Suffolk County: New Transit Web Page; Transparency on Gifts

Suffolk County launched a new page Thursday for information about the county’s Reimagine Transit Initiative.

 County Executive Steve Bellone said the  web page, which will be located on the County’s Connect Long Island  website, will provide general project information and updates, along with opportunities for residents to get involved by providing input through surveys and public meetings.

“Our future is dependent on adapting to the needs and desires of our diverse communities,” Bellone said. “The Reimagine Transit initiative does just that. This new webpage brings together all the pieces of the puzzle in a cohesive and convenient way for our residents to explore, providing updates on the project and resources for them to learn more.”

The goal of the Reimagine initiative, which began in September of 2020, is to restructure transit services to offer a more effective transit system and identify opportunities for the use of new tools, like on-demand transit services. It is funded through a New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) grant.

Gift Transparency

At their March 2 general meeting, the Suffolk County Legislature voted  to approve Legislator Susan A.  Berland’s resolution to amend the county code on transparency of gifts received by the county. Under the new law, the provider of any gift to Suffolk County must attest that the gift is being provided freely and appropriately.

“I have always advocated for transparency in government and while we are grateful to the private individuals or organizations that provide gifts to the County, it is our responsibility as Legislators to prevent even the appearance of impropriety,” Berland said. “Making this process transparent assures that any gifts given to the County are in compliance with our ethics laws.”

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