Audio! Prestige Employee Administrators, Inc. on air with Jay Oliver

Prestige Employee Administrators, Inc. is a world-class Human Resources outsourcing firm that offers support to small and medium sized businesses. Bob Nolan and Kerri Colton join Jay Oliver to discuss how they can help Long Island businesses.

Posted On 09 May 2014

Huntington Board Approves Valet Parking Experiment

​In the continuing effort to improve parking in Huntington Village, the Huntington Town Board has authorized a pilot program to test free valet parking in one of the Town municipal lots.

​At the May 6 meeting, the Town Board approved the program and the signing of a contract with LAZ Parking New York/New Jersey to run the operation, which will be tried in the lot south of Main Street between New and Green Streets. The program will be jointly funded by the Town, the Town of Huntington Economic Development Corp., the Huntington Village Business Improvement District and the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. They are part of the consortium Supervisor Frank P. Petrone formed last year to explore Village parking options.

​Experts have told the consortium that valet parking could increase the capacity of the lot, which currently has 215 spaces, by as much as 40 percent. Details of the program are being finalized, including the days and times valet parking will be available. Initially, only a portion of the lot will be set aside for valet parking, with the possibility of expanding the area if demand warrants.

​The pilot program is expected to begin in early summer, becoming the latest in a series of measures implemented in response to a study the consortium commissioned last year. Last month, the Town activated multi-space parking pay stations on Main Street and New York Avenue; changed the hours for which metered parking is active (10 am to 8 pm, Monday-Saturday); designated a primary and secondary metered parking zone, with different per-hour parking rates ($1 an hour for the primary zone, 50 cents an hour for the secondary zone); and increased to three hours in the maximum a vehicle can remain parked at a spot. The Town also has prepared a brochure, available at participating merchants in the Village and on the Town’s website, which includes a summary of the changes, directions on using the multi-space meters and a map of municipal parking lots in the Village.

​“All of us in the consortium remain committed to identifying and implementing a variety of measures to improve the parking situation in the Village,” Supervisor Petrone said. “Given what the experts have said about the potential to increase capacity, valet parking is an option certainly worth testing. “

​In other action, the Town Board:

​– acted on two measures affecting oysters in Town waters. In the first measure, the Board designated Duck Island Harbor and Lloyd Harbor as shellfish management areas and prohibited the use of sail dredging to harvest oysters from those areas (raking and picking will still be permitted). The move is aimed at reducing the number of oysters harvested to a sustainable level. The second measure set a June 17 public hearing on a proposed amendment to Town Code that would increase the daily allowed harvest of oysters from May 15 to August 31 to 1,000 a day (from the current 500) and allow the use of mechanical rakes. Those changes will help Huntington’s baymen maintain a better year-round presence in the marketplace

​– approved appropriating up to $225,000 from the Environmental Open Space and Park Improvement Fund to support improvements associated with the Halesite Marina Reconstruction Project. EOSPA funding will be applied toward installation of a bioretention swale for sustainable stormwater management; landscaping; parking area reconstruction; and a brick walkway.

​– authorized Audubon New York to hold two education sessions, on June 6 and July 5, at Hobart Beach to educate beachgoers about how leashed and unleashed dogs, camping, improper disposal of food waste that attracts predators and other factors create threats to the endangered birds at the adjacent Sallie Ruppert Bird Sanctuary.

​– approved a restructuring of the General Services Department into seven divisions and the creation of a second deputy director position in the department.

​– authorized retaining Young Equipment Sales Inc. for consulting services for the redesign and refurbishment of the Town Board meeting room as well as technical upgrades to the adjacent meeting room and the video control room, including audio/visual improvements.

​– scheduled a June 17 public hearing on a proposal to make it easier for community-based organizations holding special events on town-owned or leased land for charitable purposes to comply with Town insurance requirements.

​– scheduled a June 17 public hearing on a request to rezone the Oak Tree Dairy property in Elwood to allow for construction of an over-55 housing development.

Posted On 09 May 2014

Suffolk IT Commissioner arrested for official misconduct, Offering a false instrument

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The Suffolk County Commissioner of Information Technology pleaded not guilty today to official misconduct charges and one felony count of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

Donald C. Rodgers, 60, of 65 Lolly Lane in Centereach Surrendered to DA investigators this morning.

The felony count of offering a false instrument alleges Rodgers failed to disclose his position as President of his own computer firm as well as the revenue his company earned in 2012. All non-county business and non -county earnings are required under law to be detailed on a Commissioner’s County Financial Disclosure statement that is filed with the Suffolk County Board of Ethics.

District Attorney Spota said “One charge of official misconduct accuses Rodgers of lying to the Suffolk County Legislature during questioning by lawmakers about whether he had signed an agreement with the Microsoft Corporation,” said Spota. “Rodgers said no and in fact he had signed it and lied to conceal this fact.”

“We have also charged Commissioner Rodgers with official misconduct for compelling one of his subordinates in the Information Technology Department to create a fake requisition number. He wanted to place the number on an official Letter of Intent to purchase 5 million dollars of computer licenses with Microsoft and Dell Corporations,” the DA said.

After pleading not guilty to the charges, Rodgers was released on his own recognizance.

Posted On 09 May 2014

Christina Aguilera, Shakira, Beyonce Make ’50 Most Powerful Moms’ List

(NEW YORK) — Just in time for Mother’s Day, Working Mother magazine is out with its annual list of the 50 Most Powerful Moms, and three top musicians are included.

Christina Aguilera, who’s got a six-year-old son Max and is expecting a baby girl with fiance Matt Rutler, is on the list not only for her musical accomplishments, but for her work as an Ambassador Against Hunger for the World Food Program: she’s helped them raise $22 million.

Another coach on The Voice, Shakira, mother to one-year-old son Milan, is included on the list for her career accomplishments, as well as for her charity work around the world through her own Barefoot Foundation, and as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Of course, Beyonce, mother to Blue Ivy, is included, thanks to her continuing domination of the music business and her activism.

Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, mom to sons Romeo, Cruz and Brooklyn and daughter Harper, also makes the list, thanks to her fashion empire, which rakes in more than $40 million annually.

Kim Kardashian, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Salma Hayek and Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins are among the non-musical mamas who also made the “Most Powerful” list.

 

Posted On 08 May 2014

Audio! Brookhaven Town Supervisor, Ed Romaine calls into LI in the AM…

Brookhaven Town Supervisor, Ed Romaine calls into LI in the AM to give information on the upcoming 7th Annual Brookhaven Cleanup.

Posted On 08 May 2014

Audio! Islip councilman Anthony Senft discusses the Illegal dumping in parks

Islip councilman, Anthony Senft, shares his constituents’ outrage and horror that contractors are illegally dumping waste in the Roberto Clemente Park. He promises swift and severe justice and notes that the process for delivering such punishment is already set in motion. Following a two-prong approach, Councilman Senft stated that the town’s cadre of attorneys stands poised to bring lawsuits against the people responsible as well as placing liens against their assets. In addition, he reiterated the support of his office as District Attorney Spota continues his to find the criminals responsible for destroying the parks.

The incident began as a church located beside the park approached the town about redeveloping the existing soccer fields. This action spurred the town to reconstruct the pool already in place at the park as well as add a spray park. The church began work on the soccer fields but quickly realized that more extensive measures, such as the removal of trees, was necessary. The required permits needed for the work the church spearheaded, as well as those required for the town to move forward with its plans, were obtained.

According to Councilman Senft, the presence of the town’s commissioner, Joseph Montuori, would not be conducive to the investigation of the illegal dumping of hazardous materials at the site where neighborhood residents were supposed to be able to go for fun and relaxation this year. Councilman Senft stated that he did not oversee the work in the correct manner so he was asked to resign.

The Town of Islip is being proactive in trying remedy the situation for its residents. This includes steps such as hiring an environmental consultant, securing funding to clean up the park and putting the insurance companies of the trucks believed to be behind the dumping on notice of lawsuits in the future.

Posted On 07 May 2014