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Sheriff DeMarco Honors Boces Students

Today Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco presented Certificates of Appreciation to four students at the Riverhead Eastern Suffolk BOCES Culinary Arts Program, along with their instructor, Chef Thomas Hashagen.   He also presented a proclamation to Barbara Egloff, a Divisional Administrator for BOCES and a member of the Sheriff’s Youth Reentry Task Force.

The group was honored for their work on the “Dine and Discuss Initiative”, which provides parents of current and former incarcerated youth an opportunity to meet with members of the Sheriff’s staff, correction officers from the county jail, and educators to discuss their concerns and how to best help their children be successful when they are released from jail.  The culinary arts students, under the direction of their instructor, volunteer to prepare dinner for the group during the monthly meetings.  The program was initiated by Barbara Egloff, who has spearheaded educational reforms at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility during the last two years.

“This is a unique program which brings together parents of incarcerated young people, many of whom have drug addictions, with officers in our jail and members of the non-profit and treatment community, to help guide them as they bring their children back home.  When a young person spends time in jail for committing crimes in the community, we do our best to rehabilitate them while we have their attention, but we realize that families need support as well,” stated DeMarco.

Sheriff DeMarco launched the Youth Tier Initiative at the county jail in September 2011 to provide intensive mentoring, educational service and life skills to incarcerated youth between the ages of 16-19.  The program has graduated 115 participants since its inception, and it has proven to reduce recidivism among the youth participating.  As of March, recidivism has dropped to less than 10% for youth who went through the program during their period of incarceration.

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“The Youth Tier Initiative, combined with innovative court-based programs, has made a tremendous impact on our jail population.  In 2011, the jail had an average of 80-100 incarcerated 16-19 year olds on any given day.  Today, we have less than thirty on any given day. Eastern Suffolk BOCES is a big part of our success,” added DeMarco.

Posted On 21 Mar 2014

Cuomo says no to property tax increase

Governor Andrew Cuomo is saying “no” to property tax increases and wants to impose a state freeze.

Cuomo says the property taxes in New York are already among the highest in the country. He says the freeze he’s promoting is designed to encourage towns across the state to consolidate and share services, such as fire and police departments. Cuomo claims the answer to high taxes is less government, rather than more. Cuomo’s budget is due on April 1st.

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Bus driver fired after bullying kids

A Suffolk bus driver has been fired after being accused of bullying kids.

Students from Mills Pond Elementary School in St. James, ranging from ages 5 to 10 years old, say that their driver pushed, shoved, squished them in their seats, and even picked them up by their backpacks and dropped them.

Officials from the Smithtown School District said within 24 hours of the complaint the driver was decertified, so he can no longer work for the school. After an investigation from the Towne Bus Company, the company whom the driver worked for, the driver was fired.

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Ronkonkama woman arrested for drug possession

Suffolk County Police arrested a Ronkonkoma woman for drug possession charges and driving with a suspended license.

Officials say an officer was driving an unmarked vehicle when he observed a woman driving erratically in a Hyundai Elantra northbound on Old Nichols Road, south of Townline Road, in Ronkonkoma.

Stephanie Mupo, 39, was arrested and charged with 2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

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Teacher acquitted of inappropriate touching

A former teacher at Eastport Southmanor Central School who was accused of inappropriately touching a female student in his high school Spanish class was acquitted by a Suffolk jury.

38-year-old Felipe Argueta of Mount Sinai was tried on a charge of child endangerment, which is a class A misdemeanor. Argueta was arrested back in June of 2011 after a student made the accusation. Argueta had been suspended from his position in the district shortly after.

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Bay Park Sewage Plant receives funding

Nassau County reports it has received more than $800 million in federal funding to upgrade the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant after the damage done to it by Superstorm Sandy.

Officials said there are 6 active construction projects on the property. They also discussed plans to build a berm to protect the facility in the future, as well as a proposal to build an outflow pipe that would bypass the Reynolds Channel and empty 3 miles south of Long Beach in the Atlantic Ocean. The project is scheduled to be completed in 4 years.

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Re-zoning in Holbrook approved

The Islip Town Planning Board has approved a plan to re-zone a large parcel of land in Holbrook. The development called “Islip Pines,” is expected to create 3,000 local permanent jobs and 1,600 construction jobs.

News 12 reports the plan includes the construction of office space, residential apartments, a movie theater, restaurants, and sports fields for kids. Opponents feel the proposal will destroy some business aligned already on the south shore nearby. The plan will go before the Islip Town Board for a vote.

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