The Democratic-led county legislature voted Tuesday 14-3 to confirm Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s nomination of Timothy Sini, who is from Bellone’s hometown of Babylon. Sini inherits the tall task of cleaning up the mess left by Bellone’s previously appointed chief of the department, James Burke, who pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges two months ago for allegedly beating a suspect and orchestrating a cover-up.“I’m humbled by this experience,” Sini said after the vote. “I’m going to do everything in my power to move this department forward and do the right thing by the residents of Suffolk County.”Sini, who previously served as Bellone’s deputy county executive for public safety, unsuccessfully challenged Legis. Kevin McCaffrey (R-Lindenhurst), the legislature’s GOP minority leader, in November.Around the same time, Ed Webber, the previous Suffolk police commissioner, announced his plans to retire. Bellone then appointed Sini as deputy police commissioner, and, once Webber left office last month, Sini was named acting police commissioner.Sini wasted no time in signaling he was intent on turning the department around. Among his first moves was announcing plans to invite the FBI to work more closely on the Long Island Serial Killer case, gang investigations and other probes. More recently, he unveiled plans to revamp the internal affairs unit, crack down on drug houses and hinted at an upcoming “unprecedented” law enforcement partnership.Despite his efforts, not everyone lent Sini their support. Some critics questioned why Bellone declined to perform a national search for candidates to replace Webber and instead opted for a local political appointee. After first taking office, Bellone had appointed Webber acting commissioner amid a national search before opting to name Webber the department’s previous top cop.“I’m disappointed in the process that was used here,” said Legis. Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salonga), a former detective and leading Burke critic. “There was no search.”Trotta added that he’ll give Sini a chance, but warned that he’ll be watching for any mistakes.Other Republican lawmakers questioned whether Sini planned to use the experience to pad his resume and run for district attorney in the future. Sini said he had no such plans.But he did win the vote of two members of the GOP minority. Legis. Tom Muratore (R-Ronkonkoma), a former police officer, broke ranks with his fellow Republicans and voted for Sini. So did Legis. Tom Barraga (R-West Islip). Legis. Leslie Kennedy (R-Smithtown) abstained from the vote.Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley), chair of the public safety committee, blasted Bellone during a prior hearing on Sini’s appointment, but later opted to vote for the commissioner.Sini’s confirmation comes amid reports that the federal probe into the Burke case has expanded to include Christopher McPartland, the public corruption bureau chief under District Attorney Tom Spota. The charges and continuing investigation loomed large over the confirmation hearing. Democrats resisted GOP lawmakers’ calls to open a legislative review into the Burke scandal, citing their concern that it would clash with the federal probe.“Mr. Sini has instituted aggressive changes within the department,” Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) said. “He has also promoted some of Suffolk County’s most respected officers to leadership positions, and he has committed to ensuring women and minorities are better-represented among the department’s ranks. I look forward to the Legislature’s continued work with Mr. Sini to increase both transparency and trust in our department.”Meanwhile, in neighboring Nassau County, acting Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, who was also appointed after a predecessor resigned following a scandal, has yet to be sent by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano to the Nassau County Legislature for confirmation, more than two years after taking over. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County lawmakers voted in a 35-year-old former federal prosecutor as the new Suffolk police commissioner, making him the youngest man to lead the department.
Tenants and homeowners are in a good position, property experts say.He said they would have been impacted most by investors fleeing the market because of the elimination of negative gearing.However, he said everyone would benefit in some way.“There are really no losers,” he said.“We’re very real estate oriented here so we’re happy the Opposition didn’t come in.“That’s why the market has got a bit of spring in its step this week.“The mood has lifted. It’s definitely made people feel far more optimistic.”REIQ director and Professionals Surfers Paradise director John Newlands backed Mr Bell’s comments.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHe said a large portion of the Coast’s market was investors so if they fled following dumping of negative gearing, property values would plummet.“It would be a completely different place,” he said.“(The market) wouldn’t be as solid as it had been with that element.”Mr Newlands said first-home buyers also stood to benefit under the Coalition Government, based on its election promise to lower the amount needed for a deposit, but it was not clear what the scheme would look like yet. He believed renewed confidence in the market would make it much more stable and better positioned for growth.“I don’t think prices will go up dramatically. It will be a steady increase,” he said.“There’s still great affordability on the Gold Coast.”John Henderson Professionals Real Estate director Luke Henderson said house hunters instantly felt more confident about the market.“I had a high volume of buyer inquiry on Sunday,” he said.“I haven’t heard anything negative from a buyer or seller about Saturday night’s result.”He believed sellers would benefit most because property values would gradually begin to rise again.“I also think buyers who act quickly will benefit,” he said.Mr Henderson said many buyers would wait for signs the market was lifting but said they might end up paying more. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 [email protected] Who are the Gold Coast’s property winners and losers of the federal election?TENANTS are among those who appear to have come out on top following the Coalition’s shock victory in the federal election.This time last week they were bracing for fewer housing options and rental price hikes under the Labor Opposition’s plan to axe negative gearing.But the surprising outcome has offered tenants hope of a more level playing field, and is expected to restore confidence in the rest of the market.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group chief executive Andrew Bell said tenants and homeowners in suburbs with a large number of rental properties, such as Southport, were the biggest winners.
Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), which serves approximately 290,000 accounts in California’s San Mateo County, is offering a $4,000 incentive toward the purchase of a used PHEV for lower-income customers.PCE is offering the DriveForward Electric incentive inpartnership with the nonprofit Peninsula Family Service (PFS), whose DriveForwardprogram offers affordable interest rates on vehicle loans for qualifying buyers.Eligibility for the program is based on total household income, ranging from upto $48,560 for one person to up to $169,520 for a family of eight.Participants must live or work in San Mateo County, have avalid driver’s license, and have the income to cover the vehicle loan andmaintenance and fueling expenses. They must also be able to plug in the vehicleat their residence or workplace. “Used plug-in hybrid electric vehicles can provideaffordable and reliable transportation for all members of our community whoneed a car to access better jobs or opportunities,” said Jan Pepper, PeninsulaClean Energy CEO. “Electric cars deliver additional savings to drivers byreducing maintenance and fuel costs compared to a gas-powered car.”Source: Peninsula Clean Energy