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Posted on: May 7, 2021

Suffolk County to Hold First Youth Week from May 16-23

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk County Legislator Jason Richberg, Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Rob Calarco, and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone have announced that the first-ever Youth Week will be held from May 16 through May 2...

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Posted on: April 26, 2021

Legislature Approves Presiding Officer Calarco’s Proposal to Designate April 30 as Pet Therapy Day

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk County lawmakers unanimously approved a proposal by Presiding Officer Rob Calarco to designate April 30 as “Pet Therapy Day” in Suffolk County.

To mark the passage of the proposal, Presiding Officer C...

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Posted on: April 9, 2021

Ahoy! Suffolk’s Marine Industry Council to Co-Host Virtual Career Fair

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Rob Calarco has announced that a virtual career fair will be held later this month for those interested in jobs in the marine industry.

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Posted on: April 8, 2021

Applications Now Open for 2021 Page Program

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.  – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Rob Calarco has announced that applications are being accepted for the 2021 Page Program.

Approaching its seventh year, the legislature’s Page Program is ...

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Posted on: March 31, 2021

Legislature Recognizes ‘Women of Distinction,’ Countywide Honoree

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.  –  Members of the Suffolk County Legislature on March 16 recognized female community leaders from each of the county’s legislative districts for their work and announced Marit Molin of Water Mill as t...

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Posted on: March 8, 2021

We’re Here To Help: COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist Assistance

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.  – Presiding Officer and Suffolk County Legislator for the 7th District Announces Vaccine Appointment Assistance Program for residents over age 60. 

Presiding Officer Rob Calarco and his colleagues in the Suffolk...

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Legislature to Hold Public Hearings on Police Reform Plans

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – The Suffolk County Legislature this month will hold three virtual public hearings on plans to reform and reinvent policing in the county to give residents multiple opportunities to weigh in on the proposals.

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Posted on: March 3, 2021

Presiding Officer Calarco, Legislators, Suffolk Officials, Families Unveil COVID-19 Memorial Project

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.  – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Rob Calarco, alongside his colleagues and county officials, stood with families on March 1 to mark the opening of a memorial project dedicated to Suffolk County re...

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Posted on: March 1, 2021

Face Shield Donation from Instrument Accessories Manufacturer is Music to Legislature’s Ears

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.  – The world’s largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories has struck a chord with the Suffolk County Legislature with a donation of 2,000 face shields, manufactured with the materials the c...

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Posted on: January 29, 2021

Legislative Advisory Council Details Advocacy Efforts to Keep Suffolk’s Marine Industry Afloat

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – A legislative advisory council that advocates for Suffolk County’s marine industry has released its annual report, which this year includes how the group contended with a rising tide of concerns from the COVI...

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Posted on: January 13, 2021

Legislature Modernizes Auditorium with Videoconferencing Upgrades

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.  – A project to modernize the auditorium in the Suffolk County Legislature’s William H. Rogers Building in Hauppauge has been completed, allowing for upgraded videoconferencing capabilities to...

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Posted on: January 6, 2021

Calarco, Hahn Reelected to Leadership Roles, Caracappa Sworn In

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.  – The Suffolk County Legislature welcomed a new lawmaker, Nicholas Caracappa, to its ranks and Rob Calarco and Kara Hahn were reelected to their leadership posts at the legislative body’s 52nd organiz...

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Posted on: December 28, 2020

Suffolk County Legislature's 2020 Year in Review

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With a new year on the horizon, Presiding Officer Rob Calarco and the Suffolk County Legislature are looking back on not only the challenges of 2020 but also the legislative accomplishments.

“This has been a difficult year for everyone. However, ...

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Posted on: December 22, 2020

Suffolk Legislature Collects Donations for Toys for Tots at Drive-Through Event

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – With the demand for toy donations skyrocketing this year, the Suffolk County Legislature partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect dozens of toys at a drive-through donation event on Dec. 19.

Toys we...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Legislature Eyes Dedicated Funding Stream for Vanderbilt Museum

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk County lawmakers unanimously approved a measure sponsored by the legislature’s Presiding Officer, Rob Calarco, to ensure completion of critical restoration projects at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Mu...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Presiding Officer Calarco Appoints Coram Pastor to County Ethics Board

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Rob Calarco has chosen Rev. Dr. Beresford Adams to serve as his appointment to the county’s ethics board.

Rev. Dr. Adams, of Coram, will join the five-member Suffol...

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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Committee Investigating Valva Case Appoints Special Counsel, Asks Public to Share Information

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – A special legislative committee has appointed outside counsel to help guide its investigation into the tragic death of young Thomas Valva and is encouraging members of the public with information about the case to come...

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Posted on: December 4, 2020

Presiding Officer Calarco Encourages Residents to Shop Locally This Holiday Season

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HUNTINGTON, N.Y. – ’Tis the season of giving, and Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Rob Calarco is encouraging residents to give the gift of loyalty to small businesses.

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Legislature Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Video Series

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Around this time 50 years ago, Suffolk legislators were wrapping up the county legislature’s first year as a legislative body.

The Suffolk County Legislature was established in January 1970, and in honor of its 50-year anniversary, lawmak...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Registration Open for 2020-2021 Distinguished Youth Award Program

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk County teenagers will once again have an opportunity to be recognized for their community service and personal accomplishments with the return of the Suffolk County Legislature’s Distinguished Youth Award prog...

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Posted on: October 13, 2020

Legislative Task Force of Teenagers Releases Report on How to Stop Bullying

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – A Suffolk County Legislature task force made up of local teenagers has released a set of recommendations for stopping bullying in schools just as Bullying Prevention Month kicks off in October.

The Suffolk County Youth Anti-Bullying Task ...

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Legislature to Hold Budget-Focused Committee Meetings as Lawmakers Begin Evaluating Proposals

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Starting next week, the public will be able to comment on the proposed 2021 capital and operating budgets released by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and listen to lawmakers’ deliberations as legislati...

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Posted on: September 11, 2020

Lawmakers Throw Support Behind Opportunity to Create Fire Island Wastewater Treatment Plan

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk County lawmakers on Wednesday opened the door to a funding opportunity for developing a wastewater treatment plan on Fire Island.

Legislators on Sept. 9 unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Suffolk County Leg...

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Posted on: September 1, 2020

Lawmakers, Community Members Highlight Diversity Initiatives, New Laws

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk County lawmakers stood with community members and advocates to highlight new anti-discrimination laws going into effect this summer and to affirm their dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion.

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Posted on: August 17, 2020

Legislature Pages Complete Remote Summer Internship Program

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – The COVID-19 pandemic may have put many activities on hold, but it did not stop nearly 30 college and high school students from interning in Suffolk County government this summer.

The Suffolk County Legislature Page Pro...

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Posted on: August 10, 2020

Legislature Pages Launch COVID-Related Service Projects to Help Communities

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. –  The Suffolk County Legislature’s Pages are wrapping up their remote summer internships by launching service-oriented projects to help communities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the 10-week p...

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Posted on: August 10, 2020

Task Force Discusses Ways to Fight Housing Discrimination

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – A representative from Long Island’s building industry will be added to the Suffolk County Legislature’s Fair Housing Task Force as the group looks to develop ways to fight housing discrimination.

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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Legislators Join U.S. Senator Urging Federal Support for Municipalities

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NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Rob Calarco and his colleagues joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in North Babylon on July 20 to urge the federal government to support municipalities in the next coronavirus...

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Posted on: July 10, 2020

Fair Housing Task Force to Tackle Discrimination in Real Estate

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – A legislative task force created to address reports that extensive racial steering is occurring throughout communities in Suffolk will hold its first meeting soon.

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Legislature Appoints New Chief Deputy Clerk

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk lawmakers on June 23 unanimously approved the appointment of Daniel Dubois as chief deputy clerk to the county legislature.

Dubois, a lifelong resident of Suffolk County, steps into the role after serving as a legislativ...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Legislature Staff Members Join Army of Contact Tracers

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk County Legislature staff members are joining New York State’s army of contact tracers as the Long Island region enters the first phase of reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown.

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Suffolk Lawmakers Appoint New Legislative Clerk

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk lawmakers on April 28 unanimously approved the appointment of a new clerk of the county legislature. Amy Ellis, a native of Mt. Sinai, steps into the role after serving as the legislature’s chief deputy clerk ...

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Posted on: April 20, 2020

New Ways Launched for Public to Testify Remotely, Including Video for Public Hearings

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – As the Suffolk County Legislature building remains closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Presiding Officer Rob Calarco has implemented two new ways for the public to participate in upcoming legislative mee...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Legislature to Suspend Public Portion, Reschedule Public Hearings

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order and to protect the public from the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Suffolk County Legislature is suspending the public portion of tomorrow’s general mee...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Bipartisan Special Committee Formed to Investigate Death of Thomas Valva

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. –  Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Rob Calarco and legislative leaders are forming a special committee to investigate the tragic death of 8-year-old Thomas Valva and form recommendations to ensure that what ...

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Posted on: January 29, 2020

Presiding Officer Calarco Honored by Hometown

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Rob Calarco was honored by his hometown, the City of Auburn, N.Y., at the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) 2020 Legislative Conference on Jan. 27, 2020.

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Posted on: January 7, 2020

Legislators Elect Rob Calarco as Presiding Officer, Kara Hahn as Deputy

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – A new presiding officer is at the helm of the Suffolk County Legislature. Rob Calarco, legislator for the 7th District, was elected to lead the body in a bipartisan vote of 16-2 at the Legislature’s 51st orga...

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