Suffolk Notebook: County to Reinvent Roadways

Bill makes safety for all modes of transport a key goal in designing new roads.

Suffolk County's dubious distinction of having some of the most dangerous roads in the state has led the Suffolk County Legislature to approve a bill meant to make new roads safer for all sorts of travelers.

The "Complete Streets Program" will require the county's Department of Public Works to consider ways to accommodate not just cars on the roads, but to design features for other modes of transport including bicyclists, buses and pedestrians.

"This bill sets the tone for Suffolk County when it designs its roadways. Now we must look to accommodate all users. Complete Streets is a smart program that should enhance the quality of life for everyone," Legis. Rob Calarco, D-Patchogue, said in a statement.

Suffolk County is already seeing one major roadway fix underway, a state-run project to convert Route 347 on the North Shore into a "greenway," which includes things such as bus stops and paths for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Suffolk IDA Offers Sandy Assistance

The county's Industrial Development Agency this week promoted a program to give tax relief to businesses struggling to pay for repairs to storm-damaged storefronts.

The program gives a tax break from state and county sales taxes to up to 200 businesses that have a physical storefront – not home-based – and suffered damages from Superstorm Sandy.

The tax break would extend for up to 6 months and the savings must be used to offset building costs related to repairs.

To be eligible, businesses may also have up to 50 full-time employees.

For more information, call 631-853-4802.

EdMang December 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Oh. Dear. GOD. Were you dropped on your head often as a child?
Nesconset Dude December 11, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Haha...If there's any truth to that article, how does it make you feel about so-called NIMBY's now? LOL!
Goin' Commando December 11, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Oh, my, the UN Agenda 21 canard again; we might as well get back to the news: The Joseph Goebels News Network has reported that the US State Department has signed a treaty with the Romulans, and pledged that all white males between the ages of 18 and 65 will serve two year terms in the Blue Helmet Forces of the Romulan Empire. On that basis Glenn Breitbart, lead anchor for Goebels, has theorized that this means that Obama will now release the five Klingons, who someone's fourth cousin in Charlston claimed are being held in Area 51, to the Gamma Sigma terrorist brigade based on the planet Alderaan. The fact that the twelve captured Klingons, part of the Klingon invasion force which the Obama-led US Armed Forces has been unable to locate, are now being granted preferred work-visa status by Obama's left-wing Immigration and Nationalization Service, is cited by other unidentified sources as proof that socialism now exists in this country. Once those fifty-seven Klingons receive their visas, it is expected that they will take over the public library system in the United States, thereby rendering everyone not now watching Goebels News as clueless as those who do.
Walter Isaacs December 11, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Yes, and we will all be so preoccupied by this that we will not properly examine the birth certificate or college transcripts. It was all planned. Welcome December 21, when the Mayans will be proven correct.
Jim December 11, 2012 at 06:33 PM
What are even talking about????


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