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Suffolk County Law Limiting Tobacco Sales To Persons over age 21 Takes Effect

Commissioner of Health Services James Tomarken, MD, MPH, reminds vendors and residents that as of January 1, 2015, it is illegal to sell tobacco, e-cigarettes, and liquid nicotine in Suffolk County to persons under the age of 21. Prior to January 1, it had been illegal to sell these products to persons under the age of 19.

Suffolk County Offers Free Diabetes Self-Management Program

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone joined Department of Health Commissioner James Tomarken, MD, MPH, MBA, MSW, to invite residents who have diabetes to attend a free program that will enable them to manage their diabetes.  The program, conducted by the Department of Health Services in collaboration with Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, comprises four classes that cover suggestions for keeping blood sugar in target range, choosing a healthy meal plan and balancing food, exercise and medications. 

County Executive Bellone and Health Officials Advise Residents to Make Sure they are Up to Date on Immunizations

As the United States experiences a large, multi-state outbreak of measles, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Legislator William Spencer, MD, and Commissioner of Health Services James Tomarken, MD, MPH, urge residents to make sure that they are up to date on their immunizations.

Upcoming Falls Prevention Workshops

County Executive Steve Bellone, and Commissioner of Health Services, Dr. James Tomarken, announced today that the Department of Health Services will hold its Falls Prevention Workshops for senior residents in the communities of Greenport, Shoreham, Riverhead, and Smithtown.

Peconic Estuary Citizens Advisory Committee

The next meeting of the Peconic Estuary Citizens Advisory Committee is scheduled for:


Saturday January 31, 2015

10:00 a.m.  

Southampton Town Community Center 

25 Ponquogue Ave., Hampton Bays NY 11946


Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901