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75¢ HALF HOLLOW HILLS Copyright © 2010 Long Islander Newspapers, LLC. Online at VOLUME THIRTEEN, ISSUE 24 N E W S P A P E R LONG ISLANDER NEWSPAPERS TELECOMMUNICATIONS/MEDIA BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 28 PAGES THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 2010 DIX HILLS/MELVILLE TOWN OF HUNTINGTON By Amanda Lindner (Continued on page A21) By Amanda Lindner More and more mosquitoes are testing positive for West Nile virus, which could translate to additional human cases. Fourteen isolations in the Town of Huntington, including findings in Dix Hills and Melville, added to a total of 76 positive samples in Suffolk County. Thirty-eight mosquito samples tested positive between July 27 and July 29. The samplings show a 55 percent increase from last year, said Dr. Scott Campbell, who leads the mosquito trapping for the Suffolk County Health Department. Health officials said there appears to be a high chance of exposure this season, which may turn out to be worse than in 2008 when four people died of the virus. Two Long Islanders have already contracted the virus: a 72year-old Huntington man was admitted to the intensive care (Continued on page A21) Mosquitoes in Dix Hills and Melville tested positive for West Nile virus, but while a public health threat has been declared in Nassau County, no such threat had been declared in Suffolk as of Monday. TOWN OF HUNTINGTON Relief At The Pump? Cap would eliminate county sales tax when fuel is over $3/gal Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel Suffolk County parents have been able to ease their minds knowing that their children will be putting at least one less bad thing into their mouths – the potentially hazardous chemical often found in baby products known as BPA. On Dec. 1, parents across New York will be able to do the same, since the state took the county’s lead in banning it. In a rare unanimous decision, New York State legislators voted to pass the BisphenolA (BPA) Free Children and Babies Act, which prohibits the sale of baby bottles, pacifiers, cups, straws and sippy cups for children ages 3 and under made with BPA, a compound found in many plastics. Governor David Paterson signed the bill into law last Tuesday and it will go into effect on Dec. 1. Karen Miller of the Breast Cancer Action Coalition in Huntington and Legislator Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills) quickly pushed the bill into the state assembly after Suffolk County became the first legislative body to pass a comprehensive BPA ban in March 2009. “It is an absolute outstanding victory,” said Miller. “It’s like, check it out Long Island, your representatives are representing you.” More than 6 billion tons of BPA are used each year and the chemical is found in 95 percent of people tested, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The compound mimics the effects of estrogen in the body, which may pose an array of health risks to everyone, but especially children and young girls. The danger with the hormone-inducing chemical is that it exposes children to estrogen at much younger ages, and people with a longer exposure to estrogen are more likely to develop breast cancer, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). Animal studies have also linked BPA with infertility, weight gain, behavioral changes, prostate cancer, diabetes and early onset puberty. The NIH is seeing girls enter puberty as young as 3 years old and say it is a growing trend. Beware Of Their Bite 38 additional mosquito samples test positive for West Nile Photo/CDC State Follows Suffolk In BPA Ban By Danny Schrafel Legislators overwhelmingly approved a new gasoline tax cap in Suffolk County, arguing the move is a fiscally responsible way to provide relief at the pump for residents. However, the three legislators who voted no, including one from Huntington, said the tax cap is a politically motivated gesture that saves taxpayers little and could blow a big hole in the already-strapped county budget. The 15-3 vote on Aug. 3 will cap the county’s 4.25-percent portion of sales tax, beginning in March 2011, if statewide wholesale fuel costs exceed $3 per gallon. The cap is projected to save taxpayers about 61 cents each during the balance of 2011 if gas prices remain level, according to a financial impact analysis conducted by the nonpartisan Legislature Budget Review Office. County Executive Steve Levy said he would sign the bill. Legislator Lou D’Amaro (D-N. Babylon), who appeared at a July press conference with Legislators Ed Romaine (R-Center Moriches) and Tom Muratori (R-Ronkonkoma), said the move, projected to cost the county about $410,000 in 2011 and $2.5 million over five years based on June 2010 blended prices, is a “fiscally responsible” way to put money directly back into residents’ pockets at the pump without increasing property taxes or hurting the county’s bond rating. “It is also an excellent way to wean ourselves off of a regressive tax, which disproportionately affects the middle class, during a time when the revenues coming in from that tax are already at historical lows,” D’Amaro added. “It can provide additional discretionary income to families. It’s another important way we can hold the line on taxes in Suffolk County,” Legislator Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills) said. Santiago Meneghetti pumps gas at the Larence Hill Service station in Huntington on Monday. Suffolk County approved a gasoline tax cap that, starting in March 2011, will allow the county only to tax the first $3 of fuel prices. Romaine, who sponsored a similar resolution in 2006 that would have capped the gas tax at $2 – said the $3 cap provides relief for the poor, families and people living on fixed incomes. Muratore added the gas tax cap could help send revenue to other areas in the county, spur economic growth and encourage the county to tighten its belt. “We’ll still get the money back because people, instead of (Continued on page A21) LONG ISLANDER NEWSPAPERS: WINNERS OF FIVE N.Y. PRESS ASSOCIATION AWARDS IN 2008 Back Scholarships TO For SAT Prep School Classes A16 THE FOODIES DO Harbor Mist A10 Hicksville, NY 11801 Permit No. 66 CRRT SORT US Postage PAID STANDARD RATE

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