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Posted on: November 10, 2019

Recognition Received

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A Port Jefferson veterans’ memorial updated to recognize the sacrifices made by the latest generations of American service members was unveiled today during a Veterans Day commemoration ceremony hosted by the American Legion Wilson Rich Post No....

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Posted on: November 1, 2019

“Operation Remember” Seeks New Recruits

Operation Remember Seeks New Recruits

Organizers of “Operation Remember” are hopeful that signs posted in Port Jefferson and Setauket will remind passersby of the ongoing effort to update four local veteran memorials.  The project to update four existing war memor...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

A Bid for Better Water Quality

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The Suffolk Legislature this week adopted a pair of bills intended to limit nitrogen pollution originating from properties the County auctions off.  Sponsored by Legislator Kara Hahn, the companion bills will require the County to identify all pr...

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Posted on: July 29, 2019

Port Jefferson Sophomore Earns Silver in Legislature’s Distinguished Youth Award Program

Riley Meckley Earns Silver in Legislature’s Distinguished Youth Award program

Incoming Ward Melville High School sophomore Riley Meckley has earned the silver medal in the Suffolk County Legislature’s 2019 Distinguished Youth Award program.  Meckley was nominated for the program by Suffolk County Legislator Kara ...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Stewarding Cleaner Parks

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Caring for Suffolk County’s over 63,000 acers of parkland is a formidable task, but parks officials may soon be getting some help following the unanimous legislative approval this week of a plan to create a parks stewardship pilot program. &...

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Posted on: June 4, 2019

Retiring Stony Brook Spiritual Leader Delivers Suffolk County Legislature Invocation

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Legislator Kara Hahn today welcomed Rabbi Joseph S. Topek, Director of the Hillel Foundation for Jewish Life at Stony Brook University to the Suffolk County Legislature to offer the customary invocation delivered at the beginning of each general session o...

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Posted on: May 24, 2019

Suffolk Announces Innovative New Approach to Combating Teen Substance Abuse

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Suffolk Legislator Kara Hahn and County Executive Steve Bellone this week announced an innovative partnership with the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) to provide athletic coaches and trainers in Suffolk County schools with t...

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Posted on: May 15, 2019

A Passion for Service and a Nose for News

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Legislator Kara Hahn this week recognized Terryville Fire Department Safety Officer Dennis Whittam for his service to residents of Suffolk County.  The former Lieutenant and Captain of Terryville FD is the Suffolk County Fire Rescue Coordinator f...

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Posted on: May 2, 2019

Legislator Kara Hahn to Kick-Off Annual “A Park a Day in May” Challenge

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Nature is calling…calling us back outside and Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn is excited for residents to once again discover, explore and enjoy the thousands of acres of parkland across our region.  Throughout the month of May, pa...

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Posted on: April 9, 2019

Suffolk Adopts Sweeping Prohibitions on Plastics and Polystyrene

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The Suffolk County Legislature today approved a sweeping package of environmental regulations directed at both businesses and the County itself that will ban polystyrene food service products, loose fill packaging and certain single use plastics now commo...

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Posted on: April 2, 2019

Call for Gender Equity on Equal Pay Day

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On Equal Pay Day, members of the Gender Equity Coalition, soccer coaches and student athletes joined forces to highlight workplace gender discrimination in compensation and call on the U.S. Soccer Federation to do the right thing and end gender discrimina...

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Posted on: March 29, 2019

Ward Melville Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars Honored

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Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn, this week, honored Ward Melville High School students Kelsey Ge, Maya Peña-Lobel, Megan Specht and Elizabeth Wang for being named “Scholars” in the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search. &...

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Posted on: March 25, 2019

An Encore for Stony Brook Jazz Festival

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Spring is in the air and so too are the sound of music as the “Swing into Spring” Jazz Festival makes its encore in Stony Brook village beginning tomorrow.  For its second act, the five evening event will treat visitors to liv...

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Posted on: March 11, 2019

For “Operation Remember,” Victory in Sight

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The effort to update four existing war memorials located in Port Jefferson, Setauket and Stony Brook to commemorate the sacrifices made by the latest generations of America’s service members has been decisive thanks to the support of a grateful ...

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Posted on: February 13, 2019

Suffolk to Tackle Plastic Crisis

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Plastic Reduction Task Force Proposes Suffolk Cleans-up its Act

When it comes to the waste generated by single-use plastics and polystyrene, the plastics crisis is more urgent than people realize, and Suffolk must clean-up its act according to members of t...

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Posted on: January 4, 2019

Suffolk Legislator Kara Hahn Reelected Majority Leader

Legislator Kara Hahn Reelected Majority Leader

The Suffolk County Legislature's Democratic Majority Caucus has unanimously reelected Fifth District representative Kara Hahn to serve as its leader for the 2019 legislative session.  This makes the fourth consecutive year the Setauket lawmaker w...

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Posted on: November 8, 2018

Commencing “Operation Remember”

Commencing Operation Remember

Following nearly two decades of continued conflict, veterans of recent wars will soon receive the recognition they have earned on those foreign battle-fronts back here on the home-front.  Today, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts ...

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Posted on: October 25, 2018

Suffolk Shows its True Colors in Support of One Island Giving Day

Suffolk Shows its True Colors in Support of One Island Giving Day

The generous spirit of Long Island will be “illuminated” this Friday during the virtual fundraising event dubbed “One Island Giving Day.”  To celebrate, Suffolk County has lighted its H. Lee Dennison Buildi...

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Posted on: October 3, 2018

Best Practices for ER Treatment of Overdose Victims

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Citing a lack of standardized protocols throughout the County’s hospital emergency rooms for patients who’ve overdosed on opioids, the Suffolk Legislature last night approved the creation of a 13 member panel to draft recommendations f...

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Posted on: August 10, 2018

Strawless in Stony Brook

Strawless in Stony Brook

Pentimento has become the first restaurant in Stony Brook, and the latest in Suffolk, to go Strawless with its decision to no longer provide drinking straws to patrons. The Main Street eatery joins a growing number of local restaurants that are no longer ...

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Posted on: July 23, 2018

Stony Brook Scout Makes Eagle With West Meadow Beach Bioremediation Project

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Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn joined the family and friends of new Eagle Scout Nolan Adelsky during his Court of Honor held on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Education and Cultural Center.  For ...

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Posted on: July 20, 2018

C’est-ing no to Single-use Plastic Straws

C’est-ing no to Single-use Plastic Straws

Patrons of C’est Chesse in Port Jefferson won’t be “grasping at straws” in order to protect the environment now that its owner has pledged to ditch single use plastic straws in favor of biodegradable paper ones. The eatery is the latest to join the Strawl...

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Posted on: July 2, 2018

Environmentalist Push for Suffolk to Declare Independence from Plastic Straws this Holiday Week

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Eager to get local restaurants to declare their independence from plastic straws this summer and beyond, Legislator Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), members of the County’s Single Use Plastic Reduction Task Force and leading environmental advocates today...

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

Suffolk Legislature “Clears a Path” for new North Shore Multiuse Trail

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Suffolk will soon carve a path – a walking path – within its Old Field Farm County Park that will provide visitors with new opportunities to explore and enjoy this historic 13 acre equestrian show ground that runs along the bank of Wes...

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Posted on: June 7, 2018

Comsewogue Students are Walking the Walk on Opioid Prevention

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Suffolk County Legislators Kara Hahn and Sarah Anker this week recognized Comsewogue High School students Selin Inan, David Schubert, Jr. and Sydney Carter and their teacher Maura Montgomery for efforts to raise awareness about the opioid crisis confronti...

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Posted on: June 5, 2018

“Top Dogs” - Suffolk Legislature Honors SCPD Canine Officers for Efforts to Save Suicidal Man

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Suffolk Legislator Kara Hahn today honored three members of the County Police Department’s Canine Section for their quick actions to save the life of a man intent on killing himself earlier this spring.

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Posted on: June 5, 2018

Legislator Hahn Recognizes New Eagle Scout Joe Longo

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Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn joined the family and friends of new Eagle Scout Joe Longo during his Court of Honor held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church of Port Jefferson.  For his community service project, the Tr...

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Posted on: June 4, 2018

Suffolk Observes “Gun Violence Awareness Day”

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Every day, nearly 100 Americans are killed by gun violence, and many more sustain firearm injuries.  Today, in an effort to honor those whose lives have been cut short and the countless survivors injured, Suffolk County kicked off a week-long ill...

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Posted on: March 21, 2018

Quarterly Reporting of Asset Forfeiture Funds Approved by Suffolk Legislature

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One year after Suffolk County adopted new oversights intended to increase transparency of asset forfeiture funds administered by the Police and Probation Departments and District Attorney’s and Sheriff’s offices, Legislators last night...

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Posted on: March 8, 2018

Suffolk Votes to Designate March 19th as "Celebrating Women in Public Office Day"

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As the world pauses to reflect on the contributions and accomplishments of women during this International Women’s Day, Suffolk Legislator Kara Hahn is proud to announce that the County is joining a growing number of municipalities that have des...

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Posted on: March 5, 2018

Ward Melville’s Boys Varsity Basketball Team is a Class AA Act

Legislator Kara Hahn honors WMHS Boys Varsity Basketball Team

Ward Melville’s Boys Varsity Basketball Team is a Class AA Act

Legislator Kara Hahn honors members of Ward Melville High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team for its successes during the 2017-2018 season.

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Posted on: February 9, 2018

Suffolk Legislator Hahn Seeks to Expand Flu Data Collection

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Lack of Flu Data Nothing to Sneeze At

Suffolk Legislator Kara Hahn seeks to expand influenza deaths data collection by County to include both children and adults for a fuller understanding of the deadly virus’ threat and impact locally.

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Posted on: January 8, 2018

Legislator Hahn Recognizes Community’s Newest Eagle Scout

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Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn joined the family and friends of new Eagle Scout Nicholas Carson during his Court of Honor held on Sunday, January 7, 2018.  For his community service project, the Troop 427 Eagle planned and supervised the con...

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Posted on: January 5, 2018

Have questions on disposable carryout bag law? Connect to Suffolk's Dept. of Health for info.

A Greener Future is in the Bag

Effective January 1, 2018 Suffolk County law requires stores to charge customers a minimum fee of 5 cents on carryout bags that are provided at retail stores.  Please visit the Suffolk County Department of Health Services' "Bring Your Own Ba...

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Posted on: December 11, 2017

Legislator Hahn Recognizes Eagle Scout Joseph Rizzo

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Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn joined the family and friends of new Eagle Scout Joseph Rizzo during his Court of Honor held on Saturday, December 9, 2017.  For his community service project, Rizzo planned and constructed an outdoor learning ...

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Posted on: December 7, 2017

Setauket Girl Scout Earns Silver Award

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Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn recognized Caroline Comiskey of Setauket who was recently awarded the Girl Scout’s Silver Award.  Reserved for sixth, seventh and eighth grade scouts, the Silver Award is the second highest honor that...

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Posted on: November 22, 2017

Gyrodyne Preservation Effort Approved by Suffolk County Legislature

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Legislators hoping to preserve one of the largest undeveloped tracts remaining in western Suffolk County yesterday approved appraisals for the 41 acre Gyrodyne property in Saint James.  The move, cosponsored by the Legislature’s Environ...

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Posted on: November 8, 2017

Legislator Hahn Joins Family of Fallen Setauket Firefighter to Dedicate New Training Simulator

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Suffolk Legislator Kara Hahn on Friday commemorated the dedication of a new "Flashover" training simulator at the County's Fire Academy in memory of fallen New York City and Setauket firefighter Joseph DiBernardo, Jr. who passed away in 2011 fro...

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Posted on: October 31, 2017

Suffolk Legislator Kara Hahn Puts Best Foot Forward for 26.2 Miles During Suffolk County Marathon

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On Sunday, over 1,700 runners representing 22 states, four countries and Suffolk County’s Legislature, sprinted to Patchogue to take part in the third annual Catholic Health Services’ Suffolk County Marathon.  Fifth District L...

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Posted on: October 6, 2017

Legislator Hahn Gets Green Light for Greenbelt Preservation in Terryville

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Legislator Hahn Gets Green Light for Greenbelt Preservation

Legislature approves initial step toward preserving acres of environmentally sensitive woodland in Port Jefferson
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Posted on: September 18, 2017

Legislator Hahn to Host Narcan Training Seminar on 9/28/2017

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In the continuing battle against the opiate and painkiller epidemic, County health officials will offer to the public a free Naloxone training session hosted by Suffolk Legislator Kara Hahn.  The seminar will be held in Community Room A of the Co...

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

Suffolk Legislature Pens Letter Requesting DA Seek Restitution in Illegal Dumping Cases

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Riverhead, NY– All 18 member of
the Suffolk County Legislature today signed onto a letter requesting theDistrict Attorney seek full restitution for future findings of guilt in cases
involving illegal dumping.  The letter, whichwas authored ...

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Posted on: August 21, 2017

Suffolk Launches Program to “RID” our parks of Debris

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ISLANDIA, NY - Looking to "RID” County Parks of illegal dumping, Suffolk officials today announced the launch of its newly created “Parks Watch” program that will provide greater citizen involvement in the protection of county owned public lands. &am...

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

Legislator Hahn Honors Troop #354’s Newest Eagles

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Centereach, NY – Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn this week recognized Maclaine S. Greisch and Phil Keskes, both of Port Jefferson Station, on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout during their Court of Honor ceremony held at the Elks Lodge in Centereach.&...

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

Legislator Hahn and Friends of Karen ask you to ‘Be the Match’

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Port Jefferson, NY– Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn is partnering with Friends of Karen, a non-profit organization that provides emotional, financial and advocacy support for children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses and their famil...

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Posted on: July 31, 2017

Legislator Hahn Recognizes Eagle Scout Stephen Wagner

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East Setauket, NY – Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn joined the family and friends of new Eagle Scout Stephen Wagner during his Court of Honor on Saturday, July 15, 2017.  For his community service project, the Troop 427 Eagle planned and cons...

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

WMHS Had Nine Lives During Ninth State Title Victory

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Hauppauge, NY – Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn this week honored the Ward Melville High School Patriots Boys Lacrosse team for its incredible 2017 season. The Patriots, led by Coach Jay Negus, finished its season by winning its ninth state ...

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Posted on: July 26, 2017

An Olympic Lunge for Local Fencer

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Hauppauge, NY – Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn recognized incoming Ward Melville High School Senior Danny Solomon for his international fencing successes during the Legislature’s July 25, 2017 meeting.  Solomon, who earned a spot on the Unit...

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Posted on: May 31, 2017

Press Release Archives

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Archived press releases for District 5 published prior to June 2017 are available to view in the Document Center. 

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