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March 2019

New Online Police Reporting System

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced that the Suffolk County Police Department has successfully implemented the capability for residents to fill out online police reports to report minor incidents – the first police department to do so in the region.

Here is a link to file a Police Report online: 

“This is another important innovation and government reform that will enhance public safety,” said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. “Residents will now have the ability to file a report anywhere, at any time, and in doing so allow our officers to quickly respond to other emergencies.”

“As a department, we take every opportunity to leverage technology and utilize our resources most efficiently to serve the members of our community. This online police report program is another example of our department being more accessible to those who need to contact us. With residents being able to file reports in English or Spanish at their own convenience, we now have the ability to allow patrol officers to respond more quickly to emergencies and other situations that require more immediate police attention,” said Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart.

The new software, which features both English and Spanish, offers residents the ability to file police reports quickly and independently, enabling officers to respond more quickly to emergencies and other situations that require police response.

The types of crimes that can be filed online include harassing communications, lost property, criminal mischief, non-criminal property damage, minor motor vehicle crashes, identity theft and some larcenies. In order to file a report online, one must have internet access and an email address, and the incident must have occurred within the Suffolk County Police District.

Incidents cannot be related to an emergency, such as those involving a school, threats of physical violence or injuries, include any known suspects, be related to any Domestic Violence or Domestic Incident, and did not occur due to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation.

If an incident is approved, residents will receive an email back with the report within an hour or two. If any follow-up action is needed, the report will be forwarded to the appropriate investigative command and the complainant will be contacted.

Since the initial launch of the program in October of 2018, the department has received nearly 100 online reports of incidents from residents. The program vendor is CopLogic, and is being funded through asset forfeiture funds.

February 2019

Outspoken Attendance at The February Bellport Village Board Meeting

Board Meeting

On Monday, February 25, 2019, the February Bellport Village Board meeting was held in the Village Community Center on Bell Street in Bellport Village. As a result of’s recent Editorial regarding the proposed Driving Range to be built in the northeastern area of the Village Golf Course, there was a larger and more vocal turnout than usual for the meeting. recorded the meeting and here are the portions of the meeting pertaining to the Golf Course for those of you who were unable to attend. You can listen to them by clicking below.

A point of order at the start of the meeting! 00:01:16 minutes long

Open to the public, a heated debate. 00:48:05 minutes long

The Golf Commission’s Chairperson explains the Commissions’ plans. 00:09:25 minutes long

Oh My!

Bistro Crash

On February 19th, at about 7 in the evening, a car crashed into the front of The Village Bistro. Bellport’s Fire Department was on the scene within minutes. No further details are available at this time. We’d like to thank Pamela Lerner for this photo.

Breach Update

New Inlet

Charlie Flagg sent us his latest report from his recent flight over the new inlet. Click here for more information.

Why is “Artist Lake” Called Artist Lake?


Did you ever wonder why “Artist Lake” is called Artist Lake? On February 9th, the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society held the latest in their Local History Lectures, “Alonzo Chappel: The Infamous Artist of Artist Lake.” Suzanne Johnson presented an overview of the life and work of Alonzo Chappel, 1828-1897, an American painter known for his historical scenes and portraiture. Chappel, who was born in New York City, moved to Middle Island in


The program was free to BBHS Members and their guests and was held in the Brown Building on Bell Street in Bellport Village. The next program in the Local History Lectures will be “Mary L. Booth: An Extraordinary 19th Century Woman” and will be held at 5pm on March 16th again in the Brown Building on Bell Street in the Village.

We’d like to thank Pamela Lerner for the photos she took for us at the program.

Happy 20th Anniversary Year, SCEF!


2018 marked the 20th anniversary of the South Country Education Foundation (SCEF) and they achieved a significant milestone in their 20th year! They broke $1,000,000 in 20 years of grass roots fundraising to support and enhance the education of students in the South Country Central School District! Click here to read more about what the SCEF has been up to.

January 2019

New Bellport Chamber of Commerce Officers Inducted

Chamber Officers

On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, the Bellport Chamber of Commerce held a meeting at the Bellport Country Club to induct their new officers for 2019. Brookhaven Supervisor, Ed Romaine and Brookhaven Councilman Michael Loguercio Jr. were on hand to swear in the new slate of officers. Our best wishes go out to the Chamber’s new Officers for 2019.

Click Here for a list of all of the new Chamber of Commerce Officers and the Chamber’s meeting schedule for 2019.

The Pilot Club Raises Money for Canine Companions

Canine Companions

On January 4, 2019, The Pilot Club of Patchogue presented a check in the amount of $415 to Canine Companions, plus an additional $45 in Gift Cards and Treats for these wonderful animals. Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs at no charge to the recipient. Since their founding in 1975, Canine Companions has provided over 5,000 assistance dogs to people with disabilities.

In the photo, L to R: Debra MacKenzie, Senior Development Coordinator for Canine Companions, Maxine (the dog), and Gail Hoag & Jeanne Weingarten, members of the Pilot Club of Patchogue.