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Suffolk Notebook: County Sued Over Child Care Cuts

Advocacy groups say working families might face unemployment now.

Two non-profit groups filed a federal lawsuit against Suffolk County this week because of cuts made to the municipality's child care program, which is subsidized by the state.

According to an article in Newsday, the Empire Justice Center and National Center for Law and Economic Justice filed the suit because the county is dropping more than 1,200 children from the program - a move they say puts too much strain on working families.

A spokeswoman for the county said Suffolk did nothing illegal, and Social Services Commissioner Gregory J. Blass told Newsday the cuts came as a result of thinner state funding.

Advocates and parent and union members demonstrated outside the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge on Thursday against the cuts.

A July 26 hearing is scheduled at the United States District Courthouse in Central Islip.

More Mosquito Samples Positive for West Nile
The Suffolk County Department of Health Services this week said five new mosquito samples collected in the county tested positive for West Nile Virus, raising fears of the dangerous disease spreading in the county.

The SCDHS said the samples were collected in Holbrook, South Huntington, Northport and Farmingville. So far this season 15 mosquito samples have tested positive for the disease, as well as six birds.

While many people who contract the virus from a mosquito bite might not experience any symptoms, those who do could exhibit high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and even paralysis.

Symptoms might last several weeks, and might yield permanent neurological effects.

The SCDHS asked locals to heed the following tips to help control the mosquito population.

  • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers.
  • Remove all discarded tires on the property.
  • Make sure roof gutters drain properly, and clean clogged gutters.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
  • Change the water in birdbaths.
  • Clean vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds and keep shrubs and grass trimmed.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs.
  • Drain water from pool covers.

An Incentive to Read
Suffolk has launched a new reading contest that plans to reward the area's biggest young bookworms with their own e-readers.

The Suffolk Library system said in order for kids to be eligible, they only need to join their local reading programs at their local libraries - all libraries except Southold and West Islip libraries are participating.

The top readers are eligible to win a Sony e-reader. Winners will be chosen on September 13.

Goin' Commando September 03, 2012 at 10:14 PM
And let them all starve, too; and let them live on the street under a railroad trestle or under a highway overpass. So what if the kids did nothing wrong themselves. They are still responsible for whatever their parents did, or failed to do. The weak must be weeded out. The strong will excel, and thrive. And pay no attention to that annoying Jesus person, or to Micah. Why should anyone be their brother's keeper? Why should anyone do justice, and love mercy? Why should anyone take care of the least of these? Keep taxes low, and even lower, so that each of the more fortunate may do even better and better.
VT September 03, 2012 at 11:32 PM
No one helped me and my kids..Told me I made too much money ..$10,000 a yr before taxes .. Not a dime ...could not even get help with electric , water,oil... or any kind of free childcare ... no one cared , Told me ,"sorry we can t help you" As I cried .. Now they are grown ,, I watch 2 of my grandkids so parents can work ,,
Mema September 06, 2012 at 06:35 PM
This is how I see it. We work pay taxes and when you need it they put you through the ringer. You have to demand to see a supervisor and then you will get it. Sometimes..... I do agree that there are generations of people abusing the system. They need a way to distinguish the difference. The cut off for services is too harsh. There are plenty of people that work and just don't make enough. I know someone that works at Wal-mart and kept under 40 hours so they don't get health coverage. Not to mention working a yr at minimum wage. So what's the answer to that. And the husband works 3 part time jobs when needed. People can only do so much in a day. The whole system is wrong. And now there are no jobs here. You can thank the 2 party system for letting the big bankers control us. "Give me the finances of your country and I care not who makes the Laws" Or something to that effect. Look it up.
Mema September 06, 2012 at 06:43 PM
You are right and I agree with you. In fact that safety net isn't big enough. Most wind up losing help and not making enough.
Jerry Ruschmeyer September 06, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I'm Sorry ! But You Should Have Gotten Your Education ! Not Droped Out Of School At 16 To Hang Out ! Go To A Trades School ! GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEM SELFS ! My Brother In Law Was A Plumbers Helper $10.00 HR. 10 - 12 hr. a day went to school at night for 4 years , he is a Plumbing Contractor Now ! so don't tell me it can't be done ! That's BS ! The Big Banks Don't Control Anything !

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