Government Briefs: Sini Wins DA Race, Zeldin Says Not So Fast on Tax Plan

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Democrat Tim Sini was elected as the new Suffolk County District Attorney on Tuesday.

Sini Wins DA Race

On a good night for Democrats across Suffolk County, Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini easily defeated his Republican challenger, Raymond G. Perini, in the race for district attorney. Mr. Sini received 62 percent of the vote to Mr. Perini’s 36 percent. Mr. Sini will replace Thomas Spota, who did not seek reelection and was recently indicted on charges he helped cover up an investigation into former county Police Chief James Burke.

In another countywide race, Democrat Errol D Toulon Jr., a retired New York City corrections officer, held a slim lead over Republican challenger Lawrence M. Zacarese, a former assistant chief of the Stony Brook University Police Department, in the race for county sheriff. Mr. Toulon had received 141,006 votes to Mr. Zacarese’s 139,652.

Zeldin Says ‘Not So Fast’ on Tax Plan

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin, who has been a staunch ally of President Trump, last week said he would not support a Republican-sponsored income tax bill in its current form. The president has vowed to get tax reform passed by Christmas, but critics say the proposal being touted by the House leadership would reserve most of its long-term tax reductions for businesses and wealthy individuals.

Among other things, the bill as proposed would eliminate the current deductions for state and local income and sales taxes, and cap the current property tax deduction at $10,000.

“I am a ‘No’ to this bill in its current form,” Mr. Zeldin said in a press release issued last week. “We need to fix this state and local tax deduction issue. Adding back in the property tax deduction up to $10,000 is progress, but not enough progress. If I’m not fighting for New Yorkers, I can’t expect anyone else from another state to do it for me.”

Mr. Zeldin said his goal is to allow “my hard working constituents to save more of their paycheck, reduce their cost of living and put away more money for retirement.” He continued his call for a simpler tax code that would allow average Americans to fill out their tax returns on a post card. The congressman said it is important to reduce corporate tax rates, which he said would create more jobs.

Mr. Zeldin also called for New York to cut spending. “It’s also important to note that the reason why our state and local tax deduction is so high is because our state and local taxes are so high, which is why all levels of government should be working on delivering tax relief,” he said. “In the meantime, I’m going to fight for my home district and my home state in our nation’s capital.”

Highway Department Debris Pick-Up

In the wake of the late October nor’easter that felled trees and broke branches across town, the Southampton Town Highway Department is picking up storm debris. The department has requested that branches be stacked in separate piles from leaves. To be picked up, brush may be no longer than 8 feet or wider than 3 inches in diameter.

The good news is despite the storm, the department’s annual leaf pickup program is still scheduled for a November 27. The highway department will announce schedules later this month. Residents are reminded that leaves must be in biodegradable bags to be picked up. Residents are also allowed to haul their own leaves to the North Sea recycling center on Majors Path.

For more information, call the department’s leaf hotline at 631-702-2585.

 

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