PHOTO: IM FREE IMAGES/STOCK | There are 77 listings on airbnb.com — a few that are legitimately licensed B&B operations, including two that appear in the Shelter Island telephone book.
Officials at the county level are exploring strategies to collect a 3 percent occupancy tax from tourists who rent private homes for brief periods through websites such as Airbnb and Homeaway — and they want those property owners to know they may be legally obligated to tax their guests. (more…)
The Suffolk County Legislature voted last week 15 – 3 to approve a $2.9 billion operating budget for the county, using roughly $117 million in one-time payments to help close the budget gap. READ
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Two Democrats elected to the Town Board Tuesday night. Jim Colligan, left, won his bid for a Town Councill seat and Supervisor Jim Dougherty was re-elected for a fifth term.
Democratic Supervisor Jim Dougherty won re-election Tuesday night for a fifth term, defeating former supervisor Republican Art Williams with 60.5 percent of the vote.
With 264 absentee ballots still to be counted, according to election officials, Mr. Dougherty tallied 610 votes to 394 for Mr. Williams, or 39 percent of votes cast. (more…)
For many years there have been hot political issues involving police in Suffolk County.
The most recent controversy is the loss of the Republican Party line for incumbent Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter after a campaign by a “super-PAC” set up by the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association.
Mr. Walter says that the Suffolk PBA spent $125,000 to knock him off the GOP ticket in a move to have the Suffolk County Police Department take over the Riverhead Town Police Department, an idea he opposes. (more…)
Fearing that drones with cameras could intrude on residents’ privacy, the Suffolk County Legislature voted Tuesday to ban drone use over county public beaches during the summer and require operators to get permits to fly the devices in county parks. (more…)