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ALBANY — Early voting, which will include weekend and evening hours, begins Saturday and extends through Oct. 31 at select polling sites in counties statewide.

Voters will be able to cast ballots on local races and on five statewide ballot proposals.

Here's how to participate in the increasingly popular method of casting ballots for the Nov. 2 election:

In Suffolk County, early voting begins Saturday and Sunday with polls...read more ››


Crime in Suffolk County, already at historic lows in 2016, is down 7.2 percent so far this year, Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said Wednesday.

Violent crime — categorized as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault — dropped by nearly 25 percent through March 11 compared to the same period last year, Sini said during a news conference at Suffolk police headquarters in Yaphank.

“We’re targeting the right people, we’re...


Patchogue Village is finally getting the $18 million Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised in 2014 for additional sewer hookups.

That means homes south of streets like Mulford and Laurel as well as those not yet hooked up on River Avenue will be eligible, over 600 homes. Mayor Paul Pontieri said it would be a three-to-four-year project.

Pontieri introduced the intermunicipal agreement, or IMA, with the county, part of the Suffolk County...read more ››


It was the first time the Suffolk County Democrats ever hosted a presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton helped raise $510,000 for the party, said Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Rich Schaffer at press time.

Clinton also attracted 850 supporters to the tightly secured Villa Lombardi’s catering venue in Holbrook.

Clinton swung through back-to-back appearances on Monday, including a roundtable...read more ››


Suffolk County officials collected 10 handguns and five assault weapons on Saturday at a gun buy-back program in Bellport.
Thirty high-capacity magazines were also turned in at the two-hour event at the Lighthouse Mission on Montauk Highway, according to the Suffolk County Police department.

The program was presented by County Executive Steven Bellone, the police department, county Leg. Rob Calarco and Brookhaven councilwoman...read more ››


In some ways, you can call Legis. Rob Calarco the whip of the Suffolk Legislature, a term used for Congress that basically mimics his new post as Democratic majority leader.

“It’s to see to the needs of the Democratic caucus, that we’re working as a team united,” Calarco said in his Patchogue office. “It’s not an easy thing to do. We all have different perspectives and needs. When we can support each other we do, but on the important...read more ››


     Today, County Executive Bellone was joined by Legislator Rob Calarco, Legislator Sarah Anker, Mayor Paul Pontieri, and representatives from AARP and the Suffolk County Office for the Aging to announce Suffolk County’s participation in AARP’s network of Age-Friendly Communities.
     To ensure Suffolk County’s full participation in the program, Bellone will convene Blue Ribbon Commission comprised of a representative from the...read more ››


     County Executive Steve Bellone joined with Legislator Rob Calarco and Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri today to announce the initiation of a unique shared services agreement between the County and the Village. The covenant, dubbed “Salt for Services,” calls for the Village to take on all general maintenance of the following County assets: County Road 19, (Waverly Avenue) from Roe Boulevard to Main Street, the 6th District Court...read more ››


     Legislator Rob Calarco attended the second meeting of the newly organized Miramar Beach Civic and Neighborhood Association. The meeting, held in the basement of St. Joseph the Worker Church, drew more than 50 residents of the East Patchogue enclave, which consists of North to South roadways South Dunton Avenue, Clinton Avenue, Miramar Avenue, Bayview Avenue and the East to West streets which run between them.
     The primary focus...


   &nbsp  Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco recently presented the Greater Patchogue Historical Society with a check for $10,000, which represents County funding Calarco secured for the organization. According to Steve Lucas, Treasurer for the Historical Society, the group intends to spend the funding on the design, printing and distribution of a large reference map of the Patchogue area showing past and present historic structures...read more ››