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‘Red Light Robin Hood’ avoids prison time with plea By Kevin Redding kevin@tbrnewspapers.com The merry adventures of Suffolk County’s “Red Light Robin Hood” continued last week as the Centereach resident who took matters into his own hands by tampering with red light cameras across county intersections struck a plea deal with prosecutors. The agreement reached will place him on interim probation for one year in lieu of any prison time. Stephen Ruth Jr., who has been crusading against the county’s red light camera

program since 2015 in an effort to “take the power back” by exposing what he considers government corruption and helping save Suffolk residents’ lives — for which he’s been called a domestic hero on social media — pleaded guilty in Riverhead Feb. 8 to a felony charge of criminal mischief. Since the county first installed red light cameras at busy intersections in 2010, which snap flashing photos of cars that run a red light or don’t come to a complete stop before turning right on red, they’ve been widely opposed across the county. Ruth, who’s become the boastful face of

the opposition — as evidenced by his smiley mug shot after first tampering with the devices in 2015 —has consistently called for the program’s repeal before the Suffolk County Legislature. He said the cameras and shortened yellow lights, “shortened to cause red light running for a profit,” are responsible for fatalities and accidents on the roads, have been illegally constructed without an engineer signing off on them, and are nothing more than a Suffolk County “money grab.” “I was willing to go to jail from the beginning because I’m sticking up on behalf of those people who don’t have a voice anymore,” Ruth said. “These cameras are completely illegal and the [county] is not allowed to collect any money off them whatsoever ... I knew this was going on and made my own news.” Under the plea deal Lake Grove attorney, David Raimondo, said if Ruth successfully completes his probation, the felony plea will be dropped to a misdemeanor. The 44-year-old real estate salesman may also have to pay up to $85,000 in restitution for all the cameras and equipment he’d left inoperable — a charge that will be challenged during a restitution hearing in April. Raimondo said he and his client will fight because “we believe that the entire red light camera system program is illegal and every single ticket issued from day one is a nullity.” In the wake of the court ruling, Raimondo acknowledged that it was a good plea.

Photo above from Stephen Ruth Jr.; file photo left

Stephen Ruth Jr., above, was arrested after tampering with red light cameras, along Route 25 A, on left. “This is something the county has to atone for and will atone for in civil litigation ... it is not Stephen’s or his family’s cross to bear,” Raimondo said. “Why should Stephen sacrifice his personal freedom for what I think is nothing more than enterprise corruption?”

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Committee formed to create drag strip in Suffolk By Kevin Redding kevin@tbrnewspapers.com Suffolk County is putting the pedal to the metal in an effort to build a drag strip for its need-for-speed residents. A large crowd of more than 100 drag racing enthusiasts filled the auditorium at the Suffolk County Legislature Feb. 7 and cheered on as Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (DAmityville) announced the formation of an ad hoc committee, consisting of a bipartisan group of legislators, representatives from the county’s Department of Planning and the County Supervisors’ Association, also members from the racing community, to start the process of bringing a family oriented motorsports park to the county. “Long Island has thousands of families who are passionate about racing as a sport, and providing a legal outlet for drag racing could bring tremendous benefits to Suffolk County,” Gregory said at the press conference. The ad hoc committee was suggested by Legislator Tom Cilmi (R-Bay Shore) after representatives from the “Long Island Needs a Dragstrip” advocacy group charged into the Legislature’s auditorium in December to protest a resolution on the agenda. The legislators had been considering a bill for a master plan in Yaphank, but the racing community argued against accepting the master plan, claiming that the property would be better used as a drag strip. The group had been looking at some areas included in the master plan for a potential site to build on. Even though the Yaphank property wound up not being anywhere near large enough for what they were proposing, the passionate group had the legislators’ interest. “I was really inspired by the passion of all those that came to the Legislature and we’re going to do all we can to try and make it a reality,” Cilmi said in a phone interview. In terms of the crowd at both gatherings, Cilmi said, “it’s worth pointing out that in the room were young children, lots of women and lots of guys ... it was a large group of very enthusiastic people and it’s not every day that you fill an auditorium with people all interested in one issue.” The legislators on the committee — Gregory, Cilmi, Al Krupski (D-Cutchogue), and Rob Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) — will explore potential locations in Suffolk for the drag strip, which is projected to occupy between

Photo above from Legislator gregory’s offce; image below right from Facebook; file photo below left by Rachel Shapiro

Above and below right, Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer duWayne gregory discusses Long islanders’ desire for a drag strip in the county after the Long island needs a drag Strip advocacy group attended a meeting. Below left, Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta said the proposed drag strip has the potential to bring in needed revenue to the county. 100 and 200 acres, as well as the economic boom a full-fledged drag strip could bring to the struggling county. Gregory said the committee hopes the drag strip will deter the illegal and dangerous street racing that’s been known to take place in areas like Wyandanch. Another task is to make sure the local community and neighboring towns are behind the project and understand their quality of life will not be disrupted by it. In building the drag strip, the committee anticipates growth in the local racing-related industry, such as shops that paint the racing cars and work on engines, and job creation in those fields. There will also be food concessions within the arena, and spectators who could potentially come out and spend money at surrounding restaurants and hotels. Gregory said any large venue has the potential to attract thousands of people and effectively increase the county’s sales tax, which has been flat for the last few years:

“Long Island is losing money in sales tax as residents and tourists flock to nearby states, including New Jersey, to use their drag racing strips.” He said estimates show that a drag strip could generate more than $100 million in revenue. He proposed that this would be “a safe and enjoyable attraction that people [will] want to come to.” Krupski, who grew up in Cutchogue and remembers his grandfather taking him to the Riverhead Raceway when he was young, said the racing culture is still very much alive. “A lot of people are really interested in this and enjoy racing and working on cars and so to most people it’s more than a hobby, it’s more of a lifestyle,” he said in a phone interview. “I give DuWayne Gregory credit for putting this together. It’s a nice bipartisan group and everyone sees the value in it.” While still too early to confirm any serious location ideas, the committee and members of the advocacy group have areas like Enterprise Park in Riverhead on a list of potential development sites. One of the motorsport’s advocates has expressed interest in contributing a piece of their own property. “It’s going to be tough to find a spot to put this because a lot of people won’t want

to hear it,” Trotta said in a phone interview. “It’s going to have to be somewhere far away from most people, but we’re going to try our utmost [best] to find a place.” Trotta, who has been consistently vocal about the county’s current economic state, said while he doesn’t necessarily believe the drag strip will be “a savior of Suffolk County,” there’s potential to bring in extra revenue. “There’s not a resort in Nassau or Suffolk, and Long Island is bigger than most cities,” Trotta said. “There’s an opportunity for us to make something and mix it with the drag strip. We need people from the city to come out here and spend money.” During the press conference, John Cozzali, a Mastic resident and founder of “Long Island Needs a Drag Strip,” said he was happy to see the Legislature taking a serious look at his group’s long-dreamt of project. “We look forward to working on this initiative, which we believe will have a positive economic impact for Long Island and will create a safe place for the new generation to come and race,” Cozzali said. According to Gregory, the full economic analysis, conceptual planning of the racetrack and securing a location should take roughly nine months.


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Frederick Staria III and Jason Kinlaw were arrested in connection with multiple robberies.

Two Selden men arrested for multiple robberies Suffolk County Police have arrested two Selden men in connection with multiple robberies that occurred earlier this week. Following an investigation by Sixth Squad detectives, Frederick Staria III and Jason Kinlaw were arrested in connection with three robberies and an attempted robbery. Staria entered businesses, threatened the use of a weapon and demanded cash. He fled with an undisclosed amount of money. In one incident, the employee did not comply and Staria fled without proceeds. During two of the crimes, Kinlaw drove Staria to the locations. The following businesses were robbed: Gorgeous Salon, located at 1232 Middle

Country Road in Selden, Feb. 12 QuickChek, located at 2686 Middle Country Road in Lake Grove, Feb. 13 Pizza Hut, located at 534-1 William Floyd Parkway in Shirley, Feb. 13 The attempted robbery occurred at: Milk and Things, located at 815 Middle Country Road in Selden Feb. 13 Staria, 35, was charged with three counts of third-degree robbery, third-degree attempted robbery and four warrants. Kinlaw, 24, was charged with third-degree robbery and third-degree attempted robbery. They were held overnight at the 6th Precinct for arraignment Feb. 14 at First District Court in Central Islip.

Police Blotter

Incidents and arrests Feb. 7–Feb. 13 Never too old

A 62-year-old woman from Ronkonkoma was driving a 2003 Volkswagen on Granny Road near the intersection of Oakdale Road in Farmingville at about 1:30 a.m. Feb. 8, according to police. During a traffic stop, police discovered she was driving without a license. She also possessed heroin and cocaine. She was arrested in Selden and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Gold bust

Jefferson Station at about 1 p.m. Jan. 1, according to police. She was arrested Feb. 7 in Selden, where she also possessed a hypodermic needle, and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Peeling paint

Someone put a solvent on a 2015 Hyundai, which melted away the paint, while it was parked outside of a home on Hewes Street in Terryville at about 9 p.m. Feb. 8, according to police.

At New York Gold Center on Middle Country Road in Coram Jan. 2, a 44-year-old man from South Setauket sold stolen jewelry for cash, according to police. At Diamond Jewelers on Middle Country Road in Centereach Jan. 3, he did the same thing again, police said. He was arrested Feb. 7 in Selden and charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Feeling the heat

Breakfast behind bars

Two unknown men stole beer and cigarettes from Speedway gas station on Route 25A in Miller Place at about 3 a.m. Feb. 8, according to police.

A 33-year-old woman from Port Jefferson Station stole a wallet from a purse hanging off the back of a chair at Bagel Deli Gourmet on Patchogue Road in Port

On Feb.7 at about 1 p.m., a 36-year-old man from Miller Place disassembled and stole aluminum and copper coils from air conditioning units from the outside of T.J. Maxx on Middle Country Road in Selden, according to police. He was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal mischief.

Partners in crime

— ComPIleD by Alex PetroSKI


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Medford man arrested in Selden Coram man arrested for driving for DWI with daughter in car under the influence of drugs Suffolk County Police arrested a man for driving while intoxicated with his daughter in his car in Selden Feb. 11. Alan Bauser was driving a 2008 Hyundai southbound on North Ocean Avenue and Middle Country Road, when he was observed by 6th Precinct Patrol Officer Christopher Weiner failing to maintain his lane of travel, crossing the roadway’s lane marking and crossing onto the shoulder of the road numerous times at approximately 11:35 p.m. Officer Weiner initiated a traffic stop and conducted sobriety tests, which Bauser failed. Bauser also admitted to overusing his prescription medication. Bauser’s 12-year-old daughter was in the car. Further investigation revealed the daughter had a Family Court Order of Protection requiring Bauser to refrain from misusing prescription medication in her presence. The daughter was released to a family member. Bauser, 42, of Medford, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger 15 or younger (Leandra’s Law), endangering the welfare of a child

Alan Bauser

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and second-degree criminal contempt. Bauser was held overnight at the 6th Precinct and was scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Feb. 12.

Suffolk County Police arrested a man in Selden Feb. 11 for driving under the influence of drugs after a two-vehicle crash. Javon Harrington was operating a 2003 Infiniti on North Evergreen Drive at a high speed when he went through a stop sign at Pine Street and struck a 2009 Dodge and then a tree. Harrington, 20, of Coram, and his passengers Elijah Quinitchette, 24, of Coram and Eddie Bray, 20, of Coram were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital via Selden Fire Department Ambulance. Bray suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Harrington and Quinitchette suffered minor injuries. The 19-year-old man driving the Dodge, and his two passengers, were also transported to Stony Brook University Hospital via Selden Fire Department Ambulance for observation. Sixth Squad detectives arrested Harrington and charged him with driving while ability impaired by drugs. He was scheduled to be arraigned at First Dis-

Javin Harrington

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trict Court in Central Islip Feb. 12. Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks and the investigation is ongoing.

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Just the way you look (in town hall) tonight By Victoria Espinoza victoria@tbrnewspapers.com For 22 years Cupid has visited Huntington Town Hall for Valentine’s Day and spread his love throughout the building — with the help of Town Clerk and Marriage Officer Jo-Ann Raia. Raia has been serving as marriage officer for the town since 1989, and in 1995 she started a tradition of a “marriage marathon.” “I normally perform marriage ceremonies year round,” she said. “However in 1995 I thought it would be romantic to begin a Valentine’s Day marriage ceremony marathon. The couples I united over these past

years received this idea enthusiastically. It is a privilege and a pleasure for me to unite these couples and to share in their happiness as they embark on their new lives together.” The free event consists of couples partaking in a small marriage ceremony with Raia presiding, and then the new bride and groom cut a cake and enjoy drinks and snacks with their guests, donated by local vendors, as well as gifts for the couple and the maid of honor and best man. This year 11 couples were wed in town hall. Local merchants have donated flowers, baked goods, decorations and other gifts throughout the years, and this year Raia said 34 businesses have donated to the event, including Copenhagen Bakery, The

Flower Petaler, Rise Above Bakery, Fashion in Flowers and more. Huntington residents Brian Walling, 42, and Cari Endres, 40, took advantage of this romantic event after finding out about it while paying off a parking ticket. “It was the last day before I got another $100 charge and I saw the flyers when I was at town hall,” the bride said. “I asked him if he was working Valentine’s Day, and he said no, so I told him ‘we’re getting married on Valentine’s Day.’” The couple met at a bar while skiing in Vermont two years ago. “We were basically both watching TV rooting against the Patriots, because we’re both Giants fans and then I don’t think

we’ve ever been apart since that night,” Endres said. Walling said the hug the first night ensured him that Endres was the one for him. “The conversation was fun and we definitely had a lot in common and we were just having a good time, but what sealed the deal was the hug,” he said. “It was the best hug ever.” Walling proposed last July while the pair were spending July 4th weekend with family at Endres’ family lake house. “My father passed away three years ago and he knew how special the lake house was to me,” Endres said. “We were up there with family after a lobster dinner sitting under tiki torches in bathing suits still and that was it.”

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top left and bottom left, alexander acosta Herrera and Esmeria Martinson tie the knot; top middle and bottom right, Brian Walling and cari Endres enjoy their wedding ceremony; top right, town clerk Jo-ann raia performs a marriage ceremony during Huntington’s marriage marathon.


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Clockwise from left, Chris Witherspoon scores; Jon agostino passes the ball; Ryan dunn moves the ball up the court; and Shawn McFarland scores over the attempted block.

Cougars’ year comes to end in last regular-season game By Bill landon Colin Powell once said “success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence,” and the Smithtown West boys’ basketball team has used dedication and determination to attain another success this season. On Feb. 13, the Bulls outscored Centereach 59-29 on senior night in the last game of the regular season to remain perfect, at 14-0, in League III.

Smithtown 59 Centereach 29

Smithtown West’s seniors started the game off strong, despite four not seeing much playing time this year. Will Kass started the three-point flurry with a shot that gave the Bulls an early 8-0 lead, but Centereach junior forward Chris Witherspoon drained back-toback 3-pointers to make it a two-point game with just over two minutes left in the opening quarter. Centereach would come no closer. Even with a different starting five, the Bulls found their rhythm early. Juniors Chris Crespo and Michael Gannon, and senior Gordon Shouler added shots from beyond the arc to help Smithtown West take a 34-13 advantage into halftime. In total, Smithtown West had eight 3-pointers from six different players. “Our effort is what won this,” Crespo said. “Our seniors gave 100 percent effort and we executed all game. I’m really just in awe as to how we played together as a team tonight.” Centereach senior Josue Chery opened the third quarter with a trey of his own, to bring the score to 34-16, but Smithtown West’s defensive pressure was more than the Cougars could handle. That pressure keyed in mainly on senior Jon Agostino, who is usually a double-digit scoring threat. Smithtown West held its coach’s nephew to just three points. “I thought the defense was the best part of our game tonight,” Smithtown West head coach Mike Agostino said. The Bulls continued to bank 3-pointer after 3-pointer, as senior Justin Durcan, Crespo and Gannon swished their shots to break the game open at the end of the third. “I was just happy that all of our guys got to play,” Gannon said. “We have four seniors who don’t play as much and it was fun to watch them play well.” Durcan finished atop the scoring sheet

with 14 points. Crespo followed with 11 points, Gannon added nine and senior Chris VanderBrink tacked on seven. “I think coming out hot and confident — even though we’re not the regular starters — that’s what made us so comfortable,” Durcan said. “It’s our preparation. We work hard every day in practice even if we don’t see much playing time, and I think we work harder in practice than any team in our league, and that helped us today.” Witherspoon finished with a team-high

11 points for Centereach. McFarland and Washington added four points each. The loss eliminated Centereach from postseason play. The Cougars finished the season with a 9-11 overall mark and 6-8 record in league play. The Bulls, who clinched the league title with a win over Copiague Feb. 2, finished with the best boys’ basketball record in the county, at 19-1, and are on a 15-game winning strak. Only one other team, Center Moriches, finished undefeated in conference play.


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image above from the Northwind Group; photo below by Alex Petroski

Above, a rendering of the overbay apartment complex. Below, demolition of the islander Boat Center building is nearing completion.

Demolition makes way for third new apartment complex in Port Jeff By Alex Petroski alex@tbrnewspapers.com Construction of a third set of apartments is slated to begin in the spring in Port Jefferson Village, after demolition of the vacant Islander Boat Center building on West Broadway began last week. This comes after ground was broken in June 2016 on a 112-unit apartment complex by TRITEC Real Estate Company, adjacent to the Islander Boat Center property called The Shipyard luxury apartments, as well as the opening of the 38-unit complex by Rail Realty called The Hills at Port Jefferson in upper Port, which will grow by 36 units upon completion later this year. Hauppauge-based building company the Northwind Group owns the site of the new project, which will be called Overbay apartments. A conditional site plan and conditional use approval were granted for the property by the village building and planning department in May 2015 for the construction of 52 apartment units, according to special village attorney for the department Alison LaPointe. Northwind managing member Jim Tsunis confirmed

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in a phone interview that is still the plan. LaPointe said in an email several other conditions laid out by the department need to be met by the property owner prior to the issuance of a final site plan and a building permit. Tsunis declined to give a reason why demolition began nearly two years after receiving board approval. Demolition of the original structure began Feb. 10 but was not complete as of the morning of Feb. 13. The new building will overlook Port Jefferson Harbor. “It’s a cute little nautical-style building — I’m looking forward to building it,” Tsunis said. He added he’s excited to be a part of the expansion and beautification process going on in the village. “Hopefully within the week that building will be down, which is good news,” village Mayor Margot Garant said during a board meeting Feb. 8 after the demolition permit was issued. Another board member shared his positive outlook on the future of the site. “It’ll improve the western entrance to the downtown area,” Trustee Bruce D’Abramo said during the meeting. At least one trustee is concerned about

the impact all of the changes in the village will have for longtime residents. “This is a Victorian village but we’re turning it into hodgepodge lodge here,” Bruce Miller said. “There’s just no cohesion here.” Garant added the village board has no jurisdiction over the building and planning department, and the new apartment buildings all meet standards set in the village code. According to the village code, structures are not permitted to exceed 35 feet at their highest point. A member of the community who lives on Beach Street shared similar concerns to Miller’s, and voiced her displeasure during the public comment period of the meeting. “I’m sick to my stomach when I look at it,” the resident said of The Shipyard building, which is under construction, adding she’s not looking forward to another building going up next to it. “I’m sick to my stomach when I drive down the hill. I feel bad for every other resident in the area who’s going to be looking at this massive structure.” Barbara Sabatino, a village resident and business owner, as well as a member of the building and planning department, was at the meeting and expressed regret over ap-

channel how he uses a painter’s extension rod to reach high-positioned red light cameras to turn its lens away from the road — Raimondo applauded his client for always taking responsibility for what he’s done. “While I absolutely don’t condone or approve of any form of violence or destruction of property, I admire Stephen’s willingness to bring attention to the public

the failures in the engineering behind the camera and how it’s affecting the taxpayers as a penalty and tax,” he said. “I [especially] admire that Stephen brought to the public’s attention the fact that the yellow light times have been shortened by the engineers because unfortunately people have been seriously injured and perhaps killed as a result.” Ruth, in calling for a full investigation into the camera program to prove it’s an illegal operation, also wants to spotlight that the county continues to delete videos of any and all accidents that take place at intersections. James Emanuel, a retired Suffolk County police officer, has dedicated himself to researching and testifying against the program, and is one of Ruth’s avid supporters. “I’ve spoken to a lot of police officers who privately are a big fan of what he did,” Emanuel said. “You get to the point where you have to push back against the system — you just don’t have a choice. The guy saw a danger and his attitude was, ‘I’m gonna push back.’ He turned himself in every single time and he didn’t have to do that.” Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy (R-Nesconset) acknowledges that red

proving the building of the large structure. “We had a lot of discussion about this at planning board. We’re restricted to what they can build by code,” she said. “If the code says you can build ‘x’ amount of floors with ‘x’ amount of square footage, we’re kind of stuck. We can’t say ‘No you can’t build something,’ if legally in the code they can. What we can do is learn from this, that this looks a lot bigger than we had anticipated.”

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County legislator rob trotta, on left, has also been outspoken against red light cameras.

light cameras, although useful in some intersections, are overused and costly. “I think what Ruth thought he was doing was making a statement, and he clearly did make a statement,” she said. “But you have to stay within the parameters of the law to make a statement that’s not going to get you in big trouble.”


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OpiniOn Editorial

Letter to the editor Congressman Zeldin delivers a message to constituents

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A couple gets married during Huntington’s marriage marathon.

Celebrating community love North Shore residents shared their love and affection for one another this Valentine’s Day, but in one town, love spread literally throughout every corner of Main Street. Huntington Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia hosted the town’s annual marriage marathon, an event in which Raia performs marriage ceremonies for as many couples as she can throughout Feb. 14. Each couple is treated to a free, romantic ceremony and a small reception. The event is the epitome of “it takes a village” and is a beautiful example of a town coming together in the most supportive way. More than 30 local merchants donate cakes, cookies, decorations and flowers to help bring the marriage marathon to life. After each couple is married, they’re also given a variety of gift certificates and grab bags from businesses in the village, and a local photographer has donated his time for the past two decades to document each ceremony and send the couple their photos free of charge. Raia, at the helm, came up with the idea in 1995 and has not slowed down. She’s married more than a dozen couples in some years, and she and the rest of her office staff spend hours the day before transforming Huntington Town Hall into Cupid’s home away from home. Raia, who has saved a photo of herself with every bride and groom she has joined together in the past 22 years, brings joy and warmth to every ceremony she performs. This is a tradition of which the Town of Huntington and the many people who come together to help make Valentine couples’ special day as perfect as possible should be proud. As a local paper covering local news, it’s events like this that remind us how lucky we are to cover unique communities, where people genuinely care about their neighbors and want their lives to be as special as possible.

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The 1st Congressional District of New York is certainly one of the very best congressional districts in America. While a new president and new Congress debate legislation and other policy with a national and international focus, there are also some local priorities that are very important to us all as well here on the east end of Long Island. In this first of a two-part op-ed, I will highlight some security, economic, veterans and law enforcement priorities impacting NY-1. A top priority must always be to secure our communities from threats posed by dangerous individuals, and illegal and abused narcotics. We have very real, ongoing homeland security threats within our own borders and we, as a community, must remain ever vigilant. Additionally, from a security perspective, curbing the drug epidemic in Suffolk County includes targeted enforcement to stop the flow of illegal narcotics into our country to keep drugs out of our communities and off of our streets. Much more can be done to keep our district safe, and we must ensure law enforcement personnel have every tool necessary to protect us. We must also address the serious risks posed to Long Island by the rising threat of cyber attacks. Many aspects of life have become computerized and without a substantial boost to cybersecurity capabilities, our local businesses, individuals and government infrastructure are left vulnerable. We must also continue to pursue solutions that help grow our middle class and improve the business climate within our district. The high cost of living on Long Island is one of the most commonly shared challenges we face. We must especially do everything possible to make Long Island more affordable for our seniors and young families. This can be assisted through tax relief and efforts to shut down job-killing red tape, such as the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, which has recently passed the House. When businesses grow and stay local, they will create more good-paying, private sector jobs, expand the middle class and improve liquidity throughout our local economy. This includes supporting our local farmers. The agriculture industry is such an important part of our life and culture here on Long Island that

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U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin sets the record straight on issues facing the 1st Congressional District. has been negatively impacted by red tape, which is why I’ve supported legislation such as the Young Farmer Success Act. This bipartisan bill would add farmers to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which would help our local family farms and the young farmers in our district where the next generation has to choose between taking over the family business or paying their student loans. I’ve also been outspoken about the need to repeal the death tax, which causes one-third of all family owned small businesses to liquidate after the death of the owner. It is also critical that we improve the management of our fisheries by making necessary reforms to our current fishing laws. We must reinvigorate Long Island’s tradition of saltwater fishing by clarifying federal regulations and reducing unneeded restrictions. Additionally, the local science community, including Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University and other facilities, is an important economic factor and serves as one of the largest employers within our district. Efforts to secure funding to continue its great research also serves as a boost to our local economy. Fighting for our veterans and first responders is also a priority for our district. Suffolk County has the highest population of veterans by county in New York, as well as one of the highest in the entire country. These brave men and women deserve nothing but the highest quality of life and care. Veterans across New

York are now able to receive assistance coping with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury through the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project, a peer-topeer support program for veterans I established while serving in the state Senate. We must also do more to ensure every veteran has a roof over their head. No veteran should ever be left homeless. There are also various issues at the Veterans Administration facility in Northport that need to be addressed. Reforms at the VA from the national level to local level will help ensure no veteran is ever underserved. The VA must be held accountable to Congress, the media and American public, but most importantly, to our veterans. I will also be working closely with my colleagues to ensure 9/11 first responders, many of whom live in our district, receive timely and proper delivery of health care for illnesses caused as a result of their selfless efforts at Ground Zero in the weeks and months that followed the attacks. Our security, economy, veterans and law enforcement are some of the highest priorities to focus our local efforts on in 2017 and beyond. While there has been great past progress to write about, what is most important is to identify and tackle the many ways to do even more with each day and opportunity ahead.

U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin 1st Congressional District Shirley

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OpiniOn The funny side of getting older

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was watching television late at night, after my wife drifted off to sleep, when I first saw him. I don’t tend to stop channel surfing when a comedian appears. He looked like a friend of mine, he had a devilish smile and he wasn’t shouting or barking obscenities at me. He was balding and overweight and was the definition of unglamorous. He was talking as if I was in the room with him and he was sharing observations with me. I’m going to paraphrase one By Daniel Dunaief of the first jokes I heard. “Getting old sucks,” he began. “You know, when you’re in your 20s and you come in and tell the

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doctor your shoulder is bothering you, you have, like a hundred options. The doctor can take a piece of your hip and put it in your shoulder, he can make you a new shoulder, and he can fix you right up so you’re good as new.” The audience nodded appreciatively. “But, then, you get older and you go to the same doctor with the same complaint and you wait. The doctor smiles at you and listens to your symptoms but, then, he doesn’t offer any heroic solutions. He gives you that understanding look.” “So, what can we do about this?” you say. “Well, you can take some Advil if you want,” he says with a shrug. “But what about all those other options?” you ask. “What about moving around body parts, building a new shoulder and fixing me up so I’m better than I was?” “Those are no longer possible,” he says, as he shakes his head slowly. Getting old is difficult. I know doctors and lifestyle coaches and

entire industries are dedicated to reversing the effects of aging. Lines on your face? Hey, no problem, there’s a cure for that. Putting on weight as you age? Sure, we can fix you right up, send you food, cook food for you, or convince you through hypnosis that you, in fact, don’t need food. If a character Tom Hanks played in “Cast Away” could survive for several years on an island by himself with just a volleyball for his friend and a few fish and coconuts here and there, you can most certainly get through a day without coffee, doughnuts or any of the other bare necessities that call to you from the addicted parts of your bodies. When our kids were small, we used to pack the back of the car with everything we might need. Pack ‘N Play? Check. Stroller? Check. Diaper bag? Got it. As they got older, we didn’t have much to bring and just told them to get in the car and buckle themselves in.

Somewhere along the lines, though, as our kids needed less to go from point A to point B, we wanted more. Our conversations before we leave the house go something like this. “I can’t find my vitamins,” my wife says. “Did I take one this morning?” “I don’t know, but do you know where my reading glasses are?” I ask. “No, but when you start looking for your distance glasses, they’re on your forehead,” she smiles, pointing at me. “Oh, good, thanks. Have you seen my Invisalign braces?” I ask. “I’m not sure if the ones in the kitchen are your new ones or your old ones, but there’s a set on the counter,” she offers. As I scoop up my plastic braces, I see something familiar next to them. “Hey, honey?” I shout. “Your vitamins are on the kitchen table.” Getting old may be challenging but it can also be comical. Just ask comedian Louis C.K.

Women putting retirement on hold for jollies and more

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he headline spoke to me: “More Women in Their 60s and 70s Are Having ‘Way Too Much Fun’ to Retire.” After reading the article, which didn’t disappoint, by Claire Cain Miller in last Sunday’s New York Times, even though I’ve been at odds lately with The Times, I think there is more to the story than fun. Two recent analyses indicate that “womBy Leah S. Dunaief en have become significantly more likely to work into their 60s and even 70s, often full time” and “many of these women report that they do it because they enjoy it,” according to the article. For those 65-69 years

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of age,-the numbers have almost doubled since the late 1980s from 15 percent to nearly 30 percent. Perhaps more surprising is the leap in percentage terms for those 70-74 years of age, more than doubling from 8 to 18 percent. Who are these women? Those working are more likely to be higher educated and to have savings, studies have shown, while those not working more commonly are in poor health and have low savings, depending on Social Security and perhaps disability. But for their health problems, they too might be among those working. Why, if they don’t strictly need the money, are the women of “a certain age” still working? I can offer some of the answers from my own life. Working, full or part time, is more than just “fun,” although there is nothing wrong with enjoying one’s work. A job can offer a purpose to those who are now empty nesters or perhaps without spouses. There is satisfaction in having one’s

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daily accomplishments measured in some way, whether with salary or by problems solved. Presumably holding a job offers something of value to community and society. There is also the social aspect of interacting with others and working as a team. Social ties are linked to longer life spans. In addition, working, unless at a job that is exactly the same each day and could be done by a robot, requires thinking and planning, which in turn helps exercise the brain. And the structure that reporting for work imposes in the course of a week might be welcomed by many. Sometimes working might be a way to preserve a marriage. In a household where the husband might have been the sole breadwinner but is now retired, the spouses might not be completely comfortable with that new arrangement. Work is a respected reason to be apart some of each day. There might also be a sort of prestige in still working. When people are retired, they may be

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asked, “What did you do?” as if life has now passed them by. That’s opposed to “What kind of work do you do?” Having a job might convey greater importance. If the work one does is inherently engaging and one learns from it and meets interesting people, there might be the motivation to keep one’s hand in and stay abreast of new developments and changes in the field. And no matter how much savings one might reasonably have, drawing down dollars in retirement can be scary. The urge is to stay in place financially and not to drop down. Bringing a stream of income into one’s life can offset that fear. Finally, for many there is the absolute necessity to earn money in order to survive. They may wish to retire but feel they are unable to afford that luxury. Whatever the reasons, society benefits from the continuing efforts of experienced workers. It goes without saying that our newspapers treasure older workers alongside our young.

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