Suffolk Notebook: Foley Sale Idea Returns; Fire Island Surcharge Nixed

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone reportedly has hired a consultant to explore the sale option.

Facing serious cash problems for the county, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is looking into an idea that's pit county executive versus legislators in the past: the sale of the Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank.

Bellone has hired a consultant to look into the sale option, according to a Newsday report.

The idea to sell the county-run service was long touted by former County Executive Steve Levy, but was sharply opposed by legislators.

That includes Legislator Kate Browning, WFP-Shirley, who told Newsday it appeared Bellone was trying to go behind the legislature's back.

No Surcharge for Fire Island Ferry
Going to the beach won't cost an extra 25 cents this year after Suffolk County this week .

The surcharge would have raised $750,000 for the cash-strapped county.

Bus Service Connects the Forks
Suffolk's Sunday Bus service has picked back up starting on Memorial Day, giving locals and visitors a way to get from Montauk to Orient using public transportation.

The service consists of two lines. The S92 bus line runs from Orient Point to East Hampton, stopping in Sag Harbor, Water Mill, Southampton Village, Hampton Bays, Flanders and Riverhead.

To go on from Riverhead, riders must transfer to the 10C, which stops in East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk.

Grand Jury: Drug Tests Should Be Mandatory
A Suffolk County grand jury this week released a report calling for mandatory drug tests for anybody who causes an accident that kills or injures another person.

The change would mean police could conduct the test without first getting a search warrant, according to an Associated Press story.

The recommendation stemmed from the jury's consideration of the spread of prescription drug abuse on Long Island.

Huntington Beach Shut
The Suffolk County Department of Health on Friday shut down the Huntington Beach Community Association due to high bacteria levels found in the water. The beach will reopen when the levels fall.

In Nassau County, in a row due to bacteria levels.

William Swiskey sr June 02, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I guess Steve Levy was right on the sale, how much was lost during the interim and what will the consutant cost,more lost money. Welcome to Nassau East. Will these fools ever get real.
richard June 02, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Steve Levy was certainly right. Sell, sell, sell!!! http://jokeofthedayblog.blogspot.com
Jackie June 04, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Why not raise the ferry cost?this would impact visitors ,tourists as well as residents. Instead Bellone will fire hundreds of workers to add to unemployment requests and actually cost more. Raise sales tax to hit visitors and wealthy east enders instead of only the working class of Suffolk county!
Stan Kuczynski June 04, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Mr. Bellone I Goggled … Ideas for cash strapped counties and found this. University Students help cash strapped city / county. http://special.registerguard.com/web/newslocalnews/28094046-41/students-springfield-program-worked-library.html.csp Excerpts: University of Oregon students offer Springfield ‘real world’ planning solutions The program gives university classes actual problems to solve for the city. All told, students put in 60,000 work hours through the program during the academic year. At the direction of city leaders and staff, architecture students drafted designs for a new city library public planning students worked on long-term redevelopment plans for an 11-acre urban parcel a former supermarket. Public relations students studied ways to increase visibility and revenue for park and recreation District’s , and sustainability students have tracked the city’s greenhouse gas emissions and made recommendations to decrease those of both the city government and, community at large. The advantage for Springfield is that the “pool of work provided by students is so much broader” than the city could typically afford. With all the colleges and Universities on L.I. why not tap into the wealth of ideas that the students, tomorrow’s leaders (who will most likely take their talent elsewhere when they Graduate) and let them help solve the Islands cash flow problem.


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