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Friday
Jul192019

Governor Cuomo Signs Nation's Largest Offshore Wind Agreement

Nation’s Largest Offshore Wind Agreement

To jump-start progress towards New York’s unprecedented clean energy goals, which includes 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035, today Governor Cuomo announced the winners of New York’s first comprehensive offshore wind solicitation: the Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind development projects of Equinor US Holdings, Inc. and Bay State Wind LLC, a joint venture of Ørsted A/S and Eversource Energy, respectively. Combined, both projects will total 1,700 megawatts, enough to power more than one million New York homes and support more than 1,600 jobs with a combined economy activity of $3.2 billion statewide.  As of today, New York has awarded a total of approximately 4,700 megawatts of new large-scale renewable energy contracts since March 2018 through three separate solicitations, a globally significant advancement in renewable energy in just two years. Collectively, these projects will provide enough renewable energy to power up to two million households and meet nearly 10% of New York’s electricity needs by 2025.

The project developers have committed to make additional investments in manufacturing and port infrastructure, on top of the commitments in Governor Cuomo’s 2019 State of the State address. A total of $287 million will be invested in cutting-edge infrastructure in multiple regions of the state, including the Capital Region, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Long Island. These financial commitments will unlock private supply chain capital and maximize the long-term economic benefits to the state from the regional development of offshore wind.

Reaching 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind is expected to create more than 10,000 jobs. The state is also taking new steps to support workforce development in partnership with the private sector, including establishing a New York State Advisory Council on Offshore Wind Economic and Workforce Development, a new $20 million Offshore Wind Training Institute (OWTI) and a $3 million Community and Workforce Benefits Fund (CWB Fund) to establish the institutional infrastructure to educate, train and employ New Yorkers. Offshore wind will utilize many of the same labor trades that have driven New York’s infrastructure and economy for the past several decades. These investments will particularly benefit New York’s low-income and environmental justice communities, critical outcomes of the CLCPA and Governor Cuomo’s commitment to a just transition to clean power.

The results of this historic procurement mark an important new chapter in New York’s nation-leading offshore wind planning efforts, which have been conducted for more than three years and have included comprehensive and extensive stakeholder, agency and public consultation, along with detailed technical and financial analysis. These projects have received significant support from state and local elected officials and stakeholder groups, including conservation organizations, labor advocates, academic institutions, the maritime industry and more. In particular, New York’s approach requires developers to adapt their project plans through discussions with commercial fishermen and environmental organizations and in accordance with evolving best practices.

Wednesday
Jul172019

FYI - Excessive Heat Watch For Saturday 

 

...EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING...
...HEAT ADVISORY FOR TODAY HAS BEEN CANCELED...

The National Weather Service in Upton has cancelled the Heat
Advisory.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES...Up to 112 due to temperatures in the upper
  90s, and dewpoints in the lower 70s.

* TIMING...12 pm Friday through 10 pm Saturday for Excessive Heat
  Watch.

* IMPACTS...Extreme heat can cause illness and death among at-
  risk population who cannot stay cool. The excessive heat may
  quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

An Excessive Heat Watch means that the combination of heat and
humidity could create a dangerous situation in which heat
illnesses are possible. Take extra precautions if you work or
spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous
activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and
symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight
and loose fitting clothing when possible, and drink plenty of
water.

Seniors and those with chronic health problems or mental health
conditions are at increased risk. Homes without air conditioning
can be much hotter than outdoors.

Use air conditioning to stay cool at home, or go to a place that
has air conditioning. Check on vulnerable friends, family members
and neighbors. To find a NYC cooling center, call 3 1 1 or visit
http://nyc.gov/oem.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks
in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by
heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke
is an emergency! In cases of heat stroke call 9 1 1.

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Tuesday
Jul162019

Suffolk County Legislator Sunderman Indicted For Perjury After Ethics Investigation

DA SINI: SUFFOLK COUNTY LEGISLATOR INDICTED FOR PERJURY, OTHER OFFENSES IN CONNECTION WITH ETHICS INVESTIGATION

Defendant Allegedly Created Shell Corporation in Wife’s Name to Continue Receiving Income from Outside Employment, Violating Suffolk County Ethics Rules

(RIVERHEAD, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the indictment of a Suffolk County Legislator for alleged perjury, ethics violations and other offenses in connection with an independent investigation by the Suffolk County Board of Ethics that was referred to the District Attorney’s Office.

Rudy A. Sunderman 3rd LDRudolph Sunderman, 49, of Mastic, is charged with five counts of Perjury in the First Degree, a D felony; Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, an A misdemeanor; Violation of the Prohibition on Dual Office-Holding under Suffolk County Code, an unclassified misdemeanor; Violation of the Prohibition Against Conflicts of Interest under General Municipal Law, an unclassified misdemeanor; and Intentional Failure to File an Accurate Financial Disclosure Statement under Suffolk County Code, an unclassified misdemeanor. Sunderman has served as a Suffolk County Legislator since January 2018 and represents Suffolk County’s Third Legislative District.

“This was a violation of the very laws that Legislator Sunderman has sworn to uphold,” District Attorney Sini said. “These laws are in place to prevent potential conflicts of interest for lawmakers, prevent corruption and protect the integrity of ethics investigations. We investigated this case carefully, comprehensively and objectively, we presented the evidence to a Grand Jury of Mr. Sunderman’s peers, and the Grand Jury voted to indict Mr. Sunderman.”

Prior to his election to the Suffolk County Legislature in November 2017, Sunderman was employed as the district manager for the Centereach Fire District, earning approximately $175,000 a year, and as the district secretary for the Center Moriches Fire District, earning approximately $20,000 a year. On Dec. 6, 2017, Sunderman received an opinion from the Suffolk County Board of Ethics that continuing to serve in these roles while serving as a legislator would constitute a violation of the Suffolk County Code’s prohibition on dual office-holding. Sunderman resigned from his position with the Center Moriches Fire District.

Sunderman is alleged to have attempted to circumvent that ruling by creating a shell company in his wife’s name, Now That’s Fire Management, Inc., and arranging for the Centereach Board of Fire Commissioners to hire him through that company for $10,000 per month. Between Jan. 2, 2018 and June 30, 2018, despite the Board of Ethics’ determination, Sunderman allegedly continued to perform the duties of a district manager for the Centereach Fire District, including personally signing over 600 vouchers and other official documents as district manager for the Centereach Fire District. Vouchers and purchase orders that Sunderman signed as “DM” or “District Manager” included those that authorized $60,000 in payments to Now That’s Fire Management, which is a violation of state municipal law regarding conflicts of interest.

“Mr. Sunderman was personally put on notice: the Ethics Board told him specifically not to engage in this employment,” District Attorney Sini said. “Not only did he continue his work with the Centereach Fire District, but, while doing so, he personally authorized $60,000 in payments to the shell corporation that he had created in his wife’s name.”

Following receipt of a complaint, the Suffolk County Board of Ethics began an investigation into Sunderman’s employment with the Centereach Fire District. On Oct. 29, 2018, during a deposition in connection with the investigation, Sunderman allegedly perjured himself on numerous occasions, including denying that he received any income from his continued work for the Centereach Fire District. Bank records obtained by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office showed that Sunderman was a signatory on Now That’s Fire Management’s corporate bank account, that the account was used for Sunderman’s personal expenses, and that Sunderman had personally engaged in over 100 transactions and spent thousands of dollars using a debit card issued to him on that bank account.

Sunderman also allegedly denied under oath managing fire district staff members after January 2018. Evidence developed over the course of the investigation showed that Sunderman continued to manage employees and represent himself as “District Manager” until he resigned from the position in June 2018, after the Board of Ethics began to investigate his conduct.

On April 23, 2019, Sunderman allegedly intentionally failed to disclose his outside employment and income as well as his wife’s income from the Centereach Fire Department on a financial disclosure form filed with the Suffolk County Board of Ethics for the 2018 reporting year.

“I would like to thank the Suffolk County Board of Ethics as well as the investigators in my office for their thorough investigation of this matter,” District Attorney Sini said.

Sunderman was arraigned on the indictment today in front of Suffolk County Court Judge Anthony Senft Jr. and was released on his own recognizance. He is due back in court on August 13.

If convicted of the top count, Sunderman faces a maximum sentence of two and one-third to seven years in prison.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Marc Lindemann, Acting Bureau Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau.

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

 

Monday
Jul152019

Land Use And Politics Trotta Wins Conservative Line 

Politics as Usual?

GOP County Legislators Win Write-In Race for Conservative Line

By Jerry Cimisi

It’s been common for the Conservative Party to cross endorse Republicans in general elections, as their political views are often similar. While being a minority party, the SuffolkLegislator Rob Trotta County Conservative Party (the largest conservative party in New York State) has a large enough base that its support could very well make the difference in a close election. But this year, when Suffolk Country Legislator Republican Rob Trotta also sought the endorsement of the Suffolk County Conservative Party in his bid for re-election, the Conservatives had their own candidate in mind, Richard Lanese, who works in the Suffolk County Comptroller’s Office.

Of course the Suffolk County Conservative Party has the right to field its own candidates, but, according to Trotta, the Conservatives are more interested in a certain benefactor’s donations than any conservative core values, and were even in fact endorsing Democrats in some races, certainly not a common occurrence on the political landscape.  

As Trotta sees it, the Conservative Party’s shift in this election revolves around the donations of developer Jerry Wolkoff and the sewer system he needs to connect to the county’s Southwest Sewer District for his 450-acre. 9,000-unit Heartland development in Brentwood, on the site of the old Pilgrim State Hospital. This would be the largest development on Long Island since Levittown made suburbia famous after World War II.

Wolkoff bought the site from New York State in 2002. It is estimated it will be a $4 billion project that will be completed over three decades. (Wolkoff may be planning a very long life; he is 82.) Heartland is also planned for a million square feet of retail space, three million square feet of office space—totaling, along with the residential units, 15.5 million square feet of development.

But Wolkoff is at odds with how much the county wants him to pay to join the sewer district. And it is what has resulted from this conflict that Trotta sees as a corruption of the political process, asserting that Wolkoff has made donations to parties and politicians who will back Wolkoff’s assertion of what he should be paying.

“He should be paying $50 million for this hookup. He wants to pays $20 million. So he’s been donating to Democrats and Conservatives in particular who see things his way. He made a donation to the Conservative Party three weeks before the primary [June 25].”

Without the Conservative endorsement, Republican Trotta ran a write-in campaign in the primary for the Conservative line, and went door to door in his district, talking to as many voters as he could. “They were shocked. They didn’t know this was going on.”

The result: The Conservative candidate Lanese had 77 votes in the primary, while there were 115 write-in votes to be counted July 8, well after election night. Trotta contended those write-in votes were all his. He wasn’t the only one who believed that. In a conversation with Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine a few days after the election, Romaine had no doubt that the write-in vote would easily make Trotta a candidate on the Conservative line. 

This indeed was the case. When the Suffolk County Board of Elections gave its official tally on July 8, Trotta has won the Conservative line, 262-88. Two other GOP county legislators had also entered the primary with a write-in campaign for the Conservative line: Kevin McCaffrey and Anthony Piccirillo; they too were successful. McCaffrey’s tally was 186-146; Piccirillo won 186-146. He also won the Independence line, 65-39.

Brookhaven Supervisor Romaine related that even prior to this election, the Suffolk County Conservative Party has been divided into “factions”—between present Chairman Frank Tinari and party member Kenneth Auerbach.

In fact, a party procedural situation had wound up in New York State Supreme Court.

Here’s what happened: During a September 2018 meeting of the Suffolk Conservative Party County Committee, Frank Tinari, party chair, motioned to dispense with a roll call to determine if a quorum was present (a quarter of the membership of the committee was need for a quorum); Tinari decided it was apparent from the sign in sheets that more than a quarter of the membership was present. Auerbach and others objected to dispensing with the roll call. Tinari took a vote on his motion and it was carried.

The party then proceeded to its official business, among which was the election of officers, with Tinari elected to continue as party chairman. Auerbach and others took the matter to court, contesting what had occurred at the meeting, resting their case on what they saw as procedural irregularities.

Earlier this year the court decided that Tinari’s election should be overturned. Yet this past April, the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division overturned that decision. Tinari was once again in charge.

Frank Tinari is an attorney, the founding partner of Tinari, O’Connell and Osborn, LLP, in Central Islip. He previously worked in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. Tinari succeeded former Suffolk Conservative Party Chair Ed Walsh, a correction’s lieutenant at the county jail, who in 2016 was found guilty of being paid ($80,000 worth) while not actually only the job; he was instead golfing, gambling at Foxwoods and tending to party politics while on the taxpayer’s dime.

As of press time, Tinari did not return messages left for him at his office asking about Legislator Trotta’s allegations.

When Jerry Wolkoff, the veteran developer who has been in real estate for more than sixty years, was asked if it were true he had been donating to officials favorable to his side of the matter in the price of a sewer hookup for Heartland, he said, with a laugh, “It wouldn’t make much sense to help people who are against me.”

Last year Wolkoff applied for a fifty percent reduction in the fees the county was asking him to pay, which would reportedly save him $12 million dollars. The country was not amenable.

According to Wolkoff, “About twelve or fourteen years ago I saw down with Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and reached an agreement that when Heartland was completed—remember, that’s thirty years down the line—it would be using 1.6 million gallons of water a day.” 

But the Suffolk County Sewer district contends that when completed Heartland would be using 2.5 million gallons a day.

Wolkoff debated the reality of that estimate. “The truth is, I could see, sixteen years ago, it wouldn’t even reach that level I’d first projected. Look how technology with toilets and washing machine has improved. It used to take five gallons to flush a toilet; now it’s one and a quarter.”

Wolkoff is seeking to pay half of the original $15 dollar a gallon hook up fee—with good reason, he asserts. “It’s been customary that if you bring in more than just residential, if you bring in office and retail, as I will be doing, the rate will be reduced. And now, over the years, the county has gone from $15 a gallon to $30.

“They say I’m asking the taxpayers to pick up the difference. With the taxes Heartland will pay to the county, the county will be making money on me. I want to create a community that provides housing, restaurants, stores and recreation that you don’t have to get into a car to reach. You hear these politicians, they say they’re leaving Long Island after they retire. So you expect them to have your back? I intend to be here.”

In February 2019 Wolkoff filed a $15 million lawsuit against Suffolk County over its refusal to let him hook up Heartland to the South West Sewer District at a rate less than the District demands.

In relation to the long time span the project will take to complete, Wolkoff said, “I probably won’t be here when it’s done, but I’m definitely going to be around to get it going. People say I’m just in it for the money. At this point in my life I don’t need the money. But I enjoy what I’m doing. Long Island needs something like this. You can have people living in a more convenient way, without have to get into a car for their daily needs.”

Incidentally, if you try to get more information about the Suffolk County Conservative Party, when you click on any of the topics on its home page, you are warned: “Firefox detected a potential security threat and did not continue to scconservatives.org. If you visit this site, attackers could try to steal information like your passwords, emails, or credit card details.”


Jerry Cimisi, winner of several awards from the Press Club of Long for investigative and science reporting, has covered Long Island news for the past thirty years. 

Monday
Jul152019

Legislator Gregory Adds Name To Coalition Against Bigger Trucks

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory is supporting the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks in asking Washington policymakers to oppose any increases in truck size or weight out of concern for the deteriorating condition of New York’s bridges.

Presiding Officer Gregory joined with more than 1,000 local government leaders across the country, including mayors, county engineers and public works directors, in advising lawmakers on Capitol Hill any increase in size or weight, including longer double-trailers trucks and heavier single-trailer trucks- could compromise the 1,757 bridges across New York that are in poor condition. 

New York is eighth in the nation in terms of bridges that are rated in poor condition by the Federal Highway Administration. 

“It is just common sense that increasing stress on bridges that are already in poor condition will further damage these structures,” said Presiding Officer Gregory. “Without infrastructure dollars to fix local roads and bridges we are compromising the routes that American motorists use every day. It is ill-advised at this time to have heavier tractor-trailers which will only worsen these problems.”

The federal government has recommended against increasing the size and weight of trucks. In a 2016 report to Congress, the U.S. Department of Transportation said its findings over a three year period, found that thousands of Interstate and other National Highway System bridges would be unable to accommodate longer or heavier trucks without costing billions of dollars in additional costs. 

In addition, once the trucks leave the interstates they will run on local roads and bridges to pick up or drop off their hauls, making local roads and bridges more vulnerable.

Wednesday
Jul102019

Republicans Gather To Condemn Red Light Cameras

JULY 9, 2019: Suffolk GOP Legislators call Red Light Camera Intersections Russian Roulette for drivers. Demand answers from report.

Republican Suffolk Legislators today called for a meeting with L.K. McLean Associates, P.C. to review the red light camera report published in late June. Legislators called the information in the report “questionable” citing hypothetical data and twisted conclusions designed to bolster the Bellone Administration’s chances of reauthorizing the program for another five years. Republicans say that if the County Executive is concerned about public safety, he should suspend the program immediately.

Legislator Tom Cilmi, GOP Caucus Leader pointed to a nearly 60% increase in accidents at red light camera intersections. He noted that the report indicates seventeen fatal accidents at the one hundred active RLC intersections between 2015 and 2017. “If total accidents increased,” he said, “then it’s likely that there would have been fewer accidents involving fatalities at these intersections…perhaps as few as ten or eleven. Drivers are literally playing Russian roulette every day in Suffolk County with these cameras. I don’t like what-if analyses, but that’s what this whole report is…a quarter million dollar what-if.”

Legislator Rob Trotta said, “The lack of a licensed engineering stamp on the report speaks volumes about its accuracy. For $250,000 of taxpayer money, you would not think they would create a report with so many inaccuracies.”

“The most important service we provide as a County is Public Safety. If we don’t immediately suspend the red light camera program, we are falling short in protecting our residents,” stated Legislator Kevin McCaffrey.

Legislator Leslie Kennedy said, “Above all else, motorist safety should be the primary purpose of the red light camera program. Sadly, this report shows otherwise and leaves many questions unanswered.”

“After spending a quarter of a million dollars and waiting two years we’ve learned total crashes at red light camera locations have increased an alarming 59.6%! People’s lives are at risk from the failure of this program in many locations,” said Legislator Steven J. Flotteron.

Wednesday
Jul102019

Suffolk County Had Fewer Opioid Related Deaths In 2018

 


SUFFOLK COUNTY EXECUTIVE BELLONE AND POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCE REDUCTION IN OPIOID RELATED DEATHS
 “The decrease is extremely encouraging as I believe our enforcement and education efforts are saving lives. We will continue to be proactive in ridding of our communities of opioids that are hurting the lives of the addicted and their families.” Suffolk County Police Department Geraldine Hart
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart announced a significant decrease in opioid-related deaths in 2018 compared to the year before. In 2018, the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office reported 308 deaths relating to opioids compared to an estimated 410 in 2017, marking a 24.9 percent reduction. The Medical Examiner’s Office is awaiting additional results of 91 pending drug overdose cases from 2018 and 30 pending drug overdose cases from 2017, which are not included in these figures.

 

*Statistics courtesy of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner

 

“This significant reduction is a testament to smart law enforcement strategies, community outreach, and expanding access to recovery and preventative services,” said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. “I thank Suffolk County Police Commissioner Hart and District Attorney Sini for their steadfast dedication to our mission to eradicate the opioid epidemic once and for all.”

The Suffolk County Police Department has implemented a comprehensive approach to curbing the opioid epidemic through a variety of avenues, including enforcement, education and prevention.  The Department has utilized an advanced internal mapping system that can identify trending areas where increased drug activity may be taking place.  In addition, the Suffolk County Police Department has worked extensively with the District Attorney’s office to increase the number of search warrants by 12 percent in 2019, which has led to the seizure of fentanyl, heroin, crack and other narcotics. 

PIVOT Program

The Department is also continuing to attack this epidemic on additional fronts, such as partnerships with schools, community groups and non-profit organizations.  An example of this includes an initiative with the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence called the PIVOT program, which started in fall 2017.  This program is offered to those residents the Department identifies through encounters as potential drug abusers or are at-risk and who would benefit from treatment or an intervention.  The goal is to reduce substance abuse and drug-related or motivated crime. Through this partnership, LICAAD’s professionals reach out to those people to hopefully start their process to voluntarily enter a treatment program and begin their road to recovery. 

Additional Administration Actions

To date the Suffolk County Department of Health Services has conducted 468 independent classes, training more than 12,650 non-traditional responders in opioid recognition and reversal since 2013. In addition, local hospitals, which offer opioid overdose prevention training and Narcan™ kits under Suffolk County’s New York State authorized program have collectively trained an additional 1,570 individuals, bringing the cumulative total to over 14,000 individuals trained. The County is creating a new level of first responder to intervene in the critical minutes between discovery of an overdose and administration of Narcan™.

Since the opioid overdose prevention pilot project in 2012, all first responders in Suffolk County, including police officers, have been trained to identify and reverse opioid overdoses.  As a result, EMS, police, and lay citizens trained in the program have saved countless lives. This program has been a critical part of the response to the opioid epidemic. 

The administration has invested significant resources and offered programs and services to help those struggling with addiction, help family members recognize the possible signs of addiction, and provide them the tools they need to be able to have that difficult discussion to broach the topic. Each month, the Suffolk County Department of Health Division of Community Mental Hygiene Services serves approximately 1,000 clients in the three mental health clinics, approximately 1,100 clients in alcohol and substance abuse services, 230 clients in the Case Management programs, and 650 inmates in the Suffolk County Correctional Facility Mental Hygiene Units.

The administration has also implemented a 24/7 substance abuse hotline, launched in April of 2016 in partnership with LICADD, to link callers to appropriate treatment or support services during their time of need. The Substance Abuse Hotline Number is (631) 979-1700.

 

Tuesday
Jul092019

Bellone Announces Summer Job Fairs

 

SUFFOLK COUNTY EXECUTIVE BELLONE ANNOUNCES UPCOMING SUMMER JOB FAIRS

Additional Companies to Participate in Targeted Hiring Events in Suffolk County

 

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced that the Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center will host a range of employment events in July and August to assist residents in their job searches. In addition to hosting job fairs with a variety of employers in attendance, a number of individual businesses will seek new employees at hiring events hosted by the Suffolk County Department of Labor held throughout July and August.

 “Though unemployment in Suffolk County remains at historic lows, it is important to not take our eye off the ball and continue our efforts to connect residents looking for work to meaningful and gainful employment,” said County Executive Steve Bellone. “I encourage all residents who are interested in furthering their career to reach out to our hiring experts and visit the One Stop Employment Center in Hauppauge today.”

Hiring Events

Thursday, July 11

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center

725 Veterans Memorial Highway

Hauppauge, NY  11788

United Parcel Service is seeking new employees. UPS has immediate openings for Package Handlers, paying $13 per hour, who must load and unload packages from one truck to another, be able to lift up to 70 pounds, be motivated to work and be 18 years of age or older.

Wednesday, July 17

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center

725 Veterans Memorial Highway

Hauppauge, NY  11788

Developmental Disabilities Institute Is Recruiting For Assistant Residence Managers, Direct Care Counselors, and Direct Support Professionals.  Full-time and part-time opportunities are available. Positions require a NYS Driver’s License for more than 18 months and High School Diploma or Equivalent. DDI offers free paid-training, outstanding benefits, generous paid time off, and numerous opportunities for growth.

Job Fairs 

Friday, July 19

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Islip Public Library

71 Monell Avenue

Islip, NY  11751   (631) 581-5933.

No registration is required. Participating companies include: Better Business Bureau, Catholic Charities, CIRCOR Aerospace, Contract Pharmacal Corporation, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Guardian (NRL Strategies), Gutter Helmet, HEAP, Home Care Assistance, Home Instead, HW Staffing Solutions, Liberty Moving & Storage, Life’s WORC, NY Life Insurance, NYC Dept. of Corrections, NYS Civil Service, Personal Touch HC, Presidio, Rockwell Collins, Suffolk County Water Authority, Shoprite, Sunrise Laboratories, Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace, US Postal Service, and Windowrama.

Tuesday, July 23

10:00AM – 12:00PM

Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center

725 Veterans Memorial Highway,

Hauppauge, NY  11788

No registration is required. Participating companies include: Express Employment, Mental Health and Wellness, Life’s WORC, NY Life Insurance, RGIS, and Vitality Bowls.

Thursday, August 8

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

West Babylon Public Library

211 Route 109

West Babylon, NY 11704

Participating companies include: A Gentle Touch Senior Care, AFLAC, Better Business Bureau, Catholic Charities, Certified Laboratories, Core Business Technology Solutions, Family First Home Companions, Fidelis Care, First in Service Staffing, Guardian (NRL Strategies), Gurwin Home Care, Gutter Helmet, Helen Keller Services for the Blind, LI State Veterans Home, LI Temps, Liberty Moving & Storage, LIRR, Lloyd Staffing, Manpower, Marcum Search, Modern Italian Bakery, National Recruiting Group, New Vitality, NY Community Bank, NYS Civil Service, NYS Troopers, Paraclete Home Care, People’s United Bank, Sunrise Laboratories, Titan Global, Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace, US Customs & Border, and Windowrama.

If you are in need of proper interview attire, please contact CAREER COUTURE at 631-853-6769. For more information, visitwww.suffolkcountyny.gov.

 

Wednesday
Jun192019

Legislation Requiring Nissequogue River State Park Master Plan Goes To The Governor


Senator Flanagan Announces Passage Of Legislation Requiring Nissequogue River State Park Master Plan


Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that important state legislation he sponsored that would require NYS Office of Parks to prepare a master plan for the Nissequogue River State Park has passed both the Senate and the Assembly.  Senator Flanagan ensured the master plan under the legislation would include 365-acres of property formerly known as Kings Park Psychiatric Center, which was subsequently transferred to NYS Parks in 2006.

The legislation will now be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo for final approval.

Originally, in 2001, only 155 acres of the former KPPC was designated as state parkland to create the Nissequogue River State Park.  In 2006, Senator Flanagan led the effort to have the remaining 365-acres of land administratively transferred to the jurisdiction of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to be protected as parkland in perpetuity.  The legislation sponsored by Senator Flanagan and Assemblyman Steve Englebright (4th Assembly District) would effectively protect the 365-acre parcel as parkland into the future by codifying it into statute and officially designating it as part of Nissequogue River State Park.

Under the legislation, State Parks would develop, adopt and implement a master plan for the full 520-acres in cooperation with Nissequogue River State Park Foundation, other interested parties and critical input from the general public.  The plan would present a series of preferred alternatives for the future development and use of the Nissequogue River State Park, but only after conducting public meetings to gather useful information and input, and also considering important factors, such as the historic, natural and recreational resources of the park.

Since working to have the sale of the land stopped in 2006 and placing the additional land under the protection of State Parks, Senator Flanagan has secured more than $31 million for the demolition of buildings, remediation and redevelopment of this magnificent tract of open space.

“I am thrilled this legislation has passed both houses of the Legislature so that this important property is protected for future generations.  It was a pleasure working with my colleague Assemblyman Englebright and I thank him for joining this important effort.  Since 2006, my office has worked with the community to preserve this property as state parkland and this legislation will ensure those efforts will be protected in state law.  I look forward to Governor Cuomo’s ultimate approval of this bill so we can ensure a bright future for this wonderful local resource and preserve some of the limited open spaces we have left on Long Island,” stated Senator Flanagan.

Tuesday
Jun042019

June Job Fairs

SUFFOLK COUNTY EXECUTIVE BELLONE ANNOUNCES UPCOMING JOB FAIRS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE  Additional Companies to Participate in Targeted Hiring Events

 

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced that the Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center will host a range of employment events in June to assist residents in their job searches. In addition to hosting job fairs with a variety of employers in attendance, a number of individual businesses will seek new employees at hiring events hosted by the Suffolk County Department of Labor held throughout June.

“While unemployment in Suffolk County remains historically low, our goal is to connect any and all residents looking for work to meaningful and gainful employment,”said County Executive Steve Bellone. “I encourage all residents who are interested in furthering their career to reach out to our hiring experts and visit the One Stop Employment Center in Hauppauge today.”

The Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center will host two job fairs this month. The first will take place on Thursday, June 6 from 10:00AM – 1:00PM at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library located at 407 William Floyd Pkwy in Shirley. Nearly 30 employers will be in attendance including Arrow Security, Catholic Charities, Mental Health and Wellness, Walmart, and Tate’s Bake Shop. 

The second job fair will take place on Thursday, June 27 from 10:00AM – 2:00PM at the Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center located at 725 Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge. Participating employers include QuickChek, Advance Care Alliance and Ideal Home Care Services. Registration is not necessary for either event.

 In addition to the job fairs, the employment center will host two hiring events. At the first hiring event on Wednesday, June 19 from 9:00AM –12:00PM at the Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center, Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) will be recruiting for Assistant Residence Managers, Direct Care Counselors, and Direct Support Professionals. Positions require a NYS Driver’s License for more than 18 months and a High School Diploma or Equivalent. DDI offers free paid-training, outstanding benefits, generous paid time off, and numerous opportunities for growth.

The second hiring event on Thursday, June 20 from 9:30AM – 12:30PM at Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center will feature QuickChek. QuickChek is recruiting for both a full and part-time Team Member, a Food Service Manager, an Assistant Store Manager, and Store Manager in Training.

If you are in need of proper interview attire, please contact CAREER COUTURE at 631-853-6769. For more information, visitwww.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Labor/Employment-Center.