Sponsored Legislation

Tax Relief

  • Held the line on County general fund property taxes.
  • Reduced spending on capital projects.
  • Established a blue ribbon commission to evaluate school district expenses and make recommendations to reduce spending.
  • Extended the first time home-buyer County property tax exemption.
  • Established a Cold War Veterans property tax exemption.
  • Expanded tax exemptions to spouses and un-remarried surviving spouses of veterans.
  • Commenced a sales tax enforcement action to recoup lost revenue from tribal smoke shops.
  • Supported tax abatements for residential real property owned by senior citizens.
  • Supplemented the existing Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) to benefit more Suffolk residents.
  • Established a Middle Income Home Energy Assistance Program (MI-HEAP).
  • Established the Homeowners’ Tax Reform Commission.
  • Expanded volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers real property tax exemptions.
  • Expanded veterans’ alternative real property tax exemption.
  • Supported amending the Real Property Tax Law for eligible reservists.
  • Supported enactment of the “Reverse Mortgages to Help America’s Seniors Act”.
  • Supported bringing a legal action against New York State regarding the MTA payroll tax.

Health & Safety

  • Established an automated calling policy prior to mosquito spraying in Suffolk County.
  • Prohibited all registered sex offenders from residing within a ¼ mile of the residence or workplace of their victims.
  • Required state of the art ignition interlock devices on vehicles to fight against DWI.
  • Passed laws prohibiting abusive dog tethering.
  • Implemented a countywide animal abuse registry.
  • Appropriated funding for a new Heroin Treatment Program for Young Adults.
  • Banned the use of trans fats in Suffolk County eating establishments.
  • Required the posting of calorie counts on chain restaurant menu boards.
  • Established a health plan for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers.
  • Prevented sex offenders from being housed at general population emergency shelters.
  • Supported enactment of the 9/11 Heroes Health Improvement Act of 2007.
  • Appropriated funding to add more uniformed officers to the County police force.
  • Funded anti-gang programs.
  • Supported strengthening penalties for individuals who commit sexual offenses against children.
  • Established a new program in the Office of Women’s Services for mitigating domestic violence.
  • Supported tougher vehicle assault and manslaughter laws.
  • Donated decommissioned body armor vests to the United States Department of Defense to protect our citizen-soldiers.
  • Supported establishing a procedure for the civil commitment of sexually violent predators.
  • Established a “Safe Communities Initiative” Task Force to study the expanded use of security camera systems to deter crime and assist law enforcement efforts in high-crime areas.
  • Prohibited all registered sex offenders from residing near schools, day care centers and playgrounds.
  • Established the Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated (“STOP-DWI”) as a Division within the Probation Department.
  • Prohibited the sale of Dextromethorphan (DXM) to minors within Suffolk County.
  • Established a policy requiring the use of mercury-free vaccines in County Health Centers.
  • Implemented a comprehensive mosquito control and wetlands plan.

Quality of Life

  • Promoted the development of residential dwellings for first time home-buyers.
  • Supported the reduction of beach fees at County parks.
  • Required verification of certificates of occupancy and/or rental permits for housing used by the Department of Social Services.
  • Appropriated funds in connection with the reconstruction of Pulaski Road in the Town of Huntington.
  • Appropriated funds in connection with the reconstruction of Pinelawn Road and Ruland Road in the Town of Huntington.
  • Supported establishing an Energy Efficient Work Schedule Pilot Program.
  • Supported Memorial Day Observance program funding for Veterans Organizations.
  • Exempted deployed and mobilized active duty military personnel from County parks daily fees.
  • Authorized the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation to identify dog parks.
  • Established a Tuition Assistance Program for Children of Fallen First Responders.
  • Supported the Combating Autism Act of 2005.
  • Supported authorization of a County registry for domestic partners.
  • Enhanced zoning and building code enforcement by Suffolk County towns and villages.

Protecting Our Environment

  • Initiated a study to determine the feasibility of installing sewers in the residential areas of Deer Park and North Babylon.
  • Appropriated funds in connection with the rehabilitation of Guggenheim Lake in North Babylon.
  • Supported additional parking for "Clean Pass" vehicles at County facilities.
  • Prohibited the application of nitrogen fertilizer during certain months to protect the groundwater.
  • Established a plastic bag at-store recycling program.
  • Encouraged purchase of hybrid, fuel efficient, alternative fuel and “clean fuel” and electric motor vehicles by supporting tax exemptions.
  • Preserved thousands of acres for open space including acquisition of the Mohlenhoff property in the Town of Huntington.
  • Required the use of the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Program for County construction projects.
  • Created a County Department of Environment and Energy.
  • Supported groundwater protection initiatives.
  • Promoted Energy-Efficient Environmentally-Friendly Dredge Projects.
  • Purchased hybrid/electric vehicles for the County fleet.

Government Reform

  • Supported the creation of a "Project Sunlight" program in Suffolk County to increase government transparency.
  • Provided residents with easy access to information regarding licensed contractors and consumer complaints.
  • Created an independent non-partisan redistricting commission.
  • Supported budget reforms for increased transparency and accountability.
  • Mandated County contractor compliance with Federal immigration law.
  • Supported the consolidation of county departments to save tax dollars.
  • Strengthened requirements for fiscal impact and revenue impact statements prior to legislative votes.
  • Created a County Department of Information Technology.
  • Encouraged and facilitated participation by minority group members and women with respect to Suffolk County contracts.