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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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Sunday
Nov232014

Letter To Editor - A Taxing Reversal

A TAXING REVERSAL

“Read my lips no new taxes.”  This untrue catchphrase was uttered by former President George H. Bush at the 1988 Republican National Convention.  Then he raised taxes. 

“Majority Republicans in the Nassau County Legislature said last week that they will not contest County Executive Edward Mangano’s 3.4 percent property tax increase, ensuring it will stand.” (Nassau will hike taxes 3.4% as GOP drops fight. Newsday 11/10/14)

 “The Oyster Bay Town Board unanimously passed an unannounced 8.8 percent property tax levy increase in its 2015 budget Tuesday.” (Town’s 8.8% tax hike, unannounced, Newsday 11/17/14)

“Islip’s town council approved a $134.4 million budget for 2015 this week after an amended budget was submitted by a councilman just before the vote took place after the room has cleared out — increasing taxes by 5.8 percent.”  (Islip council OKs tax hike, Newsday 11/20/14.)  In the same article,  “Oyster Bay’s (budget) overriding the tax cap … after it held a public hearing on a budget proposal that had no tax hike.”  

Smithtown also increased Property Taxes by $11.56 per house hold. (Smithtown Budget includes cuts, raises, jobs transfers, Newsday, 10/06/14)

Nov. 17 marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s his famous “I am not a crook” line at the height of the Watergate scandal.

I am not troubled by the mantra of “Tax Revolt Party.”  However, it is most disconcerting when we willing accept a Republican leaders’ reversal of their stand on raising taxes.  That’s what’s Revolting!  

What’s even more revolting in not paying a fair share of taxes?  Taxes are what we pay for the lifestyles we choose.  Taxes are a Government’s life blood.  Elected officials should be honest about raising taxes.  

We can reverse the growth of raising taxes by consolidating local governments, School Districts, Fire District, etc., and eliminate the dualities of elected officials’ positions. (Approval of Suffolk County’s Proposition 5 is a Smart start.)  Then perhaps, we could afford tax exemptions for Veterans, dramatically impact overall spending and therefore reduce Property Taxes.  And that’s no lie.

Richard S. Macellaro, 1st Vice-Chair -Smithtown Democratic Committee.

Tuesday
Nov112014

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.

Sincerely,

John M. Kennedy Jr.

Suffolk County Comptroller-Elect

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