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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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Thursday
Oct302014

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.

Sincerely,

Steve Bellone

Suffolk County Executive

 

Monday
Oct272014

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.

Tuesday
Oct072014

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

Sunday
Sep282014

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

CSEA Local 1000 AFSCME AFL-CIO

Suffolk Local 852, Unit 8349

 

Wednesday
Sep242014

Letter To The Editor - The Facts On Open Space & Recreation Trust Fund Referendum

Last week, Supervisor Vecchio stated his opposition to place an Open Space & Recreation Trust Fund referendum on November’s ballot. However, his attempt to manipulate the facts behind this proposal is alarming. He says “this is not a time to place more tax burden on the public,” but the facts clearly show that the exact opposite is true. When he was asked to let the people decide the outcome of the referendum, he oddly suggested that would not be “good government.” When told of the need for new and improved parks, he surprisingly said “enough is enough.”  

Here are the facts. Municipalities and school districts across the country have learned that open space preservation is not an expense, as the Supervisor claims, but an investment that produces economic benefits in perpetuity. Failure to participate in a land conservation program will lead to environmental degradation, contamination of our drinking water, a shortage of recreational space, deterioration of historical structures and property tax increases.  

In fact, open space preservation is considered the “Ultimate Tax Cap.” Protected open space helps keep property taxes from rising because increased residential development leads to increased demand for government services, schools and other costly infrastructure. For example, the addition of just 1 new single family home places our school districts in the red by about $6,600. 

With only 16% of Smithtown’s total land area dedicated for open space, the town must do a better job protecting its most important asset. The town has identified approximately 1,100 acres that they would recommend acquiring for open space and new parkland. In order to secure these parcels, the Supervisor and Town Board must have the decency to place the referendum on the ballot and let the people, not politics, decide the outcome.

Mike Rosato

Kings Park