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"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon EST Sunday... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey... * hazard types...strong winds and dangerous wind chills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late tonight into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...from 15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. * Cold impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes...frostbite and hypothermia. * Wind impacts...scattered tree limbs and branches downed. Isolated power outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors... dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite Jmc , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 435 am EST Sat Feb 13 2016 ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Saturday Feb.13 16,04:12 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Bellone Applauds State Delegation for Approving Park Police Reclassification Plan

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ounty Executive Steve Bellone commended Suffolk County’s New York State delegation on approving a plan to reclassify Suffolk County Park Police Officers as Suffolk County ...

Suffolk County, NY - June 21st, 2014 - County Executive Steve Bellone commended Suffolk County’s New York State delegation on approving a plan to reclassify Suffolk County Park Police Officers as Suffolk County Police Officers to improve public safety, make government more efficient and save Suffolk County more than $10 million over the next 5 years.
 
“This is a commonsense initiative that will make our government more efficient and save millions of taxpayer dollars,” said County Executive Steve Bellone.  “This will allow us to better meet the seasonal needs for security in our parks and cut down on overtime.  I want to thank Senator LaValle, Assemblyman Englebright and our entire state delegation for approving this transfer which will save millions of dollars for Suffolk County taxpayers.”
 
The state legislation, which passed both houses with overwhelming bipartisan support (121-16 Assembly, 55-0 Senate), was sponsored by Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Steve Englebright.
 
“I am pleased that we were able to secure passage of this important legislation that will help the County meet their financial goals, while ensuring the continued safety of our parks,” stated Senator Ken LaValle.
 
“It is appropriate to increase the role of law enforcement in protecting Suffolk’s single most valuable asset,” said Assemblyman Steve Englebright.  “Much more needs to be accomplished as we redefine the stewardship needs of the nation’s largest county parks system, and I look forward to continuing to work with County Executive Bellone as we move forward to reorganize oversight to both enhance protection and usage of our valuable parks system and provide staffing flexibility that will enable critical cost savings to Suffolk County residents.”
 
Due to the seasonality of the Park Police’s workload and the need to provide 24/7 coverage, Suffolk County Park Police experience a disproportionally large amount of overtime. The 2014 Adopted Budget proposed the transfer of current Park Police Officers to the Suffolk County Police Department and included provisions to hire seasonal, temporary and part-time park rangers and park security guards to provide more hours of service and improve coverage while eliminating overtime costs. 
 
 Bellone is also interested in looking into how the Park Ranger program can incorporate elements of New York City’s Urban Park Rangers program where the rangers not only have peace officer power, but are also focused on public outreach and education, including interpretive tours. 
 
On March 18, the Suffolk County Legislature voted unanimously in support of a Home Rule message to allow for the transfer to occur.
 
The independent Suffolk County Legislative Budget Review Office estimated that the transfer of Park Police to the Suffolk County Police Department would save taxpayers $13.4 million through 2018.  The transfer will also put more cops on the street sooner because Park Police have already completed academy training.
 
Pictured: ounty Executive Bellone joined by Chief Jim Burke and SCPD and Suffolk County Parks Commissioner Greg Dawson.

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