During this crisis, the work of local governments continues. On Monday – April 20, 2020, the Suffolk County Legislature will begin a week of committee meetings in accordance with the schedule adopted at the beginning of this year. However, due to the pandemic some necessary changes have been made to the procedures of these and other legislative meetings. Specifically, in person public comments have temporarily been suspended in an effort to protect the health of all.
While, members of the public will be unable to attend these meeting, their proceedings will be open and residents can continue to watch the debate and voting through the Legislature’s video stream available from https://livestream.com/scnylegislature. Additionally, the agendas for all committee meetings and general legislative session can be found at https://www.scnylegislature.us/149/Meeting-Information, so you can remain informed on all items up for consideration by the Legislature.
Finally, despite temporarily not being able to hear from you directly during these meetings, we still encourage you participate by sharing your thoughts and lending your voice to the issues that will be before us in the coming week. Public comments during this time may be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the attention of the Clerk’s Office at the Suffolk County Legislature, William H. Rogers Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown, NY 11787. Submitted comments will be distributed to legislators for their consideration.
The Long Island State Veterans Home has put out an urgent appeal for donations of disposable protective coveralls. Specifically, the LISVH is seeking donation of DuPont Tyvek, Kimbley-Clark Kleenguard or other similar disposable protective coveralls that provide light-weight inherent barrier protection against hazardous dry particles and aerosols for use by LISVH personnel serving on the front-lines of caring for our Veterans. Sizes requested are Medium (M), Large (L)and Extra-Large (XL).
If you wish to donate, please call 631-444-8615. Donations can even be picked up.
The Three Village Civic Association, with support from the Limroy Lane Community Charitable Foundation and other area families, has established the Helping Hands initiative to deliver groceries to our neighbors in need within the Three Village community.
This program is intended to assist residents who can not or should not go grocery shopping because they are infected with the coronavirus or are at high risk for severe reactions to COVID-19 due to age, disability and/or weakened immune system, or for those who are facing financial hardship due to the pandemic. Through our volunteers, the Civic Association will shop, pay for and deliver up to $100 in groceries to individuals who request assistance up to once per week. Residents who receive assistance are asked to make a contribution to the Civic’s Helping Hands program if they are able.
Suffolk County Police and FBI Warn of COVID-19 Scams
Law enforcement agencies are warning people to be on the look out for several types of scams related to the novel coronavirus. The warnings concern:
If you believe you have been a victim of COVID-19 fraud, immediately report it to National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at (866) 720-5721 or email@example.com, or the FBI (visit tips.fbi.gov, or call 1-800-CALL-FBI).
One of Suffolk County’s greatest assets is its thriving agricultural industry. From family farms to local farmers markets, our County’s food producers have been a driving force for our region’s tourism and essential to providing the sustenance necessary for our lives. Despite this pandemic, local farmers continue to provide the food and food products we need. The following listing of agricultural locations open to the public has been put together by the Long Island Farm Bureau and may help you locate those farm fresh items in shorter supply these days.
Additionally CSA signups are now open, deadline to register is May 1st.
Residents who have questions related to the COVID-19 should continue to visit the county website, www.SuffolkCountyNY.gov or call Suffolk 3-1-1, or 631-853-6311 if outside the county, where you will be directly connected to a live operator who can direct your call to the appropriate place.