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Dave Calone Raises $100K In Camp Kickoff For Suffolk County Executive


STONY BROOK, NY — Former prosecutor and business leader Dave Calone kicked off his campaign for Suffolk County Executive on Thursday night at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge, surrounded by a group of over 250 supporters, who raised $100,000, his camp said.

Calone, a Setauket resident, chairs the county's Planning Commission.

He is running to succeed County Executive Steve Bellone, who is term-limited, in November.

The fundfraiser was sponsored by the Suffolk County Democratic party, which was joined by labor unions, business people, and Calone supporters from across the political spectrum, according to the campaign.

Calone said he was "overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and support."

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Suffolk Correction Officer Who Survived 6-Month Battle with COVID-19 to be Presented with Retirement Shield


Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, Jr. and immediate family will be in attendance as Retired Correction Officer Timothy Heaton receives his Retired Shield on Thursday, January 5 at 11:00 AM at the Yaphank Correctional Facility's Alan Croce Lineup Room.

Officer Heaton served the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office for 25 years until a nearly six-month battle with COVID-19 which he miraculously recovered from last Spring.

Officer Heaton was hospitalized with severe COVID complications in September 2021 and spent over 160 days in the hospital, finally being released in March 2022.

During his battle with COVID he passed many milestones including his retirement from the Suffolk Sheriff’s Office and becoming a grandfather.

His family, including his granddaughter, will be in attendance for the shield presentation.| read more ››

Democrat Calone Sees a Path to Suffolk County Exec


Back to the polls
Dave Calone is getting his ducks in a row for his Suffolk County executive bid — including Democratic Party chairman Rich Schaffer.

The venture capitalist and former prosecutor is holding a kickoff event Thursday night in Hauppauge, sponsored by Schaffer as well as the county legislature’s Democratic caucus, and the Democratic chairs of Suffolk’s towns, according to a Calone news release.

Calone was unsuccessful in his Democratic primary bid for the 1st Congressional District in 2016, but he appears to be doing everything possible to become the party’s nominee in November this time. That includes a solid campaign war chest — his account had a closing balance of $938,941.09 for the July periodic filing, the most recent available. And now Schaffer is on board, too.| read more ››

Suffolk sheriff's office to be hub for national intelligence center, Toulon tells 52 new corrections officer graduates


The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office will serve as the hub of a nationwide effort by law enforcement to gather and share intelligence from jails and prisons, Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. announced Thursday at a graduation ceremony for 52 new corrections officers.

Details about the hub, set to open in January as the Correction Intelligence Center, or CIC, will be released early next year, officials said. During an address to the officers and others gathered at Suffolk Community College, Toulon said the CIC will allow law enforcement across the country to "vigorously work to combat crimes in our communities.”

Separately, Toulon told the new correction officers, representing one of the most diverse classes in the history of the agency, that they were joining a team dedicated to not only solving or preventing crime, but also rehabilitating inmates.| read more ››

52 Children Receive Holiday Gifts, Thanks To Suffolk Recruits


BRENTWOOD, NY — An annual project for Suffolk County Sheriff’s correction officer recruit class has brought smiles to more than 50 children.

As part of their curriculum,52 recruits collected and delivered toys and winter coats to Long Island Head Start in Brentwood, a non-profit organization that supports children’s growth and development in a positive learning environment.

In addition, the recruits donated enough presents for 52 children who are served by the organization. These presents include educational and fun toys and warm winter coats for boys and girls aged 2 to 5.| read more ››

Marker Honors Booker T. Washington for His Time in Huntington


A marker honoring Booker T. Washngton went up in Huntington Monday, honoring the educator and civil rights leader who once lived in Huntington.

The marker was placed outside Finley’s of Green Street, which sits on a lot where Washington had owned a house in 1914-15 as an investment property. He also had a summer home in Northport. Washington. who was born into slavery in 1856, died in 1915.

The ceremony to unveil the marker drew law enforcement officials, including Suffolk police commissioner Rodney K. Harrison, Suffolk sheriff Errol D. Toulon, Jr. and District Attorney Ray Tierney, as well as town councilmen Dr. David Bennardo and Gene Cook, and Town Supervisor Ed Smyth, representatives of the South Huntington school district, and town historian Robert Hughes.| read more ››

Suffolk Sheriff Toulon Holds Conference Focusing on Gangs, Auto Thefts, Ghost Guns, Human Trafficking


On Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday October 27 Suffolk County Sheriff Errol D. Toulon, Jr. held the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office 14th Gang Conference, bringing together nearly 500 law enforcement professionals from around the Country to hear from esteemed speakers on the state of gangs and current crime topics including unserialized firearms also known as ‘ghost guns’, human trafficking and auto thefts.

Featured speakers included El Salvador Minister of Justice Hector Gustavo Villatoro Funes, human trafficking survivor Rebekah Charleston, City of Baltimore Human Trafficking Coordinator Tom Stack, Suffolk District Attorney Ray Tierney and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison.| read more ››

Monica R. Martinez for New York's 4th Senate District


When Monica R. Martinez served previously in the State Senate, she developed a reputation for being an independent voice who could detour from her own party's path and who, on a very granular level, understood the needs of her constituents.

This year's redistricting has reshaped the area the Brentwood Democrat would represent. But after a hard-fought primary, Martinez, 45, is making the case that she can be the same independent representative for a new set of communities, saying she still has "work to do."| read more ››

Suffolk Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. Joins Fighting Chance Board


Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. was appointed to the board of directors of Fighting Chance, a Sag Harbor-based nonprofit that provides free professional counseling services to cancer patients and caregivers on the East End.

He will be able to share unique insights as a two-time cancer survivor, having successfully battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma and pancreatic cancer.

“This is known as peer-to-peer counseling, and we see this as an area where Sheriff Toulon can make an exceptionally valuable contribution,” said Duncan Darrow, who founded Fighting Chance in 2002 and serves as its chairman.| read more ››

Letitia A. James for New York's attorney general


Letitia A. James is a talented politician. Her terrific interpersonal skills, keen eye for the camera and ear for messaging, and a preternatural instinct for navigating the state’s cutthroat politics have served her well. Leveraging her base in Brooklyn and her background as a public defender, she won a seat on the New York City Council, and then, as the city’s public advocate, springboarded herself to statewide office. In 2018, she became the first woman and Black attorney general.

Unfortunately, these instincts generally have not served her well in her first term. But overall, she has been capable and effective.

Only the naive would believe that politics can be scrubbed from one of the most powerful offices in the state....| read more ››