311 FAQs March 23, 2020 Update
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to Hold Facebook Live Event
Tonight, Monday, March 23 at 6:30 pm
In an effort to better connect with residents and provide transparent and factual information, County Executive Bellone announced he will be hosting a Facebook Town Hall to provide a forum for residents to ask questions and hear the latest information and guidance regarding the Coronavirus. For updates and to tune into this event, residents should visit www.Facebook.com/SteveBellone.
New Suffolk Transit Policies-March 22 2:00 pm
First, we are asking all of our riders to go cashless with the Suffolk FastFare Mobile App so that they can bypass payments to keep themselves and the bus drivers protected.
The app is available for use on all Suffolk County Transit buses and allows riders to easily purchase tickets on their smartphones anytime, anywhere.
Second, we are implementing a Rear-Door Boarding Policy. Riders will now be required to board on the back of the bus, and we are isolating the first few rows of the bus to create a safe social distance between the riders and the driver effective March 23rd.
Suffolk County Supply Drive for Personal Protective Supplies-March 21, 2020
The County is looking to solicit donations of N95 masks, ear loop face masks, gowns and gloves from the construction industry, building trades, and others in organized labor. These are typical supplies that would ordinarily be used on work sites. Additionally, the County is looking to solicit donations of ear loop masks and gloves from the personal service industry, whose businesses will temporarily be closed as of 8:00 PM tonight.
Starting on Monday, March 23, between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM on weekdays, individuals will be able to drop off supplies at the Suffolk County Fire Academy located at 102 East Ave in Yaphank. Residents can email FRESfinance@suffolkcountyny.gov regarding a large donation of supplies or a potential vendor of opportunity.
Suffolk County Police Department Update-March 21, 2020
County Executive Bellone and Police Commissioner Hart announced on March 21, 2020 that mandatory online or telephone reporting for specific non-emergency incidents, effective Monday, March 23.
The changes will be enacted in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of both police officers and residents. To file a report online, visit www.suffolkpd.org/onlinereporting, to file a report over the phone residents can call 641-852-COPS. A list of the types of reports that can be filed online can be viewed at www.SuffolkPD.org.
Governor Cuomo Update
Effective Sunday, March 22, at 8 PM, the New York State on Pause plan enacted by the NY State Governor bans all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason. The New York State on Pause plan does permit you to leave your home for outdoor exercise so long as it is a solitary activity such as riding a bike, running, or walking through our parks. Outdoor recreational activities must be limited to non-contact and you are required to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from others in public.
We believe that many parks, trails and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. You can’t, for example, play basketball with your friends and are not permitted to congregate with anyone outside of your immediate family.
Are you an Essential or Non Essential Business?
If a business is uncertain about its designation of essential/non-essential it is to contact Empire State Development to receive guidance. They can access information at https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026
For any business that believes they are an essential business they have to apply for permission from NYS Empire Development Corp. The link to complete the request is https://esd.ny.gov/sites/default/files/Request%20for%20Designation%20Form_0.pdf
NYS DMV Additional Guidance-March 22
Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Temporarily Closing DMV In Office Transactions: Online Transactions Still Available.
All drivers licenses, non-driver IDs, and registrations with an expiration day of March 1, 2020 or later will be extended.
All DMV offices are closed and all road tests are suspended. All reservations have been cancelled. Please visit the DMV website if you wish to complete a transaction online http://www.dmv.ny.gov