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Putting Government On A Short Leash

Legislator Tom Cilmi (R – East Islip) announced he has filed legislation to exempt paint and hardware stores from the County’s decades old item pricing laws. The bill would also strip the Commissioner of the County’s Consumer Affairs Department of the broad authority to unilaterally expand the scope of the law. As a means of
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2017

As we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it’s fitting that we remember his words and value his wisdom.  Here are three of my favorite Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes: The first of three quotes I slected from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in celebration of his day today. “If we
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Governor Cuomo Punts On Property Taxes

(January 13, 2017)  This week in his annual State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offered his plan for reducing property taxes:  let the counties do it. This is interesting on its face since the counties’ portion of property taxes is very small…probably around 10%.  But let’s dig deeper. Pointing out that
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Suffolk Legislature “Turns Off the Tap” at Underage Drinking Parties

(June 21, 2016)  Just in time for high school prom and graduation season, Legislators Tom Cilmi (R-East Islip) and Monica Martinez (D-Brentwood) announced the passage of a bill to strengthen the County’s social host law, making it a misdemeanor for an adult (described as anyone 18 years of age or older) to serve alcohol or
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Statement on Clinton Email Findings

According to the FBI: Hillary Clinton and her team sent and received highly classified emails while using a private server with minimal security. She should have known better. The emails were highly classified “at the time.” It is reasonable to believe our enemies accessed those emails, thereby putting national security at risk. “Several thousand” emails
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County transfers contaminated, tax-delinquent properties

Legislator Tom Cilmi joined Legislator Monica Martinez as County Executive Steve Bellone signed bills transferring four properties to the Suffolk County Land Bank which will, in turn, sell the properties to private developers.  Environmental contamination will be cleaned up and the properties will be redeveloped; the properties will be put back on the tax roles
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Cilmi Hails “Rightsizing” Suffolk buses

At a meeting of the Legislature’s Public Works, Transportation & Energy Committee, Suffolk Legislator Tom Cilmi extolled the virtues of a new initiative spearheaded jointly by the County’s Department of Economic Development & Planning and the Department of Public Works to rightsize the County’s fleet of buses, replacing the larger buses with smaller buses on
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Legislators and Police Commissioner hold “Social Host” Roundtable

Suffolk Legislators Tom Cilmi and Monica R. Martinez announced that they are filing an amendment to the County’s Social Host Law to further strengthen a law that’s been on the books since 2007 and that Cilmi has amended once before. The announcement was made at a meeting organized by Cilmi in cooperation with Suffolk Police
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Cilmi Files “Safer Streets” Legislation

Legislator Tom Cilmi announced he has filed legislation which he says will make Suffolk intersections safer by extending the timing of amber and red lights. The bill, entitled “Establishing the Suffolk County Safer Streets Program” directs the County’s Department of Public Works to extend the duration of amber lights at all County-controlled intersections to the
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