HAUPPAUGE - Suffolk County is holding a series of hearings to determine what it can do about Long Island's growing poverty problem, and at the first one this morning, lawmakers got an earful. Residents turned out to talk about everything from gas prices, to taxes and sky-high electricity rates. The Suffolk County Welfare to Work Commission says the first step in combating poverty is to bring it out of the shadows and understand that it affects everyone. Another hearing will be held next Tuesday in Hauppauge, with a third to follow in Riverhead next month.

Suffolk to hold hearings on residents' financial woes