Suffolk Notebook: Patrol Duties Still at Issue

Webber says precincts won't have to give up officers for highway role.

The agreement to return patrol jurisdiction over the Long Island Expressway and Sunrise Highway to Suffolk County Police continues to resonate.

Police Commissioner Edward Webber said Thursday at his confirmation hearing that the decision will not lead to officers being pulled from precinct duty to cover highway patrols.

Earlier in the week, some legislators expressed concern about what the new agreement would mean for the future.

County Exective Steve Bellone set aside a deal with deputies in the Sheriff’s Office to patrol the road through 2015. That agreement was made between former County Executive Steve Levy and the deputies’ union. Bellone, though, trying to conclude a contract with the police, said the deal with the deputies wasn’t binding on him.

Legislators, including Lou D’Amaro of Huntington Station, told Newsday that setting aside the deputies’ deal could set a bad precedent, though he supports the new contract with the police.

 Extra Utility Poles Targeted

A bill by Legis. Jay Schneiderman to reduce the number of extra utility poles on county roadsides has advanced. Designed to eliminate double poles was approved by the Public Works and Transportation Committee will go to the Legislature Tuesday.

The bill requires all double poles to be removed within a 90 day period from notification to the utility. Those left standing after 90 days would be subject to a monthly $1,000 fee.

Double poles occur when a new pole is put up and all wires are taken off the new one from the old. Other utilities wiring often remain on the new pole, though they are supposed to be moved. Even when all the wiring has moved, the old pole may remain in place, sometimes for years, Schneiderman said. As many as 12,000 double poles may exist, he said.

Steve Belloney August 20, 2012 at 03:51 AM
This County Exec. (Bellone) and Suffolk PBA have some nerve trying to slip this one past us in a time where the County is in a fiscal emergency according to Bellone himself! No possibility of union givebacks from the PBA til the end of this decade....and no job losses no matter how bad the economy gets?! Bellone just made himself a one-term wonder. Suffolk County Legislature....we're watching! Call Bellone (853-4000) and the legislature (853-4070) and let them know, WE, the taxpayers WILL NOT HAVE OUR POLICE DISTRICT TAXES RAISED TO PAY FOR THIS POLITICAL GIVEBACK!
Lynn Martin-Rosati August 20, 2012 at 04:03 AM
That is why I moved out of the state. So tired of all the BS
Reeky Ricardo August 20, 2012 at 09:53 PM
I agree 100% with Lynn- I too left NY and will NEVER go back nor spend another dime of my money there. You start to live when you leave NY! Now I know what normal life is like, instead of the insanity and expense of 5 layers of government and the expense of funding them all.
Bill L August 29, 2012 at 03:11 AM
I agree with you, my house is on the market now. Can't wait to leave to state of never ending fees and taxes. Funny how our taxes pay for all the parks and beaches and now we have to pay to park at what we already pay for.
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