John Kennedy Blasts Bellone for Attempting to Illegally Strip Financial Oversight Powers from the County Legislature and Comptroller

John Kennedy, candidate for Suffolk County Executive, says current County Executive Steve Bellone is trying to illegally strip both the County Comptroller and the County Legislature of their powers to oversee the county’s finances in an attempt to hide the fact that the county is facing a severe fiscal crisis. He is clearly attempting to hide the county’s finances from elected officials, Suffolk taxpayers and bond investors.

Mr. Bellone is looking to take away the county Legislature’s financial oversight powers — a violation of New York State Municipal Law. In addition, Mr. Bellone wants to create a Central Purchasing Department that would review the county’s policies and procedures every year — the same job that is currently being performed by the county Legislature.

Bellone’s proposal would further reduce the Comptroller’s powers to implement checks and balances, which are used to keep watch of Suffolk taxpayers’ money. This proposal would drastically reduce the Comptroller’s ability to review county finances to every four years instead of every year. Not surprisingly, Mr. Kennedy currently holds the position of Comptroller.

“Only a professional politician like #BigTaxBellone would have the nerve to pay thousands of dollars to buy a vanity line called ‘Protect The Taxpayers’ for this year’s election, while, at the same time, work behind the scenes to try to eliminate the fiscal oversight that’s in place to actually ‘Protect The Taxpayers’ of Suffolk County,” said Dean Murray, Campaign Manager.

For more information, visit www.johnkennedyforsuffolk.com or follow #SaveSuffolk.

John M. Kennedy Praises U.S. Congress for Passage of Extension of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

John M. Kennedy, Candidate, Suffolk County Executive, thanked members of the United States Congress for passing a bill that would allow the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund to be funded for the next 70 years.

On July 12, Congress passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act, now known as the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act. This piece of legislation would ensure that the fund — which is used to financially support the families of those who were killed during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 — would continue to receive monetary support through the year 2090.

“I wish to thank members of the United States Congress for passing this important piece of legislation,” Mr. Kennedy said. “I especially wish to thank Congressmen Peter King and Lee Zeldin for recognizing our local heroes while getting this bill passed. Suffolk County is home to many first responders and law enforcement personnel who died in the 9/11 attacks. It is only right that we help their families and let them know their loved ones and their heroic actions will never be forgotten.”

For more information, visit www.johnkennedyforsuffolk.com or follow #SaveSuffolk.

Gershow Recycling Grants Environmental Conservation Scholarship to Frederick Douglass Academy VII High School Graduating Senior Tiandra Browne

Pictured are Tiandra Browne (left), a member of Frederick Douglass Academy VII High School’s Class of 2019, and Eric Kugler (right), Manager, Gershow Recycling. Ms. Browne was awarded a one-time scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from Gershow Recycling. As a leading environmental recycling company, Gershow awards the competitive scholarship to graduating seniors who have displayed exemplary efforts in the fields of environmental science or engineering while in high school and plan to continue to pursue higher education degrees in either of these areas of study.

Gershow has nine locations in Brooklyn, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, Medford and Riverhead. For more information, call (631) 289-6188 or visit www.gershow.com.

Gershow Recycling Grants Environmental Conservation Scholarship to Herricks High School Graduating Senior Simon Liu

Pictured are John Conroy (left), Manager, Gershow Recycling, and Simon Liu (right), a member of Herricks High School’s Class of 2019. Mr. Liu was awarded a one-time scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from Gershow Recycling. As a leading environmental recycling company, Gershow awards the competitive scholarship to graduating seniors who have displayed exemplary efforts in the fields of environmental science or engineering while in high school and plan to continue to pursue higher education degrees in either of these areas of study.

Gershow has nine locations in Brooklyn, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, Medford and Riverhead. For more information, call (631) 289-6188 or visit www.gershow.com.

Gershow Recycling Grants Environmental Conservation Scholarship to Longwood High School Graduating Senior Logan Villano

Pictured are Logan Villano (left), a member of Longwood High School’s Class of 2019, and Jonathan Abrams (right), Manager, Gershow Recycling. Mr. Villano was awarded a one-time scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from Gershow Recycling. As a leading environmental recycling company, Gershow awards the competitive scholarship to graduating seniors who have displayed exemplary efforts in the fields of environmental science or engineering while in high school and plan to continue to pursue higher education degrees in either of these areas of study.

Gershow has nine locations in Brooklyn, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, Medford and Riverhead. For more information, call (631) 289-6188 or visit www.gershow.com.

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Started in 1964 by Sam Gershowitz, Gershow Recycling began as a two man operation with a tractor and trailer, a boom truck and the first portable car flattener. Now with the second generation carrying on the legacy, Gershow generates over 750 jobs, contributing millions of dollars to the local economy, while helping to preserve Long Island’s environment. Gershow Recycling takes aluminum, brass, copper, steel, cast iron, appliances, cars and vehicles. In keeping with its philosophy of “Conserving the Future by Recycling the Past,” Gershow Recycling purchases scrap metal that would have otherwise wound up in local landfills, and turns them into high-quality scrap products for recycling. The company produces both ferrous and non-ferrous products. Gershow has nine locations in Brooklyn, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, Medford and Riverhead.

Two Brothers Scrap Metal Grants Environmental Conservation Scholarship to Farmingdale High School Student

Pictured are Mark Santiago (left), Manager, Two Brothers Scrap Metal, and Farmingdale High School student Jessica Finkel (right). On June 10, during the school’s annual awards event, Ms. Finkel was awarded a one-time, $1,000 scholarship from Two Brothers Scrap Metal. This is the third year that Two Brothers has awarded this competitive scholarship to a student who intends to study either environmental science or engineering while in college.

For more information, call (631) 694-8188 or visit www.twobrothersscrapmetal.com.

Ben’s Celebrates National Delicatessen Month

In celebration of National Delicatessen Month, Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers will offer a two-course, prix fixe menu with traditional Jewish fare during the month of August. The Deli Lover’s Favorite special will feature Matzoh Ball Soup, Hot Open Pastrami and Corned Beef Combo, served with stuffed derma (kishke) and fresh-cut French fries. Accompanied by our fresh-cut Cole Slaw and Barrel Cured Pickles, all for the low price of $25.99! Extra-lean meats are available for an additional $1.00.

Delicatessen owners across the country have banded together to create National Delicatessen Month to celebrate the importance of delicatessens to the Jewish community, as well as raise awareness of the fact that they are rapidly disappearing. For the entire month of August, delicatessens are encouraged to create three-course, prix fixe menus that showcase some of their beloved traditional deli dishes. A portion of each of these meals sold will go towards a charity of the delicatessen’s choice.

For this special occasion, Ben’s has chosen to donate 15% of the proceeds from their prix fixe menu to the Interfaith Nutrition Network (the “INN”), a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization that provides a broad variety of essential services to assist those facing hunger, homelessness and extreme poverty. For more information, visit www.bensdeli.net and www.delimonth.com. 

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About Ben’s Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers Ben’s is a family-owned and operated delicatessen/restaurant company that has been serving up the finest authentic New York Kosher delicatessen products and eastern European comfort foods since 1972. All of Ben’s sandwiches, soups and dinners are freshly prepared. Ben’s has seven convenient locations: three on Long Island in Carle Place, Greenvale and Woodbury, and one each in Midtown Manhattan; Bayside, Queens; Scarsdale in Westchester County; and Boca Raton, Florida with delivery service available to many communities around the stores. For more information, visit www.BensDeli.net or call Ben’s Catering Hotline at 1-800-344-BENS.

Patchogue Lions Club Hosts “Christmas in June” for Local School Children at Boomer’s Family Fun Center

Jonathan Abrams (fifth from right), Manager, Gershow Recycling, presents the check in the amount of $1,500 to Vito LaMonica (center), Event Organizer, Patchogue Lions Club, at the Christmas in June event on June 25th at Boomers Family Fun Center in Medford. Also pictured, (left to right) Tom Ferb, Peter Feehan, Lou Giordano, Dan King, Current President Robert Silver, and William Beagan, Patchogue Lions Club; Robert Epstein, Principal, Canaan Elementary School; and Dominick Bonanno and Robert Schwarz, members of Patchogue Lions Club.

The Patchogue Lions Club held its nineteenth annual “Christmas in June” event on Tuesday, June 25 at Boomer’s Family Fun Center in Medford. For the fourteenth consecutive year, as part of its ongoing community service, Gershow Recycling sponsored the event by donating $1,500.

Approximately 150 school children from seven elementary schools in the Patchogue-Medford School District were chosen to participate in this year’s event by their respective principals. Since the Patchogue Lions Club has started “Christmas in June,” more than 2,000 children have participated in this fun-filled event.

“This was a nice way to give these children an opportunity to have some fun and spend the day with their friends,” said Lou Giordano, President, Patchogue Lions Club. “It gave the children a place to enjoy themselves, especially with the school year drawing to a close.”

Children were treated to lunch and then given full access for several hours to attractions, including rides, go-carts, wall climbing, bumper boats, and arcade games.

“We were very happy in joining with the Patchogue Lions Club to make this day possible for these children,” said Jonathan Abrams, Manager, Gershow Recycling. “They always have a great time here. With the summer season beginning, the timing couldn’t be better.”

For more information, call the Patchogue Lions at (631) 654-3737, or visit patchoguelions.com. For more information about Gershow Recycling, please call (631) 289-6188 or visit www.gershow.com.

Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine Talks about the Latest Accomplishments and the Town’s Future at LIMBA

Ed Romaine (fourth from left), Supervisor, Town of Brookhaven, was the guest speaker at the LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) meeting on June 7 at Courtyard by Marriott in Ronkonkoma. Also pictured (left to right): Dr. Ann-Marie Scheidt, Member, Board of Directors, Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency; James M. Tullo, Deputy Director; Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency; Ken Nevor, Member, LIMBA; Ernie Fazio, Chairman, LIMBA; Andrew Kaufman, President, Brookhaven Rail Terminal Long Island; Bill Miller, Treasurer, LIMBA; and Lori J. LaPonte, Chief Financial Officer, Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency. Brookhaven Rail Terminal Long Island and the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency were the event’s sponsors.

On June 7, Ed Romaine, Supervisor, Town of Brookhaven spoke about the town’s latest accomplishments and where he expects the town to be heading at the LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) meeting, which took place on June 7 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Ronkonkoma.

Mr. Romaine noted that the town has a bond rating of AAA — the highest bond rating a town can receive — and was the first town on Long Island to pay off its pension debt. He said the first thing the town does is pay off its debt so that it does not have to pay for operational expenses.

On the issue of code enforcement, Mr. Romaine said its officers have been cracking down on “zombie homes,” which he said are blights on neighborhoods and drive down the property values of the surrounding homes. Since Mr. Romaine has been in office, 275 zombie homes have been taken down and four more are scheduled to be demolished. Those homes left in disrepair are boarded up by the town.

“We are sending a message: if you don’t maintain your home, we’ll board it up,” Mr. Romaine said. “We are serious when it comes to code enforcement.”

Mr. Romaine said one way for the government to save money is through consolidation, adding that Brookhaven was the only town in the state to receive a consolidation grant in the amount of $20 million to work with other municipalities in consolidating its services. Under his leadership, Mr. Romaine dissolved four water districts, saving town residents money, as well as two emergency services districts, and combined all six erosion districts on Fire Island into one district.

Other examples of consolidation include property tax collection on behalf of other municipalities (this is being done for the Village of Bellport); a regional truck washing facility for other towns and villages, highway departments, school districts and fire districts to use; and a digital recordkeeping facility where other town and municipal clerks can store their records without wasting paper.

Another cost-saving measure is the use of alternative energy. Mr. Romaine said reducing energy use not only reduces Brookhaven’s carbon footprint, but it will save the taxpayers money. Overall, the town has used 2.3 million fewer kilowatts of electricity, reduced greenhouse gases by 7,500 tons of carbon dioxide and, through the use of electric vehicles, brought down its consumption of goal by 100,000 gallons a year. Mr. Romaine also supports the idea of installing solar panels on newly built homes, but he emphasized that it should be an incentive, not a mandate like some environmental groups and elected officials want it to be.

As Supervisor, Mr. Romaine has championed environmental and quality-of-life issues in Brookhaven, while strengthening Town finances. He spearheaded legislation to protect the Carmans River in his first year in office and introduced a package of legislation that has strengthened the Town’s housing codes. Mr. Romaine has also reduced millions of dollars in pipeline debt and maintained the Town’s strong credit rating.

Mr. Romaine was a member of the Suffolk County Legislature and was later elected Suffolk County Clerk, serving for 16 years. He has been the Brookhaven Town Supervisor since 2012.

For more information, or for a list of upcoming events, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

Gershow Recycling Grants Environmental Conservation Scholarship to Riverhead High School Graduating Senior Julia Divan

Pictured are Julia Divan (left), a member of Riverhead High School’s Class of 2019, and Peter Escabi (right), Manager, Gershow Recycling. Ms. Divan was awarded a one-time scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from Gershow Recycling. As a leading environmental recycling company, Gershow awards the competitive scholarship to graduating seniors who have displayed exemplary efforts in the fields of environmental science or engineering while in high school and plan to continue to pursue higher education degrees in either of these areas of study. Gershow has nine locations in Brooklyn, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, Medford and Riverhead. For more information, call (631) 289-6188 or visit www.gershow.com.

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Started in 1964 by Sam Gershowitz, Gershow Recycling began as a two man operation with a tractor and trailer, a boom truck and the first portable car flattener. Now with the second generation carrying on the legacy, Gershow generates over 750 jobs, contributing millions of dollars to the local economy, while helping to preserve Long Island’s environment. Gershow Recycling takes aluminum, brass, copper, steel, cast iron, appliances, cars and vehicles. In keeping with its philosophy of “Conserving the Future by Recycling the Past,” Gershow Recycling purchases scrap metal that would have otherwise wound up in local landfills, and turns them into high-quality scrap products for recycling. The company produces both ferrous and non-ferrous products. Gershow has nine locations in Brooklyn, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, Medford and Riverhead.