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Governor Cuomo Appoints New Deputy Secretary for Public Safety
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - Governor Andrew Cuomo has just announced the appointment of a new Deputy Secretary of Public Safety.  Thomas P. Abt will be stepping into the position, having previously served as Chief of Staff to the Office of Justice programs (OJP) at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Abt was closely ... by John
Long Island Tournament Turns to Catch and Release
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - Montauk has long been host to a shark catching tournament, but in the past, those tournaments ended with a lot of dead sharks.  This year, for the first time ever, fishermen agreed to a catch-and-release policy, and none of the sharks caught in the tournament were killed.  Shark fishing ... by John
New York Post Exposes EMT Scam
Monday, July 29, 2013 - The New York Post recently exposed a fraudulent EMT in Nassau County. Bernard Shore, who provided critical care services, offered a reporter working undercover for the Post $400 as a bribe to take his state certification exam for him.  Shore is 64 years old and is a member of the ... by John
Shelter Island “Dark Skies” Law Passes
Sunday, July 28, 2013 - A controversial proposition in the town of Shelte rIsland on Long Island has just passed into law.  The “Dark Skies” law limits outdoor illumination between the hours of sundown and sunup.  Outdoor lighting will still be permitted, but porch and landscape lights must be ... by John
Poisonous Algae Found in Two New LI Locations
Friday, July 26, 2013 - Last year, a dog’s death on Long Island was blamed on a type of poisonous algae.  According to Newsday, the poisonous blue-green algae has been discovered in two new locations in Mill Pond and Lake Agawam.  The algae is poisonous not only to animals, but to humans as well.  ... by John
Long Island Middle School Teacher Fired After Appearing on Reality Show
Thursday, July 25, 2013 - Stefan Serie, a health teacher at Merrick Avenue Middle School, was coerced into resigning from his job after appearing on the Bravo reality show Princesses: Long Island.  Serie’s only crime was to show off his sculpted abs in the background of the show while the main characters drink ... by John
James Bond's Submarine Car Surfaces on Long Island
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - Back in 1989, a Long Island contractor spent $100 to purchase the contents of a storage container, without knowing what was in it.  Inside the storage container, he discovered a wheel-less sports car with a dented roof.  He had no idea that the Lotus Esprit was the submarine car James ... by John
LIRR to Launch New Service
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is adding a new “scoot” train service.  The “scoot” trains will offer faster and more regular rides between Brooklyn, Jamaica, Oyster Bay, Mineola, Ronkonkoma and Riverhead, and will launch with East Side Access in 2019.  The idea ... by John
LIRR Makes Scheduling Adjustments
Monday, July 22, 2013 - Beginning today, five rush-hour trains on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) will be cancelled for the coming four weeks.  The reason is that summer crews working on the East Side Access Project in Sunnyside, Queens, require access to the tracks in order to lay down concrete slabs for a new ... by John
Wyandanch Rising Groundbreaking Ceremony Held Tuesday
Friday, July 19, 2013 - On Tuesday, a crowd of hundreds of Long Islanders gathered in Babylon for the groundbreaking ceremony for Wyandanch Rising.  Wyandanch Rising is a community revitalization project.  Project designers envision a transformation of the run-down, economically broken area of downtown Babylon ... by John
Birthday Brawl at Commack Chuck E. Cheese's
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - Chuck E. Cheese’s is a favorite spot for birthday parties for many children on Long Island.  At a Commack location during just such a birthday party, a bystander caught a video which is circulating the internet of a full-on brawl between two women, apparently over a stolen ... by John
Bill and Hilary Clinton Will Host LI Fundraiser
Monday, July 15, 2013 - Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton will be hosting a fundraiser event in the Hamptons next month to raise money for their foundation.  Donors will pay $5,000 to attend and enjoy dinner with the Clintons.  The event will take place on August 23 rd ... by John
Only 11 of the Highest Paid Executives on LI are Women
Friday, July 12, 2013 - A new survey on Long Island executives has just been completed for Newsday by S&P Capital IQ, a line of McGraw-Hill which researches analytics.  The group compiled a list of the 249 most highly paid executives on Long Island in 2012.  The most striking demographic information gleaned ... by John
Peppi Marchello Dies After Open-Heart Surgery
Thursday, July 11, 2013 - Peppi Marchello, singer of the Long Island based rock band Good Rats, passed away from a heart attack yesterday evening around 9:00 pm.  Marchello was 68 years old, but he had been plagued with recent health issues.  Only weeks before, he had open-heart surgery, but he seemed to be ... by John
Long Island Residents Combat Natural Gas Port
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - On Tuesday night, Long Island residents debated whether or not a company called Liberty Natural should build a natural gas port 17 miles off the Jones Beach coast called “Port Ambrose.”  According to Liberty Natural, the new natural gas port would lower energy prices and bring ... by John
Sayville Bank Robber Still at Large
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - Yesterday, a Capital One Bank in the town of Sayville was robbed by a man who entered at 3:40 pm and demanded cash.  The robber entered the 160 Main Street bank and handed a note to the teller which stipulated the demand for money.  According to police in Suffolk County, the man is ... by John
DEC Announces Possible Changes to Fishing Regulations
Monday, July 8, 2013 - Sportsmen and businessmen will want to pay attention to what the New York State Department of Environment Conservation (DEC) is up to.  The DEC is proposing changes to the current freshwater fishing regulations which govern the activities of fishermen off the coast of Long Island.  The ... by John
Purple Heart Returned to Long Island Family
Friday, July 5, 2013 - During World War II, Staff Sgt. Arnold Haapala from Elmont, Long Island, was killed in action during the invasion of Normandy, a fierce battle and a key turning point in the war against the Third Reich.  Haapala receieved a purple heart for his heroic actions and his sacrifice, one of the ... by John
Disabeled Long Island Couple Finally Moves In Together
Thursday, July 4, 2013 - Paul and Hava Forziano celebrated their marriage months ago, but until recently they were forced to live separately in group homes which would not permit them to share a residence.  The mentally disabled couple and their families launched a federal lawsuit against the groups which kept them ... by John
600 LIRR Retirees Lose Disability Benefits in Fraud Scheme
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - A U.S.federal agency has been investigating a fraud scheme on Long Island, and as per the results of the investigation (which is still ongoing), the agency will be cutting benefits for some 600 recipients.  According to investigators, more than a decade ago, the United States Railroad ... by John
Two LI Beaches Closed to Swimmers
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - If you are planning on going swimming over the 4 th of July weekend on Long Island, you will need to steer clear of two beaches in Suffolk County.  The Suffolk County Department of Health Services has closed Tides Beach in Rocky Point and Copiague Harbor Beach in Copiague.  The reason ... by John
Mysterious Clipboard Falls From the Sky and Nearly Hits Long Island Resident
Monday, July 1, 2013 - Gus Binos from Shirley, Long Island, was outside washing his car on Thursday afternoon around 3:30, when he heard a crashing noise nearby.  Glancing 20 feet to one side, he discovered a metal clipboard which had fallen from the sky.  The clipboard was full of aviation instructions, and ... by John
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