County Police today arrested a Wading River man for robbing three banks in Suffolk County.  Gabriel Rodriguez, 32, robbed a Teachers Federal Credit Union bank in Smithtown, on May 24, a TD bank in Commack, on May 25, and a TD bank in West Babylon, on May 27.

Gabriel Rodriguez (Photo by SCPD)

Rodriguez, of Wading River, was arrested at East John Street, in Lindenhurst at approximately 1 p.m. today and was charged with three counts of Robbery 3rd Degree.

Rodriguez is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on June 1.

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Keeping An Eye on the Suffolk County Legislature

Below are the times for all the upcoming committee meeting  for the Suffolk County Legislature.  The meeting will be held  from May 31- June 2, 2011. Unless otherwise noted, the committee meetings below are being held in the Rose Y. Caracappa Auditorium of the William H. Rogers Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown, New York

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May 31- June 2, 2011

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at the William H. Rogers Legislature Building, Hauppauge


1.     Financing for Health Centers (Vote Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, 2:00 p.m.)

2.     Creating a separate phone # for SCAT services (Vote Tuesday, 2:00 p.m.)

3.     Ban elected officials from collecting two public salaries (Vote Wed., 10:00 a.m.)

4.     Limiting the restraint of pets outdoors (Vote Thursday, 10:00 a.m.)

5.     Banning the sale of coal tar sealers (Vote Thursday, 2:00 p.m.)


IR 1354 mitigating the effects of expenditure reductions at two health centers resulting from Article 6 State Aid cuts. (D’Amaro)


IR 1165 Increasing the bus fare and implementing limited Sunday Bus Service.  (Schneiderman)

IR 1337 Updating the leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Program. (Viloria-Fisher)

IR 1453 Establishing a central phone number for SCAT bus services. (Cilmi)

WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE – Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.

IR 1243 To Prohibit Certain Language in County Contracts (Romaine)

IR 1267 Dedicating 30 acres of “Legacy Village” Property as Parkland (Browning)

IR 1313 to enact a Campaign Finance Reform Act to Limit campaign contributions from County contractors (Schneiderman)

IR 1371 to impose new limitations on the future employment of Co. officers and employees. (Muratore)

IR 1372 to prohibit County elected officials from collecting two public salaries. (Muratore)

PARKS & RECREATION – Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.

IR 1323 Directing the issuance of a request for expressions of interest and a request for proposal in connection with the operation of the County’s marinas with boat slips. (Romaine)

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE Thursday, 10:00 a.m.

IR 1266 to register prepaid cell phones purchased in Suffolk County.  (Browning)

IR 1315 to limit the restraint of pets outdoors.  (Romaine)


Presentation: Pavement Coatings Technology Council re: science of refined tar-based sealers

IR 1162 – To ban the sale and use of coal tar sealers in Suffolk County (Lindsay)

IR 1470 Establishing a policy of fair and equitable budget reductions at Co. Health Centers (Browning, D’Amaro)

From the office of the Press Secretary of the Suffolk County Legislature


The public, after filling out a “speaker’s card,” has the opportunity to address the Legislature for three minutes on any topic during the “public portion” at the beginning of each Committee and General meeting. During official “public hearings” which have set times on the General Meeting agenda (2:30 p.m. for day meetings and 6:30 p.m. for night meetings), members of the public who fill out speaker’s cards may address the Legislature on specific resolutions on the agenda. Members of the public are allowed to speak for five minutes during public hearings.  Speaker’s Cards are available from the Legislative Clerk’s Office in the lobby before the meetings.  Arrive early, speaking order is first come, first heard.  Speakers will address the Legislature from the podium in front of the horseshoe.  Speakers will have the opportunity to submit their comments in writing to the Legislative Clerk, please bring 20 copies.

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Memorial Day Highlights

Here are the stories and events that VILLAGE TATTLER covered this weekend that you may have missed.

A crowd of supporters gathers at the wreath ceremony.

Wreath Ceremony Commemorates Those Who Fell In Combat


PHOTO ESSAY: A Hero’s Welcome!

Local Pols Share Thoughts on Memorial Day

Memorial Day “Good”

Honoring the Flag

Elks Lodge Installs News Exalted Ruler

Kids Power: 5th & 6th Graders Graduate from Bridges

Northport Parade

East Northport Parade

Huntington Parade

Centerport Parade

Greenlawn Parade

Chamber Supports Avalon

Splitzville for Rep. Israel & Wife?

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Chamber Supports Avalon Bay.

The Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce Compliments Petrone’s Vision & Leadership. Urges Town Board to Approve Zone Change.

This article was originally posted just as the story broke at 4pm on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. VILLAGE TATTLER has decided to direct you to the original article and comments since most were kicking off the start of summer and may have missed it.


The Avalon Bay application has been placed on the Suffolk County Planning Commission agenda for consideration on June 1st, 2011. The meeting will be held at 12:00 pm at the Maxine S. Postal Auditorium – 300 Center Drive, Riverhead.

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Program: Fairy Tale Fest! presented by The Little People’s Theatre

Venue Name: Huntington Public Library

Address:  338 Main Street, Huntington, NY  11743

Date: Friday, June 3

Time: 7:00  - 8:30 pm

Description: Join us for a new twist on some of your favorite fairytales! This rollicking theatrical

performance includes these funny titles: Snow White and the Seven Doors, Rapunzel and Prince Bob, & Is Beauty a Beast? FREE. OPEN TO ALL. REGISTER by calling 631-427-5165, x231.

Program: New York and the Civil War with Dr. Richard Welch

Venue Name: Huntington Public Library

Address:  338 Main Street, Huntington, NY  11743

Date: Sunday, June 5

Time: 3:00 pm

Description: Dr. Welch explores the economic, social, and political effects of the Civil War on New York City and Long Island. The issues of volunteering, the draft, manufacturing, and home front morale all receive attention during this illustrated talk. FREE. OPEN TO ALL. REGISTER by calling 631-427-5165.

Program: A Plant Lover’s Guide to Caumsett State Historic Park

Venue Name: Huntington Public Library

Address:  338 Main Street, Huntington, NY  11743

Date:  Thursday, June 9

Time: 7:00 pm

Description: Dr. Andrew M. Greller, professor of botany, ecology, and bioclimatology at Queens College, shares slides illustrating different landscapes in Caumsett, the various plant communities, and the native plants and wildflowers prominent in each. Caumsett cliffs are the source of plant fossils that date from the Upper Cretaceous (ca. 85 million years old). See, learn about and compare these fossils. FREE. OPEN TO ALL. REGISTER by calling 631-427-5165.

Program: Remembering… My Father’s Place

Venue Name: Huntington Public Library

Address:  338 Main Street, Huntington, NY  11743

Date: Friday, June 17

Time: 7:30 pm

Description: A fun-filled evening with Michael “Eppy” Epstein, the founder of My Father’s Place, recently inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Bryant Avenue in Roslyn today shows no sign of the excitement that took place there between 1971 and 1987 with performances by Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Bob Marley, The Ramones, U2, and many others. Enjoy stories and photos, and the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book Fun and Dangerous by Eppy Epstein and Steve Rosenfield. FREE. OPEN TO ALL. REGISTER by calling 631-427-5165.

Program: Breast Cancer Awareness / Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Support Program

Venue Name: Huntington Public Library / Station Branch

Address:  1335 New York Avenue, Huntington Station, NY 11746
Date: Saturday, June 18

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description: Sisters United in Health, from Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Support Program, offer information about breast cancer and prevention, as well as emotional

support for those with or concerned about cancer. Established in 1980, this organization

has over 100 volunteers, most of whom are breast cancer survivors themselves. FREE. OPEN TO ALL. REGISTER by calling 631-427-5165.


Venue Name: Huntington Public Library / Station Branch

Address:  1335 New York Avenue, Huntington Station, NY 11746
Date: Tuesday, June 28 (First Team Meeting)

Time: 6:00 pm pm

Description: Entering Grades 6 – 9 and love to read? Have a photographic memory? Are you a stickler for details? Do you love fame and notoriety? Then the Battle of the Books is for you! Memorize a ridiculous amount of details as we build our team for the finals in August. Have fun and make new friends while doing it!

These programs are FREE and OPEN TO ALL. Some require registration.

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