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Suffolk Notebook: Sales Tax Revenue Short; Hero Dog Honored

County falling below estimates while deficit continues to loom.

While the amount of sales tax Suffolk County is taking in may be growing, it is still falling short of projections, Suffolk County Executive Bellone learned this week.

Sales tax collected for much of July and August was up 2.6 percent compared to the same period last year, Newsday reported, while year-to-date sales tax growth hit 3.6 percent.

The problem is Bellone budgeted for 3.95 percent growth in 2012, which is cash the county needs to trim its . The county will get its next sales tax payment on Oct. 13, which could give the municipality a boost since it will include taxes collected during the back-to-school shopping period.

Hero Dog Gets County Nod

A Setauket doctor may owe his life to a police dog named Chase after the German Shepard was able to find him .

Now Chase is getting the recognition he deserves.

The Suffolk County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will give Chase the K-9 of the Year award on Saturday after the dog and his handlers spent three days searching for Dr. Jerome Nadler in in Smithtown.

Nadler was found on Thursday after being missing in the park since Labor Day. The doctor spent that time without food and water and endured a spate of thunderstorms that rolled through the region. Authorities said they found him covered in millions of bug bites about 200 feet southeast of the Nissequogue River lying in an area surrounded by brush and thickets. Chase first found a half-ounce bottle of a fly-fisherman's floatant, then found Nadler about 50 feet away.

Chase will get his award at a War Dog Memorial event in Coram, which honors war dogs as well as dogs who worked at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11.

County Plans Health Care Forum

The Suffolk County Human Rights Commission will hold a forum on health care on Sept. 14 at the H. Lee Dennison building in Hauppauge. The county's head of health services, Dr. James Tomarken, will keynote the event, which will be followed by a panel discussion featuring key health care leaders. To register, call 631-853-5480 or email humanrights@suffolkcountyny.gov.

North Fork Bob September 09, 2012 at 04:46 PM
One day everything is fine.The next they announce a 530 million dollar deficit.They have to feed their bloated bureaucrats and sycophants.Who would drive all those County cars?They have to take care of their "contractors" An independent audit should be conducted.Start at BOCES and go over every single School bus route.Then move on.
Justin Time September 09, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Only people that will be able to afford Long Island are the tax sheltered Republicans and the "Educators"
meowkats4 September 10, 2012 at 02:48 AM
I love it that we have the Patch!!! We say the same exact things in Connecticut that is being said right here on the Farmingdale Patch! It just shows we are being TAX to DEATH! I see many say, they are getting out of Connecticut, the last one to leave turn the lights out!! Politicians are just not listening to what the People feel or what the people are saying!! I'm not saying it's the Democrats or Republicans it's both Parties!! As soon as they get elected they are set for LIFE, We need to demand they get the same benefits we get, they need to pay into Social Security, (Social Security will be fixed real fast) they need term limits, they need to live by the same laws we do. Private sector jobs, you pay into your pension/now most companies have no pension funds, companies are NOT matching 401k anymore. Why should government employees get our TAX DOLLARS, for their lifetime benefits!
Lady L September 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM
One cannot but sigh and pray that one day we'll get NY politicians to realize they cannot keep spending away money we do not have. What happened to saving up for a project? I save to buy a car so I don't have to pay the interest on a loan - why can't the gov't do the same? Stop overtaxation - you're killing the golden goose.
Laura September 10, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Steve Bellone wants to sell the Foley Nursing Home. It has badly managed and an anchor on Suffolk. Steve Levy tried and was over rule by nursing home employees. Steve Bellone is trying again. The new owner will work with the current employees. The current want a gaurantee they all keep their job. We the taxpayers are pay for a failing nursing, that is one reason our taxes are so high. I do not always agree with Bellone. This time I do. Someone wants to buy the Foley. Please tell " Steve Bellone and the Legislature SELL the FOLEY NURSING now. Suffolk County needs the money now ! laura

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