With Suffolk County Legislators taking a respite from general meetings in the month of July, news on the county front is a little slow this month. But here are a few items from around Suffolk:
County Sees First Sunday Bus Service
South Fork Legis. Jay Schneiderman, I-Montauk, said he'd worked for seven years to get it. And though he couldn't convince legislators to implement it county-wide – that's his next goal – he did present a plan that , which started July 3.
The pilot program affects the county's second-most traveled route, the S92, which circles around from Orient Point, through Riverhead and out to East Hampton, and the 10C, a feeder line which runs between Montauk and East Hampton. Both lines will see a daily fare increase of 50 cents from $1.50 to $2.00 to fund the increase in service.
Schneiderman hopes to use the model as an example to western legislators to push for Sunday and holiday service.
"There is literally a lot riding on the success of this program," Schneiderman said on Sunday. "It will be difficult to fight for countywide service if this fails. But it seems from today that it's off to a good start."
The legislator said about 10 riders got on at the Riverhead railroad station Sunday morning on the 9:45 a.m. bus. He expects ridership to increase as riders become more aware of the new routes and potentially accept jobs that allows them to work on Sundays, a prospect that was more difficult before.
Suffolk Police Seek Shooting Suspect
After a 23-year old Deer Park man was shot dead in West Babylon on Tuesday night, Suffolk Police are still .
Teshon Garrett was found dead around 9:30 p.m., according to police. They said a man about 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 inches tall fled on foot after the shooting. He was reportedly wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and jeans.
Anybody with information about the shooting is asked to call the homicide squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
Sex Offenders Arrested on Felony Charges of Failing to Report Address Change
Southampton Police said on Saturday morning that , resulting in felony charges for the individuals.
At least seven of the 10 are level 3 sex offenders, considered the most likely to commit another sex crime.
According to a cross-reference with the New York State Sex Offender Registry, the reported failure to report new addresses seemingly come after nine of the 10 were released from Suffolk County Jail. One of the individuals was not listed on the state website, while the other nine are still listed as 'incarcerated' at the Suffolk County Jail.