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Suffolk Notebook: Deficit Trimmed, Inventors Wanted

County budget gap down to $300 million following cuts, health benefit shifts.

Suffolk's financial woes may still be bad, but this week they got just a bit better after Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced the county's budget gap has fallen to $300 million, down from earlier estimates of $530 million.

Bellone, according to a Reuters report, attributed the shrinking deficit to many of the cost-cutting plans recently enacted.

Those include the cutting of county positions, a move to make management-level worker contribute to their health plans and doubling red-light camera installations in the county.

Suffolk is also hoping get the county's 10,000 unionized employees to start paying into their health benefits, Deputy County Executive Jon Schneider told the news service.

Is There an Inventor in the House?
Suffolk County is on the hunt for local inventors looking to create the next must-have thing. The Suffolk County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club will dedicate its entire July 17 meeting to showcasing these local inventions.

The county said past showcases have ended up with local inventors being featured on the Home Shopping Network and other national venues.

The event takes place at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge at 7 p.m. Call 631-853-4805 or e-mail lisaann.broughton@suffolkcountyny.gov for more information.

What Do You Do If Your Child Goes Missing?
On Monday “Operation Safe Child” will kick off at the North Shore Public Library. It's a joint Brookhaven and Suffolk program that teaches parents what they need to do if their children ever go missing.

Officers from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office will be at the event to photograph and fingerprint children, to be submitted to the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services if ever an alert needs to be issued for a missing kid.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

County Gets New Real Estate Head
County Executive Bellone this week tapped Director of Community Development and Affordable Housing Jill Rosen-Nikoloff to lead Suffolk's Real Property division, and will be responsible for planning, land valuation and development affordable housing in partnership with several municipalities and developers.

The county executive said the move also saves money (see the aforementioned top item in this notebook) since Rosen-Nikoloff will hold both positions formerly held by two separate managers.

Justin Time July 15, 2012 at 09:12 PM
None the less, too many people run the lights, and dont stop at the stop signs. It is a total disrespect for other people and the law. Paying a fine, losing their license will force some to think twice.
Phil Q July 15, 2012 at 09:19 PM
why were there no cameras 20 years ago? this is more evidence of what pols do they are experts and finding ways to spend money that they dont have. we are in so much debt that even if we stopped spending now it would it would take 30 years or more to balance the books. how is more debt a solution to too much debt? Wake up America we are gonna crash!
L.I.M.A. July 15, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Accidents are caused by "NOT DRIVING" its that simple , speeding doesn't cause the accident , not driving causes the accidents. Everyone but about 20 people on this island "DRIVE" the rest are steering wheel minders
Joe Gisondi July 16, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Using one article as the basis for this is nonsense. In totality, no other sector of employment has offered retirement after 20-25 years with benefits in jobs that are NON income producing. Govt is not designed to produce income, enforce laws OK, firefighters OK, but govt does the best job creating functions like management of welfare programs, for the benefit of govt. These Jobs, unlike the private sector that must produce income to justify their existence on a whole only collect money from more govt overreach into your pockets. Public sector employment exist of fines, taxes collection and punishment fees for things such as running a red lift, govt itself is a non income producing entity by design and was never meant to be one until the left imposed fees and fines and taxes since 1919. Then govt became, hello income producing on the tax payer to build bigger govt. Employees on the public payroll do very well. In the majority, most of the people I know who worked in Private Industry who retired with very little, no benefits until medicare kicked in and and only SS to live in. Their Public sector workers made out much better. The proof is Cities and States are going broke. Pensions are killing them.
North Fork Bob July 21, 2012 at 11:20 PM
JJustin when will they march us into the Gulag? Most of us just want to be left alone. It's bad enough to be getting taxed to death by clueless bureaucratic oafs and their patronage buddies

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