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‘Madam’ calls, and Spectronics Corp. goes all CIA

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By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Art Imitates Life file comes the Spectronics Corp., which is absolutely ready for its latest closeup. The Westbury manufacturer smiled for the cameras on Friday, when production of the CBS Network political drama “Madam Secretary” moves in for a day of location shooting. Spectronics Corp.’s 100,000-square-foot facility played the role of a Virginia company that’s (spoiler alert) actually a CIA front, in an episode slated for broadcast later this year. The maker of ultraviolet lamps and high-tech fluorescent leak-detection products won’t be quitting its day job, but these occasional location shoots – this i... Read More
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Governor Cuomo Announces Plan To Rebuild 78 Miles Of Power Transmission Infrastructure In The North Country

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Rebuild of Major North-South Power Transmission Artery Will Modernize System; Help New York State Meet Governor's Clean Energy Standard of 50 Percent Renewable Electricity by 2030. Albany, NY - July 21, 2017 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced plans to rebuild 78 miles of power transmission infrastructure in the North Country, further strengthening the reliability of the New York State electric power grid and enabling more upstate renewable energy to connect to the power system throughout the state. The newly rebuilt transmission line, called the Moses-Adirondack Smart Path Reliability project, will help the state meet the Governor's Clean Energy S... Read More
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Long Island Concerts & Events: July 21-23

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Chris StapletonThis Tennessee-based country crooner performs hit hits, such as “Never Wanted Nothing More.” Supporting acts include Anderson East and Brent Cobb. Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $30-$250. 7 p.m. July 21. VoyageThe Ultimate Journey Tribute Band Featuring Hugo, with opening act Fleetwood Macked. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 8 p.m. July 21. Los Lonely BoysAfter a prominent guest appearance on the 2005 Santana album All That I Am, Los Lonely Boys solidified their success with 2006’s Sacred, which brought two more Grammy nominations, and 2008’s Forgiven, as well as the holiday-themed Christ... Read More
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LIPA approves 570 acres of solar projects

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The Long Island Power Authority just approved solar projects proposed for more than 570 acres in Calverton. The 10 planned solar installations in Calverton that LIPA gave the green light for Thursday would generate a total of 38.5 megawatts and create at least 250 construction jobs. The $98 million in pending property sales for the parcels earmarked for the new solar installations were brokered by Marie Zere of Ronkonkoma-based Zere Real Estate Services. Zere represents the two companies, Salt Lake City-based sPower and Juno, Fla.-based NextEra Energy Resources, that have signed contingency contracts for the Calverton properties that range in size from 25 acres to 115 acres. Their proposed solar installations, which ... Read More
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LIBN readers feel ‘summer of hell’ effects on the road

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The start of MTA repairs to Penn Station is already driving Long Island drivers crazy. That’s according to a recent poll on libn.com. In response to the question “Do you think traffic has gotten worse since the MTA’s ‘summer of hell’ began?,” 64 percent of all respondents said it has. Of those who said they’ve experienced more traffic, 55 percent described the traffic as “unbearable,” while 45 percent said it’s “noticeably worse.” Only 25 percent of all respondents said they haven’t noticed any traffic changes since the Penn Station repairs began July 10. The project, which will... Read More
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Priciest home sales in East Rockaway

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Priciest home sales in East Rockaway (11518) June 2017 The three highest-priced home sales in East Rockaway last month ranged from $600,000 to $650,000. The priciest East Rockaway home sold in June was a 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath newly built colonial on .11 acres at 37 Alexine Ave. that sold for $650,000. It was listed by Ed McNulty of Ed McNulty Realty and sold by his Ed McNulty Realty colleagues Carla Raso and Barbara Green. A 5-bedroom, 2-bath expanded cape on .14 acres at 77 Denton Ave. fetched $600,000. It was listed by independent realtor Michael Gregoretti and sold by a non-member of the Long Island Board of Realtors. At 66 Newkirk Ave., a 5-bedroom, 3.5-bath split lev... Read More
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9 Tucked Away Nature Spots on Long Island

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The William Floyd Estate in Mastic, as taken by Long Island artist/photographer Xiomaro, who was commissioned by the National Park Service to document the historic site. His photos will be on display July 4 through Aug. 17, 2014 at the Patchogue Watch Hill Terminal. Long Island is full of parks and preserves celebrating the region’s history and natural wonders. Here are nine to check out while the weather’s nice! Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Huntington. parks.ny.govThis park was originally an estate purchased in 1921 by Marshall Field III. Today, Caumsett, which trans... Read More
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Fentanyl Bust On Long Island

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Published on Jul 20, 2017Federal agents stormed a Long Island home in a residential area that was allegedly used to turn out the deadly drug fentanyl. CBS2's Jessica Layton has the details. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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Destination Long Island: July 27-29

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LONG ISLAND SKIES AT VANDERBILT PLANETARIUM What seasonal constellations are visible in the Long Island sky? The Friday night show explains it, and also delves into stars and deep-sky objects. Weather permitting, visitors can join planetarium staff on the observatory, and view the sky through a 16-inch Cassegrain telescope. (Vanderbilt Planetarium. Centerport. 631-854-5579. Through September.) BRASIL GUITAR DUO AT HUNTINGTON ARTS FESTIVAL João Luiz and Douglas Lora bring a mix of classical and Brazilian music. The 2006 winners of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the duo performs Bach, Sor, Scarlatti, Debussy as well as such traditional Brazilian dance forms ... Read More
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LI attorney charged in fraud scheme

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A Long Island attorney has been charged in a scheme to fraudulently register shell companies with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and secretly sell stocks, authorities said. David Lubin, of West Hempstead, was charged with one count of conspiracy to unlawfully sell unregistered securities with regard to his role at Entertainment Art Inc., according to the U.S Attorney’s Office in Southern District of Florida. The company, Entertainment Art later became Biozoom Inc. Authorities said Lubin participated in the fraudulent re-sale of Entertainment Act on behalf of the buyer, including triggering false filings with the SEC. He now faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 or double the proceed... Read More
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Employment up 1.7% as the hospitality sector rocks

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Long Island added 19,000 jobs in the year ending in June, a 1.7 percent increase that brings the region’s total private sector employment to 1,172,200, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The increase was in line with national numbers and slightly below New York State job growth of 1.9 percent. Statistically, all of the growth came between May and June, when the region added a record 19,000 jobs, well above the historic average for the period of about 13,500. Give credit to the leisure and hospitality sector, which entered the summer on a strong note. Hotels and restaurants increased payrolls by 7,000 when a gain of 4,100 is typical, while the arts, entertainment, and recreation industry added 5,500 jobs compared to the aver... Read More
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Unconventional Wisdom from John Kominicki: The third track project proves that good things come to those who wait. For 70 years.

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A state review board has approved the Long Island Rail Road’s long-considered third track project, a $2 billion plan that will speed service, enhance reliability and eliminate dangerous traffic crossings along a 10-mile stretch of rail between Hicksville and the Queens border. Four major lines link up with the main track there, meaning the fix will resonate across the Island’s entire rail system, boosting capacity that, for the first time, will allow New York City workers to reverse-commute to unfilled Long Island jobs, giving the region a sure economic boost. The project will also add sound buffers, improve track beds and drainage, plus modernize signals, switches and communication systems. There will be added parking ... Read More
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Century-old 8-acre Bayfront Estate in Center Moriches Asks $4.9M

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It’s tough to tell what’s more abundant: the space at this eight-acre estate or the far-as-the-eye-can-see views overlooking Moriches Bay at 16 Sedgemere Rd. in Center Moriches that is listed for sale. Built in 1916, the 14-bedroom mansion has 17 and a half bathrooms, an over-sized eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, a wood-burning fireplace in the living room, a library and plenty of other amenities. It sits on a 341,075-square-foot lot—that’s the size of three city blocks. Outside, the house has a wrap-around porch, two-car garage, a 40-foot in-ground heated saltwater pool, tennis court and 425 feet of water frontage. The house is a short drive from Terrell River County Park, Moriches Yacht Club and The Ha... Read More
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Cuomo rides the rails at LIA luncheon

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A day after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was lustily booed at Citi Field after snagging a foul ball, New York’s own Andrew Cuomo gracefully fielded a pop-up – and brought down the house – at a Long Island Association luncheon. Playing to an extremely favorable crowd at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, Cuomo was interrupted by several ovations as he reported progress on multiple fronts in the state’s e... Read More
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17 MS-13 Gang Members Busted Amid Crackdown, Feds Say

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Suffolk County police investigate the murders of four males at a park in Central Islip on Thursday, April 13, 2016 (Timothy Bolger/Long Island Press) Seventeen reputed MS-13 street gang members and associates were arrested recently for their alleged roles in several murders, including a quadruple slaying in Central Islip four months ago, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Charges that the suspects are facing in a 59-count indictment unsealed last week at Central Islip federal court include murder, attempted murder, assault, arson as well as... Read More
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Cuomo touts third track as part of $6B transportation transformation

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About a year and a half after Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a Long Island Association meeting announced his support of a third track for the Long Island Rail Road, he returned to the group Wednesday to celebrate its approval by the state legislature. Cuomo at the LIA’s summer luncheon at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury told a crowd of at least 1,000 that this $1.9 billion project was part of a nearly $6 billion transportation infrastructure transformation. Design build contracts are slated to go out for the third track, as well as other projects that amount collectively to one of the nation’s biggest such construction projects. The 9.8 mile main line third track from Floral Park to Hicksville, recently approved... Read More
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Legislature Presiding Officer Gregory to Host ‘Civic Tech Suffolk’ Conference

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Gregory: "The civic tech industry could have the answers to so many challenges we face here in Suffolk." Hauppauge, NY - July 19, 2017 - For the first time in the Long Island region, a conference next month will be dedicated exclusively to the emerging industry of civic tech. Hosted by Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, the “Civic Tech Suffolk” conference will explore how government can use technology to solve municipal and social challenges. The event is part of the Presiding Officer’s “Charting the Course” series on how government and business can develop strong... Read More
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Helicopter carrying WWE exec makes emergency ocean landing

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A helicopter carrying the son of World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon made an emergency landing Wednesday in the ocean off New York, and neither the pilot nor passenger were hurt. Shane McMahon, also a WWE executive, was the passenger in the Robinson R 44 helicopter that came down in the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island’s Gilgo Beach late Wednesday morning. The red aircraft could be seen bobbing on its bright yellow pontoons as small boats circled about a half-mile south of the beach. “It was very unnerving,” McMahon said to reporters later. But the pilot “was super calm which made me super calm and we landed perfectly.” He later expressed his thanks to the pilot and emergency responders and tweete... Read More
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Rizzo: A game of wait and see plays out in LI real estate

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The real estate sector is critical for economic growth. This is typically the largest consumer purchase, and consumption expenditures overall account for more than two-thirds of GDP. But for quite some time, this sector has performed unevenly — both at the national level and here on Long Island. One month shows promise only to be followed by a subsequent pullback. This market has yet to demonstrate any sustained traction. This pattern is puzzling, because many of the conditions for growth in real estate are already in place.  On Long Island, the labor market has been at or near full employment levels for more than a year.  And this is exerting upward pressure on wages. The stock market has surged as well, which should bolster ... Read More
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Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Hot Dogs

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Whether grilling at home or ordering from a restaurant, there’s nothing like sinking your teeth into a tasty frankfurter on a hot summer day. But not all tube steaks are made equally. Since July 19 is National Hot Dog Day, when better to score a juicy foot long from Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers, which won Best Hot Dogs on Long Island in the 2017 Best of Long Island competition for the third year in a row. Of course, there’s also the ever-popular Nathan’s Famous, which was the national company to win the title of Best Hot Dog on LI this year. Some wiener aficionados prefer to grill their own instead of go... Read More
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Long Island Press Returning To Print In September

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Schneps Communications announced Wednesday with great pride that it will relaunch the print edition of the Long Island Press as a monthly news and lifestyle publication on Sept. 1, 2017. The company is also excited to announce that John Kominicki has been hired as the new publisher and executive editor of the Press. In addition, Joanna Austin has been named associate publisher/senior vice president. The two join Timothy Bolger, a longtime Press reporter who was recently promoted to editor in chief, in preparing for the relaunch.  John Kominicki is the new publisher of the Long Island Press. “We are thrilled to have put together a power team to relaunch the beloved Long Island Press bra... Read More
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LI rents on the rise, while NYC’s dip

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The average rent for apartments on Long Island rose slightly in June, though the rate of rent growth slowed from May. Average rent in Nassau and Suffolk counties was $2,263 in June, just $10 higher than the $2,253 average rent recorded in May, according to the latest report from Axiometrics, a Dallas-based analyst of the apartment and student housing market. The annual effective rent growth rate for Long Island last month was 3.1 percent, down from 4.2 percent in May. The national rent growth rate last month was 2.5 percent. Demand for rental apartments continues to be strong on Long Island. June’s 97.3 percent occupancy rate for Nassau and Suffolk is the highest among major metro areas in the U.S. By comparison, t... Read More
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Feds OK $537M loan for NYC’s Farley train project

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New York has been greenlighted for more than $500 million in federal loans to covert the Farley Post Office building in Manhattan into a modern transit hub, replacing the rabbit warren of tunnels known as Penn Station. The credit program, formerly called the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act but better known as TIFIA, has been used repeatedly by the state for big construction projects, including the State Island ferry terminals and the new Tappen Zee and Goethals bridges. The Farley loan would cover about a third of the $1.6 billion project and would be paid back from rent and tax agreements from eventual tenants of the... Read More
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Islip approves zoning for first phase of Heartland project

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More than 15 years after it was first pitched, the transformative Heartland Town Square mixed-use redevelopment project has cleared another hurdle. The Islip Town Board voted 5-0 Tuesday to approve the zoning for the first phase of the ambitious plan to remake 452 acres of the former Pilgrim State Psychiatric Hospital property in Brentwood into a walkable new-urbanist community. Only about a third of the much-debated and long awaited $4 billion mega-project that proposed to bring 9,100 apartments amidst more than 3 million square feet of accompanying retail and office space will be accommodated by the new zoning. The town zoning for the project’s firs... Read More
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Nader: Costs aside, college education provides big benefits

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Claude Solnik’s recent LIBN column, “Connecting the Debts,” is important and timely.  However, the column neglects to mention the enormous benefits that higher education yields. It’s vital, however, to look carefully at these benefits as well as the costs. Long Island is a college and university rich environment. It offers a diverse range of excellent institutions of higher learning with widely varying costs, substantial scholarship opportunities, and outstanding program options. The returns to a thoughtful investment in many of these colleges can be extraordinary. There has rarely been a time when the returns to a college degree were bet... Read More
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State holding meeting on Ronkonkoma Hub grant

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The state’s Empire State Development Corp. will hold a public meeting Tuesday evening on the $50 million grant for the Ronkonkoma Hub project. The meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Brookhaven Town Hall, allows public input on the grant and represents the final step in the grant awarding process. The money from the recently approved state grant will go towards parking garages, as well as engineering and consulting costs for the $650 million Ronkonkoma Hub redevelopment, which will remake some 50 acres around the Ronkonkoma Long Island Rail Road station. East Setauket-based Tritec Real Estate, the project’s developer, will break ground on the first phase of construction as soon as Suffolk County starts its planned $... Read More
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Where to Find Açaí Bowls on Long Island

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Photo by Archie. Move over, avocado toast. Açaí bowls are the new trend on Long Island and by the looks of it, the trend is here to stay. The bowls, with an ice cream-like base consisting of the super fruit açaí and other mix-ins, are packed to the brim with uber-healthy toppings like strawberries, blueberries, honey, coconut and even hemp seeds. The Mayo Clinic shows that although research is limited, the super-food offers health benefits like an abundance of antioxidants.  The West Coast trend has made its way east and Long Island Isla... Read More
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Priciest home sales in Deer Park

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Priciest home sales in Deer Park (11729) June 2017 The three highest-priced home sales in Deer Park last month ranged from $460,000 to $519,000. The priciest Deer Park home sold in June was a 5-bedroom, 3-bath hi-ranch on .23 acres at 76 Ellensue Drive that sold for full asking price of $519,000. It was listed by Deborah D’Ambrosio of Signature Premier Properties and sold by Chiungying Shih and Feng Chen of Realty Connect USA. A 4-bedroom, 4-bath colonial on .21 acres at 440 Old Country Road fetched $480,000, which was $1,000 over asking. The property was listed and sold by Loraine Burke of Coldwell Banker Easton Properties. At 7 Sabatino Court, a 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath ... Read More
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Suffolk County seeks $50M from state for septic upgrades

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Officials on Long Island are asking the state of New York for $50 million to help residents replace aging septic systems. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone told The Associated Press on Monday that the investment would improve water quality while protecting one of Long Island’s most precious resources for residents, businesses and visitors alike. Under the septic replacement program residents can apply for up to $10,000 for new septic systems. Older, failing systems have been blamed for a variety of problems including algae blooms, fish die-offs and contaminated beaches. Bellone says water quality not only affects residential quality of life but also can have a big impact on tourism and the area’s overall eco... Read More
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3 MS-13 Gang Members Arrested in Central Islip Quadruple Murder

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Suffolk County police investigate the murders of four males at a park in Central Islip on Thursday, April 13, 2016 (Timothy Bolger/Long Island Press) Three reputed MS-13 gang members were reportedly arrested for their alleged roles in a quadruple murder in Central Islip four months ago. Alexis Hernandez, Santis Leonel Ortiz-Flores and Omar Antonio Villata were each indicted on murder charges at Central Islip federal court in connection with the slayings, according to multiple local news reports. The victims include 16-year-old Justin Llivicura of East Patc... Read More
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Spectacular Tudor Mansion in Upper Brookville Selling for $29M

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Marvelous. That is the best word used to describe this Tudor-style mansion built on a 40-acre estate that is listed for sale on Mill River Road in the Village of Upper Brookville Built in 1970, this spectacular mansion has five bedrooms, four fireplaces, four bathrooms, two half bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, library, powder room, bar and gym. The rustic exposed ceiling beams give the interior a castle-like feel. It is built on a 40.41-acre lot—that’s 1,760,260 square feet, or nearly as much area as Grand Central Station. Outside it has a pool house, two cottages, a five-car garage, two porches, a patio and a heated 75-foot in-ground pool. The propert... Read More
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Curran Eyes Shattering Highest Glass Ceiling in Nassau

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Nassau County Legis. Laura Curran (D-Baldwin) is the Democratic nominee for Nassau County Executive in the November 2017 elections. Nassau County Legis. Laura Curran (D-Baldwin) made history this spring when she became the first woman ever to be named a major party nominee in the race for Nassau County executive. Now that she’s within striking distance of shattering the glass ceiling in the county’s highest elected office, Curran, who also has the Working Families Party nomination, faces a Democratic primary challenge from Nassau Comptroller George Maragos, a former Republican who switched parties last fall. Her general election rival is ex-New York State Sen. ... Read More
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Mourners Remember Ill-Fated TWA Flight 800

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Monday marks the 21st anniversary of the crash off Long Island's south shore which killed all 230 people on board. As they do every year, family members gathered at the seaside memorial site -- still questioning what brought down the Paris-bound jet. CBS2's Ali Bauman reports.... Read More
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Award-winning Re-Nuble lays waste to malnutrition

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By GREGORY ZELLER // An outer-borough biotech with a Long Island lineage is racing to the head of the organic-fertilizer field. Re-Nuble Inc., founded by scientifically oriented business IT specialist Tinia Pina, has snagged a 2017 American Entrepreneurship Award and the $25,000 interest-free loan that accompanies it – the latest feathers in the cap of a 2015 startup that transforms food waste into fresh produce. The American Entrepreneurship accola... Read More
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Pally: Summer repairs mean a better LIRR is on its way

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As the Long Island Rail Road enters a summer of 2017 with significant challenges from a variety of issues, including the extensive repairs being undertaken by Amtrak at Penn Station, it may be difficult to envision a much more efficient and safer system, unimpeded by various infrastructure impediments.  However, if we can all get though the current short-term frustrations, the longer term will provide such a system.  There are significant improvements on the way which will lead to a much more constructive relationship with our customers. As many may be aware, but cannot see, the new east side access connection to allow the LIRR to move trains directly to Grand Central continues on its path to completion.  Deep under the current... Read More
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Port Washington Native Makes Comedic Short Screening at LI Film Fest

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From left to right: Katrina Medoff, William Kozy and Elizabeth Watson star in Home Invasion for the Holidays. It’ll be Christmas in July when a locally made comedic short called Home Invasion for the Holidays screens this week at the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIIFE) in Bellmore. The film is the first for Elizabeth Watson of Port Washington, who wrote, produced and starred in the short. The film follows a newly divorced mom (Elizabeth Watson) and her college drop-out daughter (Katrina Medoff) who, fearing not having a man... Read More
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CEBIP battery barons inch toward 76West title

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook battery business with European roots has made the cut in a state clean-energy contest. StorEn Technologies, which is peddling a proprietary vanadium-flow battery for stationary energy storage, is one of eight finalists in the 76West Clean Energy Competition, which is spun out of Albany’s Southern Tier Soaring initiative – a $3.1 billion investment in business development and community growth across New York’s southernmost economic zones. The competition is focused exclusively on the Long Island, New ... Read More
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Pols to NY Islanders: Come Home to Nassau Coliseum

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New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson (29) watches the puck slip by Washington Capital goaltender Brandon Holtby (70) on a shot from John Tavares (not pictured) for the opening goal (Photo by Joe Nuzzo). Nassau and Suffolk county lawmakers are teaming up in their call for the NHL’s New York Islanders to once again make the renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale their home ice. The renewed calls for Long Island’s only major league sports team to ... Read More
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Dog helps rescue deer from water

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Mark Freeley knows his English golden retriever is loyal and caring, but the dog surprised his owner when he plunged into New York's Long Island Sound to help a fawn. Freeley started recording a video, not knowing what would happen next. Erin Logan of CBS station WCBS-TV reports.Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow "CBSN" on Instagram HERE: ... Read More
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Long Island Concerts & Events: July 17-20

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Rod Stewart / Cyndi LauperTwo of music’s most acclaimed artists and powerhouse live performers will tour together this summer when Rod Stewart is joined by special guest Cyndi Lauper. Stewart and Lauper have been awarded nearly every industry award and honor for their incomparable catalog of hits and activism. Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $30-$420. 7:30 p.m. July 18. Who’s Afraid of Edward Albee?His award winning plays are thrilling, provocative and uniquely Albee. He insisted that our most primitive instincts keep asserting themselves in the most civilize... Read More
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Nurse, Patient Reunite After 25 Years

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Published on Jul 14, 2017Patient Hadassah Willig hugged nurse Maxine Hogan for the first time in 25 years at Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital on Friday. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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Long Island Concerts & Events: July 14-16

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Lady AntebellumThis Tennessee-based country band returns to LI to play their hits, such as “Need to Know” and “Just a Kiss,” on The You Look Good Tour with opening acts Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $32.75-$66.25. 7:30 p.m. July 14. Murray & Peter Present: “War On The Catwalk”Starring contestants from Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race on VH-1. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $34.50-$152.50. 8 p.m. July 14. ... Read More
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Moore: Long Island needs to find legal path for accessory apartments

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For many years now, Long Islanders have found their own way to address two problems endemic to the region: the growing number of homeowners having trouble keeping up with their mortgages and the urgent need for more affordable housing. Their answer has been accessory apartments in single-family homes: separate, secondary, dwelling units typically of much smaller size than the primary home, either in the house itself or in a carriage house or converted garage. Almost four decades after some Long Island towns began cautiously issuing permits for accessory apartments in single-family homes, this housing type is broadly accepted in Suffolk County even as it remains controversial in much of Nassau. At the same time, despite any number ... Read More
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Charming Traditional Garden City Home Listed for $1.4M

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This charming, traditional home built more than a century ago with the sophisticated custom millwork to prove it is listed for sale at 142 Brixton Road in the Village of Garden City. The welcoming shingle-style home built in 1911 sits on a 12,000-square-foot double lot, twice as big as a basketball court, offering plenty of space for both a front with a swing and back deck overlooking the beautifully landscaped yard. It’s located in the heart of the coveted estates section of the community. The five-bedroom home has two and a half bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen, a spacious formal dining room, basement, wine cellar and three fireplaces. Adding to its allure is the hardwood floors a... Read More
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The war for Long Island’s environmental soul

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By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State may be a national environmental leader, but it’s not as easy being green on Long Island, where an environmental civil war is raging. Both sides claim the “green” flag in this conflict, which pits the Island’s past against its future – represented here by old-school NIMBY behaviors and new-age solar harvesting – and ripples across multiple markets. Gerard Rosengarten: A nose for NIMBYism. Insiders say the issue will not only decide the fate of two proposed... Read More
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No. 228: Sleep at your desk, promising T-Cell therapy and Elvis has left the brewery

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Happy Friday: Freed slave and entrepreneur Sarah Goode became the first African American woman to receive a patent on this day, in 1885. Her invention combined a fully functioning roll-top desk with a full-length bed. (Assembled by her husband, Archibald, a carpenter and self-described “stair builder.”) MP3 code formatting was formally christened on this date in 1995, giving sound engineers compression rates of 90 percent and up. Previously, the average home computer didn’t have enough storage for the music from even one album. (For our young readers, an “album” used to be a... Read More
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10 Most Annoying People at The Beach

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The beaches of Long Island are great for relaxing, soaking up the sun and having some peace and quiet to yourself. It is the perfect getaway… if you’re not surrounded by these types of beach goers. 10. Teens blasting music.You feel bad asking them to turn their blasting music down, but you are trying to relaxing beach nap after all… 9. People that sit right next to you when the bea... Read More
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PSEG Long Island Creates Future Savings for Customers

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Activates Voluntary Air Condition Cycling Program to reduce peak load. Uniondale, NY - July 14, 2017 - PSEG Long Island continues to have enough electric capacity to meet customer demand for today’s high temperatures and high humidity. While there are no capacity concerns, PSEG Long Island is activating its voluntary Thermostat Energy Conservation Program and Smart Savers program today to reduce loading on the system, helping to create savings for customers. “I... Read More
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Nassau Candy acquires Florida distributor

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Hicksville-based Nassau Candy has acquired a Florida specialty food and candy distributor. McClain’s Old Florida Gourmet, a wholesaler based in Sarasota, Fla., distributes thousands of products from 75 suppliers and will become a division of newly formed Nassau Candy South, according to a company statement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. McClain’s co-owners Kelly Abercrombie and Taylor McClain Mock remain as McClain’s executives. “Nassau Candy South is tremendously excited to partner with Kelly and Taylor in this transaction,” Andrew Reitman, president of Nassau Candy South, said in the statement. “We be... Read More
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Where to Scoop Up Overindulgent Milkshakes on Long Island

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Overindulgent milkshakes are all the rage across Long Island, and here to serve up one of these cool treats to satisfy your sweet tooth are these eight spots we found. Check them out! BurgerologyBurgerology is known mostly for their, well, burgers. But this location also offers a whole menu just dedicated to milkshakes. Some of their more extravagant menu items include “The Campfire,” which includes vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, a toasted marshmallow, and graham crackers lined up around the glass, and “The Rainbow Cookie,” with vanilla ice cream, rainbow cookie pieces, and rainbow sprinkles decked on the glass. 226 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre. ... Read More
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Destination Long Island: July 22-25

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LOBSTER FEST FUNDRAISER AT VANDERBILT ESTATE Spend a summer evening the way the Vanderbilts did on their 43-acre estate overlooking the bay and Long Island Sound. Enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, whole-steamed lobsters, grilled skirt steak, steamed clams, roasted sweet corn, and paella. You’ll find craft beer, sangria and live music and dancing for a fund-raising event benefitting education programs at the Vanderbilt Museum. (Vanderbilt Museum. Centerport. 631-854-5579. July 22.) ROMERO BRITTO EXHIBIT AT LAMANTIA GALLERY Brazilian neo-pop artist Romero Britto (he created the bottles for Absolut Vodka’s Absolut Art ad campaign) is a painter, serigrapher and sculptor. With a g... Read More
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27-Acre Secluded Estate in Fort Salonga Asks $6.4M

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Surrounded by a broad swatch of untouched nature, seclusion aplenty is found on the grounds of Owl Hill, a historic estate listed for sale at 99 Sunken Meadow Road in Fort Salonga. Built in 1903 with luxurious Old-World grandeur and extraordinary craftsmanship, the house is impressive inside and out. What makes this property unique is that is sits on a 27.6-acre lot—that’s more than a million square feet, meaning it has more area than Ellis Island. The eight-bedroom home has five bathrooms, eight wood-burning fireplaces, a formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, music room, library, formal dining room, living room and a three-bedroom staff wing. It also has an expansive attic for ... Read More
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Governor Cuomo Announces Eight Finalists For 76West Clean Energy Competition

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Finalists to Compete for Six Awards Totaling $2.5 Million. Albany, NY - July 13, 2017 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced eight finalists for the $2.5 million 76West Clean Energy Competition in the Southern Tier. In its second round, 76West is one of the largest competitions in the country that focuses on supporting and growing clean energy businesses. The competition complements “Southern Tier Soaring,” the region’s $3.1 billion investment to support economic and community growth. “The 76West competition is bringing innovative businesses to the Southern Tier, generating new economic o... Read More
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Hallock State Park Preserve Debuts on Long Island

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Officials marked the grand opening of Hallock State Park Preserve on the North Fork this week, making it the first New York State Park to be added to Long Island in years. The park’s facilities include a 3,000-square-foot visitor center with a classroom and interactive educational displays as well as new hiking and equestrian trails, fishing, non-motor-powered boating and even scuba diving. The 225-acre plot of land was originally purchased from Keyspan Energy for $16 million in 2003, but wasn’t officially opened to the public until Tuesday. “Good things come in good time,” Rose Harvey, commissioner of the New York State parks department, told those gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The park is th... Read More
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As Trump ‘abdicates,’ Climate Alliance picks up slack

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By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Real News file comes a digital milestone for the United States Climate Alliance, a coalition of states committed to upholding the tenets of the Paris climate accord. The alliance – launched in May, just hours after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the worldwide greenhouse-gas action plan – this week flipped the switch on its first website, an online hub designed “to inform Americans on state actions ... Read More

Flash Flood Watch issued July 13 at 1:11PM EDT until July 14 at 6:00AM EDT by NWS New York City – Upton

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DESCRIPTION: ...Flooding Possible Today and Tonight......FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a* Flash Flood Watch for southern Connecticut, the Lower HudsonValley, New York City, Long Island, and northeastern NewJersey.* Through late tonight.* Thunderstorms will develop this afternoon, and increase incoverage an intensity into this evening. Additional rounds ofheavy rain producing thunderstorms are again possible tonight.Three inches or more of rain will be possible where the heaviestand most persistent storms occur, leading to flash flooding. INSTRUCTIONS: A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that leadto flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very... Read More
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Joe Dowd: Islanders fans are pawns in arena chess game

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Not to espouse heresy, but does Long Island really need the Islanders back? And if so, don’t we already have an arena in the Hub? The new Coliseum isn’t big or flashy or modern enough for the Islanders? Why can’t we just retrofit the new Coliseum to their specifications? Maybe the Islanders should pay for another round of renovations. Explain again, please, why we need a brand new hockey arena at Belmont Park, just eight miles west of Uniondale’s newly renovated entertainment venue? Were we not told the Coliseum could be expanded for big-league hockey, should it become necessary? Dozens of rabid fans packed a community meeting this week to advocate for a new hockey arena at Belmont. I mean no disrespec... Read More
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14 Nabbed in $147M Long Island-based Stock Scam

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Fourteen people were arrested Wednesday for their roles in an alleged Long Island-based stock manipulation scheme that targeted mostly elderly investors who were conned out of $147 million, federal authorities said. The suspects were charged with conspiracy to commit securities fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and securities fraud. They were arraigned at federal courts in Brooklyn, California and Florida. “The defendants designed an elaborate, fraudulent scheme, to defraud the investing public, preying, in particular, upon unsuspecting and elderly investors,” said Bridget Rohde, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.  Prosecutors said the suspects ... Read More
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Opposition on board, Senate clears LIRR ‘third track’

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Just days into the “summer of hell,” the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Long Island Rail Road commuters all got some long-awaited good news Tuesday. State Senate Republicans have signed off on public funding for the LIRR’s roughly $2 billion “third track” effort, clearing a last hurdle for the perpetually debated plan to ease a 10-mile bottleneck between Hicksville and the Queens border – a critical pressure point for legendary... Read More
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Survey: LIRR expansion will boost LI real estate values

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Two projects that will expand service on the Long Island Rail Road will have the biggest impact on property values, according to a new real estate industry survey. The pending mass transit improvements, including the Eastside access tunnel and new LIRR station under Grand Central and the addition of a third track between Floral Park and Hicksville, were the top choices of 91 percent of those surveyed to boost real estate values here. The survey responses were collected at a panel discussion event on the future of Long Island real estate sponsored by Margolin Winer & Evens and Bisnow at the Garden City Hotel on Wednesday. When asked which is most essential for Long Island’s future economic growth, 43 percent of ... Read More
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LIRR SUMMER REPAIR SCHEDULE UPDATE

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Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford would like to share the most recently updated Long Island Rail Road Summer Repair Schedule with residents from the 4th Legislative District that use the LIRR branches listed below to go to and from work to help ease their daily commute as track work continues at Penn Station throughout the summer months. LONG BEACH BRANCH - MORNING RUSH CHANGES · The westbound 3:58 AM train from Long Beach, due Atlantic Terminal at 4:48 AM, will not operate. Bus service will be provided. · An extra early-morning train will be provided, departing Long Beach at 4:58 AM and arriving at Atlantic Terminal at 6:00 AM. · The eastbound 5:28 AM train from A... Read More
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LIRR SUMMER REPAIR SCHEDULE UPDATE

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Nassau County Legislator C. William Gaylor III would like to share the most recently updated Long Island Rail Road Summer Repair Schedule with residents from the 6th Legislative District that use the LIRR branches listed below to go to and from work to help ease their daily commute as track work continues at Penn Station throughout the summer months. LONG BEACH BRANCH - MORNING RUSH CHANGES · The westbound 3:58 AM train from Long Beach, due Atlantic Terminal at 4:48 AM, will not operate. Bus service will be provided. · An extra early-morning train will be provided, departing Long Beach at 4:58 AM and arriving at Atlantic Terminal at 6:00 AM. · The eastbound 5:28 AM tr... Read More
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LI home prices inch higher

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Long Island home prices continued to climb in June as compared with a year ago. The median price of pending home sales in Nassau last month was $499,000, up 2.9 percent from the $485,000 median price in June 2016, according to numbers from the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. Though higher than last year, Nassau home prices fell slightly in June when compared with the previous two months, when the median prices of pending home sales were $505,000 in May and $500,000 in April. In Suffolk, the median price of pending home sales was $365,000 in June, a 4.3 percent increase from the $350,000 median price of a year ago. In contrast with Nassau, the median price of pend... Read More
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Overt Camera Initiative Announced to Boost Public Safety in Huntington and Entire County

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Tech & Science, Local News, Crime, Business & Finance By Long Island News & PR Published: July 13 2017 Legislator Spencer: "Our goal announcing this camera program today is to put criminals on notice: don't come here." ... Read More
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LIRR’s Third Track Gets Key NY Senate Approval to Move Ahead

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While thousands of daily Long Island Rail Road commuters cope with service disruptions as Amtrak makes emergency repairs to Penn Station, this “Summer of Hell,” as Gov. Andrew Cuomo has dubbed the riders’ next two months, was about to become a dire season of stress for the LIRR because a final decision on its $2-billion third track project was suddenly delayed until the end of July—and its fate appeared in jeopardy. But a late announcement Tuesday, July 11, from state Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan (R-East Northport) has put the proposal from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for Long Island back on track. As planned, the LIRR would add another track to its busy 9.8-mile corridor between Floral Park... Read More
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Veteran Ball Players Hit The Diamond In Hicksville

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Published on Jul 12, 2017Residents of Bristal Assisted Living say the real all-star game was played Wednesday on Long Island. TV 10/55’s Long Island Bureau Chief Richard Rose has more. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Cocktails on LI

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Unlike seasonal beers or wine, it’s never a bad time of year to enjoy a good cocktail, although as anyone who enjoys spirits knows, mixologists’ skills vary from one establishment to another. Those thirsty for the region’s namesake adult beverage should head over to Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails, which won Best Long Island Ice Tea on Long Island in the 2017 Best of Long Island competition. That’s no small feat on the island where the beverage was born!  Prefer a mojito? There’s none better than Maria’s Mexican & Latin Cuisine, which was voted ... Read More
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Senior Citizens Play Softball All-Star Game On Long Island

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Published on Jul 12, 2017Baseball fans know the MLB All-Star game was played in Miami Tuesday night, but some truly veteran ballplayers say the real All-Star game was played on Long Island. CBS2's Brian Conybeare reports. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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Exquisite Post-Modern Home in Hewlett Harbor Selling for $2.7M

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This elegant 60-year-old waterfront post-modern home that delicately balances a stylish feel while maintaining its vintage architecture is listed for sale at 1133 Harbor Rd. in Hewlett Harbor. Built in 1957, this home has a three-story entryway that provides a bright and open space, which sets up the aesthetic for the entire house. Natural light from high windows fill almost every room, giving the interior an airy feel. Located right along the bay with 125 feet of water frontage, gorgeous views are among this home’s main selling points. The five-bedroom home has a rear balcony overlooking the yard from the master suite, five and a half bathrooms, a powder room, two-story living ... Read More
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DoorDash was built using AI to speed up food deliveries

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The next time you hear someone prattling on about life’s simple pleasures, remind them of one of life’s more complicated ones: eating delicious food in your home. For those of us who aren’t natural chefs – and even for the weary ones who are – that means having it delivered. As DoorDash well knows, that can at times be a devilishly difficult business. That’s one reason why Tony Xu, DoorDash’s co-founder and current CEO, decided in 2013 to build the company’s food-delivery software on artificial intelligence. “Doordash at the end of the day has to be a phenomenal measurement and data business,” Xu said at MB 2017. “There’s lot of information... Read More
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Crikey! Northwell, Aussie counterparts come together

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Some of Northwell Health’s best practices are heading down under. A unique exchange program between the New Hyde Park-based health system and Australia’s Epworth HealthCare system has brought a team of Aussie clinicians and administrators to Long Island to soak up some Northwell Health style. Epworth HealthCare is the largest Australian nonprofit health system, with 6,500 employees and 10 hospitals serving Melbourne and other parts of the densely populated State of Victoria. To help it run better, Epworth delegates took notes on how they do things at Northwell He... Read More
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New food delivery service comes to Long Island

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DoorDash, a tech company that provides door-to-door restaurant delivery, has entered the Long Island market. The company has launched in more than 20 communities in Nassau County. The company – which already has a footprint in Manhattan, Brooklyn and parts of Queens – has also expanded into Bergen and Essex counties in New Jersey. The San Francisco-based company is providing delivery from Bareburger, which has four locations in Nassau, as well as Doughology, located in Lynbrook. Additional venues include Revel Restaurant & Bar located in Garden City, Sufiya’s Grill which has eateries in East Meadow and Merrick and Frank’s Steaks, which has restaurants in Jericho and Rockville Centre. National partners inc... Read More
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Cantor: Long Island continues to sail into economic head winds

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As Long Island heads into the second half of 2017, a sense of where the economic winds are blowing could prove insightful. The first barometer is interest rates on what we can earn in our savings accounts. It’s paltry to say the least, and the recent gross domestic product (GDP) numbers for the first quarter of 2017 suggests that what we can earn on our savings will remain disappointing. Illustrating the economic headwinds is the lethargic real annualize GDP growth of 1.4 percent for the first quarter of 2017. Just released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, this is a decrease from the fourth quarter of 2016 when GDP increased at an annual rate of 2.1 percent. This dismal growth may be why Federal Reserve Board Chair Jan... Read More
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The Net Neutrality protest day

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Google, Facebook, and other technology companies joined over 70,000 organizations to promote the benefits of net neutrality. Today is the Internet-wide day of Action for Net Neutrality, and anyone can participate. The FCC and its chairman Ajit Pai are looking to remove Obama administration’s legislation that makes it illegal for Internet Service Providers to charge different prices for access to different services. Technically, this would pave the way for throttling of data, possibly making it harder for startups and innovators to reach their audience as the Internet Service Providers may slow down the traffic of small companies to give preference to more profitable clients. FCC wants to remove the Open Internet Order, en... Read More
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New Florida condos pitched on LI

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Brokers representing a new condominium property in Florida are holding a sales presentation at a Long Island restaurant on Wednesday evening. Jordan Tepper of Douglas Elliman Real Estate will be at Hendrick’s Tavern in Roslyn from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to pitch a new 139-residence luxury condo development called Akoya, a nine-story tower inside the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. The two- to five-bedroom Akoya condo residences range in size from 1,891 square feet to 4,500 square feet and are priced from $800,000 to $3 million, according to a condo spokeswoman. Boca West recently underwent a $50 million restoration project to improve its club facilities. Ameniti... Read More
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Elevating the spirits

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While its wine country has received worldwide acclaim, Long Island isn’t known as a hotbed for spirits. In fact, when Long Island Spirits opened its doors in Baiting Hollow in 2007, it was the first craft distillery on Long Island since the 1800s. When seeking a new head of distillery operations to take it to the next level, Long Island Spirits looked to a region that’s renowned for its distilled spirits. The company hired Brandon Collins from Kentucky, where he managed daily spirit production for Buffalo Trace, which produces premium whisky brands such as Pappy Van Winkle, Eagle Rare and E.H. Taylor. At Long Island Spirits, Collins will manage all phases of distillery production, fermentation, grain selection, distille... Read More