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Smithtown Animal Shelter

Zane – 2 year old puggle mix male/neutered. Looking for big personality in a small package? Zane may be the dog for you, he would prefer a home with older children and no other pets.

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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Letter To Editor - John Kennedy Says Thank You!

To the Editor:

            To all of the citizens of Suffolk County, and to the citizens who went to the polls on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, I wish to state my heartfelt thanks, and to express my sense of humbleness and appreciation for putting your faith and trust in electing me as Suffolk County’s next Comptroller.  I have been honored to be the Legislator for the 12th Legislative district for these past 10 years, and have always done my best to be a strong advocate for the district and for all of Suffolk’s citizens. Along with my team, including more then 60 interns, we have worked to address issues such as groundwater flooding, improvements at Lake Ronkonkoma, construction of safe areas for our law enforcement to conduct important vehicle safety inspections, preservation and improvement of the Suffolk County Fire Academy, or simply assisting a senior citizen in accessing their HEAP heating benefit.  We have successfully resolved more than 2000 constituent cases in our time here in the Legislature, and have had the privilege to recognize over 100 Eagle Scouts.  It has always been my firm belief that hard work, perseverance and dedication will withstand any amount of mudslinging, lies or misstatements that some in politics have a penchant to stoop to.  You have proven my beliefs correct, and for that I thank you.

            I have been proud to be you Legislator, and eagerly look forward to serving you as County Comptroller. Our County still faces significant financial challenges, and I commit to you that I will use all my energy and effort to insure that your tax dollars are being spent properly, and for the intended purpose. As many have said, the Bulldog will be the Watch dog.  For that opportunity, I am most grateful.

           As always, I am only a phone call away, and will certainly see you out on the trail, whether at a blood drive, Gold Star award, Ice Cream Social, or at the many fundraisers for worthy causes that we support.  Thanks again, and stay tuned.


John M. Kennedy Jr.

Suffolk County Comptroller-Elect


Letter To Editor - County Executive Bellone - Flip The Ballot And Vote Yes On Prop 4 And 5

To the Editor,

There are so many important races on the front of the ballot this year that its easy to forget the importance of flipping the ballot to vote on propositions on the back.

Propositions 4 and 5 are critical to Suffolk County’s future and were placed on the ballot by a bipartisan majority of the Suffolk County Legislature.

Proposition 4 gives voters the opportunity to consolidate government and save taxpayer dollars by merging the offices of Comptroller and Treasurer.  Right now, Suffolk County is the only one of 62 counties in New York State to elect these as separate offices, leading to unnecessary political patronage jobs. 

Proposition 5 would dedicate $29.4 million to critical water quality programs and hold the line on tax increases by allowing Suffolk County to temporarily utilize funds from a historic surplus in the Assessment Stabilization Reserve Fund.  This proposition has the support of the environmental community because it puts resources and focus into solving our water quality crisis.

I encourage you to vote on November 4 and when you do, please don’t forget to flip the ballot and vote Yes on Propositions 4 and 5.


Steve Bellone

Suffolk County Executive



Letter To Editor - Congressman Bishop Asks For Your Vote

To the editor:

I’m running for reelection to Congress because I’m dedicated to improving the lives of the people of my district. In particular, in an era where ideology too often trumps practicality, I’ve consistently put aside partisanship for common-sense solutions that help everyday Long Islanders.

Last month, an AP article highlighted my “laser-like focus” on serving my constituents. I take this as the highest praise I can receive. Over the past 12 years, my staff and I have helped solve over 17,000 constituent cases—helping Long Islanders cut through the red tape to get their Social Security, Medicare, and veterans benefits. It shows the profound impact a member of Congress can have on the community.

We need problem solvers in Washington. Men and women willing to reach across the aisle, compromise, and come to solutions that get things done. This past year, I was one of four coauthors in the House—two Republicans and two Democrats—of the Water Resources Development Act, legislation that invests in our nation’s water infrastructure and creates thousands of good-paying jobs. This is the kind of positive result cooperation and collegiality can produce.

When President Bill Clinton came to Stony Brook University to rally for my reelection, he told the crowd, “He is a great congressman, in the old fashioned sense of the word. He realizes that every day, no matter what’s being voted on in Congress, he could make something good happen for the people of this district.”  To me that statement captured perfectly what I’ve done as your congressman and what I will continue to bring to the table: hard work and a focus on improving the lives of my constituents.

I ask for your vote on November 4.


Letter To The Editor - Congressman Bishop Supports Veterans With PTSD Training Program

To the editor:

I am writing to inform your readers about a serious issue facing our veterans: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that occurs after witnessing or experiencing life-threatening events. People with PTSD continue feeling extreme stress after the event is over, and it can lead greater mental health challenges such as depression. With 22 veterans taking their own lives every day, it’s critical that we give veterans and their families the tools and resources they need to combat PTSD.

When Suffolk County American Legion Commander Gene Ordmandy reached out to me about a PTSD training program, “From the Battlefield to the Streets,” I was immediately enthusiastic. The program trains Legionnaires to recognize symptoms of stress in returning veterans, on principles of combat stress intervention, in peer-to-peer support, and on available resources for veterans. To help raise the funding, I reached out to the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and together we were able to raise $10,000 for this program.

I encourage readers to reach out to veterans to let them know this program is being developed and to raise awareness about veterans living with PTSD.  Our veterans risked their lives to protect the freedoms we hold dear and they’ve earned high-quality care. It’s our job, all of us, to make sure they receive it.

Tim Bishop

Member of Congress


Support For The Smithtown Special Library Budget

CSEA Local 1000 AFSCME AFL-CIO, Suffolk Local 852, Unit 8349 endorses the passing of the 2015 budget for the Smithtown Special Library District.

Of course it does, you say: the union, which represents the 100-plus full- and part-time Civil Service employees of the Smithtown Library, has a vested interest in the budget passing.

True enough. Like working people everywhere, library employees have bills to pay and families to care for. A failed budget vote could mean reduced hours or lost jobs for employees due to reduced hours and service to the community. Union employees are not tax grabbers or highly-paid political appointees. We earn no more than our neighbors with comparable educational and job requirements and many of us earn less. Our contractual cost of living adjustment this year was 1.25%, less than the 1.7% national rate of inflation [Bureau of Labor Statistics, 9/17/2014]. No union member works at a public library to get rich.

But safeguarding jobs and families is not the sole motivating factor in encouraging the passing of the budget. Most of our members pursued a career in library work because they have a commitment to public service and appreciate the value of a good public library to this or any community.

But good public libraries don’t come free. It takes money to stock, staff and maintain a public library. Still, all things considered, your public library is  community’s best educational, cultural and recreational value. Does that sound self-serving? It isn’t. Library employees are taxpayers, too. Just like everyone else, we know what we want for our tax money and we scrutinize what we get. And we know how little of that tax money, percentage-wise, goes to public libraries. 

We know that it is the public’s satisfaction with the service they receive on each visit to the library in person or online at the library’s website throughout the year upon which rests the outcome of any budget vote. The union employees of the Smithtown Special Library District take pride in delivering the best service they can with the resources with which they are provided. From supervisors and schedule-makers to those who check out books, DVDs and CDs with a smile and a friendly word; to those who go the extra mile to track down a rare book or article or to provide help downloading an e-book; to those who instill the joy of reading in our youngest patrons; to those who catalog and process a steady stream of new materials, sort the mail, keep the ledgers, pay the bills and keep our buildings and equipment clean, safe and working properly, every member of the Smithtown Library employees’ union cares about the work they do and the quality of service they provide. And, yes, even in the internet age, public libraries are busier than ever. Come by any weekend or weekday after school and check it out. It should be evident that all of us, employees and community residents alike, are best served by the passage of a fair and responsible library budget.

The 2015 library budget vote will be held at all four branches - Smithtown, Commack, Kings Park and Nesconset - from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14. Please join us in voting ”yes.” 

Richard Riis, President


Suffolk Local 852, Unit 8349