  The Smithtown Animal Shelter has many kittens for adoption, the little ones are handled and socialized by our volunteer staff they are friendly have their initial shots and de-worming.










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Congrssman Mike Pence - Regulatory Reform Bill

“It is a fundamental departure from the American ideals of personal responsibility and limited government.”

Washington, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, released the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the Democrats’ financial regulatory reform bill:

“This so-called financial reform bill will kill jobs, raise taxes, restrict the flow of credit, make bailouts permanent, and turn the Democrats’ disastrous too-big-to-fail approach into federal law. It is a fundamental departure from the American ideals of personal responsibility and limited government, and it does nothing to make Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac compete fairly in the marketplace.
“This bill can be summed up in two words: ‘government control,’ and it will serve as the latest piece of the president’s job-killing agenda.  This represents another defeat for American families, small businesses and family farms, who continue to wonder when Washington Democrats will set aside their big government programs and work with Republicans on ideas that can actually put Americans back to work."


Nesconset Man Arrested for Criminal Possesion Of Stolen Electrical Cable


Suffolk County Police have arrested a Nesconset man for the criminal possession of stolen electrical cable.

John O’Shea, 36, was charged with the criminal possession of several reels of heavy gauge industrial insulated copper wire, which is normally used to supply power to industrial utility poles. The reels of cable were found inside a vehicle owned by O’Shea that had been abandoned and was found by police on July 5. After a two-week investigation by Sixth Squad detectives, O’Shea was arrested at the Sixth Precinct on July 15 at 11:55 p.m.

The wire was identified as having been stolen from the National Grid public utility and is estimated to be worth between $7,500 and $13,000.

O’Shea, of 90 Deer Valley Drive, was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd Degree, and was held overnight at the Sixth Precinct. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on July 16.

Detectives ask that anyone who has information about this investigation or the theft of similar copper wire to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS  All calls will remain confidential.

The investigation is continuing.

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Suffolk Students To Graduate From Police Youth Academy

Suffolk Students to Graduate from Police Youth Academy Forty six teens learn about police work during weeklong training

The Suffolk County Police Department’s Youth Academy will hold its graduation ceremony on Friday, July 16, at 3 p.m. at the Lecture Hall on the Brentwood campus of Suffolk County Community College.

Prior to the graduation ceremony, students will put skills they learned during the academy to the test during a timed Police Challenge Obstacle Course, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The physical fitness test is a culmination of what students have learned during their youth academy training. The test will be a simulated police call during which students will run, climb a wall, drag a mannequin and handcuff a suspect.

The Youth Academy is an educational program that offers specialized training to familiarize the youth of Suffolk County with the role of a police officer; provide them with the opportunity to learn respect for the law; instill in them personal responsibility and the importance of teamwork by providing positive interaction with police officers; and by educating young people about the challenges and responsibilities of police work. Forty six students from Suffolk County high schools participated in this year’s academy.

Graduates completed five days of training in police operations and procedures including crime scene investigation, laws of arrest, patrol tactics, traffic enforcement and police pursuits.


Recent Developments in the Long Island Labor Market

The private sector job count on Long Island rose over the year by 5,400, a 0.5% increase, to 1,043,200 in June 2010. The pace of employment gains showed some renewed momentum in June following a rather weak jobs report in May when employment rose by only 700 jobs compared to the year earlier. The largest Job gains in June were in trade, transportation and utilities (+6,200), educational and health services (+5,400), leisure and hospitality (+3,400) and other services (+200). Job losses occurred in professional and business services (-3,300), manufacturing (-3,100), financial activities (-2,100), natural resources, mining and construction (-900) and information (-400). The public sector added 3,800 jobs over the year.

Long Island’s unemployment rate held steady in June at 6.7 percent, unchanged from May, and down from 7.3 percent a year ago in June of 2009. The June decline in the unemployment rate compared to one year ago, was the third consecutive month showing an over-the-year drop in unemployment, a reversal of a pattern of rising unemployment that began in mid 2007.

AG Andrew Cuomo - Announces Sentencing of LI Mother & Daughter

Family billed Medicaid while vacationing in Paris, Puerto Rico, and Miami Beach


MINEOLA, NEW YORK (July 15, 2010) - Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the sentencing of a Long Island mother and her daughter for stealing more than $105,000 in a scheme to bill Medicaid for care they never provided to critically ill family members.

From 2004 to 2008, Georgette Nashed, 48, of Port Washington, served as a guardian to her ill parents under Medicaid’s Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP). She admitted to signing time sheets for care that was to be provided by her daughters Christine Nashed, 25, and Darlene Nashed, 23, as well as by her late husband, Raafat Nashed.

The Nasheds billed Medicaid for services supposedly provided in Port Washington while they traveled to Paris, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Miami Beach, and Atlantic City. They also billed Medicaid for times when Christine was attending Rutgers University in New Jersey and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in Manhattan. Darlene and Christine billed Medicaid for times when they were working in Manhattan and out of state.

“This scheme was a family affair, with the mother and her daughters working in tandem to bilk the system and pocket taxpayer money,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “What’s worse is that they abused a program that allows family members to care for their own, and used their gravely ill family members as a means to steal public dollars.”

Today, Georgette was sentenced to one year in jail on the charge of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony. Darlene was sentenced in June and received 10 days in jail and three years probation. The family paid restitution of $105,768 to the Medicaid program. Christine Nashed pleaded guilty to misdemeanor petit larceny charges on April 7 and is scheduled to be sentenced on July 29.

CDPAP permits disabled Medicaid recipients to hire and train their own personal care assistants. Under this program, the assistants may be family members, such as grandchildren, or family friends. While the benefit of CDPAP is that it allows the disabled to be more directly involved in their care, the possibility for abuse is high as is evident in home health where multiple family members conspire to commit the fraud and bill Medicaid for services not actually rendered to the Medicaid recipient.

This case was prosecuted by Special Attorney Assistant Attorney General Karen G. Leslie, under the supervision of Hauppauge Regional Director Alan Buonpastore, with the assistance of Special Auditor Investigator Phyllis Lombardi, Supervising Special Auditor Investigator John Grunenberg, Associate Auditor Investigator Joanna Joy Volo, and Special Investigator Robert Addolorato.