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Republicans Introduce Law to Put Brakes On Runaway Bonding Train
After today’s unprecedented move by County Executive Bellone and the democrats in the Suffolk County Legislature, the Republican Caucus will introduce a law that will protect the bond process by outlining the way in which voting is conducted on bonding resolutions.
At the June 5, 2018 general meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature, the democrats abandoned 48 years of precedent by lumping together 29 bonding resolutions totaling more than $20 million into two single votes. This new practice prevents legislators from representing their constituents’ interests on separate issues and attempted to force legislators to vote for projects that are completely unrelated to each other.
“This new practice is a slap in the face of transparency and good government and is a cowardly attempt to bully the Legislature into supporting projects we simply cannot afford,” said Legislator and leader of the Republican Caucus Tom Cilmi.
Since the Suffolk County Legislature’s creation in 1970, bonding, which is borrowing money to pay for a project, was done by introducing one bond resolution per project. This allowed each legislator to make a determination based on the merit of each project and the interests of their constituents.
“The democrats are trying to make their pork barrel spending the natural course of business in the Legislature,” said Legislator Kevin McCaffrey. “I believe it is our moral and ethical obligation as legislators to judge each project based on its own merit and decide whether or not it is good for our district and Suffolk County.”
Legislator Tom Muratore stated: “This type chicanery is baffling to me. As a member of the Suffolk County Legislature, I have always looked to produce quality legislation with the utmost ethics and reasonableness. I am very disheartened that this professional group of lawmakers are being exposed to this form of unethical governing.”
“Worthy projects are being used as a shield for wasteful pork barrel projects,” said Legislator Steve Flotteron. “This ‘our way or the highway’ approach to spending by the democrats is how the County got into this fiscal mess in the first place.”
“Lumping bonds together prevents the Legislature from being able to pass necessary bonds versus those bonds which are luxuries in a County currently dealing with a deficit. We as legislators need to make responsible decisions regarding our spending, something that lumping together bonds does not allow us to do. I view this type of voting not in the best interest of the residents we represent,” said Legislator Rudy Sunderman.
“This action of lumping bonds into one bill for a vote is the antithesis of an open and transparent government practice. It is the ultimate in manipulation, which, in the county’s present fiscal position, is very dangerous,” said Legislator Leslie Kennedy.
“It makes absolutely no sense for the Legislature to be voting on bonding for different projects that have nothing to do with each other,” said Legislator Rob Trotta. “It should make everyone concerned that the County Executive and the democrats are trying to hide how much money they are borrowing for projects that Suffolk County simply cannot afford.”
The resolution will be introduced at the next general meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature on June 19th, 2018 in Riverhead.
Special election today for some of Islip! Ronkonkoma, Holbrook friends get out there and vote!
Today is Election Day ! Yes Election Day in April !!!
If you live in the 5th Assembly District please remember to cast your ballot for Doug Smith.
If you live in the 10th Assembly District please cast your ballot for Janet Smitelli !!
Polls are open from 6am to 9pm.
New York State Senator Phil Boyle and Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter today announced two significant grants to assist the Town in the construction of a new Animal Shelter.
The first grant was awarded to the town through the New York State and Municipal Facilities Program (SAM) Capital Funding. That grant, secured in 2017 by NYS Senator Phil Boyle, is for $500,000.00.
The second grant for $498,200.00 was the result of the newly created Companion Animal Capital Fund. This statewide fund was created last year by legislation sponsored by Senator Boyle. The Companion Animal Capital Fund is the first state-funded program in the country to support critical improvement projects for animal shelters. This fund provides humane societies, nonprofits, and municipal shelters with grants for capital projects through a competitive application process. The 2018 state budget included $5 million for the creation of a Companion Animal Capital Fund, with the first recipients announced this month.
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Last night I was happy to attend the Sachem Schools Annual Legislative Committee Meeting, as I’ve done every year, to listen to the concerns of the people of our district. Securing additional funding for school safety and mental health is a top priority. It was good to see such a great turnout from our community!
Suffolk County Legislature Republican Leader Tom Cilmi will be having a live Facebook chat at 12 noon today.
Suffolk County Legislature Republican Leader Tom Cilmi is hosting a live chat on his page at 6PM.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s latest proposal to micromanage the New York State Court System (Judicial Branch) is nothing more than an attempted power grab from the Executive Branch. If elected to the State Assembly (Legislative Branch) I will fight tirelessly to defend our system of checks and balances!
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