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Saturday
Jul212018

Two Kayakers Rescued In Bellport Bay

 

Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers and a Town of Brookhaven Lifeguard rescued two kayakers from Bellport Bay in Shirley tonight.

Carol Robinson was at Shirley Beach when she noticed two kayakers in distress approximately 100 yards off shore. Robinson, 61, of Medford, grabbed her kayak and attempted to rescue the kayakers. Town of Brookhaven Lifeguard Joseph Cortes, 17, paddled out on his surfboard and also tried to rescue the kayakers. 

Another Town of Brookhaven lifeguard rescued the female kayaker in distress. Marine Bureau police officers Steven Tarolli, Mike Malone, and Rob Daniels aboard Marine Mike also responded and rescued the other kayaker, whose kayak had taken on water, Jason Inestroca, 12, of Freeport. The officers also brought Robinson and Cortes on board.

Inestroca and his older sister, who was on the other kayak, were not injured. 

 

Saturday
Jul212018

Patchogue Man Arrested DWI With Children In Vehicle

 

Suffolk County Police arrested a Patchogue man for driving while intoxicated with two children in his vehicle following a motor vehicle crash.  

Daniel Mitchell was operating a 2005 Ford Expedition on East Lakewood Street in Patchogue when his vehicle struck the rear of a 2010 Nissan that was stopped at a stop sign on July 20 at 3 p.m. Mitchell’s grandchildren, an 11-year-old male and a 9-year-old male, were in the vehicle. No one was injured. 

Mitchell, 65, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, a felony for having a previous conviction, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle Without an Interlock Device, two Counts of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger 15 Years or Younger (Leandra’s Law) and two Counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Mitchell is scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip today.

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

Friday
Jul202018

Teenager Arrested For Vandalizing Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial

Suffolk County Police this morning arrested a 14-year-old male for vandalizing the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial.

(photo Facebook)The Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park in Lake Ronkonkoma was vandalized on Thursday, July 19. Following an investigation by Fourth Squad detectives, a 14-year-old male was arrested at his Ronkonkoma home at 3 a.m. on Friday, July 20.

The 14-year-old was charged with Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree.  He is scheduled to be arraigned at Family Court on a later date.

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

Thursday
Jul192018

Glamping Coming To Cedar Point County Park

SUFFOLK COUNTY EXECUTIVE BELLONE ANNOUNCES GLAMPING SITES COMING TO CEDAR POINT COUNTY PARK THIS SUMMER

Newest “Stay Suffolk” Tourism Initiative to Promote Upscale Recreational Camping Amenities

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced the selection of a winning proposal for a Glamping Concession at Cedar Point County Park in East Hampton, Long Island.  The winning proposal was awarded to EH Resorts, LLC, a company with nearly a decade of industry experience in New York and across the country. Glamping, a term coined from combining glamorous with camping, is an up-and-coming recreational activity gaining widespread popularity nationwide.

“Glamping is the latest trend for vacationers and we are excited to bring this new fad to Cedar Point later this summer,” said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. “This new respite will allow visitors to enjoy the fun of camping without being totally disconnected from their modern amenities.”

Phil Berdolt, Commissioner of the Suffolk County Parks Department, said: “Whether it’s visiting our nationally ranked beaches and parks or simply taking a ride out to the Hamptons, Suffolk County remains as center of national tourism with something for everyone. Glamping has the potential to give frequent campers a heightened and luxurious experience of a lifetime while maintaining the ability to draw first time campers to the outdoors.”

EH Resorts, LLC, offering glamping at Cedar Point run by managers Rebecca Martin and David Levine, will provide a myriad of amenities for residents and visitors who are looking to enjoy Suffolk County’s unique scenery of Cedar Point, including the picturesque view overlooking the Gardiners Bay. The 607-acre park offers nature trails, hiking, picnicking, fishing areas, licensed waterfowl hunting, boat rentals, scuba diving and is home to the Cedar Island Lighthouse.

The location will feature up to 40 water-facing sleeping tents, luxury bathroom/showers, a campfire area, lounge tent, outdoor lounge areas and kitchen area. Guests can opt for either a two or four person luxury glamping tent and will receive flush toilets and hot showers with complimentary bath products. All guests will also have access to the Glamping kitchen, including grill, place ware, flatware and cooler refrigeration. The resort will be ADA compliant and will not take away from any current campsites currently available at the park.

The glamping vendor also plans to hold on-site events such as yoga/wellness retreats, multi-day masterclasses such as photography, farm-to-table dinners, corporate retreats and more in the future. The Glamping Concession plans to provide glamping throughout the regular camping season, April to October. With glamping on the rise, Suffolk County’s first glamping location follows New York City’s announcement of glamping grounds on Governors Island. Offering chef-prepared meals and views of the Manhattan Skyline, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, glamping has been widely trending throughout the region.

County Executive Bellone’s “Stay Suffolk” tourism campaign is designed to promote Long Island’s $5.3 billion tourism industry and encourage Suffolk County residents to explore parks and enjoy activities close to home. “Stay Suffolk” encourages residents to take advantage of the many world-class amenities that Suffolk has to offer and visit the attractions that bring over 9.1 million people to the County each year. The tourism industry in Suffolk County accounts for over 40,000 jobs and generates more than $365 million in local and state taxes alone.  For more information on Suffolk County parks, campgrounds and amenities visit here

Wednesday
Jul182018

SC Advises Against Bathing At 63 Beaches

 

Suffolk County Issues Advisory against Bathing at 63 Beaches Due to Heavy Rainfall

Suffolk County Health Officials issued an advisory against bathing at 63 beaches, including beaches within and adjacent to various north shore embayments (Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington Harbor and Bay, Centerport Harbor, Northport Harbor and Bay, Port Jefferson Harbor Complex, and Stony Brook Harbor), along the northern shoreline of the Great South Bay, Sag Harbor and those Long Island Sound beaches that are directly impacted by nearby storm water discharges (list attached).

The advisory is based on the potential that bacterial numbers in excess of New York State standards, resulting from the heavy rain, will impact these areas.

The beaches covered by the advisory are located in areas that are heavily influenced by stormwater runoff from the surrounding watersheds and/or adjacent tributaries, and, because of their location in an enclosed embayment, experience limited tidal flushing.  

Additionally, Lake Ronkonkoma and Tanner Park Beach remain closed 

The Department recommends that bathing and other water contact be suspended in affected areas until the waters have been flushed by two successive tidal cycles (at least a 24 hr. period) after the rain has ended. Unless heavy rains persist beyond today or sampling done by the Department finds elevated bacterial numbers persisting beyond the 24-hr period, this advisory will be lifted Wednesday 6:00pm 7/18/18.

For the latest information on affected beaches, call the Bathing Beach HOTLINE at 631- 852-5822, contact the Department’s Office of Ecology at 631-852-5760 during normal business hours, or visit the Suffolk County Department of Health Services’ beach monitoring webpage.

 

 

                         Suffolk County Department of Health Services 

                    63 Beaches Included in Bathing Advisory of 7/18/18

 

 

 

Amityville Village Beach

Babylon

Amityville

Advisory

Rainfall related

Venetian Shores Beach

Babylon

West Babylon

Advisory

Rainfall related

Sound Beach POA East

Brookhaven

Sound Beach

Advisory

Rainfall related

Sound Beach POA West

Brookhaven

Sound Beach

Advisory

Rainfall related

Tides Beach

Brookhaven

Sound Beach

Advisory

Rainfall related

Beech Road Beach (NSBA)

Brookhaven

Rocky Point

Advisory

Rainfall related

Broadway Beach (NSBA)

Brookhaven

Rocky Point

Advisory

Rainfall related

Friendship Drive Beach (NSBA)

Brookhaven

Rocky Point

Advisory

Rainfall related

Shoreham Village Beach

Brookhaven

Shoreham

Advisory

Rainfall related

Shoreham Beach

Brookhaven

East Shoreham

Advisory

Rainfall related

Corey Beach

Brookhaven

Blue Point

Advisory

Rainfall related

Shirley Beach

Brookhaven

Shirley

Advisory

Rainfall related

Stony Brook Beach

Brookhaven

Stony Brook

Advisory

Rainfall related

Shoreham Shore Club Beach

Brookhaven

East Shoreham

Advisory

Rainfall related

Miller Place Park Beach

Brookhaven

Miller Place

Advisory

Rainfall related

Scotts Beach

Brookhaven

Sound Beach

Advisory

Rainfall related

Woodhull Landing POA Beach

Brookhaven

Miller Place

Advisory

Rainfall related

Bayberry Cove Beach

Brookhaven

Setauket-East Setauket

Advisory

Rainfall related

Bayview Beach

Brookhaven

Setauket-East Setauket

Advisory

Rainfall related

Grantland Beach

Brookhaven

Setauket-East Setauket

Advisory

Rainfall related

Indian Field Beach

Brookhaven

Setauket-East Setauket

Advisory

Rainfall related

Little Bay Beach

Brookhaven

Setauket-East Setauket

Advisory

Rainfall related

Soundview Beach Association Beach

Brookhaven

Old Field

Advisory

Rainfall related

Terraces on the Sound

Brookhaven

Rocky Point

Advisory

Rainfall related

Havens Beach

East Hampton

Sag Harbor

Advisory

Rainfall related

Eagle Dock Community Beach

Huntington

Cold Spring Harbor

Advisory

Rainfall related

Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club Beach

Huntington

Lloyd Harbor

Advisory

Rainfall related

West Neck Beach

Huntington

Lloyd Harbor

Advisory

Rainfall related

Lloyd Neck Bath Club Beach

Huntington

Lloyd Harbor

Advisory

Rainfall related

Lloyd Harbor Village Park Beach

Huntington

Lloyd Harbor

Advisory

Rainfall related

Gold Star Battalion Park Beach

Huntington

Huntington

Advisory

Rainfall related

Head of the Bay Club Beach

Huntington

Huntington Bay

Advisory

Rainfall related

Nathan Hale Beach Club Beach

Huntington

Huntington Bay

Advisory

Rainfall related

Baycrest Association Beach

Huntington

Huntington Bay

Advisory

Rainfall related

Bay Hills Beach Association

Huntington

Huntington Bay

Advisory

Rainfall related

Crescent Beach

Huntington

Huntington Bay

Advisory

Rainfall related

Knollwood Beach Association Beach

Huntington

Huntington

Advisory

Rainfall related

Fleets Cove Beach

Huntington

Huntington

Advisory

Rainfall related

Centerport Beach

Huntington

Centerport

Advisory

Rainfall related

Huntington Beach Community Association Beach

Huntington

Centerport

Advisory

Rainfall related

Centerport Yacht Club Beach

Huntington

Centerport

Advisory

Rainfall related

Steers Beach

Huntington

Northport

Advisory

Rainfall related

Asharoken Beach

Huntington

Asharoken

Advisory

Rainfall related

Hobart Beach

Huntington

Northport

Advisory

Rainfall related

Hobart Beach

Huntington

Eatons Neck

Advisory

Rainfall related

Crab Meadow Beach

Huntington

Northport

Advisory

Rainfall related

Wincoma Association Beach

Huntington

Huntington Bay

Advisory

Rainfall related

Valley Grove Beach

Huntington

Eatons Neck

Advisory

Rainfall related

Prices Bend Beach

Huntington

Eatons Neck

Advisory

Rainfall related

West Islip Beach

Islip

West Islip

Advisory

Rainfall related

Benjamins Beach

Islip

Bay Shore

Advisory

Rainfall related

Islip Beach

Islip

Islip

Advisory

Rainfall related

East Islip Beach

Islip

East Islip

Advisory

Rainfall related

West Oaks Recreation Club Beach

Islip

West Sayville

Advisory

Rainfall related

Brightwaters Village Beach

Islip

Brightwaters

Advisory

Rainfall related

Bayport Beach

Islip

Bayport

Advisory

Rainfall related

Sayville Marina Park Beach

Islip

Sayville

Advisory

Rainfall related

Bayberry Beach & Tennis Club Beach

Islip

Islip

Advisory

Rainfall related

Callahans Beach

Smithtown

Northport

Advisory

Rainfall related

Short Beach

Smithtown

Nissequogue

Advisory

Rainfall related

Nissequogue Point Beach

Smithtown

Nissequogue

Advisory

Rainfall related

Long Beach

Smithtown

Nissequogue

Advisory

Rainfall related

Schubert Beach

Smithtown

Nissequogue

Advisory

Rainfall related

 

 

Tuesday
Jul172018

Former NYS Senate Majority Leader Skelos And Son Convicted Again

 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Robert Khuzami, Attorney for the United States, acting under authority conferred by 28 U.S.C. § 515, announced the convictions of former New York State Senate Majority Leader DEAN SKELOS and his son ADAM SKELOS on bribery, extortion, and honest services fraud counts, following a five-week jury trial before the U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood.  As a unanimous jury found for a second time, DEAN SKELOS repeatedly abused his official position to obtain more than $300,000 in bribes and extortion payments made to his son, ADAM SKELOS.  The defendants had previously been found guilty of the same offenses by a jury in December 2015, but their convictions were overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in McDonnell v. United States.

Deputy U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami said:  “Yet again, a New York jury heard a sordid tale of bribery, extortion, and the abuse of power by a powerful public official of this State.  And yet again, a jury responded with a unanimous verdict of guilt, in this case of Dean Skelos and his son Adam – sending the resounding message that political corruption will not be tolerated.”

According to the evidence introduced at trial, court filings, and statements made in Manhattan federal court:

From 2011 to 2015, DEAN SKELOS served as Majority Leader and Co-Majority Leader of the New York State Senate, a position that gave him significant power over the operation of New York State government.  DEAN SKELOS repeatedly used this power to pressure companies with business before New York State to make payments to his son, ADAM SKELOS, who substantially depended on these companies for his income.  DEAN SKELOS and ADAM SKELOS were able to secure these illegal payments through implicit and explicit representations that DEAN SKELOS would use his official position to benefit those who made the payments, and punish those who did not.  In total, DEAN SKELOS obtained over $300,000 in payments to ADAM SKELOS through persistent and repeated pressure applied to senior executives of three different companies that needed legislation passed in the New York State Senate and other official actions from DEAN SKELOS. 

The Glenwood Scheme

Beginning in late 2010, and continuing for approximately two years, DEAN SKELOS repeatedly solicited payments for ADAM SKELOS from representatives of Glenwood Management Corp. (“Glenwood”), a major New York City real estate company.  DEAN SKELOS’s solicitations for payments to ADAM SKELOS took place during the same meetings when Glenwood’s representatives were asking for DEAN SKELOS’s assistance with New York State legislation that was crucial to Glenwood’s profitability.  As a result of the sustained pressure from DEAN SKELOS, representatives of Glenwood arranged for a $20,000 direct payment to ADAM SKELOS and further arranged for Abtech Industries (“Abtech”), an Arizona-based stormwater technology company in which Glenwood’s founding family owned a stake, to make $4,000 monthly payments to ADAM SKELOS.  Glenwood arranged for these payments to ADAM SKELOS due to the company’s substantial dependence on DEAN SKELOS for real estate tax abatements and other real estate legislation favorable to Glenwood, and based in part on statements from DEAN SKELOS that he would punish those in the real estate industry who defied him. 

The Abtech Scheme

After successfully obtaining ADAM SKELOS’s Abtech consulting contract for $4,000 per month, DEAN SKELOS and ADAM SKELOS then threatened to use DEAN SKELOS’s official powers to block Abtech’s bid for a Nassau County contract unless the company sharply increased ADAM SKELOS’s payments.  Abtech ultimately agreed to increase ADAM SKELOS’s payments to $10,000 per month because the company feared that, if it did not meet the defendants’ demands, it would lose the Nassau County contract that was critical to its business.  In return for the payments to ADAM SKELOS, DEAN SKELOS took and agreed to take numerous official actions to benefit Abtech. 

For example, when Abtech and ADAM SKELOS believed Nassau County was withholding funding due to Abtech under its contract, DEAN SKELOS pressured Nassau County officials to make additional funds available.  In January 2015, DEAN SKELOS was intercepted in a call with the Nassau County Executive in which he raised the issue, complaining on behalf of ADAM SKELOS that “somebody feels like they’re getting jerked around the last two years.”  The next day, DEAN SKELOS traveled with the County Executive and his Deputy to the funeral of a New York City Police Department officer, where DEAN SKELOS reiterated in person his demand that the County make payments to Abtech, which the County subsequently did. 

DEAN SKELOS also used his official position in an attempt to direct State funding that had been recovered in litigation with financial services companies (the “Settlement Funds”) in a way that would benefit water projects and contracts being pursued by Abtech.  For example, at the same time ADAM SKELOS was attempting to obtain additional Abtech stormwater projects with local municipalities by claiming that the projects could be funded with State money, DEAN SKELOS advocated for a portion of the Settlement Funds to be allocated for stormwater projects. 

The PRI Scheme

During the same time period as the Glenwood and Abtech schemes, DEAN SKELOS solicited payments for his son ADAM SKELOS from yet another company, Physician Reciprocal Insurers (“PRI”).  PRI, a medical malpractice insurance firm whose existence depends on the renewal of certain New York State legislation, complied with the request, giving ADAM SKELOS a full-time job with benefits.  Even though ADAM SKELOS was expected to work 40 hours per week, he treated his PRI position as a “no show” job from the outset of his employment.  When ADAM SKELOS’s supervisor told ADAM SKELOS that he was expected to show up to work, ADAM SKELOS berated him and said, “Guys like you couldn’t shine my shoes. Guys like you will never amount to anything, and if you talk to me like that again, I’ll smash your f**king head in.”  When the CEO of PRI told DEAN SKELOS that ADAM SKELOS was not showing up to work and was mistreating the other employees, DEAN SKELOS expressed no concern about ADAM SKELOS’s conduct and simply told the CEO to “work it out.”  Based on this conversation, among others, the CEO understood that if he did not continue to pay ADAM SKELOS, despite his non-performance and misconduct at work, he was risking DEAN SKELOS taking legislative action against PRI.

During the time period that PRI was paying ADAM SKELOS, DEAN SKELOS repeatedly voted to extend PRI’s legislative protection from liquidation as well as other legislation that was being sought by PRI.

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DEAN SKELOS, 70, and ADAM SKELOS, 36, each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on Count One (conspiracy to commit extortion), a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on Count Two (conspiracy to commit honest services fraud), a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each of Counts Three through Five (extortion), and a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on each of Counts Six through Eight (bribery).  The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by Judge Wood.  Both defendants are scheduled to be sentenced on October 24, 2018.

Mr. Khuzami praised the work of the Criminal Special Agent Investigators of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who jointly conducted this investigation.  

This case was prosecuted by the Office’s Public Corruption Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Edward B. Diskant, Thomas McKay, and Douglas S. Zolkind are in charge of the prosecution.

Monday
Jul162018

Eric Williams Has Been Located Deceased

Suffolk County Police have located Eric Williams dead inside a house at 217 Vanderbilt Blvd., Oakdale. The death does not appear to be suspicious.

Sunday
Jul152018

***Missing Centereach Man***

 

 

Eric Williams has been located and is deceased

Saturday
Jul142018

Police Rescue Man In Overturned Kayak in Lake Ronkonkoma

 

Suffolk County Police Officers rescued a man after his kayak overturned in Lake Ronkonkoma this morning.

Fourth Precinct Police Officers responded to a 911 call regarding an overturned kayak in Lake Ronkonkoma at 11:08 a.m. Fourth Precinct Police Officers Kevin Wustenhoff and Richard Regula responded, grabbed their life rings from their police vehicles and swam out to the kayaker, Eric Jerome, 56, of Ronkonkoma. Emergency Service Section Officer James Brucculeri and a lifeguard from the Town of Islip also responded and swam out to Jerome, who was approximately 300 yards off shore and unable to free his foot from the kayak. Emergency Service Section Officer Michael Viruet assisted from the shore.

Jerome was brought back to shore and evaluated by the Ronkonkoma Fire Department and declined further medical treatment.

 

Friday
Jul132018

Mosquito Sample Positive For West Nile

First Mosquito Samples to Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Suffolk County This Season

Residents and visitors are advised to take precautions

Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken announced today that four mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus. The samples, all Culex pipiens-restuans, were collected on June 2 and June 3 from East Northport, Blydenburgh County Park in Smithtown, Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon, and Heckscher State Park in East Islip. These are the first mosquito samples to test positive for West Nile virus this year. 

West Nile virus, first detected in birds and mosquito samples in Suffolk County in 1999 and again each year thereafter, is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. No humans or horses have tested positive for West Nile virus in Suffolk this year. 

“The confirmation of West Nile virus in mosquito samples or birds indicates the presence of West Nile virus in the area,” said Dr. Tomarken. “While there is no cause for alarm, we advise residents to cooperate with us in our efforts to reduce the exposure to the virus, which can be debilitating to humans.”

According to Dr. Tomarken, most people infected with West Nile virus will experience mild or no symptoms, but some can develop severe symptoms including high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. The symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent. Individuals, especially those 50 years of age or older, or those with compromised immune systems, who are most at risk, are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. 

To avoid mosquito bites, residents are advised to:

  • Minimize outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.
  • Wear shoes and socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when mosquitoes are active.
  • Use mosquito repellent, following label directions carefully.
  • Make sure all windows and doors have screens, and that all screens are in good repair.
  • Keep mosquitoes from laying eggs inside and outside of your home. Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out containers that hold water, such as vases, pet water bowls, flowerpot saucers, discarded tires, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, trash cans and rain barrels.
  • Download a copy of Suffolk County’s informational brochure “Get the Buzz on Mosquito Protection,” available in English and Spanish, and share it with your community.

 

Dead birds may indicate the presence of West Nile virus in the area. To report dead birds, call the Public Health Information Line in Suffolk County at 631-852-5999 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Residents are encouraged to take a photograph of any bird in question.

To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, call the Department of Public Works’ Vector Control Division at 631-852-4270.

For further information on West Nile virus, visit the Department of Health Services’ website athttp://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices/PublicHealth/PreventiveServices/ArthropodborneDiseaseProgram/Mosquitoes.aspx

 

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