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Teamsters Local 812 Statement Announcing Strike Against Beer Distributor Clare Rose

Workers who deliver, sell, and merchandise Budweiser, Heineken, and other beer products to Nassau and Suffolk Counties will be on strike starting Monday, Teamsters Local 812 announced today. The over 100 drivers and warehousemen, who work for Clare Rose, a private beer distribution company, voted down management’s “final offer” Friday, which would have imposed 30% wage cuts and ended the drivers’ pension.

“We are the middle-class families that make up Long Island,” said Mark Pooler, who has delivered beer at Clare Rose for 26 years. “While this company is making millions, they are trying to cut the wages and retirement benefits that our families depend on. We have bills to pay and mortgages to pay. Make no mistake, we will strike as long as it takes to protect our livelihoods.”

“The union has done everything possible to reach a fair deal with Clare Rose, but the company is putting its greed ahead of its workers,” said Teamsters Local 812 President Ed Weber. “When there is no Bud, Heineken, or other beer brands at the supermarket or bar, Long Islanders will know who to blame: Clare Rose executives.”

The last contract extension expired Friday. After months of negotiations without progress, the highly-profitable company put forward a “final offer” of wage and retirement cuts. Workers voted it down 107 to 9. The company notified the union that it intends to impose the harsh cuts anyway.

Clare Rose is the sole distributor of Budweiser, Bud Lite, Heineken, Blue Point, Greenport, and several other craft beers for Long Island. It is headquartered in East Yaphank with an additional facility in Melville.

“These Teamsters have devoted their lives to the company and this is what they get?” asked Joe Vitta, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 812. “Our members are fighting back, and they have over a hundred thousand New York Teamsters standing behind them. We are going to protect these middle-class, Long Island jobs.”

The union said the strike will last until Clare Rose executives withdraw their draconian demands and agree to a fair contract with workers.

Teamsters Local 812 represents more than 3,500 Teamster families working in the beverage industry. Its members produce, haul, deliver, merchandise, and sell soda, water, beer, and sports drinks throughout the New York Metropolitan area.


Two Vehicle Crash LIE Hauppauge


Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives are investigating a two-vehicle crash that critically injured a man in Hauppauge early this morning.

Jonathan Zatorski was driving a 1998 Mercury Mountaineer westbound on the LIE, just west of exit 55, when his vehicle rear-ended a 2002 Honda Accord. The Mercury overturned and Zatorski was ejected from the vehicle.

Zatorski, 31, of West Babylon, was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital and admitted in critical condition. The driver of the Accord, Andrew McKinley, 27, of the Bronx, refused medical attention. Both drivers were alone in their vehicles. 

Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks and the investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452.


NYS To Receive $25 Million In Federal Funding To Combat Opioid Epidemic


HHS Funding First of Two Rounds Provided Under the 21st Century Cures Act

New York, NY – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $25,260,676 in federal funding to the State of New York to combat opioid addiction. The funding was allocated through the Department of Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants. Specifically, the funding administered through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will support prevention, treatment, and recovery service programs.

“The opioid and heroin crisis in New York is a symptom of a national emergency that’s taken the lives of far too many Americans,” saidSenator Schumer. “This federal funding, made possible by the 21st Century Cures Act, will help combat this national crisis by supporting prevention, treatment and recovery programs. I pledge to continue to fight for federal funding that will help us turn the tide against this tragic scourge.”

“Too many lives have been destroyed, too many families have been torn apart, and too many communities all over New York are suffering because of this tragic epidemic,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These federal funds would allow New York State to fight the opioid epidemic by investing in treatment and services programs. I will continue working with my colleagues in the Senate to fight for the health and wellbeing of all New Yorkers.” 

Last year, Senator Gillibrand introduced the bipartisan legislation Preventing Overprescribing for Pain Act, legislation that would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue guidelines for the safe prescribing of opioids for the treatment of acute pain. 

The Facts On the Growing Opioid Epidemic:


  • Nearly 2 million Americans abuse or are addicted to prescription opioids, and nearly half a million more are addicted to heroin according to SAMHSA.
  • In 2015, nearly more than 33,000 people died in the United States from overdose related to opioids, more than any year on record, according to CDC.
  • The increase in opioid addiction is linked to an increase in opioid prescriptions. Between 1999 and 2010, there was a 400% increase in sales of prescription opioid pain relievers in the U.S. Over the same time period, there has not been an increase in the amount of pain Americans report according to CDC.
  • In 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain relievers – enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills according to CDC.
  • Teenagers who receive an opioid prescription by 12th grade are 33% more likely to abuse opioids after high school. The risk for opioid abuse is even higher among teenagers who report little to no previous use of illicit substances according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • In a paper published by the American Dental Association in 2011, 64% of dentists surveyed preferred prescribing the opioid hydrocodone with acetaminophen for a third molar extraction, for an average of 20 pills per prescription. 
  • 4 in 5 individuals who use heroin report prior abuse of prescription opioids, according to SAMHSA.

Woman Who Drove Into Shirley Gas Pumps Resulting In Fatality To Be Arraigned


Drugged driver to be arraigned for gas pump fatality


Renee McKinneyRoger LockettA woman arrested for driving while ability impaired by drugs after a fatal crash at a Shirley gas station has been indicted by a grand jury, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

Renee McKinney, 53, will be arraigned tomorrow, Friday, April 21, before State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho in Central Islip. 

McKinney nodded off while behind the wheel on January 14 as she approached the gas pumps at a Mobil station in Shirley.  The impact of the collision dislodged a pump and pinned another motorist, Rosalie Koenig, 62, against her vehicle. Koenig died of her injuries the next day at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Police administered Narcan and resuscitated the defendant who was unconscious behind the wheel when they arrived at the scene. 

DA Spota said a suspect who is believed to be the man who sold heroin to McKinney will also be arraigned before Justice Camacho on Friday.  Roger Lockett, 47, of Mastic, faces drug sale and possession charges.

Justice Camacho will unseal the indictment sometime after 11:00 am.


Commack Man Arrested For Vandalizing Christ The King Church In January


Loucas RoussoSuffolk County Police today arrested a man for vandalizing a Commack church in January. A man knocked down the Christ the King sign, and shattered the glass window on the front door of the church, with a skateboard on January 26, 2017.

Following a lengthy investigation by Fourth Squad detectives, Lucas Rousso was identified as the individual who vandalized the property.

Rousso, 21, of Commack, was arrested today in Commack. He was charged with Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on April 21.

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


Timothy D. Sini, Police Commissioner      17-72660

Suffolk County Police Department            RG/1928


Wanted For Fleeing After Hitting Vehicle In Commack Parking Lot

Wanted for Leaving the Scene

Release Date: April 17, 2017

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Fourth Precinct Crime Section officers are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the man who struck another vehicle in a Commack parking lot fled the scene last month. 

A man backed up his vehicle into a 2016 Mercedes Benz that was parked at 7-Eleven, located at 137 Veterans Memorial Highway, and fled on March 27 at 7:43 p.m. The suspect was described as white, in his late 50s, wearing a blue jacket and khaki pants. He was driving a vehicle described as possibly a dark blue GMC Acadia. 

For video of the incident, go to YouTube.com/scpdtv Click on the link Wanted for Leaving the Scene 17-183164

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Authority:  Sgt. Timothy Burns  CC# 17-183164   Fourth Precinct Crime Section CW# 17-142/RD


Dix Hills Man Arrested After Fatally Shooting Girlfriend On Street


Suffolk County Police have arrested a Dix Hills man for fatally shooting his girlfriend in Dix Hills last night.

Eric BermudezEric Bermudez confronted his girlfriend, Regina Flecha, on Burroughs Avenue, north of Kenmore Street, at approximately 7:30 p.m. and shot her multiple times. Bermudez then pulled Flecha into his vehicle and drove away from the scene. Two Third Squad detectives observed Bermudez’s vehicle speeding on Fifth Avenue in Bay Shore and pulled over the vehicle when they discovered the victim. Bay Shore-Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance responded to the traffic stop and transported Flecha, 37, of 10 Black Pine Court, Dix Hills, to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where she died a short time later.

Homicide Squad detectives charged Bermudez, 36, with Murder 2nd Degree.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. 


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


Man Rescued From Burning Vehicle Arrested For DWAI Alcohol & Drugs


Suffolk County Police have arrested a man for driving while ability impaired by alcohol and drugs after he was rescued from his burning vehicle in Rocky Point last night.

Corey Tierney was driving a 2003 Hyundai Sonata northbound on County Road 21, approximately 1 mile south of Route 25A, when he lost control of his vehicle, which crashed into a wooded area and caught fire. Passing motorists, Claudio Gil and Margaret Ward, pulled Tierney, who was unconscious, from the vehicle.

Rocky Point Fire Department Rescue responded and administered Narcan to Tierney, who then regained consciousness. Tierney, 21, of Mount Sinai, was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Alcohol.

Gil, 30, of Mount Sinai, and Ward, 51, of Rocky Point, were not injured.



Homicide Detectives Investigating The Murders Of Four People In Central Islip


Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the murders of four males whose bodies were found in Central Islip last night.

Police responded to Clayton Avenue Community Park at approximately 8 p.m. where the bodies of four males were located. The identities of the males, who are 16, 18, 18 and 20 years old, are not being released pending positive identification.

It was determined the males, who were killed in one incident which occurred within the past few days, suffered significant trauma with a sharp edged instrument.

“The Suffolk County Police Department is doing everything in our power to solve these murders. It’s all hands on deck,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini said. “We are working closely with the FBI to solve these homicides.” 

Anyone with information on these murders is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Crime Stoppers is offering a fast cash reward of $25,000 for information that leads to an arrest. The cash will be rewarded within 72 hours of the arrest.


NYS Police Department Celebrates 100 Years

Members of Troop L are proud to celebrate the New York State Police and the Division’s 100 years of service.

Original Camp Men assigned to Long Island, SP Hicksville, November 1917. The Department of State Police was created on April 11, 1917, when Governor Charles S. Whitman signed the Wells-Mills Bill into law, establishing the State Police as a full-service police agency.

In June of 1917, the first Recruit Troopers started their training in Manlius, NY at Camp Newayo, named for Newell and Mayo. When training ended that fall, the original 232 Troopers were sent to their first assignment to patrol the New York State Fair, then set out on horseback to start policing the State’s rural areas.