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Published Aug 17, 2017
College isn’t the only way to achieve the American dream 
THE WASHINGTON POST: Aug 16, 2017
Transitioning away from believing that college is the only way to attain the American dream must begin with acknowledging that non-white-collar work is an important part of our economy deserving of both respect and more attentive cultivation…commentary

U.S. teen drug overdose deaths up after years of decline, report shows

AP; Aug 16, 2017
Health expert said it's likely teen overdoses edged up in 2015 because of the increasing availability of newer and more lethal kinds of opioids like fentanyl, which is sometimes mixed with heroin. "If the drugs are more potent, your chances of it (drug use) being fatal have perhaps increased," said Sally Curtin of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Birth pains for Excelsior NEWSDAY THE POINT; Aug 12, 2017
The state appropriated funds for 22,000 scholarships, but received at least 75,000 applications by the July 21 deadline. And that number could go up. “We’ve been saying it’s 75,000 applicants, but likely it’s more than that,” Elizabeth Bibi, deputy director of media relations for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, told The Point. “We’re still calculating the applications.” Bibi said every eligible student would receive the full scholarship…read article

Helping NY homeowners NEWSDAY; Aug 14, 2017
State buys 203 LI mortgages at risk of foreclosure. Under the program, the state essentially becomes the lender, providing homeowners with more latitude to continue paying a mortgage that they found to be unaffordable under traditional banking practices. The program also provides funding to repair homes…read article

Window on LI wage gap NEWSDAY; Aug 11, 2017
Long Island workers near the top of the pay scale earn six times more than those near the bottom, according to a study of wage inequality released yesterday. New York Fed President William C. Dudley said wage inequality is an issue that needs to be addressed…read article

Setting up solar NEWSDAY; Aug 14, 2017
One of state’s largest energy farms planned at Calverton…read article

Nassau home prices jump 9.8% in a year NEWSDAY; Aug 16, 2017
In Suffolk County, the median price was $365,000, a 5.8 percent annual gain. In Suffolk, the median has yet to reach its pre-recession high of $420,000…read article

Record sales for Home Depot NEWSDAY; Aug 16, 2017
Strong retail sales bolster economic outlook NEWSDAY; Aug 16, 2017
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Review of pool fence regulations NEWSDAY; Aug 14, 2017
More Huntington residents may be able to enjoy the fun of a backyard pool under changes proposed for fence requirements. Huntington Town officials tomorrow are to discuss changes to town code which would allow pool owners to use their neighbor’s fence as part of the requirement for having a fence around a yard with a pool…read article 

Traffic Dept. launches new website NEWSDAY; Aug 16, 2017
Brookhaven residents now can request new traffic signals, pavement markings and guide rails on the town’s website…read article

Yes, Race and Politics Belong in the Classroom 
EDUCATION WEEK COMMENTARY; Aug 15, 2017
Ten tips for teachers to engage students in difficult conversations. Recently, Elise, my 7-year-old, walked into the room as I watched a heated conversation about immigration on a popular national news channel and asked me: “Why are people so mad at each other?” I reassured her that people were not necessarily mad at each other as much as they were passionate about their views on the topic. With a look of confusion and a bit of disbelief, Elise walked out of the room. I knew I had missed an important opportunity—a teachable moment—with my daughter…read commentary

The Poison of Identity Politics WSJ OPINION; Aug 13, 2017
The politics of white supremacy was a poison on the right for many decades, but the civil-rights movement rose to overcome it, and it finally did so in the mid-1960s with Martin Luther King Jr. ’s language of equal opportunity and color-blind justice. That principle has since been abandoned, however, in favor of a new identity politics that again seeks to divide Americans by race, ethnicity, gender and even religion…read opinion

It’s a sign of things to come this November NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Aug 12, 2017
Political campaigns, they say, begin in earnest in September. And yet, in the doldrums of August, a lawn sign has sprouted in front of a house on Arnold Avenue in West Babylon
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Ring of Fire: Here comes the sun… NEWSDAY; Aug 16, 2017
It’s the first total solar eclipse visible in the United States in almost four decades…read article

Study: 1 in 8 American adults are alcoholics NEWSDAY; Aug 12, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 88,000 die from alcohol-related causes yearly, more than twice the toll of opiate overdose…read article

Published Aug 9, 2017
Rewrite constitution? NEWSDAY; Aug 8, 2017
Corruption and a rigged political system are battle cries of both sides in a debate over whether New Yorkers should vote this fall to rewrite the state constitution…read article

Panel sounds alarm on opioids NEWSDAY; Aug 9, 2017
Last week the commission, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, urged Trump to declare a national emergency. Doing so, it said, would “awaken every American to this simple fact: If this scourge has not found you or your family yet, without bold action by everyone, it soon will.”
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Chicago sues over threat to withhold ‘sanctuary city’ funds 
NEWSDAY; Aug 8, 2017
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken his fight against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to court, with Chicago becoming one of the first cities yesterday to sue the government over what many U.S. cities argue are illegal bids to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities. “So it’s this simple: Comply with the law or forego taxpayer dollars,” said U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a toughly worded statement…read article

Factory’s new hires: robots NEWSDAY; Aug 7, 2017
The robots were coming in not to replace humans, and not just as a way to modernize, but also because reliable humans had become so hard to find…read article

Congestion pricing eyed NEWSDAY; Aug 9, 2017
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is considering a “congestion pricing” plan for his 2018-19 state budget that would impose an added cost for cars, including “for-hire vehicles,” in New York City. A decade ago, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg pushed for congestion pricing in New York City, but the bill was blocked in Albany. The Bloomberg proposal would have charged drivers $8 at peak, high-traffic times to enter Manhattan in certain areas. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone also declined to comment…read article

NY third in wind energy NEWSDAY; Aug 9, 2017
New York is ahead of most other states in wind-energy production and planning, ranking third in small land-based wind arrays. Federal tax incentives for wind power that once covered a third of project costs are set to expire Dec. 31, 2019…read article

Drug factory planned NEWSDAY; Aug 9, 2017
The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency awarded $356,542 in tax breaks. The drug maker pledged to add 24 jobs by 2020 to its payroll of 22. Dondeti and Tanya Akimova, who co-founded Saptalis, told the IDA board that without Suffolk’s assistance, the company would have to expand in Virginia or Florida…read article

Brookhaven Lab to cut 175 jobs NEWSDAY; Aug 9, 2017
“This staff reduction offers an opportunity for the laboratory to reduce its costs and redirect funding toward growth areas,” BNL spokesman Peter A. Genzer said. [This is a] “voluntary program” that isn’t related to President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget…read article

Suffolk: $7.8M claim denied NEWSDAY; Aug 8, 2017
“This was totally avoidable had we simply performed on the contract,” said Legis. Tom Cilmi (R-Bay Shore). “One bad decision will now cost taxpayers. . . in excess of 20 percent of our general fund tax levy.” “We definitely should take a look at it,” presiding officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Copiague) said. “We have to do our due diligence to make sure that something like this does not happen again as a good steward to the taxpayers.”…read article

Yaphank: New fish passage reconnects lake, river NEWSDAY; Aug 8, 2017
Freshwater fish can now swim from Upper Yaphank Lake into the Carmans River to reproduce for the first time in about 300 years. “It’s finally coming to fruition,” Bob Kessler, of the Coalition to Save the Yaphank Lakes, said of the project…read article

Yaphank to host renewable cells NEWSDAY; Aug 7, 2017
LIPA considers fuel cells an efficient way to strategically fill power vacuums on the electric grid. They also help the utility avoid costly transmission projects. Collectively, the fuel cells will be the largest renewable energy project on Long Island, in terms of megawatts. Fuel cells are considered a “green” energy in the state, capable of earning renewable energy credits, because they turn natural gas and similar fuels into energy through an electrochemical process rather than combustion. Neal Lewis, executive director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, said although some environmentalists oppose fuel cells because they use fossil fuels, he doesn’t oppose LIPA’s plan. “I think it’s an appropriate technology as long as it’s a small part of the overall energy mix,” Lewis said. He called them a “transitional” energy source that can back up intermittent green-energy sources…read article

By erasing districts, town gains NEWSDAY; Aug 9, 2017
Some districts, are not needed because they no longer collect taxes from residents. Other districts disappeared years ago because of mergers, but were never formally stricken from town records. “It’s not going to save a lot, but it’s going to save some,” said Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine. Dissolving the districts helps bolster Brookhaven’s bid to win a $20 million grant in the state’s Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition…read article

7 ‘first’ days for kids NEWSDAY; Aug 8, 2017
“Jericho has almost always started school before Labor Day, in order to get the 186 days,” said Superintendent Henry Grishman. The other districts opening before Labor Day are Great Neck, Herricks, Oyster Bay- East Norwich and Westbury…read article 

College Tests Battle: SAT vs. ACT NEWSDAY; Aug 7, 2017
Admissions exams ramp up their competition for students. Over the past decade in New York, where the SAT has reigned supreme for years, the popularity of the ACT has grown sharply. The number of SAT test-takers statewide in the class of 2016, however, was more than 148,000 — still more than double that of those taking the ACT. College Board upped the ante in adding its first-ever August test date. The Manhattan- based nonprofit, which sponsors the SAT, posted a notice in late April that registration for the exam was open…read article

Shut down Start-Up NY and revamp state efforts 
NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Aug 7, 2017
A recent Newsday report showed that on Long Island, more than half of the companies in Start-Up NY have dropped out. Fifteen of the paltry 28 Long Island businesses that joined either left the program on their own or were removed by the state for failing to comply with guidelines. Some failed, others left New York. Still others remained, but left the program because of its administrative requirements. Start-Up, on which the state spent $53 million to advertise initially, isn’t working here. A year ago, it was time to stop the program. It still is…read editorial

Overdose crisis: Match words with funding NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Aug 9, 2017
In Nassau and Suffolk, opioid overdoses killed 493people in 2016.That’s about 16 deaths per 100,000 people; the national rate is about 10 per 100,000. Trump’s panel has some good suggestions. They include increasing the availability of treatment with medication, currently offered in only 10 percent of programs, and changing federal Medicaid rules to allow reimbursement to facilities with more than 16 beds. That would be a start, but far more must be done…read editorial

Flanagan reveals alcohol struggle NEWSDAY; Aug 7, 2017
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said yesterday he recently completed an alcohol treatment program, saying it was a “step I needed take for myself and for my family.” He concluded, sending a message to others with addiction: “No one is immune. Seek help and regain your personal pathway through life.”…read article

Selling Homes: Online listing, 2% fee NEWSDAY; Aug 7, 2017
REX Real Estate Exchange, which charges a selling commission of 2 percent instead of the usual 5 percent to 6 percent, launched its Long Island operation last week…read article

Published Aug 2, 2017
Tick bite triggers red-meat allergies NEWSDAY; Jul 30, 2017
Hundreds of people on the East End have become allergic to red meat in recent years after being bitten by the Lone Star tick, with scattered cases cropping up elsewhere across Long Island, medical experts say…read article

Who Gets Hurt When High School Diplomas Are Not Created Equal 
EDUCATION WEEK; Aug 1, 2017
A new study finds that U.S. schools hand out 98 different kinds of high school diplomas, and 51 of them fail to prepare students adequately for college or careers…read article

Published July 27, 2017
From the desk of Suffolk County legislator Sarah S. Anker…
Legislator Anker Announces Permanent Advisory Panel to Address the Opiate Epidemic in Suffolk County
On Tuesday, July 25th, 2017, Legislator Sarah Anker and presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory were joined by their colleagues and drug awareness and substance abuse professionals to announce an initiative to address the opiate epidemic in Suffolk County. Legislator Anker has put forth legislation to form a permanent Heroin and Opiate Advisory Panel which will address the staggering number of opiate overdoses in Suffolk County …read full press release

Opiate advisory panel proposed in Suffolk NEWSDAY; Jul 26, 2017
Almost 500 people died from opioid overdoses on Long Island in 2016, the most ever, according to medical examiners’ offices…read article

Pols call for help to end corruption NEWSDAY; Jul 26, 2017
Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, said that across New York State, a number of local ethics policies have been either not implemented or not enforced
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LI firms investing $20.5M NEWSDAY; Jul 26, 2017
Edo Corp. and Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Corp. received allocations of low-cost electricity from the state Power Authority yesterday to support the plant upgrades…read article

LI unemployment rate pushes past 4%, as job market grows 
NEWSDAY; Jul 26, 2017
The increases in all the numbers, even the unemployment rate, reflect a healthy job market, local economists said…read article

Suffolk County: Court fee may rise NEWSDAY; Jul 26, 2017
County lawmakers have resurrected a proposal to double the administrative fee on Suffolk traffic and parking tickets from $55 to $110, and it now appears to have the support to pass
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Pine barrens group unveils new website NEWSDAY; Jul 26, 2017
“Our goal was to create a site worthy of everything the Central Pine Barrens region offers, and I believe we’ve done that,” John Pavacic, executive director of the Central Pine Barrens Joint Policy and Planning Commission…read article

Town sues over power poles NEWSDAY; Jul 26, 2017
Brookhaven Town has filed suit against PSEG Long Island and LIPA over a hotly contested $31 million project to install tall steel poles in Eastport…read article

TOB: ‘Hoops for Hope’ tourney on Aug. 4 NEWSDAY; Jul 26, 2017
The third annual Jake Engel “Hoops for Hope Barbecue” basketball tournament will be held Aug. 4 and will feature music and entertainment. All proceeds will go to Hope House Ministries…read article

Are We Asking Enough of High School Graduates? EDUCATION WEEK; Jul 19, 2017
There’s a graduation crisis brewing in the United States. As states submit their new ESSA accountability plans to the U.S. Department of Education, they will be required to use high school graduation rates as one of their indicators of student performance. This leaves unaddressed a long-standing problem: Graduation doesn’t mean the same thing in every state, and graduation standards are often absurdly low…read article

LI teen’s angle forces Regents to rescore test NEWSDAY; Jul 26, 2017
The question will be rescored to give all students credit. The question did not have “one clear and correct answer,” according to a notice posted on the state Education Department website
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Jun 29 - Jul 5, 2017
Senate OKs ‘big ugly’ bill NEWSDAY; Jun 30, 2017
In usual Albany fashion, the deal was negotiated behind closed doors by the governor and two house leaders. Rank-and-file members had to wait for hours before seeing a printed bill, followed by a short window to review it before voting…read article

U.S. Labor Dept. seeks decision on OT pay NEWSDAY; Jul 3, 2017
The Labor Department wants salary level to count in deciding who is eligible for overtime pay. But it’s holding off setting the maximum pay a worker can get and still qualify…read article

Opioid antidote in LI schools NEWSDAY; Jul 5, 2017
School districts on Long Island and statewide are stocking naloxone onsite in school buildings to have the opioid antidote at the ready because of the growing issue of abuse of the deadly drugs…read article

SUFFOLK COUNTY - ‘Senior advocates’ to detail aid programs
NEWSDAY; Jul 3, 2017
“Nobody should ever have to go without food, medical attention or other necessities,” Suffolk
County Legis. Lou D’Amaro (D North Babylon) said in the statement, and urged the elderly to “take full advantage of this professional community outreach program.”…read article

July 4 float doesn’t fly NEWSDAY; Jul 3, 2017
Yaphank display is moved after group complains…read article

Our damaging emphasis on testing NEWSDAY OPINION; Jun 30, 2017
“Hypernormalized school testing hurts students’ social and emotional growth. Focusing on the whole child, regardless of scores, needs to become our newer normal.”-Michael Hynes-Pat-Med Schools…read opinion

New Trend on LI: Younger students taking regents NEWSDAY; Jul 3, 2017
Fifty-two seventh-graders in Malverne’s middle school walked across the street to the high school last month, found their seats in the gymnasium and sat for their first Regents exam — in Earth Science — along with ninth-graders and 10th-graders. All of the seventh-graders passed
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The six Americas? Well, not on this Fourth NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Jul 3, 2017
Americans have lots to be grateful for this Independence Day, but nothing more so than Igor Panarin being wrong…read column

What parents should know about new Snapchat, Instagram features NEWSDAY; Jul 5, 2017
People they have accepted as friends on the app can see their exact location on a map while they have the app open. The main concern for parents may be whether their children have accepted people they don’t know in real life. And teens may be doing that in their constant quest to amass followers…read article

Jun 15 - Jun 28, 2017
PLUM ISLAND is a federally-owned magnificent sanctuary for wildlife at the eastern end of Long Island Sound currently threatened by development...read article

New study: $15 minimum wage law cost Seattle jobs NEWSDAY; Jun 27, 2017

Seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage law has cost the city jobs, according to a study released yesterday. A University of Washington team studying the law’s effects found that the law has boosted [hourly] pay in low-wage jobs since it took effect in 2015, but that it also caused a 9 percent reduction in hours worked. For an average low-wage Seattle worker, that’s a loss of about $125 per month, the study said. There would be about 5,000 more low-wage jobs in the city without the law, the study estimated.…read article

PSEG pay disclosure bill passes NEWSDAY; Jun 25, 2017
The bill, which passed the Assembly and Senate unanimously, would amend the LIPA Reform Act of 2013, which a PSEG lawyer in 2015 said explicitly provided for the company to keep salaries and contract costs secret…read article

Blood Bank: Dire need for donations NEWSDAY; Jun 27, 2017
Supplies usually become “fragile” beginning around the July 4 holiday through Labor Day, he said, in large part because blood drives at local colleges—about 20 percent of the overall supply — languish over the summer break…read article

Hope for LI’s housing shortage NEWSDAY; Jun 27, 2017
For those struggling to afford life on Long Island, creating more rental apartments in private homes “could be a big, immediate win,” said Nancy Rauch Douzinas, publisher of the Index
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Comtech to stay on LI NEWSDAY; Jun 27, 2017
The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency granted Comtech $360,581 in tax breaks over 10 years in return for the company’s promise to maintain its local payroll of 114 employees and to add another 18 within two years. A year ago Comtech requested IDA assistance, saying it had recently purchased a Maryland company and had excess space there and in Florida and Arizona…read article

Town’s hacked website shut NEWSDAY; Jun 27, 2017
“They didn’t get into any of our records. None of our records were affected at all,” said Supervisor Ed Romaine. “They were looking to spread fear. This is an amateur attack to do just that.”…read article

Behind Suffolk’s bond rating NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Jun 27, 2017
The bond-rating drop this month, from A to A-, adds urgency for officials to find cuts, raise revenues — or reconfigure Suffolk government to make things work. The trick will be to get it done — or, as has happened in Nassau, face the prospect of a decade-long crawl up from insolvency…read article

Mom knows gang peril in school NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Jun 25, 2017
Most members, officials said, are male, ages 16 to 29, with ties to El Salvador, Honduras or Guatemala. Officials agreed that MS-13 considers undocumented minors—or as Angel Melendez of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations more bluntly put it, “undocumented alien children”— who, as part of a program, were settled with relatives or guardians in Brentwood and Central Islip, as prime candidates for membership…read article

Best beaches for kids NEWSDAY; Jun 28, 2017
What makes a great beach for families? Nonnegotiables: a short walk from the parking area to the sand to minimize the schlep with the kids and all their beach chairs, towels, buckets and shovels. Lifeguards. Nearby bathrooms. A perk: something extra to entertain the kids, such as an adjacent playground or a spray park. Here are 10 Long Island beaches that meet the nonnegotiables and throw in some perks as well…read article

Jun 8 - Jun 14, 2017
Obamacare challenge NEWSDAY; Jun 9, 2017
Regulators may reduce the 16.6 percent increase in Obamacare individual insurance rates that insurers have requested in New York. But industry experts warned that if the state were to cut the increase request too aggressively, insurers could leave the marketplace…read article

Safeguarding senior savings NEWSDAY; Jun 12, 2017
By the time Roseann Keiles realized a scam artist had his hooks in her mother, Marie Barbuto, the damage was done. The 82-year-old Long Island woman, who had Alzheimer’s disease, had mailed away thousands of dollars in little envelopes to a man calling himself “Mr. Cashman” who phoned every day asking for money…read article

LI firm’s good fortune NEWSDAY; Jun 8, 2017
Henry Schein Inc. is Long Island’s lone representative on the list of Fortune 500 companies…
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Where is the geographic center of Long Island? NEWSDAY; Jun 8, 2017
To calculate the center, cartographers use an application called a geographic information system, according to Suffolk County cartographer, Carl Lind…read article

Lasting Legacy NEWSDAY; Jun 12, 2017
Park in North Bellport rededicated in honor of community volunteer…read story

Exam times reduced NEWSDAY; Jun 13, 2017
The Board of Regents voted yesterday to cut by one-third the amount of time that students in grades three through eight spend taking much-debated state exams in English Language Arts and mathematics, starting next spring…read article

Suffolk fight on LIPA and taxes NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Jun 11, 2017
For Suffolk, the LIPA tax issue has only added to the county’s structural deficit — the difference between recurring revenues and expenses — which is estimated at $135.3 million to $179.7 million…read column

A new generation buries its own NEWSDAY OPINION; Jun 12, 2017
Millennials are grappling with the opioid plague. They need better information…read opinion

Polar bears treading on thin ice NEWSDAY; Jun 9, 2017
Rapid global warming has sped up the movement of sea ice off Alaska’s coasts, and polar bears already at risk are paying a price…read article

Jun 1 - Jun 7, 2017
Constitutional divide NEWSDAY; Jun 7, 2017
Residents in November will vote on a statewide referendum to hold a convention to make changes to the New York State Constitution. The state constitution mandates that every 20 years voters get the opportunity to cast ballots on holding a convention. “If the public votes for a convention it’s because the public wants change,” said Evan Davis, manager of the Committee for a Constitutional Convention. For example, Davis said convention delegates could create a commission to sanction lawmakers for official misconduct; more fairly disburse state education funds; and prevent judges from being chosen by political party bosses…read article

Student interest is high in free NY college tuition NEWSDAY; Jun 7, 2017
To be considered for the fall semester, students must fill out the application by July 21
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Fears drive immigrants off food stamps NEWSDAY; Jun 7, 2017
About 3.9 million citizen children living with noncitizen parents received food stamps in fiscal 2015. “It is an attempted moral blackmail to say ‘If you Americans don’t give me your money, I can’t stay here and feed my children,’” said Mark Krikorian, an advocate for reducing immigration. “Well, it’s your choice. No one made you sneak into the United States.”
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Legislature plots final days NEWSDAY; Jun 5, 2017
Lawmakers will continue working on measures that could become part of a traditional end-of-session “big ugly” deal. Among the contenders facing longer odds are: Pension sweeteners for public worker and teacher unions influential with the legislature that are commonly sneaked into the late-June rush of legislation, but which fiscal watchdogs argue are political favors that are costly to taxpayers…read article

Pull illegal signs, feds press state NEWSDAY; Jun 6, 2017
A total of 514 signs have been put up by the DOT and the state Thruway Authority at a cost of $8.1 million…read article

U.S. productivity flat; labor costs increase 2.2% NEWSDAY; Jun 6, 2017
The productivity of American workers was flat in the first three months of this year, while labor costs rose at the fastest pace since the second quarter of last year…read article

PSEG grid girds for storm season NEWSDAY; Jun 1, 2017
Weather forecasts predicting an above-average number of storms this season may meet their match in an electric system undergoing one of its most intensive and costly hardening initiatives in decades…read article

LI proposals seek priority NEWSDAY; Jun 6, 2017
Panel hears pitches on developments seeking state funds…read article

$31.7M power project nearly done NEWSDAY; Jun 6, 2017
PSEG Long Island in recent months has been fielding complaints from residents and businesses along a stretch of Eastport connected to a seven-mile array of 80-foot steel poles along a wooded stretch of County Road 51…read article

$3M to help LI battle spread of pine beetles NEWSDAY; Jun 6, 2017
The invasive species, considered one of the nation’s most destructive forest pests, first was discovered in New York in 2014 at the William Floyd estate in Mastic Beach, Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley, Connetquot River State Park Preserve in Oakdale and elsewhere in Suffolk County…read article

Shedding light on street lamps NEWSDAY; Jun 5, 2017
PSEG Long Island has begun a formal count of all the streetlights on Long Island in a move that could lower some municipal electric bills and raise others…read article

Bellone: Smaller County Hike kin SCCC Budget NEWSDAY; Jun 1, 2017
Bellone’s version of the $220.9 million college budget provides a $42,414,805 county contribution to the two-year school—$417,880 less than trustees sought…read article 

Catch a Lyft in Suffolk NEWSDAY; Jun 7, 2017
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone yesterday became the first downstate suburban official to embrace the startup of local ride-hailing services in time for the July 4 weekend
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Sparks fly over power poles NEWSDAY; Jun 7, 2017
Brookhaven Town councilman Dan Panico yesterday rebuffed claims by PSEG Long Island that he had been “thoroughly briefed” on a project to install dozens of 80-foot-tall steel poles along a business and residential district of Eastport…read article

All Star Arena: IDA eyes tax-break clawback NEWSDAY; Jun 3, 2017
The developer of an indoor soccer facility in Coram may have to repay tax breaks granted in 2013 because he didn’t notify officials he had leased space to a CrossFit studio, the Brookhaven Town Industrial Development Agency said…read article

TOB: ‘Humble and Kind’ students recognized NEWSDAY; Jun 7, 2017
Brookhaven Town Councilman Dan Panico has recognized third-grade students at Dayton Avenue Elementary School for their humble and kind efforts…read article

Revisions criticized NEWSDAY; Jun 6, 2017
New York State’s recent attempts to revise academic standards for elementary and secondary education appear to weaken or muddy major requirements in reading and writing, according to pro-standards groups at the national and state levels…read article

More Testing Is Forecast for Nation's ELL Students 
EDUCATION WEEK; May 24, 2017
The significance of English-learners is on the rise as this population grows and the changes in federal law that suggest a more precise look at how those students are performing in school are a reflection of that, advocates and experts say…read article

Nitrogen woes no easy fix NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Jun 4, 2017
“These are all baby steps,” said Assemb. Fred Thiele (I-Sag Harbor). “But it’s like turning around a battleship. It will need a 10-year commitment and an ongoing source of revenue.”read column

Movin’ Out
NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Jun 4, 2017

Numbers are slight, but if population declines persist, they will reshape Long Island’s schools, housing, industry and future…read editorial

Shoreham’s Empty Legacy NEWSDAY; Jun 4, 2017
No nukes, little else at site 38 years after protest…read article

May 25 - May 31, 2017
LIPA - Energy storage batteries: $109M NEWSDAY; May 25, 2017
LIPA will spend $109 million for two large energy-storage batteries to help with soaring summer demand in the Hamptons, LIPA officials also detailed a previously reported plan for future energy use on Long Island. The long-delayed plan found that while LIPA won’t need new power sources until at least 2035, the authority will contract for some 800 megawatts of renewable resources, such as offshore wind and solar…read article

LIPA exceeds ’17 storm budget NEWSDAY; May 27, 2017
$38M spent so far, half on March event that fell short of dire forecasts…read article

Bellone touts Suffolk summer NEWSDAY; May 25, 2017
Kicking off the summer season, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone yesterday called on local residents to not only vacation in Suffolk, but also make the county’s revitalized downtowns their prime destinations along with beaches and vineyards…read article

Getting out of Suffolk NEWSDAY; May 30, 2017
Brookhaven and four other western Suffolk towns accounted for almost all of the county’s loss of more than 5,000 people in a single year. Martin Cantor, director and economist at the Long Island Center for Socio-Economic Policy in Melville, said people leave because of high costs driven by taxes and utility rates…read article

TOB: 9 defensive driving classes offered NEWSDAY; May 30, 2017
The first class is scheduled for June 15 at the town’s Rose Caracappa Senior Center in Mount Sinai…read article

Teaching Students to De-Stress Over Testing EDUCATION WEEK; May 24, 2017
Some districts are taking steps to help students better cope with test anxiety and other stresses of school…read article

No teacher shortage cited on LI NEWSDAY; May 25, 2017
Public schools on Long Island and in most other areas of the state do not face an overall shortage of teachers, despite what some recent news accounts have suggested, the New York State School Boards Association said yesterday…read article

Reform immigration? Fix the laws NEWSDAY OPINION; May 31, 2017
People who are in this country illegally have no right to be here. People who want them gone have every right to demand they be expelled. That’s the law, in a nation of laws. And we should let far more people in legally, while doing a much better job of vetting and tracking them to keep out criminals, and kick out any who commit crimes before achieving permanent legal status…read opinion

May 18 - May 24, 2017
Suffolk top cop testifies before Congress on MS-13 gang
NEWSDAY; May 24, 2017
Sini testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, saying he welcomed the opportunity to work with the panel to figure out ways to eradicate the gang from communities…read article

Audit: NY agency data lacking NEWSDAY; May 18, 2017

In a report disputed by Cuomo, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said yesterday that the Empire State Development Corp. failed to meet more than half the reporting requirements for tax credits and job creation as it dispensed hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks
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‘Tax-cap effect’ boosts budgets NEWSDAY; May 18, 2017
Voters’ adoption of [school] spending plans in all the systems was the first time the region produced a 100 percent passage rate since one-day balloting began in 1996. Said Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan (R-East Northport) in a statement, “Together we have shown that it is possible to reduce New York’s tax burden and continue making smart investments that will support our schools.”…read article

Bellone: County committed to erasing MS-13 NEWSDAY; May 22, 2017
“Our mission is to eradicate this criminal organization from our county,” Bellone said
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Sini to testify on MS-13 NEWSDAY; May 23. 2017
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini is scheduled to testify [Wednesday, May 24] before a congressional panel in Washington. The hearing comes as Suffolk authorities, and residents in particular, grapple with the apparent rise in the gang’s brutality and killings
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NeuLion 4-mile move gets tax break NEWSDAY; May 19, 2017
NeuLion was co-founded by Nancy Li, wife of billionaire Charles B. Wang. Without IDA help, NeuLion “would need to relocate its headquarters to another location outside of New York State,” company attorney Toni J. Hoverkamp said, adding the Island would lose 142 jobs that pay $77,465 a year, on average, excluding benefits…read article

TOB: IDA to audit Clare Rose jobs amid strike NEWSDAY; May 19, 2017
“It is not the role of an IDA to mediate or interfere in labor disputes,” said Brian McMahon, executive director of the IDA trade group New York State Economic Development Council
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In Some States, ESSA Means More Powers for Local School Boards
EDUCATION WEEK; May 24, 2017
Michael W. Kirst, the state school board chair of California, said that as school boards receive more decision-making powers, they should look to broaden their conversations from debates over school construction, budgets, and superintendent contracts to ways of improving classroom learning…read article

Can a Career Tech Ed. School Be Too Popular? EDUCATION WEEK; May 22, 2017
Equitable access to high-quality career-and-technical-education programs is a thorny issue that's getting attention as CTE experiences a resurgence of support from policymakers who consider it an overlooked avenue to higher education and the job market…read article

Don’t make deals with our ballots NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; May 19, 2017
The leaders of four political parties in Suffolk County have been scheming to deprive voters of their right to an honest election this fall. Stop the deals. Stop the cross-endorsements. Stop rigging every race…read editorial

End the Medicaid burden on counties NEWSDAY LETTERS; May 23, 2017
Newsday’s editorial [May 15] mentions that 15 other states pay a portion of their Medicaid costs with local taxes. True, but the editorial leaves out the important point: New York State’s Medicaid mandate accounted for an astonishing $7.2 billion of the $9.5 billion total local-government Medicaid burden across the entire United States…read Letter

How Senate and Cuomo can improve voting in NY
NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; May 23, 2017
The State Senate must break its recent mold, take up and improve the Assembly’s legislation. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo needs to rediscover either the passion or the political calculation that led him to propose his own strong set of measures in January and help move a good package forward…read editorial

Johnny, we hardly knew ye, but we still miss you NEWSDAY TV; May 22, 2017
Twenty-five years ago today [May 22, 2017], the country said goodbye to arguably the purest entertainer television had ever created…read story

Ways you can ruin your finances fast NEWSDAY; May 21, 2017
Here are common ways to trash your finances fast, plus how you might be able to undo or limit the damage…read article

Facing up to danger NEWSDAY; May 21, 2017
More LI softball players opting to wear face mask on field…read article

May 11 - May 17, 2017
NYS economic growth in ’16 slowest in 3 years NEWSDAY; May 12, 2017
New York’s 2016 growth rate was about half that of the nation. “To spark the economy, we must fix systemic problems and improve our worst-in-the nation tax burden and second worst business tax environment,” said Douglas Kellogg, a spokesman for Reclaim New York…
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Bills seek to reinstitute Start-UpNY reporting NEWSDAY; May 16, 2017
State lawmakers are seeking to re-establish reporting requirements for participants in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s tax-free zones program that were repealed in the recently adopted state budget. Start-UpNY created 757 jobs statewide last year, 332 in 2015 and 76 in 2014 after the state spent $53 million on advertising the program…read article

Calmer ed forum NEWSDAY; May 12, 2017
Roger Tilles of Great Neck, who represents the Island on the state Board of Regents and co-chaired [Thursday’s] session, speculated that the light attendance might reflect the fact that public anger over state testing has cooled as Elia and the Regents have shown a more sympathetic understanding of objections raised by parents and teachers…read article

Voter support school budgets NEWSDAY; May 17, 2017
All 124 Long Island school budgets passed…read article

PSEG uses steel for new poles NEWSDAY; May 16, 2017
More than 175 steel transmission poles nearly 80 feet tall are replacing smaller wooden ones along a north-south thoroughfare between Riverhead and Eastport. PSEG spokesman Jeff Weir said the steel poles are needed to harden the system against storms…read article

Smaller legislature nixed NEWSDAY; May 15, 2017
William Lindsay III (D-Bohemia), sponsor of the bill, estimated the move would have saved $2.5 million a year in reduced offices and staff…read article

$10M OKd for septic program NEWSDAY; May 17, 2017
The Suffolk Legislature yesterday unanimously approved a $10-million grant program to help homeowners pay for high-tech septic systems that can cost as much as $17,500…read article

Support for Selden apartment tax aid NEWSDAY; May 16, 2017
The $32 million project cannot secure bank financing without the IDA tax incentives, developer Michael Kelly said. Bruce Morrison and Rich Cremmins of the Selden Civic Association also expressed concern about “our neighbors’ subsidizing” the education of students who would live in the new apartments…read article

TOB: Make your home more energy efficient NEWSDAY; May 17, 2017
A session [Thursday, May 18] titled “A Homeowner’s Guide to Energy Efficiency” will teach residents which light bulbs to use to conserve energy, along with other ways to lower their electric and gas bills. Town Councilwoman Jane Bonner is expected to host the 7 p.m. event at the Rose Caracappa Senior Center, 739 Rte. 25A in Mount Sinai…read notice

Makers Fairs: Bring science to life for LI students NEWSDAY; May 17, 2017
Two maker festivals are happening on Long Island in the coming weeks—one in Nassau County, the other in Suffolk…read article

State Aid to Education: The Funding Formula NEWSDAY; May 14, 2017
All districts—rich or poor—will get baseline aid under funding calculation. And while it once was advertised as a mechanism for providing more money to systems that have impoverished students, the formula currently spreads the cash around. For individual districts, that serves to hold down property taxes, which rank among the nation’s highest…read article

Progress, yes, but still Incomplete NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; May 14, 2017
New York State has improved school programs since it bungled Common Core, but now test boycotts are the biggest challenge. There is a lot of effort, and a lot of money, going into improving education. But the students need to take the tests so we know what’s working and what isn’t…read editorial

Pass better laws to defeat gangs NEWSDAY EDITORIAL, May 12, 2017
Avoid feel-good bills that can’t be enforced…read editorial

A visit to the PEZ factory: Sweet! NEWSDAY KIDSDAY; May 15, 2017
PEZ candy was invented in 1927 in Vienna, Austria, by Eduard Haas III. The PEZ candy was used as a breath mint. The name PEZ comes from the German pfefferminz, meaning peppermint. Using the first, middle and last letter of the word, Haas came up with the name PEZ…read story

May 4 - May 10, 2017
New name for Common Core in NY NEWSDAY; May 10, 2017
The name change helps underscore that teachers and parents throughout the state joined in the revamping, said Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa. “It’s an opportunity to take all the best of the components and turn it back to the teachers and the people who do the work,” said Rosa, a former Bronx school administrator. The standards had consistently drawn praise from educators for their widely acknowledged strengths…read article

High nat’l ranking for 5 LI schools NEWSDAY; May 10, 2017
Locust Valley had the highest ranking on the Island, placing 120on the list. Locust Valley was followed by Manhasset High School, 157, The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, 159, South Side High School in Rockville Centre, 165, and Syosset High School, 200…read article

"Primary mission is murder”
 NEWSDAY SPECIAL REPORT; May 7, 2017
Teens from Central America more violent in bid to make their mark. At the heart of that profile are newcomers from Central America eager to make their mark within an immigrant gang already known for its code of brutality and its weapon of choice, the machete, the sources say. They represent a very small but dangerous cohort among the thousands of young people under 18 who, according to federal statistics, have illegally entered the United States unaccompanied by adults since 2015…read Special Report

New state law makes union dues deductible NEWSDAY; May 6, 2017
Cuomo made New York one of the first states in the nation to allow the write-off…read article

Energy cost details sought NEWSDAY; May 8, 2017
Missing from an exhaustive study by PSEG were the costs to develop hundreds of megawatts of new offshore wind arrays and solar power needed to comply with state clean-energy mandates. “Why would they propose something without knowing what the cost is going to be?” said Carole Leonard, president of the Leisure Village Association, an all-electric community in Ridge…read article

LI school taxes NEWSDAY; May 4, 2017
Many schools plan to add new student programs and services next year, aided by millions of dollars in fresh financial assistance from Albany, as well as reductions in state pension costs
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New benefit for young workers NEWSDAY; May 7, 2017
Companies with operations on Long Island are starting to offer a benefit of keen interest to millennials: helping them pay off their student loans…read article

‘Enormous’ stash of heroin NEWSDAY; May 4, 2017
A Coram man described as a neighborhood drug dealer was arrested yesterday after authorities found “an enormous” amount of heroin in his home — as well as a cache of guns and more than $16,000 in cash, police said…read article

Coram: $1.2M road project declared completed NEWSDAY; May 8, 2017
The project included drainage improvements and new curbs and sidewalks on the roads, all of which are in the Strathmore Court neighborhood…read article

Grad rate of 95% is goal NEWSDAY; May 9, 2017
The 159-page blueprint…is the product of 18 months’ work by Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, her staff and consultants. Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa of the Bronx urged members to set high expectations for students under the ESSA plan. “All kids can do this,” she said. “I think if we start under the assumption that only some kids can do this, we hold ourselves back.”…read article

Young minds hard at work NEWSDAY; May 7, 2017
Hundreds of Suffolk County children in kindergarten to grade six competing [Saturday] at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s annual Elementary School Science Fair in Upton…read article

Municipal raises unsustainable NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; May 7, 2017
In Suffolk — unlike in Nassau, or most other municipalities, for that matter — nonunion employees get additional compensation each year via step increases…read column

The answer blowin’ in the wind? NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; May 7, 2017
Invenergy offers an ambitious proposal to build wind and solar farms in rural Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, and to send us that power via the existing grid and a new underwater cable…read article

Update the ways New York votes NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; May 8, 2017
If lawmakers refuse to approve changes, and if Cuomo fails to act as either a prod or a battering ram, the re-energized public can get it done on its own—by voting in November for a constitutional convention…read editorial

It’s a mad dash toward reform NEWSDAY COLUMN, May 9, 2017
Transparency in government? More than two years of scandals, convictions and a variety of corruption allegations has made the issue almost impossible for politicians to ignore. At least, that is, during an election year…read column

Book: Suffolk tops state for UFOs NEWSDAY; May 9, 2017
Is there something strange going on in Suffolk County? More UFO sightings have been reported in Suffolk than in any other county in New York State…read article

Food chain expanding NEWSDAY; May 5, 2017
Stew Leonard’s to open 2nd LI store in East Meadow…read article

Half of U.S. homes hang up landlines NEWSDAY; may 5, 2017
Just over half of U.S. households — 50.8 percent of homes and apartments—had only cellphone
service in the latter half of 2016…read article

New generation of gardeners NEWSDAY; May 7, 2017
Millennials are digging in and more are growing their own food…read article

Apr 28 - May 3, 2017
Con-Con at bat NEWSDAY TALKING POINT; May 3, 2017
The most contentious item on the November ballot could very well be the question of whether New York should hold a constitutional convention in 2019. Labor unions, especially teachers unions, are against a convention because they say it could result in changes in pensions and the right to unionize…read Talking Point

Young adults can’t afford to leave nest NEWSDAY; May 2, 2017

A Pew Research Center survey released last year revealed that for the first time in 130 years, young people ages 18 to 34 are more likely to be living with parents than with a romantic partner…read article

Ocean winds rising NEWSDAY; Apr 30, 2017
Norwegian firm prepping to build 100 turbines off LI…read article

LI lab’s funding saved NEWSDAY; May 3, 2017
The new federal budget deal ensures full funding for Brookhaven National Laboratory this year, and could help protect 3,000 local jobs…read article

All-electric LIPA users seek relief NEWSDAY; May 3, 2017
More recently, the group cited new bill charges such as revenue decoupling, an upstate nuclear plant bailout and a three-year rate hike as chief factors making their electricity less affordable. They also cited the cost of pending projects such as the $1.62 billion South Fork wind farm…
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Suffolk considers suing LIPA NEWSDAY; May 3, 2017
A proposed legislative resolution sought by Suffolk Comptroller John Kennedy would direct the county attorney to assess the viability of legal action against the Long Island Power Authority for failing to pay $6.6 million in property taxes. “This is a huge step forward in getting it before a court of law,” said Brookhaven Supervisor Edward Romaine, who first raised the issue in 2015. Jason Elan, spokesman for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, said the administration was unaware of the proposed LIPA resolution…read article

IDA: Door company plans to expand site NEWSDAY; May 2, 2017
IDA officials said the company said it would move if the benefits are not approved…read article

TOB: Higher revenue leads to $6.5M surplus NEWSDAY; May 2, 2017
Brookhaven Town finished last year with a $6.5 million budget surplus because of increased revenues and reduced payroll spending, town officials said…read article

Math Test Boycotts NEWSDAY; May 3, 2017
“Until state assessments are cleanly and clearly uncoupled from teacher evaluations and are used solely to inform instruction, opt-outs will continue to be a reality,” Middle Country Superintendent Roberta Gerold said…read article

Common Core revisions unveiled NEWSDAY; May 3, 2017
Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced new revisions yesterday in English and math standards that apply to public elementary and secondary schools statewide and acknowledged that the Common Core moniker might be dropped from those academic guidelines…read article

They know the score NEWSDAY; Apr 30, 2017
Test grading has been a surprising answer for data firm eager to grow…read article

Chairman: SBU to cut theater NEWSDAY; May 1, 2017
Students at Stony Brook University are rallying in support of the theatre arts department after its chairman said he was told admissions would be suspended because of budget cuts…read article

Questions for next MTA boss NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; May 3, 2017
It’ll take audacity and ingenuity for the new MTA boss to uncover the remnants of featherbedding. Until then, we’ll have the same headlines about excessive overtime payments, spurts of outrage and unanswered questions…read editorial

The Breakfast Top 10 NEWSDAY; Apr 27, 2017
A food critic ranks your on-the-go morning sandwiches…read article

Depression Glassware: Reflecting the past NEWSDAY; May 2, 2017
Fans of Depression glassware can’t get enough of the stuff…read article

Apr 20 - Apr 26, 2017
Weak links in brick-and-mortar chains NEWSDAY; Apr 23, 2017
Private equity deals put retailers at higher risk…read article

LI’s jobless rate in March falls to 4% NEWSDAY; Apr 26, 2017
The number of unemployed residents declined by 4,100 to 58,600, the lowest for the month since 2007…read article

Big raises in counties NEWSDAY; Apr 23, 2017
In Suffolk, all of the 532 full time nonunion employees, including elected officials, receive the same percentage raises as the 4,500 members of the Association of Municipal Employees, the county’s largest union. In 2016, the salary hike was 3 percent, plus step increases of 4.4 percent.…read article

LIPA review: Don’t overhaul aging plants NEWSDAY; Apr 23, 2017
LIPA and PSEG found no need for additional generation, but they cited state mandates by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in doubling down on plans for new green energy over the next 20 years — about 800 megawatts of primarily offshore wind-generated power. Neither the LIPA summary of the full (and unreleased) PSEG study nor LIPA officials who briefed Newsday last week gave any indication of the ratepayer cost of those new green energy power sources…read article

Large scale battery sited NEWSDAY; Apr 21, 2017
Long Island’s first large-scale energy-storage battery would be placed on a parcel of land owned by National Grid in East Hampton…read article

LI Index unveils data-rich online map revamp NEWSDAY; Apr 26, 2017
The Long Island Index is unveiling a redesigned online map that provides information on everything from schools and local governments to neighborhood level population profiles…
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Sini: State Police to help fight MS-13 NEWSDAY; Apr 21, 2017
On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he was prepared to offer resources to help the county combat MS-13 violence, which Cuomo called an “out of control” situation…read article

Plan to ‘eradicate’ MS-13 NEWSDAY; Apr 25, 2017
After recent killings, Bellone calls for more resources to take on gang in Suffolk…read article

Amid backlash, Bellone pulls fee hikes for tickets NEWSDAY; Apr 25, 2017
Bellone responded yesterday by dropping plans for $8.1 million in new and higher fees and called instead for cuts that would block step increases for about 400 top county nonunion employees, and force them and elected officials to pay a 15 percent share of health insurance costs…read article

7 LI schools in top 200 NEWSDAY; Apr 25, 2017
Jericho High School led the Island’s schools, ranked 11th in New York State and 67th nationally…read article

Emerging degrees NEWSDAY; Apr 23, 2017
Editor’s thoughts: This is primarily an advertisement for colleges; however, it does provide some insight to the reader regarding degrees with the most current job potential…read ads

Shoreham-Wading River: Class of 2018 trip defunded NEWSDAY; Apr 26, 2017
Leaders of the Shoreham- Wading River school district, facing a backlash for paying nearly $153,000 for the senior class trip to Disney World, are defunding next year’s trip. “They’re getting such pressure,” board member Jack Costas said in an interview. He said he believes board members and administrators were worried the community would “vote ‘no’ for the budget in protest.”…read article

Exploited with deadly results NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Apr 20, 2017
“I would say a disproportionately high number of unaccompanied minors have been put into the Brentwood and Central Islip communities, particularly Brentwood,” Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said in an interview yesterday. “I think, from talking to people at the federal level, there is reason to believe that MS-13 is coordinating a good bit of this, including whether or not families are encouraged to take kids or pressured to take kids.”…read column

Albany’s unfinished business NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Apr 23, 2017
Gov. Cuomo says he’s done dealing…read editorial

Yes, we can stop DWI tragedies NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Apr 25, 2017
No one benefits from cars that let people drive drunk. It’s time they disappeared…
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Where’s action on gangs? NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Apr 23, 2017
“The bottom line is that MS-13 members don’t care,” said retired Suffolk Det. John Olivia whose work with the task force helped convict 40 MS-13 members. “Snitch? Bam, you’re dead. Don’t do the work? Bam, you’re dead. And if they can’t get to you, they’ll make a telephone call to El Salvador or somewhere else and say, ‘Kill his parents,’ ‘Kill his brother.’ ”…read column

Newfound planet could harbor some form of life NEWSDAY; Apr 20, 2017
It is in the constellation Cetus, 39 light years or 230 trillion miles away…read article 

Why isn’t every day Earth Day? NEWSDAY OPINION; Apr 23, 2017
What’s the downside to protecting nature?...read opinion

A few good reasons for adults to watch ‘13 Reasons Why’ 
NEWSDAY; Apr 26, 2017
Parents: If you hear your middle and high school kids talking about a new Netflix series called “13 Reasons Why,” you might want to jump into the conversation…read article

Family Fun: Bikes and tykes NEWSDAY; Apr 26, 2017
Long Island’s parks abound in public paths ideal for safe, fun family rides…read article

Shoreham: Suffrage’s summer home NEWSDAY; Apr 26, 2017
Suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton led the 19th-century fight to win women the right to vote. For about the last 15 years of her life, Stanton worked from her summer home in Shoreham…
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Apr 13 - Apr 19, 2017
New superintendents appointed in 2 districts NEWSDAY; Apr 19, 2017
In the Springs district, Debra Winter will become superintendent effective July 1. Winter has served as assistant superintendent for student and community services in the Longwood school district for the past 16 years. She received a lifetime achievement award from the Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators for her mentoring work and advocacy for students with disabilities. She is a former president of the group…read article

Start-Up NY rule axed NEWSDAY; Apr 14, 2017
The new state budget removes a requirement that businesses participating in the Start-Up NY tax break program report annually on how many jobs they’ve created and how much money they’ve invested in their operations. Start-Up NY participants have created 1,135 jobs in 2 1/2 years while the state spent $53 million in advertising to promote the program…read article

Shoreham: Tour adds to debate on site use NEWSDAY; Apr 19, 2017
A proposal by local and state lawmakers to preserve 800 wooded acres around the shuttered Shoreham nuclear plant from development as a solar farm got a potential boost yesterday as officials of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration toured the site on a fact-finding mission…
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Polls: Rising benefits costs worry employers NEWSDAY; Apr 19, 2017
A separate survey of about 100 retailers and other service firms on Long Island, in New York City and its northern suburbs found employee benefit costs were a top concern. After employee benefits, the major problems for factories were finding qualified workers and taxes…
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Study: Wind farm to fall short NEWSDAY; Apr 17, 2017
“An offshore wind farm at the center of a LIPA plan to address spiking electric demand on the South Fork will produce excess energy when it’s needed least, and fall short of a sharply expanding summer peak load.” The cost for energy from the project would average about 22 cents a kilowatt hour over 20 years [$1.62B], about three times that of conventional energy. Robert Amundsen, an energy- management expert at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, said LIPA’s plan to use wind energy to address a growing need raises questions. “From an operation standpoint it doesn’t really make sense to consider a wind farm as a peaking resource because the idea of peak is to have the power when you need it, and turn it off when you don’t,” he said. “The wind farm is not like that.”…read article

Time for power players to deal NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Apr 16, 2017
LIPA, local governments should end court fight and agree on lowering taxes on plants. LIPA officials are taking a hard stance in their talks with Brookhaven (and being rebuffed by the other municipalities entirely), but need to settle for a deal like the one nearly brokered in 2013…read editorial

Home prices in Nassau, Suffolk jump NEWSDAY; Apr 14, 2017
In Suffolk County the median sales price was $329,900, an increase of 6.9 percent over the $308,600 reported during the same time last year…read article

Grants for replacing septic systems NEWSDAY; Apr 19, 2017
A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Tuesday, and a vote of the legislature could come as soon as May 16. The meetings will be at: 7:30 p.m. April 27 at Port Jefferson Village Center, 101 E. Broadway in Port Jefferson [and other locations]…read article

$192.6M Suffolk capital plan unveiled NEWSDAY; Apr 18, 2017
“Legislator Kevin McCaffrey (R-Lindenhurst), minority caucus leader, said that although he hadn’t yet seen the capital plan…” “Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Copiague) said he had not yet been briefed about Bellone’s capital proposal…”…read article

Bellone hires ex-town supervisor as top aide NEWSDAY; Apr 18, 2017
Jon Kaiman will make $178,733 a year. Kaiman will start with the county later this month when he steps down as president of Arden Claims Service, a Port Washington company that administers negotiated or court ordered settlements, an administration spokesman said. Sources said Kaiman had requested an opinion from the Suffolk County officials about whether he could do outside consulting while working for the county…read article

Suit: Pet group fraud [Friends of Freddie] NEWSDAY; Apr 18, 2017
A Middle Island pet rescue under investigation by the state attorney general’s office was hit with a lawsuit yesterday alleging that sick dogs are being put up for adoption and that fake pet medications are being distributed…read article 

SWR Taxpayers pick up tab to fly seniors to Disney World for four days of fun NEWSDAY; Apr 19, 2017
The [Shoreham-Wading River] district picked up almost the total tab, including airfare and hotel rooms — at a cost of nearly $153,000, compared with less than $10,000 the previous year. Interim Superintendent Neil Lederer said, “If you’re going to look at anybody for making poor judgment, in going forward with the present, the trip that occurred this year, in this academic year, then it would be me,” he told residents at the meeting. “As superintendent I’m responsible for all decisions.”…read article

Million-Dollar Teachers: Cashing In by Selling Their Lessons plans
AP; Apr 13, 2017
“Miss Kindergarten” is in the million-dollar club. So are “Lovin Lit,” the “Moffatt Girls” and about a dozen other teacher-entrepreneurs who are spinning reading, math, science and social studies into gold by selling their lesson plans online to fellow teachers around the world…
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Can Requiring a Post-Graduation Plan Motivate Students? Chicago Thinks So. EDUCATION WEEK; Apr 17, 2017
"What are you doing after graduation?" High school students may grow weary of such inevitable questions from family and friends, or anxiety-ridden as they contemplate their college or career decisions. But now, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed requiring students to report more formally on their post-graduation plans in order to get their diplomas…read article

Fear of too much failure driving state standards NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Apr 13, 2017
Parents and educators will not let rigorous requirements rule if it means more students will fall short of the goals…read editorial

Pull out all stops to end violence NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Apr 14, 2017
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini called this “a long term war,” and that’s true, but the immediate response must be to overwhelm: with patrols, investigation, and good intelligence. The perpetrators must pay. The violence must stop…read editorial

Sini weighs running for Suffolk DA NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Apr 16, 2017
But Sini has yet to officially declare his candidacy and has declined to comment on his committee appearance or his interest in the race. And he didn’t even show up for Suffolk Democrats’ spring dinner two weeks ago, a normal stomping ground for potential candidates…
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The new vending machines: Dispensing data NEWSDAY; Apr 16, 2017
New LI high-tech vending machines gather consumer details for advertisers, retailers…
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Gardening in today’s climate NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Apr 16, 2017
Getting good results demands patience, curiosity and care, no matter the crop…read column

Apr 6 - Apr 12, 2017
Budget highlights NEWSDAY; Apr 12, 2017
The State Legislature over the weekend gave final approval to a $163 billion state budget, which was nine days late. The 2017-2018 budget had been due April 1. Here are some of the major highlights:…read article

Free tuition: Primer NEWSDAY; Apr 12, 2017
Here’s what you need to know about what Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and lawmakers are calling the “Excelsior Scholarship,” which will provide a pathway to a tuition-free education for some students at the City University of New York and State University of New York campuses
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More budget power [for Cuomo] NEWSDAY; Apr 11, 2017
Cuomo’s “federal funding response plan” replaces the constitution’s practice of calling
back the legislature, giving the governor leverage in the process by providing him the final word [on what] to cut and how much, if the legislature fails to agree to a plan…read article

Job openings rise; hires, quits fall NEWSDAY; Apr 12, 2017
The overall figures suggest that the job market remains healthy, although it has yet to take off during the early stages of the Trump presidency…read article

$129M boost in aid for LI schools NEWSDAY; Apr 9, 2017
The aid agreement brings overall state assistance to public schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties to $3.1 billion for the coming year…read article

Study: LI property tax among highest in U.S. NEWSDAY; Apr 7, 2017
In Suffolk County last year [#13 in the U.S.], 69 percent of property taxes went to schools, 17.4 percent to local governments and 11.3 percent to the county, including 9.3 percent to police. The costs of government—including schools, police and municipal services—are higher on Long Island than across the nation as a whole…read article

Challenge of recruitment NEWSDAY; Apr 10, 2017
“As Long Island nears full employment, attracting talent across a variety of occupations is becoming more difficult,” says Shital Patel, labor market analyst in the state Labor Department’s Hicksville office…read article

Dowling sale OKd NEWSDAY; Apr 11, 2017
Princeton Education Center plans to use the campus as a private, bilingual K-12 school licensed by New York State. Representing Princeton Education Center, Chengyu Hou, an attorney with Liu, Zheng, Chen & Hoffman in Manhattan, said “Princeton has many schools,” declining to comment further. He didn’t disclose the location of Princeton’s headquarters, and the company could not be reached for comment…read article

Record number of fatal overdoses NEWSDAY; Apr 10, 2017
At least 493 last year, with powerful fentanyl often to blame, officials say…read article

County payrolls top $1B NEWDAY; Apr 9, 2017
In Suffolk, total compensation for 12,700 full- and part-time employees rose by 5.3 percent to $1.018 billion over the prior year…read article

Aerospace departures NEWSDAY; Apr 11, 2017
Luminati Aerospace LLC, the Calverton startup that plans to build solar-electric airplanes, said yesterday that two senior officials have departed the company. Fifteen people remain on staff
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Suffolk sheriffs contract OKd NEWSDAY; Apr 11, 2017
The new pact, which runs from 2011 to 2018, provides 20.1 percent in cumulative salary increases, plus added adjustments for settling the lawsuit, that make the payout about 23 percent, Bellone aides said. The contract also includes a no-layoff provision…read article

Regents Exams: Passing scores staying at 65 NEWSDAY; Apr 12, 2017
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has quietly dropped plans to raise passing scores on Common Core Regents exams in English and math by the year 2022…read article

Big payrolls drive rising fees NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Apr 11, 2017
In Suffolk, the number of workers decreased by 1,000 under Bellone, leaving a balance of 12,700. Logic — and certainly the county executive’s boasting — might make residents assume that an almost 8 percent staff reduction for Suffolk, would translate into savings. And significant ones at that. But no…read column

Panel shifts stance on prostate cancer tests NEWSDAY; Apr 12, 2017
An influential U.S. government advisory panel is dropping its opposition to routine prostate cancer screening in favor of letting men decide for themselves after talking with their doctors
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Mar 30 - Apr 5, 2017
BROOKHAVEN: Town gets top S&P credit rating NEWSDAY; Apr 5, 2017 
Standard & Poor’s has reaffirmed Brookhaven’s AAA credit rating--the highest designation the financial agency issues--citing the town’s strong fiscal position and commitment…read article

State budget deal NEWSDAY; Apr 5, 2017 
In an abrupt turnaround [Tuesday] after sometimes chaotic, marathon negotiations, the State Senate and Assembly prepared with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to pass a state budget nearly a week after it was due…read article

SUNY heads: Don’t raid our funds to pay for tuition plan

NEWSDAY; Apr 2, 2017
State University of New York campus presidents have criticized a proposal by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to raid the colleges’ foundations to help pay for his “free college tuition” initiative. The SUNY campuses raced to embrace Cuomo’s idea but didn’t realize there would be other costs, said state Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), who chairs the Senate Higher Education Committee. “They were 100 percent behind the governor’s idea of free tuition and now they are upset that they are part of his funding solution,” he said…read article

97,000-plus opt out of exam NEWSDAY; Apr 1, 2017
The updated totals from all responding districts showed 97,068 students of 189,417 eligible to take the exam--51.2 percent--opted out of the test, according to the survey. Last year--51.6 percent--opted out of the test…read article

Electrical apprenticeships NEWSDAY; Apr 5, 2017
The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry of Nassau and Suffolk Counties will begin taking applications [Apr 5] for 31 apprenticeships…read article

New wind farm to cost $1.62B NEWSDAY; Apr 3, 2017
That makes it the fourth most expensive energy contract in the LIPA portfolio, after all National Grid plants at $5 billion, the Neptune cable on the South Shore at $1.75 billion, and the Caithness plant in Yaphank at $1.67 billion…read article

PSEG LI boosts budget for energy efficiency NEWSDAY; Apr 2, 2017
Some of the biggest chunks of the budget are for rebates for Energy Star appliances and other home and commercial products. Money for rebates comes from state programs and a charge on customer bills…read article

Riverhead closer to EPCAL deal NEWSDAY; Apr 5, 2017
“We will be using this historic facility for exactly what it was intended for when Grumman built it in 1956,” said Daniel Preston, CEO of Luminati Aerospace. “By 2022, we project the creation of 2,000 new jobs for Long Island.”…read article

Crackdown on illegal dumping NEWSDAY; Apr 2, 2017
State and local officials are intensifying efforts to stop illegal dumping in Suffolk County…
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Suffolk plan for new, higher fees meets resistance 
NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Apr 2, 2017
Legis. Kevin McCaffrey (R-Lindenhurst), said Bellone views fiscal woes through “rose colored glasses.” “He worries about nitrogen in the water, but it won’t be a problem--no one will be living here,” he said…read article

TOB - Plea for buildings’ removal NEWSDAY; Mar 31, 2017
Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine has asked federal authorities to remove buildings at a Superfund hazardous waste site in Port Jefferson Station after a series of fires there earlier this month…read article

The Life-Changing Potential of Student Mentorship 
EDUCATION WEEK; Apr 4, 2017
According to the National Mentoring Partnership’s analysis of more than 70 mentoring-program evaluations, a mentor-student relationship creates social, emotional, behavioral, and academic improvements in young people’s development, resulting in higher graduation rates and college enrollment. Mentored students are more likely to participate in extracurricular activities, and have better relationships with adults. They are also less likely to start using illegal drugs or start drinking alcohol…read commentary

Latest test for [NYS] ed chief NEWSDAY; Apr 4, 2017
Leaders of a statewide coalition that helped organize the test boycott called for [Commissioner] Elia’s removal from office, contending that the education chief had exacerbated parents’ and students’ anxieties over state exams, rather than providing relief…read article

Push LI poverty out of shadows NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Apr 3, 2017
While changing federal guidelines and improving the reach of programs is part of the answer, the real solution lies in lifting people out of poverty. That requires seeing the region’s economy through a wider lens, to create a diversity of jobs and train a work force that is prepared to take them…read article

"E PLURIBUS UNUM" Admit immigrants who share U.S. values 
NEWSDAY LETTERS; Apr 5, 2017
We want to accept people of all cultures, but “e pluribus unum” means “out of many, one.” We should welcome people who believe in our values and want to become Americans. It has nothing to do with skin color or religion…read letter

Girls Lacrosse-The dilemma over helmets NEWSDAY; Apr 2, 2017
Girls lacrosse players on LI are for the first time allowed to wear headgear–but many won’t…
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Mar 23 - Mar 29, 2017
Budget deal or no deal? NEWSDAY; Mar 29, 2017
Though legislators said they hadn’t agreed to anything yet, Cuomo, a Democrat, told reporters that lawmakers will devote billions of dollars to clean-water projects, including to improve water quality on Long Island…
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LI’s getting poorer NEWSDAY; Mar 28, 2017
Notably, the poverty rate increase during the five-year time period [2011-2015] has occurred solely in Suffolk County…read article

LIPA offers tax settlement NEWSDAY; Mar 28, 2017
LIPA taxes for the Port Jefferson power station would decline to $11.2 million a year by 2024 from the current $32.6 million. John Gross, an attorney for the Port Jefferson School District, said “…that proposal would never be agreed to…It is not even close to any framework we would even consider… That would devastate the district.”…read article

Middle Island “Field of Dreams” Moves Forward
SC PRESS RELEASE; Mar 28, 2017
At the General Legislature Meeting on Tuesday, March 28th, the Suffolk County Legislature approved a Procedural Motion to pursue the acquisition of the blighted old Kmart property in Middle Island. “I am thrilled to be leading the effort to transform this blighted property into a beautiful community park, which will provide a place for the Longwood Youth Sports Association kids to play ball, as well as create an open green space for all residents to enjoy,” said Legislator Anker. “This project is a win-win for all involved and I look forward to working with the community to create their field of dreams on this parcel.”…read press release


New septic systems NEWSDAY; Mar 29, 2017
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone wants residents with aging septic systems to replace them, and he’s pushing a plan that would use grant money and loans from a nonprofit to help cover the costs…read article

TOB: Board votes to tear down vacant homes
NEWSDAY; Mar 28, 2017
The Brookhaven Town Board has voted to tear down vacant houses in Port Jefferson Station and East Moriches if their owners do not repair them…read article

Solar project set to go NEWSDAY; Mar 27, 2017
LIPA’s 20-year contract with Invenergy is valued at $177 million {for the] 24.9-megawatt array at the former Tallgrass golf course in Shoreham.…read article

TOB: Seeking to get $20M NY grant NEWSDAY; Mar 27, 2017
Supervisor Edward P. Romaine has met with eight of the town’s nine village mayors to discuss ways to share services as part of the town’s bid to obtain the grant…read article

A park by the plant NEWSDAY; Mar 26, 2017
Long Island lawmakers request that land surrounding the Shoreham nuclear power plant site — much of which has been eyed for a solar farm — be preserved as a state park…read article

Common Core opt-outs top 50% NEWSDAY; Mar 29, 2017
Jennifer Chernis, a special education teacher in East Moriches and a parent of three children, including two who fall within the grades being tested, said she supports the exams. “As an educator, I feel having standardized testing is important,” she said. “It provides a common measure to determine the instructional needs in our schools and across New York State. When students opt out of the test, it creates a smaller sample of data, which could have a negative impact on our students across the state.”…read article

Praise for prep efforts
NEWSDAY; Mar 25, 2017
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Roger Tilles, who represents Long Island on the state Board of Regents, spent the morning visiting Baldwin High School, which has a program teaching students real-world skills in classrooms…read article

With Hacking in Headlines, K-12 Cybersecurity Ed. Gets More Attention EDUCATION WEEK; Mar 21, 2017
The idea is that both the public and private sectors need more people capable of designing, building, operating, and securing the information-technology systems. Creating curricula and programs that can keep up with rapidly changing technologies isn't easy. Neither is squeezing another new obligation into schools' already-strained budgets and schedules…read article

We need to educate the whole child NEWSDAY LETTERS; Mar 28, 2017
An education should encompass four principles: physical, emotional, academic and social growth…read letter

LI needs a recovery high school NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Mar 29, 2017
Long Island is the epicenter of an opioid addiction epidemic that is rocking the state and the nation. There is no public “recovery high school” in New York State…read editorial

Arctic sea ice at a record low
NEWSDAY; Mar 27, 2017
The extent of floating ice in the Arctic hit a new low for winter: 5.57 million square miles. That’s about 35,000 square miles — an area about the size of Maine — below 2015’s record…
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Sentenced to Shakespeare NEWSDAY; Mar 26, 2017
Juveniles sentenced to Shakespeare read the Bard’s works, take on the role of one or more of his characters, come up with ideas for costumes and sets, memorize their lines, rehearse and then act out their roles for an audience of family, friends and court personnel…read article

Mar 16 - Mar 22, 2017
Library gets energy award NEWSDAY; Mar 21, 2017
The U.S. Green Building Council awarded its Platinum Certification to the Longwood Public Library in Middle Island, which reopened in 2015 after a $17.9 million renovation that included energy-efficient lighting and heating systems. The renovation also expanded the library by 33 percent…read article

This year, the CAP fits NEWSDAY; Mar 19, 2017
No [school] districts planning to pierce state tax cap despite $155M rise…read article

Lease auction pleases backers of wind energy NEWSDAY; Mar 20, 2017
Long Island is poised to become immersed in wind power. LIPA in January signed a 20-year contract with Deepwater Wind to build a 15-turbine wind array off the coast of Rhode Island (it awaits state approvals, among other things), and Deepwater is proposing a separate plan for LIPA that would add another 35 turbines in the same waters…read article

Natural gas price hike hits NatGrid NEWSDAY; Mar 19, 2017
National Grid’s charge for gas, called “supply” on customer bills, has jumped 61 percent from December…read article

Catering to special needs NEWSDAY; Mar 19, 2017
Rising numbers of businesses on Long Island are making their offerings more accessible and comfortable for children with autism and sensory sensitivities…read article

Fed OKs banking firm deal NEWSDAY; Mar 18, 2017
Suffolk Bancorp to be acquired by People’s United…read article

Suffolk offering retail loans NEWSDAY; Mar 22, 2017
The $300,000 fund will provide loans of between $20,000 and $75,000 with a fixed interest rate of 3 percent…read article

SCCC bids over budget NEWSDAY; Mar 22, 2017
A new $16.75 million expo-sports health complex on the eastern campus came in $4 million over budget. Bellone has yet to commit to back the higher cost. “I have serious problems with this,” said Legis. Rob Trotta (R-Fort Salonga), arguing that the project should be scaled back to fit the original budget. “We can’t spend another dollar we don’t have.”…read article

Suffolk County to refinance $136M in bonds NEWSDAY; Mar 22, 2017
Suffolk Comptroller John M. Kennedy Jr. already has refinanced $271.6 million in bonds, which he said will save Suffolk $22.3 million through 2028…read article

Suffolk crime stats drop
 NEWSDAY; Mar 16, 2017
Violent offenses drop nearly 25% from last year…read article

Bellone: Let’s assess health care NEWSDAY; Mar 18, 2017
Bellone issued an executive order [Friday] directing health and social services officials to assess within 30 days how the expected repeal of…Obamacare will affect taxpayers and those who need its services. Bellone also ordered officials to hold hearings on the potential impact of the changes. Legis. Kevin McCaffrey (R-Lindenhurst), criticized the effort “as a complete waste of time” because plans by congressional Republicans to repeal the ACA are only in the formative stages…read article

Suffolk police overtime rises to $47M NEWSDAY; Mar 17, 2017
The figures show that since 2012, when the county passed a new police contract, department overtime costs have risen 68 percent. Legis. Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salonga), a former Suffolk police detective, said the high overtime—and the inability to budget for it — demonstrates that the Suffolk PBA got the better of Bellone in contract negotiations…read article

TOB: Romaine giving State of Town NEWSDAY; Mar 22, 2017
Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine will deliver his annual State of the Town address [today] at 4 p.m. at Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville…
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TOB: Program to offer help to quit smoking
Board to vote on airport upgrades
NEWSDAY; Mar 22, 2017
TOB has announced a six-week summer program to encourage residents to stop smoking. The Brookhaven Town Board votes [today] on committing at least $100,000 for operations at Brookhaven Calabro Airport…read stories 

Helping teachers reduce stress NEWSDAY; Mar 20, 2017

One workday last month in the Three Village school district, soothing music played and an essential oils diffuser scented a break room where a handful of staff members reclined in chairs. A licensed practitioner went from one person to the next, applying acupressure and acupuncture to their shoulders, heads and feet…read article

Sini’s views, in his own words NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Mar 19, 2017
“If it’s Wednesday, or any other day of the workweek for that matter, Suffolk police Commissioner Tim Sini must be having a news conference about something.”…read article

The federal role in defending students NEWSDAY OPINION; Mar 16, 2017
“DeVos can’t destroy public schools, as critics fear, or start huge voucher programs to divert public money to private schools. That’s mostly beyond her role. But she can seriously diminish the Office for Civil Rights.”…read opinion 

IRS Red Flags NEWSDAY; Mar 21, 2017
Certain deductions on your tax forms could trigger an audit, experts say…read article

New heart treatment NEWSDAY; Mar 17, 2017
Heart failure, a major public health concern traditionally treated with medications, is being studied at St. Francis Hospital as a condition that can be controlled in some patients with electrical impulses emitted from an implanted device…read article

Mar 9 - Mar 15, 2017
School-aid funding pot starts to boil
NEWSDAY ‘THE POINT’; Mar 15, 2017
The attempt by Assembly Democrats to push money to the cities and away from the suburbs lends credence to the claim of Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan that a Democratic takeover of the State Senate would leave Long Island defenseless against urban liberals…
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Bill targets nuke plant aid NEWSDAY; Mar 15, 2017
“Long Island is bearing far more of the cost of the state’s failed energy policies than anywhere else in state,” said Blair Horner, the executive director of NYPIRG…read article

NYS: Licensing expedited for military spouses
 NEWSDAY; Mar 15, 2017
The acceleration applies to military spouses who have fulfilled requirements similar to New York’s standards…read article

Radio Shack plans to close 14 stores on LI NEWSDAY; MAR 15, 2017
There are currently about 28 locations on the Island, according to the company website…
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FHA costing LI $3.8M NEWSDAY; Mar 9, 2017
Buyers using FHA loans would have saved an average of $797 a year if a planned 0.25 percent cut in the agency’s mortgage insurance premiums had taken effect. The reduction was announced in early January, before President Donald J. Trump was sworn in…read article

LI job market’s big gain NEWSDAY; Mar 10, 2017
On a percentage basis, the Island’s 2.2 percent overall job growth compares with 1.5 percent for the nation and 1.4 percent for the state in the same January-to-January period…
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LI jobless rate at 4.4%_NEWSDAY; Mar 15, 2017read article

Home buyers heading east NEWSDAY; Mar 15, 2017
In another indication of Suffolk’s growing popularity, the number of contract signings increased annually by almost 15 percent in Suffolk. “The common theme is good school districts, as close to the city as possible,” said Jean-Paul Commisso, manager of Cornerstone Real Estate Services in Smithtown…read article

New role for CA co-founder NEWSDAY; Mar 11, 2017
“I’m going to create jobs right here on Long Island, right here on Route 110,” said CA Technologies co-founder Russell Artzt of his new role with RingLead, a Melville software company…read article

German firm eyes wind farm off Fire Island NEWSDAY; Mar 11, 2017
A German renewable-energy company has submitted an unsolicited bid for more than 40,000 acres of water rights due south of Fire Island for the first phase of a wind-turbine array of up to 400 megawatts…read article

Made on LI NEWSDAY; Mar 12, 2017
Manufacturers say that the Island has high costs but provides them with access to markets and quality workers…read article

Bracing for deadly drug to hit Long Island NEWSDAY; Mar 12, 2017
Officials fear synthetic opioid carfentanil—far stronger than heroin—soon to be trafficked here. Suffolk County registered 276 deaths related to opioid overdoses in 2016 so far, a record number up from 242 in 2015 and a figure that could still rise after 120 pending cases are resolved. …read article

LIPA seeks lower taxes on plants NEWSDAY; Mar 13, 2017
LIPA pays more than $70 per megawatt for the rarely used Port Jefferson plant in taxes, compared with about $2 per megawatt for the 2,150-megawatt Indian Point nuclear plant in Westchester…read article

Promoting the airport NEWSDAY; Mar 9, 2017
“Ultimately, other carriers will look at the airport and say, ‘What’s going on there? I want to be a part of that.’ ”…read article

4 percent rate hike for Suffolk water NEWSDAY; Mar 10, 2017
A 4 percent annual rate hike starting April 1, boosting the average customer’s current $380 annual bill by $15.18 in the coming year…read article

Peering down the budget hole NEWSDAY; Mar 12, 2017
Suffolk County has a new $18 million budget hole. Comptroller John M. Kennedy said all estimates in Suffolk’s operating budget are ultimately Bellone’s responsibility. Kennedy said his office not only sends letters, but calls deadbeats to encourage payment…read column

LAKE RONKONKOMA: Bellone signs bill to treat park wastewater NEWSDAY; Mar 13, 2017
In January, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine asked Bellone to install septic systems at Lake Ronkonkoma due to the water quality being plagued by nitrogen flowing from septic systems and pathogens from nearby restrooms…read article

Brookhaven debris NEWSDAY; Mar 11, 2017
Photographs released by town Councilman Dan Panico showed mounds in Moriches containing large rocks, concrete, stones and sand. He said the debris appeared to be from construction and demolition projects…read article

LI trio tops in science NEWSDAY; Mar 15, 2017
Three Long Island seniors [were] among the nation’s top young scientific minds chosen as finalists from 1,749 entries in the Regeneron Science Talent Search…read article

Charter expansion OK'd
 NEWSDAY; Mar 14, 2017
Charter schools, under state law, are tuition-free, publicly funded and run by boards independent of traditional school districts. Charter schools obtain revenue from those districts, depending on the numbers of students they attract. Riverhead School, with about 414 students, intends to grow to 700 students, while remaining within its current grade K-8 configuration. Seventy-four percent of Riverhead Charter’s students are economically disadvantaged…
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Fee, a new word for tax NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Mar 14, 2017
“Fee? Fie! Foe, frumph! I smell the blood of an —well, actually a series, of backdoor tax increases. Because that’s what fees are.”…read column

Don’t clear acres for a solar farm NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Mar 14, 2017
Offshore wind increasingly looks like the best large-scale renewable energy source for Long Island. Its price is coming down. That’s especially important for Long Island, where real estate is expensive and forests are precious…read article

What’s up with Suffolk? NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Mar 9, 2017
Since December 2012, the end of Bellone’s first year in office, the number of management employees has gone up. Said former County Executive Steve Levy, “While there is a lot of attention on management employees, the impact on the budget is not that great; the big money is with the benefits and pensions of the entire work force, especially with the police department where salaries are unsustainable.” “The most recent police contract is more of a budget buster than the new management employees that were hired over the last few years,” he added…read column

Why health care is so incurable NEWSDAY OPINION; Mar 15, 2017 
In the future, health care reform might become the new third rail of politics…read opinion

Negotiate to get your bills lowered NEWSDAY; Mar 12, 2017

What these bills have in common is competition: In most areas, there’s another provider that you can hire…read article

Insights from outer space NEWSDAY; Mar 12, 2017
Ellen Baker--one of 12 people from the Long Island area to become an astronaut--tells kids about her missions aboard NASA’s shuttles…read article

Mar 2 - Mar 8, 2017
NY unions lost 96,000 members NEWSDAY; Mar 7, 2017
New York remains the most unionized state in the country. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported that nationally union members accounted for 10.7 percent of all workers in 2016, the lowest percentage since this set of records began in 1983…read article

NY Pols eye $5B for water fix NEWSDAY; MAR 6, 2017
Albany debates proposals to improve outdated systems, including on LI…read article

Eye on driver’s ed changes NEWSDAY; Mar 6, 2017
Lawmakers across the country thinking driver’s education should require students to be taught what to do in a traffic stop…read article

Immigrants’ economic boost NEWSDAY; Mar 3, 2017
“People often have the misconception that undocumented immigrants don’t pay taxes, but they pay sales taxes, property taxes . . . and about half file income tax returns.”…read article

Delays slow immigration cases NEWSDAY; Mar 5, 2017
Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which pushes for strict immigration policies, agrees the system is broken but said advocacy groups and lawyers who keep filing new motions and appeals are part of the problem…read article

Astoria Financial deal NEWSDAY; Mar 8, 2017
Astoria Financial’s 88 branches will be rebranded as Sterling National Bank. Sterling said it would close up to 20 percent of the combined company’s branches and other back-office locations “over time.”…read article

Hiring for spring: 900 jobs on LI NEWSDAY; Mar 4, 2017
The Home Depot Inc. plans to fill about 900 part-time and seasonal positions on Long Island…
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Sporting goods chain hiring on LI NEWSDAY; Mar 6, 2017
Dick’s Sporting Goods is hiring to fill about 110 full-time and part-time positions for a new store opening next month in Bay Shore….read article

Bigger Bounty for LI NEWSDAY; Mar 3, 2017
The Nature’s Bounty Co. plans to create 157 jobs in Suffolk County has agreed to modernize its 11 Suffolk facilities and to expand in return for up to $35 million in state aid over 10 years, officials said…read article

Plenty of power NEWSDAY; Mar 4, 2017
PSEG-LI: “New [power] plants may not be needed until at least 2035.” One senior LIPA official discussing the projection Thursday suggested the utility had so much power “optionality” that it could even retire plants such as one in Port Jefferson with little cost and at great savings…
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Seeking drinking water standards NEWSDAY; Mar 4, 2017
Long Island’s drinking water supplies detected perfluorinated compounds…and 1,4-dioxane was found in trace amounts in 36 of 38 suppliers sampled. More than 70 percent of those sampled had detections of 1,4-dioxane at a 1-in-1 million cancer risk after prolonged exposure…
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Suffolk management ranks increase NEWSDAY; Mar 5, 2017
The number of Suffolk County management employees, most exempt from competitive Civil Service tests, has climbed over the past four years while the rank-and-file county workforce has shrunk. “We need more boots on the ground,” said AME president Daniel Levler.“ Adding managers to a low staffing situation doesn’t get more work done.”…read article

Town rezones to save golf courses NEWSDAY; Mar 7, 2017
Single-family housing will no longer be allowed to be developed on the Mill Pond course in Medford and Rolling Oaks in Rocky Point, said Town Councilman Dan Panico…read article

What I learned by joining the school musical KIDSDAY; Mar 7, 2017
By Connor Lioio, Kidsday Reporter  “If you have never tried out for a school play or musical, you should! It’s great fun and you can make new friends.”…read article

States Introduce New Measure of Accountability: Arts Education EDUCATION WEEK; Mar 7, 2017
As states revamp the systems they use to evaluate schools, at least five are considering using the arts as a measure of school quality…read article

Report: Fewer seeking equivalency diplomas NEWSDAY; Mar 3, 2017
Albany’s switch to a more difficult assessment for adult learners was part of a nationwide movement by states toward higher standards. In earlier years, the state used the General Educational Development exam, or GED, which fundamentally was a basic literacy test. “Students have to know science, they have to know history,” said Susan Giuliano, a Nassau BOCES teacher. “The complexity is just more challenging.”…read article

Lego champs move on NEWSDAY; Mar 6, 2017
About 400 children tested their robots’ skills in the 13th annual competition, at Longwood High School in Middle Island…read article

Girls wrestling takes hold NEWSDAY; Mar 5, 2017
There is no girls interscholastic wrestling on Long Island, so those who want to go that route must wrestle boys. “No one really discouraged me from wrestling boys, but then when I got to seventh grade, it was like, forfeit, forfeit, forfeit, because none of the boys wanted to wrestle me,” said Katie Moore of Riverhead High School. “They knew I would beat them and they didn’t want to be embarrassed.”…read article 

“Open the state constitution? Heck, NO!”
NEWSDAY “THE POINT”; Mar 7, 2017
Teachers say ‘ConCon’ is a con. A statewide referendum on whether New York should hold a
constitutional convention is eight months away, but voices against the idea are getting louder.
Now taking up the anti-convention drumbeat is the New York State United Teachers union,
which is laying out its objections to a convention in a series of articles titled “Open the state
constitution? Heck, NO!”…read column 
 

Imrov smackdown at Theatre Three NEWSDAY; Mar 7, 2017

Every Friday night at 10:30—when it looks like Theatre Three in Port Jefferson is about to close —the lights in the basement stay on. Down those stairs, the room turns into a Manhattan-style comedy club with a bar and cabaret seating for 80…read article

Feb 23 - Mar 1, 2017
Push for education aid NEWSDAY; Feb 24, 2017
The state Board of Regents in December proposed phasing in $4.3 billion in funding--known as foundation aid--to districts over a three-year period. State Sen. John Brooks (D-Seaford), said districts need the funding, especially because of an increase in immigrant children attending public schools…read article

Tax breaks criticized NEWSDAY; Mar 1, 2017
An independent, nonpartisan watchdog said yesterday that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed budget should end the practice of providing tax breaks to employers, including Hollywood producers, in the face of questionable results in preserving or creating jobs…read article

NY: Immigrants safe in schools NEWSDAY; Feb 28, 2017
Public schools on Long Island and across the state will remain “safe havens” where all students, including those living in the country illegally, are able to continue their education. More than 6,800 immigrant children, unaccompanied by parents or relatives, settled in Nassau and Suffolk counties from the 2014 through the 2016 federal fiscal years, according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, with an additional 997 such children resettled on the Island during the last three months of 2016…read article

LI’s first VLT casino opens NEWSDAY; Feb 28, 2017
Jake’s 58 general manager Chuck Kilroy called yesterday’s opening a “soft launch” because there were only 265 video lottery terminals. He said 34 machines will be added next month, and a total of 1,000 will be at the site by summer…read article

Giving vets a break NEWSDAY; Feb 26, 2017
Dozens of Long Island school districts are approving tax breaks for veterans of the Cold War — defined by state law as those who served after World War II until the end of 1991. Districts that approve the exemptions, he said, face the prospect of increasing property taxes for others or further tightening their budgets, which already are constrained by the state-imposed property tax cap, said David Albert, director of communications, research and marketing for the state School Boards Association…read article

Study puts LI 2nd in school spending NEWSDAY; Feb 24, 2017
Long Island ranked second to the Mid-Hudson Valley among nine regions statewide in spending on public education. [Long Island median per-pupil spending was $26,168 for 2014-15]. In aggregate, Long Island relies most on property taxes and other local revenues, with 68 percent of all school district revenues from local sources…read article

Screening DA hopefuls NEWSDAY; Feb 26, 2017
“There hasn’t been a contested race since 2001, and there seems to be a lot of interest,” said Frank Tinari, Suffolk Conservative chairman…read article

Free classes set for tobacco cessation NEWSDAY; Mar 1, 2017
Classes are free for Suffolk residents; a nominal fee will be charged for medication for those who are eligible for it…read article

TOB: Officials eye homes for demolition NEWSDAY; Mar 1, 2017
Brookhaven officials may set four separate public hearings to demolish homes. The four structures are in Centereach, East Moriches, Brookhaven hamlet and Ridge…read article

Shoreham: Coalition opposes solar array NEWSDAY; Feb 28, 2017
“From our perspective you can’t find a worse site on Long Island,” said Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine…read article

SUNY chancellor backs Excelsior plan NEWSDAY; Feb 24, 2017
“Are we reaching too high, too fast? I don’t think so, and neither do the presidents of the SUNY colleges and universities who stand ready to implement Excelsior in its final form,” wrote State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher…read article

Why Teachers Are So Tired US-DOE; Feb 23, 2017
“If you’re like most teachers I know, including me and my wife, being tired at the end of the day is a way of life. We’ve become so used to it that it’s hard to imagine how it could be any different.” ...read essay

Suffolk spirals deeper into debt NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Feb 28, 2017
Between the huge checks retiring police officers get on their way out the door and an average cost of $233,000 annually in pay and benefits for each officer, cop compensation is the largest cause of the county’s budget woes. Getting those costs under control is the real key to reining in Suffolk’s budget…read editorial

No secret how to fix Nassau, Suffolk budgets 
NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Mar 1, 2017
Both counties spend more than they bring in because they lack the will to cut spending or increase taxes enough to balance the books. Suffolk County faces the same challenges as Nassau: huge expenses led by exorbitant policing costs and no will to raise the revenue to pay the bills…read article

Suffolk’s culture of unethical behavior NEWSDAY LETTERS; Feb 28, 2017
“This culture, which has developed and prospered over generations, must end.”…read letter

Angry in America NEWSDAY EDITORIAL_ Feb 26, 2017
Most people on either side of this conflict are not marching. And most people support moderate, common-sense solutions to our serious problems. But we have to put the needs of the nation above the culture war…read editorial

Confidence Club NEWSDAY; Mar 1, 2017
Shy teens gather to hone social skills with role play, group outings…read article

Soft skills NEWSDAY; Feb 27, 2017
Intangible qualities are essential, experts say, but finding job candidates who have them isn’t easy…read article

Feb 16 - Feb 22, 2017
The high cost of wind NEWSDAY; Feb 22, 2017
When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in a speech last month touted an offshore wind farm 30 miles from Montauk Point, he made special note of its “inexpensive energy,” saying it would “drive the economy.” With an all-in development cost of $740 million, the 90-megawatt project will be among the most expensive power sources for Long Island to date…read article

College Aid: A closer look NEWSDAY; Feb 22, 2017
More would be eligible for assistance under Cuomo plan, but questions remain. Eighty percent of New York’s households earn less than $125,000 and an estimated 940,000 families statewide have college-age children, 16 to 25 years old, who could be eligible for the program, according to the governor’s proposal…read article

Cuomo drives to cut rising taxes NEWSDAY; Feb 16, 2017
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called yesterday for county executives to put cost saving plans in front of voters this November in order to curb rising local property taxes. But it leaves out school districts, which account for about 70 percent of property tax bills…read article

Road signs cost NY $6.3M more NEWSDAY; Feb 17, 2017
The DOT previously said the signs cost $1.76 million. At a joint legislative budget hearing in Albany, State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll acknowledged the signs cost $8.1 million. “That $1.7 million was a point in time,” Driscoll said when asked by reporters after the hearing about the cost discrepancy. “Now that we have all the costs in…”
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LI CEO: Forgo local taxes NEWSDAY; Feb 16, 2017
Richard J. Daly, CEO of Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc., said the Island must reduce the cost of doing business here in order to become competitive with other regions and states. “Nobody wanted to participate in the dialogue of how are we going to give this company [the benefit of] no income tax and no property tax but it’s going to create thousands of great jobs.”…read article

Speedier ruling sought on LIPA tax challenges NEWSDAY; Feb 16, 2017
LIPA’s taxes, payments in lieu of taxes and assessments amount to $536 million a year, or around 15 percent of ratepayers’ bills. The national average is around 5 percent, LIPA said. LIPA last year made $28 million in payments in lieu of taxes, or PILOTs, for the Port Jefferson plant [which is rarely, if ever, used. Overall, LIPA—actually the LI ratepayers—paid the four local communities housing the Northport, Island Park, Port Jefferson and Glenwood Landing plants a total of $158M in PILOT payments]…read article

TOB: Drive collects 5,000 coats, winter items NEWSDAY; Feb 21, 2017
Brookhaven’s Youth Bureau sponsored the initiative. Donated items were left at a number of churches, shelters, agencies and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts across town…read article

The Buddy Bench NEWSDAY; Feb 22, 2017
Take a seat and find a friend. That’s the idea behind “Buddy Benches” at schools across Long Island and in playgrounds nationwide…read article

When School Doesn't Seem Fair, Students May Suffer Lasting Effects EDUCATION WEEK; Feb 15, 2017
Findings, published in the journal Child Development, fit into a growing body of research that emphasizes the positive effects of building trusting relationships between students and their teachers and ensuring supportive and fair treatment in discipline and other areas…read article

Undocumented Teachers Shielded by DACA in Legal and Emotional Limbo EDUCATION WEEK; Feb 21, 2017
More than 700,0000 undocumented immigrants [are] awaiting word on the fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, an Obama-administration policy that grants temporary deportation reprieves and work permits to people brought to the United States illegally as children…read article

From graduation to the workforce NEWSDAY OPINION; Feb 20, 2017
Seven ways LI colleges, business leaders can bridge education-employment gap…read opinion

School math doesn’t add up NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Feb 20, 2017
Few residents want to deny teachers a good wage or deny students a great education. It’s just that the taxes they pay on their homes are four times the national average and far more than they can afford. When expenses shrink because costs or enrollment decline, the tax burden ought to also…read editorial

Give young addicts a second chance NEWDAY OPINION; Feb 21, 2017
Establish a recovery high school on Long Island to teach and help students…read opinion

How to cut abuse? Try Iceland’s idea NEWSDAY OPINION; Feb 16, 2017
More activities, less isolation reduced teen drinking and drug use. LI should try it…read opinion

How do we replace rewards for labor? NEWSDAY OPINION; Feb 22, 2017
A world where plenty is produced with little labor could be a Garden of Eden. People need to be useful, but many things still need to be done…read opinion

Get innovative to cut LI taxes NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Feb 22, 2017
Brookhaven Town is in a competition. We hope it wins. The prize is $20 million in state funds, and it goes to the local government that puts together the best plan to reduce property taxes by consolidating, restructuring or sharing services. Brookhaven is one of six finalists, and we applaud the town and Supervisor Ed Romaine…read editorial

Feb 9 - Feb 15, 2017
Ed Chief: “Very understaffed” NEWSDAY; Feb 15, 2017
Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said that the State Education Department is struggling with a depleted staff and outdated computer systems. One statewide project that has experienced delays is the Smart Schools technology upgrade, which is being financed by a $2 billion bond issue approved by voters in 2014. State education officials said they have approved 204 applications for funding from local districts, and that 188 applications remain under review…read article

Cuomo takes on... NEWSDAY; Feb 12, 2017
... seemingly everybody—Republicans and Democrats alike—in the State Legislature…
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Cuomo nixes NYC5-cent bag fee NEWSDAY; Feb 15, 2017
Cuomo called the city measure “deeply flawed” and said a statewide solution is needed. He said the city fee would create a $100 million windfall for merchants, rather than directing the revenue to solving the environmental problem…read article

LI home prices up NEWSDAY; Feb 14, 2017
Suffolk County home prices reached a median of $338,250 last month, 7.4 percent higher than a year before…read article

A ‘healthy’ niche NEWSDAY; Feb 13, 2017
‘Better-for-you’ iced tea company on LI sees sales jump under new owner…read article

LI sales tax revenues rise in 2016 NEWSDAY; Feb 11, 2017
The 1.76 percent increase is Suffolk’s largest growth since 2013. “There’s nothing to be ringing the bell about,” Legis. Kevin McCaffrey (R-Lindenhurst) said. “It’s not bad news, it’s good news. But it isn’t our savior.”…read article

Seeking to borrow for police costs NEWSDAY; Feb 15, 2017
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone went to Albany yesterday to pursue state authority to borrow $60 million over the next two years to pay retiring police for unused sick and vacation time, despite opposition by the police union, county lawmakers and State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan…read article

Family connections NEWSDAY; Feb 12, 2017
Government liaison officer Amy Keyes works in the same Suffolk planning and economic department as her newly hired husband, Jonathan. She was the Bellone administration’s point person last spring to create the new job title for the $108,400-a-year position of chief community development and planning specialist that her husband now holds. “We’re looking to create a career ladder for folks,” Keyes said…read article

Bellone exploring options? NEWSDAY; Feb 13, 2017
When Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was in Albany two weeks ago to meet with fellow county executives, he also explored the possibility of boosting his statewide standing for a possible future run for higher office, political sources said…read article

Sex offender bill sought NEWSDAY; Feb 15, 2017
Assemb. Dean Murray (R-East Patchogue) is sponsoring a bill that would keep Level 1 sex offenders — deemed by a court to be of low risk of repeat offenses — on the public registry for 30 years, compared with the current 20 years…read article

TOB: Vying to contain costs NEWSDAY; Feb 15, 2017
Brookhaven Town has won a $50,000 state grant for consolidating government services — and could receive $20 million more if the town wins a statewide cost-containment competition…
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LI graduation rates flat NEWSDAY; Feb 11, 2017
On the Island, 88.9 percent of students across the region’s 124 public school districts graduated in the spring, compared with 89.3 percent the year before…read article

Graduating to jobs NEWSDAY; Feb 12, 2017
Local millennials are finding a better employment market these days after a long slump…
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Economic sentiment at private companies—confidence in US economy bounces back, but will it last? 
PwC Trendsetter Barometer® business outlook; 2017
The number of private companies voicing optimism about the US economy jumped to 59% in the final quarter of 2016. The prior quarter, just 38% were optimistic…read article

Salt marsh habitats being erased by rising sea levels
NEWSDAY; Feb 11, 2017
“Somebody in 50 years who looks at some of the marshes we’ve looked at, they’ll just see lots of open water,” said Joe Kelley, a University of Maine professor of marine geology…read article

Feb 2 - Feb 8, 2017
U.S. job growth picks up NEWSDAY; Feb 4, 2017
U.S. employers stepped up hiring last month, adding a healthy 227,000 jobs…read article

Budgeting schools NEWSDAY; Feb 3, 2017
A decade-old state law meant to drive more financial aid to school districts with large numbers of students from impoverished families faces virtual repeal under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed budget…read article

Retirement cost-savings NEWSDAY; Feb 3, 2017
A reduction in teacher retirement costs next year will save millions of dollars for public schools on Long Island. Currently, the retirement system sets charges for districts equivalent to 11.72 percent of salaries for teachers. That will be lowered to 9.80 percent during the next academic year. Some conservative analysts have questioned whether such funding is sustainable and have called for a less expensive retirement system similar to private 401(k)s…read article

Record’ aid hike forecast NEWSDAY; Feb 5, 2017
“I think you will see a record increase in aid,” said State Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset), chairman of the Senate Education Committee. Marcellino and other legislators spoke at a breakfast meeting attended by about 250 school board members, superintendents and others at Longwood Middle School in Middle Island…read article

Tax rebate delays cited NEWSDAY; Feb 8, 2017
Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion of the Cuomo administration’s Taxation and Finance Department said the checks aren’t technically late because state law requires the tax breaks to be paid by Sept. 15 or as soon as “practicable.”…read article

PSEG climbs off bottom, survey says NEWSDAY; Feb 3, 2017
In the survey, PSEG scored 683 of a possible 1,000 points in the three months ending in December, raising its standing to 14th of 16 Northeast utilities for the quarter that ended in December…read article

LIPA trustees briefed on time-of-use rate plans NEWSDAY; Feb 8, 2017
The idea is to dissuade customers from using appliances during the peak demand times. The rate also includes a special 10-cents-a-day meter charge…read article

All in on casino NEWSDAY; Feb 6, 2017
Agency needs billions in revenue from Islandia project to stay in business, leader says…
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Suffolk exam fee hike NEWSDAY; Feb 8, 2017
Suffolk lawmakers passed an emergency bill yesterday to raise $200,000 a year by increasing fees on civil-service exams…read article

Lake Ronkonkoma: Water Woes NEWSDAY; Feb 3, 2017
Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine has asked Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to support a joint effort to install septic systems at four public parks near Long Island’s largest freshwater lake…read article

DeVos becomes U.S. education secretary NEWSDAY; Feb 8, 2017
Betty Rosa, chancellor of the state Board of Regents, told a reporter that many school groups are worried about the new secretary’s “knowledge base.” “We are going to be in a wait-and- see, with the hope that she shares some of the same priorities that we have for our state and children,” said Rosa…read article

KID Coders NEWSDAY; FEB 8, 2017
Tech-minded kids and teens have classes programmed just for them…read article

Schools add yoga to curriculum Newsday; Feb 5, 2017
In the Patchogue-Medford school district, all students in grades K-8 are participating in four sessions of yoga and mindfulness this school year after a pilot program last year had an “overwhelming response,” Superintendent Michael Hynes said…read article

Make changes in, not on, the court NEWSDAY OPINION; Feb 3, 2017
As an institution, the nation’s highest court is anachronistic, dysfunctional and long overdue for an overhaul. Real change could be accomplished with just three basic reforms…read opinion

Jan 26 - Feb 1
Voices of Gordon Heights NEWSDAY; Jan 29, 2017
Years ago, E. James Freeman took it upon himself to uphold the legacy of Gordon Heights, birthdays included. Freeman, president of the Greater Gordon Heights Civic Association, said he remembers being told about the hamlet’s humble beginnings and its rich history. As he and the association plan a pair of celebrations this year to commemorate the community’s 90th birthday, he hopes the results will make both longtime residents and newcomers proud…
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Pension forfeiture bill approved NEWSDAY; Jan 31, 2017
Each house overwhelmingly voted for the bill, the second time the full legislature has approved it, which is the final step before the proposed amendment goes before voters this fall…
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A $7.6B bet on aging nuke plants NEWSDAY; Jan 30, 2017
The state [A/K/A the taxpayers and businesses] is putting up $7.6 billion in subsidies to ensure that Nine Mile and two other upstate nuclear plants stay open, Electric consumers will pay on average about $2 more a month to raise the money…read article

Pricing bill advances NEWSDAY; Feb 1, 2017
Retailers can sign up for the county’s voluntary waiver program, which would allow them to opt out of the pricing requirement. Under the program, stores can pay an annual waiver fee that ranges from $500 to $15,000, depending on the size of the store. The department collected $300,000 in additional revenue last year through enforcement of the law. The department expects to collect $500,000 more this year…read article

Suffolk planning panel in turmoil
 NEWSDAY; Jan 29, 2017
“The real root of this is that there is a conflict for control of the planning commission,” said Adrienne Esposito, commission vice chair and executive director of the nonprofit Concerned Citizens for the Environment…read article

Legislators trash mayor’s plan for plastic bag fees
NEWSDAY; Jan 31, 2017
New York state lawmakers lashed out at Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday over New York City’s plan to impose a fee on plastic shopping bags, dismissing it as a burden on poor and middle-class residents already struggling to get by in an expensive city…read article

Senate Committee Backs Betsy DeVos, But Two Future GOP Votes Uncertain EDUCATION WEEK; Jan 31, 2017
The Senate education committee voted to move the nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary to the full Senate by a vote of 12 to 11 on Tuesday. The date of the full Senate vote on DeVos has yet to be set, but Republicans hold 52 seats, compared to just 48 for Democrats…read article

What Are Vouchers and How Do They Work? EDUCATION WEEK; Jan 26, 2017
Nearly 30 states have vouchers or some related form of private school choice. With the Trump administration heavily in favor of school choice, will we see an expansion of vouchers? Here are some facts and background on these programs…read article

Teen must be enrolled NEWSDAY; Feb 1, 2017
The Westhampton Beach school district failed to provide an appropriate education for a student with Down syndrome. In the ruling, state-appointed hearing officer Nancy Lederman said the [to be appointed] consultant should review the instruction available in Westhampton Beach but also look at programs in other districts, including Eastport-South Manor. The order also denied the parents’ compensatory claims, noting that the parents intentionally kept their child from an appropriate education while they pursued their legal claims…read article

Tech firms protest immigration order NEWSDAY; Jan 30, 2017

The U.S. tech industry relies on foreign engineers and other technical experts for a sizable percentage of its workforce…read article

Study supports seniors’ being mentally engaged NEWSDAY; Jan 31, 2017
The study looked at five types of activities that are thought to help keep the mind sharp…
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Charting the relevance of the Dow NEWSDAY COLUMN; Jan 29, 2017
“I think the Dow is perhaps the least meaningful U.S. stock index available.”…read column

Bank account strategy as interest rates rise 
NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Jan 30, 2017
The year 2017 is shaping up as one of rising interest rates. There’s also a benefit: the potential to earn more money…read column

JFK’s ticket to the future NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Jan 29, 2017
In this massive project, there’s a tremendous opportunity. It could transform the airport to the benefit of the region’s residents, businesses and overall economy, as well as international travelers, and its surroundings from a hodgepodge of disconnected pieces to a finished puzzle…
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Ken Hartle, 103, Pearl Harbor salvage diver
NEWSDAY OBITUARIES; Jan 30, 2017
Ken Hartle, who as a Navy diver during World War II had the grim task of retrieving bodies from ships sunk by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor, has died. He was 103…read story

Jan 19 - Jan 25
Dumping discovery NEWSDAY; Jan 24, 2017
The state Department of Environmental Conservation and Brookhaven Town are investigating the dumping of construction debris, carpeting, old furniture and other trash in Tanglewood Park in Coram. “We all have to come together and say this is unacceptable and brainstorm . . .and really figure out how to stop this,” said Suffolk County Legislator (District 5) Kara Hahn. “This should not be happening.”…read story

School tax cap to be 1.26% NEWSDAY; Jan 19, 2017
Permitted tax hike grows–but districts say they need more…read article

Skepticism over ‘free tuition’ plan NEWSDAY; Jan 25, 2017
Lawmakers peppered the Cuomo administration with questions about the governor’s “free tuition” plan yesterday, asking about the math behind the proposal and the lack of specific details in some areas. They didn’t always get answers…read article

Cuomo seeks $2B to repair water, sewers 
NEWSDAY; Jan 23, 2017
While many of the proposals in Cuomo’s budget face challenges with lawmakers — his call to make state college tuition free for middle-class students being one notable example — the water funding is already winning supporters in both parties…read article

Big support for same-day voting NEWSDAY; Jan 19, 2017
More than 8 in 10 Long Islanders support holding elections on a single day each year for special districts that provide water, fire protection, sanitation, libraries, parks and other local services, according to a new poll…read article

Start-Up NY revamp NEWSDAY; Jan 19, 2017
Cuomo proposes more time for firms to meet job goals. More than $50 million was spent on Start-Up NY advertising, but only 408 jobs were created in the first two years…read article

Aging 'grapefully' NEWSDAY; Jan 24, 2017
At barrel tastings in Long Island’s wine country, you can forget that old adage about drinking “no wine before its time.”…read story

1st wind farm contract ready for LIPA NEWSDAY; Jan 25, 2017
Deepwater spokeswoman confirmed that the project has a $740 million [total] price tag. The [$227M turbine] project would produce 90 megawatts of power and raise average residential customer bills by around $1.20 a month. The project will also require $513 million in grid upgrades on the South Fork that will add $2.48 more to average customer bills when the work is completed by 2026, for a total average monthly bill hike of $3.67. Utilities generally pay a premium for green energy, often more than double the price of energy from traditional power plants…read article

Where turbines could go NEWSDAY; Jan 23, 2017
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambition to develop enough offshore wind energy by 2030 to power 750,000 homes will require 280 square miles of ocean…read article

LI jobless rate at 3.9% NEWSDAY; Jan 25, 2017
The number of unemployed residents fell by 2,200 to 56,800. Meanwhile, the number of people with jobs also fell by 11,900; to 1.4 million…read article

LI job growth improves
 NEWSDAY; Jan 20, 2017
The Island had 17,300 more jobs in December, compared with December 2015, the biggest jump since March 2016’s year-over-year growth of 25,000 jobs…read article

Health Care’s hottest jobs NEWSDAY; Jan 22, 2017
Demand for nurse practitioners and physician assistants is growing as Long Island’s population ages and the medical profession evolves. The state labor department predicts the Island will add 47,080 health care jobs from 2012 to 2022, a 23 percent increase…read article

Hospital addition gets site plan OK NEWSDAY; Jan 23, 2017
A three-floor hospital construction project proposed by Peconic Bay Medical Center/ Northwell Health in Riverhead is one step closer to fruition. The construction would provide space for the creation of a new intensive care unit, heliport, emergency room space and a cardiac catheterization/- electrophysiology suite…read article

LI firm opens manufacturing plant in China NEWSDAY; Jan 24, 2017
The company employs 550 people worldwide, including 52 at Long Island locations in Hauppauge and Deer Park…read article

Promotion violated law NEWSDAY; Jan 24, 2017
Elaine Barraga, who had been deputy bureau chief, was promoted to head the general litigation unit effective Dec. 19 [$150,540-a year job], a day before her father provided the key 10th vote for legislation that imposes a $300 mortgage fee…read article

Tax breaks for Foley home NEWSDAY; Jan 19, 2017
The tax breaks include a partial property tax abatement and sales tax cuts for equipment purchases related to the renovation, IDA officials said…read article

Dog park fees waived to encourage use NEWSDAY; Jan 24, 2017
The annual fee to buy a town “Pooch Pass” has been waived to encourage more people to use dog parks in Middle Island and Selden…read article

Town buys first fully electric car NEWSDAY; Jan 24, 2017
“I remain committed to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce our carbon footprint to protect the environment for future generations and save taxpayer dollars,” said Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine…read article

Brookhaven - Clampdown on canines NEWSDAY; Jan 23, 2017
The proposed law comes after two dogs were killed and another was injured in a pair of dog attacks in the summer in Rocky Point…read article

Battle of the robots NEWSDAY; Jan 22, 2017
The robots were designed and driven by 34 teams of middle and high schoolers from more than 10 schools and institutions in Westchester, New York City and on Long Island…read article

Embrace stress: It won’t crush you NEWSDAY; Jan 24, 2017
So what can we do to leverage stress to its utmost advantage? It can be as easy as breathing, [author] Robertson says…read article

Chiefs change, but school wars go on NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Jan 24, 2017
“NYSUT and educators all over the country have fought sensible innovations with the kind of stubborn intransigence that infuriates voters. It would almost be funny if the joke were on teachers unions. But since the joke is likely to be on students instead, it’s just sad.”…
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Don’t make certification easier for NY teachers 
NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Jan 23, 2017
Recalibrating the edTPA to increase the passing rate when we know some of students taking it aren’t ready to teach is a mistake…read editorial

Start over with Start-Up NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Jan 23, 2017
As of July, Start-Up NY had created just 408 jobs, but state officials argue that the tax breaks are small. They ignore the tens of millions of dollars the state has spent on marketing the program, and don’t adequately explain the lowest of expectations…read article

The LIRR is his train of thought NEWSDAY; Jan 22, 2017
Dave Morrison strides through the old Oyster Bay railroad station dodging workmen’s saws and hammers, surveying progress of restoration plans for the century-old structure that will become a museum…read article

Anatomy of a happy office NEWSDAY; Jan 23, 2017
“Happy employees really equal greater productivity,” says Dawn Fay, Manhattan-based district president for Robert Half International, and they tend to stick around longer…read article

Jan 12 - Jan 18, 2017
Traveling exhibit of botanical illustrations NEWSDAY; Jan 16, 2017
An exhibit of 20 meticulous, scientifically accurate color pencil illustrations of Long Island’s native plants is at the Longwood Public Library in Middle Island through February…read article

$1B boost in NY school funding NEWSDAY; Jan 18, 2017
“Frankly, we don’t have the resources to lose the ‘millionaire’s’ revenue now and have the state function the way it should,” Cuomo said during a budget presentation at the Executive Mansion late yesterday…read article

Revealing budget in private NEWSDAY; Jan 17, 2017
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will break from tradition and present his $150 billion budget proposal privately to legislators behind closed doors…[however]…important elements of any state budget are usually uncovered not in a governor’s speech, but in legislative hearings that dissect the spending plan. Those begin within days…read article

GOP rejects guv’s plans NEWSDAY; Jan 14, 2017
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan yesterday rejected key proposals in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s State of the State addresses this week, saying free college tuition for low- and middle- income families may cost too much and closing the Indian Point nuclear plant would result in job losses and higher energy costs. Flanagan also confirmed a Newsday report that he is considering a run for governor in 2018…read article

IMF lifts forecast for U.S. economy NEWSDAY; Jan 17, 2017
The International Monetary Fund’s new outlook puts U.S. economic growth at 2.3 percent this year and 2.5 percent in 2018. That would be an improvement from lackluster U.S. growth of around 1.6 percent in 2016…read article

3 firms to layoff 168 NEWSDAY; Jan 13, 2017
Two manufacturers and an advertising company to shift LI operations…read article

Grocery Fallout: One year later NEWSDAY; Jan 15, 2017
More than a year after all 51 Waldbaum’s and Pathmark supermarkets closed on Long Island, one third of the stores remain vacant…read article

LI startup funding declines NEWSDAY; Jan 14, 2017
Angel and venture capital funding for Long Island startups fell 40 percent in 2016, but remained above the four-year average…read article

Brookhaven: Taking a swing NEWSDAY; Jan 17, 2017
Town hopes new zoning rules will bar housing development on golf courses…read article

A Dispatch From the Outgoing U.S. Education Secretary
EDUCATION WEEK; Jan 17, 2017
The relationship between poverty and educational achievement…destroys hope. We can restore hope by working to ensure all young people are well-prepared to complete a postsecondary degree or training program. Some will argue equity conflicts with liberty. But it's not liberty when the happenstance of birth binds a child to a life of limited possibilities…read article

Democrats Press Betsy DeVos on Privatization, ESSA, and
LGBT Rights

EDUCATION WEEK; Jan 18, 2017
"If confirmed, I will be a strong advocate for great public schools," DeVos said. "But, if a school is troubled, or unsafe, or not a good fit for a child—perhaps they have a special need that is going unmet—we should support a parent's right to enroll their child in a high-quality alternative."…read article

Millennials falling behind parents NEWSDAY; Jan 14, 2017
Millennials have half the net worth of boomers. Their homeownership rate is lower, while their student debt is drastically higher…read article

Gap between high school, college grads’ pay widens
NEWSDAY; Jan 13, 2017
College graduates, on average, earned 56 percent more than high school grads in 2015…
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Study: Pot still a risk NEWSDAY; Jan 13, 2017
While certain compounds in the plant help combat chronic pain, recreational pot is not risk-free. Medical forms of the drug have the psychoactive component removed. “It’s not the same drug that older generations knew,” said Dr. Scott Krakower. Marijuana now traded on the street is more potent--and dangerous…read article

CVS starts selling rival generic version of EpiPen for $110 NEWSDAY; Jan 13, 2017
The drugstore chain says it will charge $109.99 for a two-pack of the authorized generic version of Adrenaclick…read article

Our low crime, And high costs NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Jan 16, 2017
Long Islanders demand and pay for safety. But much of the expense is driven by costly union work rules that don’t reflect crime fighting needs…read editorial

Give all the same shot at Suffolk casino jobs 
NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Jan 16, 2017
When public jobs come open, especially blue-collar ones with very good benefits, everyone ought to have the same shot at them…read editorial

Jan 5 - Jan 11, 2017
Cuba keeps calling NEWSDAY; Jan 8, 2017
Chris Cloonan’s family and friends thought he was a little crazy when he decided to make Cuba the focus of his studies and his life. But Chris, a Coram native and 2012 Stony Brook University graduate thinks he has “the best job in the world” on the Communist-run island, where he’s a tour guide…read story

Cuomo backs projects on LI NEWSDAY; Jan 11, 2017

But when it came to reining in property taxes, Cuomo pointed the finger at local governments. He said state spending isn’t to blame and contended he’s “tried everything” he can to reduce property taxes, which are levied by local governments and schools. Republican state chairman Ed Cox said “Typical misrepresentation by Andrew Cuomo because 85 percent of local property taxes are unfunded mandates that come down” from Albany…read article

Turbines eyed off Montauk NEWSDAY; Jan 11, 2017
LIPA has said the wind farm and other grid improvements needed for the South Fork would add about $2.48 [1.8%] to customer bills when it’s completed…read article

Big plans, big obstacles NEWSDAY; Jan 8, 2017
As Cuomo readies State of State speeches, questions arise about paying for projects such as tuition aid, JFK overhaul. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will promise free college tuition for many middle-class families and a massive infrastructure repair program among other aspirations. That’s where state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says Cuomo will face a difficult task. Just as Cuomo would like to make big promises in part to aid a possible 2018 re-election campaign and any hope of a 2020 presidential campaign, state revenue are dwindling…read article

Solar builder: We’ll save wooded area NEWSDAY; Jan 8, 2017
Asked if he’d support [solar plans at old Shoreham National Grid site], Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward Romaine, who led a recent town board move to ban solar farms on parcels that would necessitate clearing of trees, said his first impression was, “No.” He emphasized that he had yet to hear from the companies about any preservation proposal or their plans. “They certainly would be well-advised to have a discussion with the Town of Brookhaven,” he said…
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The money numbers you need to know NEWSDAY; Jan 8, 2017
How much you make is important, for example, but your financial health depends far more on how much you keep…read article

IRS to delay tax refunds for 40M NEWSDAY; Jan 11, 2017
The delays will affect families claiming the earned income tax credit and the additional child tax credit as the agency steps up efforts to fight identity theft and fraud…read article

Ambitious vision, tough challenge NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Jan 11, 2017
He promised solid investments in transportation and sewer infrastructure, big commitments to offshore wind energy and water quality, and yet another novel attempt to get local governments to cut property taxes. The question, as always, is: How much will get done? With the state budget under increasing stress, where is the money?...read editorial

Teacher test failure rate called too high NEWSDAY; Jan 11, 2017
The state’s Board of Regents acknowledged yesterday that failure rates are running far too high — at 23 percent — on a teacher-licensing exam taken so far by about 22,000 college students and others statewide. The state sets a minimum passing score of 41 points out of a possible 75 [54.7%] on the exam version most often administered. State education officials described that 41-point mark as the highest set by any state…read article

Listing drug price hikes NEWSDAY; Jan 11, 2017
Johnson & Johnson plans next month to disclose average price increases of its prescription drugs, as the industry tries to calm the storm over soaring prices…read article

Cuomo’s national mindset
NEWSDAY; Jan 10, 2017
“We all heard the roar on Election Day, and we must respond,” Cuomo said. “The nation once again looks to New York to find the way up. . . . We will hold the torch high to light the way.”…
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Cuomo calls for early voting NEWSDAY; Jan 9, 2017
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is once again urging state lawmakers to allow early voting access in New York as part of a series of voting reform measures his office unveiled yesterday…
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$233,610 to raise a child NEWSDAY; Jan 10, 2017
The Department of Agriculture says the estimated cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610, or as much as almost $14,000 a year. That’s the average for a middle-income couple with two children…read article

Set for shutdown NEWSDAY; Jan 10, 2017
State, nuke plant owner, reach deal to close Indian Point by April 2021. Cuomo pledged the closure would have a “negligible” impact on ratepayers — as much as $3 a month for average ratepayers including Long Islanders. The deal to close the plant comes as the governor has been separately pushing a clean-energy standard that relies to a large extent on an estimated $7.6 billion in ratepayer-funded subsidies for four upstate nuclear power plants to achieve ambitious reductions in greenhouse emissions. That plan is expected to cost LIPA ratepayers $45 million a year, or around $2 a month for average customers…read article

Seniors to protest utility rate increases NEWSDAY; Jan 10, 2017
Seniors at Leisure Village, Leisure Knoll and other retirement communities in Ridge will be gathering before the Cuomo speech to protest an unexpected $7.57 increase in average bills starting this month. “I’m questioning everything they [LIPA and PSEG] are doing,” said Suffolk County Legis. Sarah Anker (D-Mount Sinai). Anker said it was time for an electric utility consumer advocate to independently fight for ratepayers. “Why is it that we’re finally using less energy, and we’re paying more?” Anker asked. …read article

LI firms take latest tech to Vegas show NEWSDAY; Jan 9, 2017
Coram-based truMedic used the show to introduce the InstaShiatsu+ Full Body Massager With Heat, an upgraded version of its neck and back massager…read article

School epinephrine use bolstered NEWSDAY; Jan 10, 2017
Local school administrators noted yesterday that the changes in medical procedures mean that additional personnel have to be well-trained and that care has to be taken to store the EpiPens securely…read article

Worries over chemical in water NEWSDAY; Jan 10, 2017
The Environmental Protection Agency lists 1,4-dioxane as a probable carcinogen, meaning that, while the evidence is not definitive, research indicates that it is a likely cause of cancer…
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Not all job promises met NEWSDAY; Jan 10, 2017
The average cost to taxpayers for each job preserved or created on Long Island was $3,848. Statewide, the average cost per job was $3,746…read article

Sini’s Mission-Suffolk’s Top Cop’s First year NEWSDAY; Jan 8, 2017
Youngest commissioner ever bids to rebuild department amid Burkes scandal, gang killings, drug epidemic…read article

Pine beetle battle awarded state grant NEWSDAY; Jan 9, 2017
“If we don’t get ahead of this problem now, thousands of acres could be lost, having disastrous consequences on the local environment and wildlife,” Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said in a statement…read article

Assessing Quality of Teaching Staff Still Complex Despite ESSA's Leeway
Education Week; Jan 4, 2017
ESSA does not require states to set up teacher-evaluation systems based in significant part on students' test scores, which was a key part of the U.S. Department of Education's state-waiver system under the No Child Left Behind Act, the predecessor to ESSA. States now have a newfound flexibility to adjust their evaluation systems—and in doing so, they're all over the map…read article

What next from Andrew the Munificent? NEWSDAY OPINION; Jan 7, 2017
What genius, this proposed Excelsior Scholarship, what a demonstration of generosity by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. There is an unseriousness about New York that is growing increasingly disconcerting. We live in a state bereft of grownups…read opinion

Dec 29 - Jan 4, 2017
Minimum wage up on LI, in state NEWSDAY; Dec 31, 2016
Thomas Shinick, adjunct management and marketing professor at Adelphi University, warned the wage increase will provoke a “substantial” rise in competition for entry-level jobs for which productivity will be key. “Employers can be more selective now,” he said. “They might say to themselves, ‘If I have to pay more per hour for each worker, I need to hire the most productive ones.’ If you have marginal employees and have to pay them more . . . that’s going to be a problem.”…read article

Wage task force set NEWSDAY; Jan 3, 2017
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his top aides announced yesterday that a 200-member team of investigators has been assembled to help ensure businesses across the state comply with the new minimum wage law. The 200 members of Cuomo’s new task force include staffers from the state’s labor, taxation and state departments and the Workers’ Compensation Board…
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Gov. Cuomo calls for free tuition at NY public colleges
NEWSDAY; Jan 4, 2017
“Today what Governor Cuomo is proposing is a revolutionary idea for higher education,” [failed presidential contender] Sen. Bernie Sanders said. “And it’s an idea that is going to reverberate not only throughout the state of New York but throughout this country.” Not everyone applauded. Cuomo’s proposal would have to be paid for in the state budget [a/k/a “Taxation”], which will require approval by the legislature by April 1…read article

NY tougher on zombie houses NEWSDAY; Dec 31, 2016
The legislation also requires banks to care for houses after foreclosure to preserve their value for quicker resale. And the state will have to maintain a registry of vacant or abandoned zombie houses…read article

Bigger hike in electric bills NEWSDAY; Jan 3, 2017
“I’m surprised the number is different from what I was briefed on,” trustee Mark Fischl said. But he said he was “comfortable” with the amount of the increase. Trustee Matthew Cordaro called the higher figures “very surprising.” “In no way did I have a sense that it would go to this level in the budget we approved.” He expressed regret that “I wasn’t diligent enough to make a case of what the rate impacts were going to be. The board discussion centered on what the budget was.” In retrospect, he said, “It would have been a lot more useful to have a clearer idea of what the rate impacts were.”…read article

And if that isn’t enough salt in your wounds, read the following article:
Higher fees sought to fund smart meters NEWSDAY; Jan 3, 2017
PSEG Long Island is requesting over $9 million more from LIPA ratepayers in 2017 to install some 50,000 new smart meters in customer homes, charging stations for electric cars and a two-meter on-bill loan program to fund customers’ solar-energy systems. All the proposals, if approved, would require a “modest budget amendment” this year to pay for the programs, PSEG said in the filing…read article

LI stock surge NEWSDAY; Dec 31, 2016
The Newsday Long Island Bloomberg Index of 30 publicly traded companies in Nassau and Suffolk counties had a strong performance in 2016, gaining 15.9 percent…read article

The lure of the deal NEWSDAY; Jan 1, 2017
LI public and private companies make M&A deals a key part of operations…read article

U.S. grants $10.6M for LI homeless NEWSDAY; Dec 29, 2016
As of Jan. 27, 2016, there were 3,960 people in emergency shelters, transitional housing or on the street — an increase of 100 over 2015…read article

Mortgage vote upsets GOP NEWSDAY; Jan 2, 2017
The fee increase on mortgage instruments, projected to raise $33 million a year as Suffolk County struggles with budget deficits, passed Dec. 20 with the bare minimum 10 votes in favor. Two incumbent Democrats in competitive seats — Legis. Sarah Anker, of Mount Sinai, and Legis. William J. Lindsay III, of Bohemia — joined four Republicans and Working Families Party member Kate Browning, of Shirley, in opposing the fee hike. Anker said she voted against the fee after hearing from unhappy residents. “I voted the conscience of my constituents,” she said.…read article

Nation's Schools Get Middling Grade on ‘Quality Counts’ Report Card EDUCATION WEEK; Dec 30, 2016
Massachusetts takes first place among the states for the third year in a row, with a B and a score of 86.5. It’s followed by five states earning grades of B: New Jersey (85.6), Vermont (83.8), New Hampshire (83.4), Maryland (82.8), and Connecticut (82.7)…read article

Tricky Balance in Shifting From ESSA Blueprint to K-12 Reality
EDUCATION WEEK; Dec 30, 2016
ESSA gives states and districts greater flexibility, but it also asks a lot of them. States can move away from teacher evaluations based on student test scores and come up with their own definitions for what makes a teacher effective. States and districts also get to decide how to intervene in their lowest-performing schools and those where long-overlooked groups—such as students of color, English-language learners, and children with disabilities—aren't performing up to snuff…read article

Past time to help homeless NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Jan 2, 2017
It’s been almost a year since Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo promised $2 billion toward affordable and supportive housing. Since supportive housing — which includes mental health, drug treatment, and other key services — remains the best long-term solution to the homelessness across the state, the commitment to the 1,200 units is an important first step…read editorial

How best to pay for education? NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Jan 4, 2017
At the end of 2016, the New York Board of Regents recommended a $2.1 billion increase to education funding, up 8 percent. Most of that increase would go to “foundation aid” distributed according to wealth and need. And other proposed changes would drive even more money to districts that get less from property taxes and away from the more affluent systems that abound on Long Island. But the Regents, a very politically sensitive group, also want the new funding method to “hold harmless,” guaranteeing that even wealthy districts’ state funding will not actually go down…read editorial

A way forward for Albany NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Dec 29, 2016
Don’t shed any tears for the collapse of negotiations to hold a special session of the State Legislature before year’s end. As the days in December dwindled down, it became increasingly clear that this would be a lame duck session in every sense of the term…read article

Our hopes for the year ahead NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Jan 1, 2017
With a tumultuous 2016 behind us, a new opportunity to do better…read editorial

Well-worn lesson from a high priest of repair
NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Jan 2, 2017
It’s that time again. Out with the old, in with the new. And that’s got me thinking about Gaspare Mannina…read column

Subdued 2017 outlook NEWSDAY; Dec 29, 2016
After such a strong and long gallop upward, markets have many reasons to slow down, analysts and fund managers say…read article

38th Annual Kidsday Art Contest-The Winners NEWSDAY; Dec 31, 2016
Congratulations to those who won, and a special thank you to all the teachers and schools that participated…see the winning pictures

4-D: Flicks with a kick NEWSDAY; Dec 29, 2016
At a recent screening of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” at Island 16 Cinema de Lux in Holtsville, several members of the Schultz family found themselves bombarded by fog, sprayed with water and shaken in their seats. Something seemed to scuttle around their legs, while devices called “butt kickers” did just that. At times, a strong odor wafted through the air
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Dec 22 - Dec 28, 2016
Flanagan: Legislative pay raise talks break off NEWSDAY; Dec 24, 2016
On Nov. 15 Cuomo’s appointees and Cuomo said any significant pay raise would have to be accompanied by ethics reforms and other measures of Cuomo’s choosing. That effectively stopped the pay raise and put it into tense negotiations in Albany…read article
Follow-up articleRide shares, pay raisesDec 26, 2016read article

LIers reflect on 50th Anniversary of Kwanzaa NEWSDAY; Dec 26, 2016
Kwanzaa, the secular holiday honoring African-American culture and history, marks its 50th anniversary this year…read article

LI Business-Outlook 2017 NEWSDAY; Dec 24, 2016
Experts see modest economic growth in 2017, fueled by consumer spending and the possibility of wage gains…read article

Suffolk “Sanctuary” Reversal NEWSDAY; Dec 27, 2016
The Suffolk County sheriff no longer will ask for a judge’s order before detaining immigrant inmates wanted by federal agents for deportation…read article

Petition plea: Save mansion NEWSDAY; Dec 27, 2016
The Oakdale Historical Society has submitted a petition with more than 2,200 signatures to Islip Town Board members urging them to preserve a historic mansion on the now closed Dowling College campus…read article

Teachers Say They Know More About the Common Core, But Challenges Linger EDUCATION WEEK; Dec 22, 2016
Most teachers say they are now familiar with the standards, and a growing number feel prepared to teach them to their students…read article

America owes its working class, yes. But the working class has duties, too.
THE WASHINGTON POST-COMMENTARY; Dec 27, 2016
Members of the working class are not solely the victims of economic change and inadequate public policy. They themselves bear some of the responsibility for the frustration and anger they feel. It used to be the case that an able-bodied man who wasn’t working would feel much more social stigma than he does today. And stigma can push men on the margin into jobs…
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Rehab not the only help needed
 NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Dec 27, 2016
Harm reduction is needed after addiction prevention doesn’t work and before recovery takes hold. Experts say we are not spending nearly enough on it, not talking about it enough, not pushing hard enough to make sure active users stay alive and as healthy as possible. If the rising death toll from opioid addiction is to be reversed, if the most possible people are to recover, that has to change…read editorial

Evidence that tax cap works NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Dec 26, 2016
The property tax cap is working. Total payrolls for the 15 towns and cities since the cap was passed in 2011 have risen all of 7 percent — from $698 million to $747 million — an average of 1.75 percent a year (school districts were not included in this analysis)…read editorial

Dec 15 - Dec 21, 2016
No more menial labor for benefits [welfare] recipients 
NEWSDAY; Dec 17, 2016

NYC Mayor de Blasio administration’s social services commissioner said yesterday [that] sweeping floors, cleaning subway stations, taking out park trash and low level office work — some of the duties under the Work Experience Program [former mayor Giuliani] to be phased out by Dec. 31 — will be replaced with options such as job training, high-school equivalency classes and college studies…read article

NY population down NEWSDAY; Dec 21, 2016
An estimated 191,367 people left New York for other states between July 2015 and July 2016— a loss that was not overcome by an influx of 118,478 people immigrating to New York from other countries…read article

LaGuardia’s Growing Pains NEWSDAY; Dec 19, 2016
Plans call for a rebuilt, state-of-the-art LaGuardia—but for now, as one traveler says, ‘It’s just one big, angry parking lot’…read article

Schools’ surpluses criticized NEWSDAY; Dec 16, 2016
New York State limits districts’ unrestricted reserves to no more than 4 percent of annual budgets. But many local school administrators and a substantial number of outside fiscal experts contend the 4 percent limit is unrealistic…read article

On pay, ethics, talks drag on NEWSDAY; Dec 18, 2016
On Thursday, the rising animosity behind the scenes briefly came to the fore. “The Senate has not been cooperative and that’s what’s slowing us up right now,” Cuomo told reporters. “The biggest obstacle to doing the people’s business is him,” stated Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport) minutes later…read article

LIPA budget $3.586B NEWSDAY; Dec 21, 2016
LIPA trustees yesterday approved a $3.586 billion budget that will hike average monthly bills by $3 or more next year… the final number could go higher depending on 2017 fuel-cost projections, among other factors…read article

$42M wind lease NEWSDAY; Dec 17, 2016
Statoil Wind [headquartered in Norway] won leasing rights yesterday to build an offshore wind farm in 79,350 acres of ocean 11 miles off Jones Beach. Statoil would have 25 years to construct and operate the project. The state energy authority said it “remains committed to the development of cost-effective offshore wind that will benefit all New Yorkers by producing clean, renewable energy, while growing a robust offshore wind infrastructure that supports new jobs.”…read article

LI unemployment rate drops to 4% NEWSDAY; Dec 21, 2016
“This suggests that Long Island’s labor market is approaching full employment, which should put upward pressure on wages in the coming year,” said John A. Rizzo, chief economist for the Long Island Association…read article

Northwell’s 7th surgery partnership NEWSDAY; Dec 21, 2016
The New Hyde Park-based health system, which is the largest private employer in the state, said it plans to open nearly 20 additional ambulatory surgical centers throughout New York, including one in Syosset…read article

$300 mortgage fee OK'd NEWSDAY; Dec 21, 2016
Opponents said increases are part of a pattern by the county to raise fees--$46 million in 2016 and $42.7 million in 2017. Closing costs can run about $12,000 to $15,000. “People are tired of being razor cut,” Legis. Kevin McCaffrey (R-Lindenhurst) said. “These fees are adding up.” Democrats Sarah Anker of Mount Sinai and William J. Lindsay III of Bohemia, as well as Legis. Kate Browning (WFP Shirley) voted against the fee…read article

Bill would limit fee hikes to 2 percent NEWSDAY; Dec 20, 2016
Suffolk Legis. Robert Trotta will introduce a bill that limits county fee increases to 2 percent per year. Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) said County Executive Steve Bellone and the county legislature have relied on large fee increase to pay for spending, getting around the state’s property tax cap of 2 percent or the increase in inflation. Bellone spokeswoman Vanessa Baird-Streeter said the administration would oppose the proposal. …read article

Why I voted against Nassau budget NEWSDAY OPINION; Dec 19, 2016
Nassau is once again kicking the can down the road. Unfortunately, the road has run out and the county is at the edge of a cliff…read opinion

Power deal for tech startup NEWSDAY; Dec 20, 2016
Modern Meadow won $1 million from Empire State Development. In return for the aid, Modern Meadow would move 40 jobs from Brooklyn to Suffolk County, add 160 more and invest $25 million in equipment and other improvements. The company also would remain in the Start-Up NY tax-free zones program, where participants don’t pay state and local taxes for as long as 10 years. Modern Meadow is also weighing whether to expand in New Jersey instead…
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2nd well in Manorville has MTBE NEWSDAY; Dec 21, 2016
A second private drinking water well in Manorville has been found to be contaminated with high levels of a banned gasoline additive…read article

Town holiday toy drive pulls in thousands NEWSDAY; Dec 20, 2016
Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine, who called the drive “very successful,” said the donated toys will be handed over to different churches and youth agencies who in turn will deliver the items to children by Christmas Eve…read article

States Beef Up School Counseling Corps EDUCATION WEEK; Dec 13, 2016
Several states are making investments to build their corps of school counselors in the wake of mounting, quantifiable evidence that counseling support can be a powerful weapon in the battle to get more students through high school and into college…read article

Summing Up Results from TIMSS, PISA EDUCATION WEEK; Dec 13, 2016
Students in the United States are by and large treading water in the two largest international benchmarking tests in math, science, and reading, which both released 2015 results in recent weeks…read article

High School Girls Soccer: Tallying the risks NEWSDAY; Dec 18, 2016
High school girls soccer trailed only football for the highest number of suspected concussions on Long Island for the 2015-16 school year…read article

Emphasize prevention NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Dec 19, 2016
The growth of the opioid crisis has generated an outcry for more resources to fight addiction and provide treatment, and that outcry is working. The availability and use of Naloxone [Narcan], which can bring users out of overdoses from heroin and prescription pain pills, has mushroomed…read article

Course on how to spot fake news NEWSDAY; Dec 20, 2016
Stony Brook University next month is launching a free online course to help students and the public better learn how to spot those lies. Fake news was seen as a factor in the months leading up to the recent presidential election. Facebook, in particular, was accused of facilitating its spread, leading the social media site to begin measures aimed at curbing false news…read article

EpiPen going generic NEWSDAY; Dec 17, 2016
Mylan is releasing a generic version of its emergency allergy treatment EpiPen at half the price of the branded option…read article

Dec 8 - Dec 14, 2016
Big raise for pols nixed NEWSDAY; Dec 13, 2016
A “significant” pay raise for legislators to $116,000 or more has been taken off the table as the Senate’s Republican majority continues to oppose limits on outside income and the Assembly’s
Democratic majority continues to oppose term limits…read article

Panel endorses $4.3B for schools NEWSDAY; Dec 13. 2016
Three-year proposal would benefit districts with disadvantaged students. Distribution of foundation aid money in Nassau and Suffolk counties would vary widely from district to district, depending upon their relative wealth or poverty, the analysis found. Walter Schartner, superintendent of Sayville schools, said his district could stand to lose as much as $4.2 million in aid unless state lawmakers agree to extend “save harmless” provisions to ensure that school systems receive at least as much state money as they got in the past. Otherwise, he said, the impact would be seen in local tax bills…read article
Related article…School Aid Boost NEWSDAY; Dec 14, 2016
NY Regents back a rise in state funding by $2.1B. Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa called on state lawmakers to approve the English-instruction money, along with legislation providing college-tuition aid for undocumented immigrants—“Dreamers.”…read article

Feds plans murky as hike looms NEWSDAY; Dec 14, 2016
On this, economists and investors agree: The Fed will raise its key rate by a modest quarter point to a range of 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent…read article

LI firms to share $5.2M in state aid NEWSDAY; Dec 14, 2016
The money is part of $62 million awarded by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to 101 local projects aimed at creating jobs…read article

Job struggles for educated LI millennials NEWSDAY; Dec 13, 2016
“Long Island has been less encouraging than much of the rest of the country in providing jobs for the young and affordable places to live.”…read article

Budget relies on casino money NEWSDAY; Dec 13, 2016
The Islandia Village Board has passed a $4.4 million budget for 2017. The new budget cuts taxes by 25 percent for the average household. It also calls for an increase in spending over the current $3.2 million budget. Trustee Diane Olk said the new budget is spending revenue from the casino deal that hasn’t been guaranteed yet and may be delayed by legal challenges…
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Suffolk to consider $7.5M in developments NEWSDAY; Dec 14, 2016
Suffolk lawmakers will consider today approving $7.5 million in economic development projects. County Executive Steve Bellone said the proposed spending would help keep young people on Long Island…read article

Wastewater system for homes approved NEWSDAY; Dec 14, 2016
The Norweco Singulair TNT system was found to reduce nitrogen by 70 percent, to an average of 18.8 milligrams of nitrogen per liter…read article

Water-quality projects get $921G NEWSDAY; Dec 13, 2016
The state has awarded nearly $1 million in grants to Brookhaven Town for marina pump-out facilities and other water quality improvement projects…read article

Warning Sounded on Tech Disrupting Student Sleep 
EDUCATION WEEK; Nov 29
Educators who promote the use of education technology are working harder to caution students and parents about the impact of digital devices and the "blue light" they emit, which can disrupt student sleep patterns…read article

Opiate toll gets their attention NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Dec 12, 2016
At a time when the idea that politicians can get something done has become a joke, there is an area in which action is taking place: the mobilization against heroin and opiate dependency…
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LI has to change along with its demographics
NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Dec 14, 2016
Long Island has an increasing number of residents living in poverty. Some of that is because of newer residents —and also because some longtime residents abandoned their homes and fell out of the middle class because of stagnant wages, a loss of high-paying jobs and the economic stresses of living in a region with some of the highest utility costs and taxes in the nation…
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Smiles on the Slopes NEWSDAY; Dec 14, 2016
There likely won’t be anyone wearing short sleeves during the holidays this year; the coldest weather of the season is expected to move into New England this weekend…read article

Dec 1 - Dec 7, 2016
Trading raises for reforms NEWSDAY; Dec 4, 2016
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has used the lure of the first pay raises for legislators in 17 years to try to get the State Legislature to enact term limits, place limits on lawmakers’ outside income, and lower campaign contribution limits, among other measures…read article

A peek at Plum Island NEWSDAY; Dec 4, 2016
A portion of Plum Island has been home to the federal government’s high security livestock disease testing lab since 1954. The rest of the island remains a remarkably untouched natural landscape. It’s a landing spot for migrating birds and seals, and has a historic lighthouse and structures from its days as a U.S. Army fort…read articles

PSEG outages spike NEWSDAY; Dec 6, 2016
Through October, PSEG reported 267,827 customer outages caused by 3,640 outage events, or jobs needing repair. That’s a 37 percent increase over 2015…read article

LI braces for cold, costly winter NEWSDAY; Dec 4, 2016
Long Island homeowners are likely to pay more for their heat this winter than last because of forecast lower temperatures and higher energy prices…read article

Festive day, by Dickens NEWSDAY; Dec 4, 2016
The 21st Charles Dickens Festival stepped off with a parade from East Main Street to Port Jefferson Village Center that featured carolers in Victorian era costumes…read article

Suffolk bill to stop pay hikes fails NEWSDAY; Dec 1, 2016
“If you want to have quality legislators, quality elected officials, you can’t have it where we’re politicizing what we’re paid,” said committee chairman Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue)…
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Sewer tax resolution confuses NEWSDAY; Dec 6, 2016
Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, who also represents district areas, said he flagged the measure and wants an explanation because he’s “never seen” this kind of language in a sewer resolution before. Aides to County Executive Steve Bellone conceded the resolution was poorly drafted…read article

Push to save ancient rock NEWSDAY; Dec 4, 2016
Now Democratic county Legis. Sarah Anker is looking to take Suffolk preservation in a new and weightier direction — buying a rock. Of course, it’s not just any rock — the huge boulder, three
stories high, probably originated in New England, but was dumped here by a glacier 20,000 years ago…read article

Casino opening pushed to February NEWSDAY; Dec 1, 2016
The casino will be in the Islandia Marriott Long Island Hotel on the North Service Road of the Long Island Expressway, just west of Exit 58…read article

U.S. Treads Water in PISA Results for Science, Math, Reading
EDUCATION WEEK; Dec 6, 2016
"The United States has one of the most science-oriented 15-year-old populations," said Andreas Schleicher, the director for education and skills at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which runs PISA. "The downside is the knowledge and skills of those students are not adding up to their expectations."…read article

A Blueprint for Successful Arts Education 
EDUCATION WEEK COMMENTARY; Nov 29, 2016
We have all heard the story: Arts education has suffered from years of neglect and decline in our schools to make room for tested subjects and to balance squeezed school budgets. Here are five strategies for investing in students' creative capital…read commentary

Fictional news puts pressure on fact NEWSDAY OPINION; Dec 6, 2016
The main stream media aren’t blameless in disturbing proliferation of fake accounts…
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7 ways to spot and debunk fake news NEWSDAY OPINION; Dec 2, 2016
The more outrageous the story, the more skeptical you should be before sharing it. Humans have long preferred a well-told lie to an unvarnished truth…read opinion

Americans have become pre-offended NEWSDAY LETTERS; Dec 4, 2016
“Then it dawned on me. The dictionaries are not the problem. We are the problem. We have become a pre-offended country.”…read letter

For developers, LI is a heavy lift NEWSDAY OPINION; Dec 4, 2016
Ten years ago, developers, political leaders and residents envisioned large-scale development at all three locations. By now, many expected construction, or even completed housing, retail or office space at each site. Instead, sites on the Glen Cove waterfront, around Nassau Coliseum and encompassing the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center sit virtually untouched…read opinion

LI’s search for Goldilocks NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Dec 4, 2016
At first glance, a snapshot of Long Island’s housing market, especially compared with the rest of the country, seems worrisome. After all, Long Island’s home prices are significantly below their 2007 highs, according to a well-regarded index of housing markets. The rest of the country, meanwhile, has bounced back in full. But that’s not necessarily bad news…read article

Pearl Harbor: 75 Years Later NEWSDAY; Dec 7, 2016
“Bullets were bouncing all around us and hitting the bulkhead as we ran. I don’t know how I didn’t get hit. Someone must have been watching over us,’’ said Gerard Barbosa, 93, of East Meadow. He lived to tell…read story

Nov 17 - Nov 30, 2016
Tax rebate confusion NEWSDAY; Nov 29, 2016
For most families, the new tax break of about $130 for the New York City suburbs, including on Long Island, and $185 upstate is deducted upfront from local school property tax bills…
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Nationwide housing recovery NEWSDAY; Nov 30, 2016
Prices hit an all-time high, but not on Long Island. U.S. home prices have made a complete recovery from the housing crash, even as Long Island real estate values remain stuck below their pre-recession peaks. “I don’t see them going back to that level anytime soon...unless there are major, major changes in industry on Long Island that’s going to [create] a greater economy here and greater demand for housing,” said Joe Moshé, broker and owner of Plainview-based Charles Rutenberg Realty…read article

Long Island: Why OT pay piled up NEWSDAY; Nov 29, 2016
Officials in several towns and cities blamed the severe 2015 winter for helping push up overtime costs…read article

Pols: Delay Yaphank plan NEWSDAY; Nov 29, 2016
Two Republican state lawmakers are urging the Suffolk County Legislature to delay adoption of a master plan for the county center in Yaphank to allow time to explore “alternate uses” for 197 surplus acres that could bring in revenue…read article

How Should Reading Be Taught in a Digital Era?
EDUCATION WEEK; Nov 8, 2016
For now, there's no consensus on exactly how digital skills should be incorporated into literacy instruction. Practitioners have few guidelines, and many are simply adapting their lessons as they see fit. But many literacy experts do agree on at least one thing: that all students should be learning with a mix of print and digital texts—even the very youngest…read article

International Tests Show Rising, But Mixed, Math and Science Performance

EDUCATION WEEK; Nov 29, 2016
"When we started [conducting TIMSS] in 1995, our math was all content—algebra, geometry—and in science, chemistry, physics," Mullis said, "but now we also include cognitive demands, thinking skills... school is getting to have a broader dimension that is quite different than it was 20 years ago.”…read article

School Choice Advocate Betsy DeVos Named Ed. Sec.: What Does That Mean?
EDUCATION WEEK; Nov 23, 2016
DeVos is best known in the school choice world as the chairwoman of the American Federation for Children, an advocacy and research organization that champions school vouchers and tax-credit scholarships…read article

Nov 10 - Nov 16, 2016
No lawmaker raise NEWSDAY; Nov 16, 2016
For Senate and Assembly members, this would have meant a raise from the current $79,500 base salary to approximately $117,000. (An array of leadership stipends and committee posts increase that base by as much as $41,500 for the leader of the Senate and Assembly, in addition to allowances of about $172 per day for lodging and meals for most lawmakers.)…
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State OKs streamlined pre-K funding plan NEWSDAY; Nov 16, 2016
Only 27 percent of 4-year-olds on Long Island have access to a state-funded pre-K program, making the region the least funded in the state…read article

School violence in focus NEWSDAY; Nov 16, 2016
“New York should lead by requiring transparent, real-time reporting of school violence and disruptive incidents,” Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas wrote in the letter…read article

LIPA budget hikes monthly bills by $2.50 NEWSDAY; Nov 15, 2016
Electricity usage by LIPA’s 1.1 million customers is projected to decline again next year, but LIPA’s 2017 budget will increase by some $222 million. “We are basically on plan,” LIPA chief executive Tom Falcone said…read article

Call for more Core opt-outs NEWSDAY; Nov 16, 2016
On Monday, NYS education commissioner Elia announced that the education department would administer six days of testing in the spring of both 2017 and 2018, and consider switching to four days of tests in 2019. The announcement drew instant condemnations from many parents and from New York State United Teachers, a 600,000-member statewide union group. Last spring, approximately 89,000 students in grades 3 through 8 in Nassau and Suffolk counties were pulled out of state tests…read article

Preparing first responders for new opioid NEWSDAY; Nov 14, 2016
The training will focus on Carfentanil, a synthetic opioid that is used to sedate large animals, such as elephants. In recent months the drug —which is 100 times stronger than the opioid Fentanyl, 5,000 times stronger than heroin and 10,000 times stronger than morphine —has been linked to numerous fatal overdoses…read article

Call to trim Suffolk’s legislature NEWSDAY; Nov 16, 2016
Shrinks reps to 13 from 18. The reduction would save the county about $2.5 million a year by eliminating the five $100,000-a-year lawmakers, three support staff for each and district offices and expenses. County lawmakers approved a budget last week with $20 million in increased property taxes and $40 million in higher fees on mortgages and tickets, but used $134 million in borrowing and one-time budget maneuvers to balance the spending plan…read article

YAPHANK-New plan for county center NEWSDAY; Nov 15, 2016
A new master plan for Suffolk’s Yaphank county center recommends no more land be sold from the 683-acre complex…read article

Brookhaven Town Board ready to vote on $281.8M budget 
NEWSDAY; Nov 14, 2016
The spending plan, if adopted without amendments, would raise taxes on the average home assessed at $2,750 by about $4.72, or 0.44 percent, town officials have said…read article

ISLIP-Town OKs budget with 9.9% tax hike NEWSDAY; Nov 14, 2016
Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said the new budget and tax increase were not affected by salary raises given to some senior officials in the 2016 budget. The town is also planning to hire more staffing in the planning and building departments…read article

Digital Literacy: An Evolving Definition EDUCATION WEEK; Nov 8, 2016
Hiller Spires, a professor of literacy and technology at North Carolina State University, views digital literacy as having three buckets: 1) finding and consuming digital content; 2) creating digital content; and 3) communicating or sharing it…read article

The tax-cap workaround NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Nov 14, 2016
The cap limited increases to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower, starting with budgets for 2012. And with school districts, it mostly worked because they can’t use borrowed money for operations or impose new fees. But a look at Nassau and Suffolk counties’ budgets for 2017, and for recent years, shows that they are not living within the tax cap. Borrowing for operations for deficit spending violates accounting principles. But since 2011, both counties have used both methods to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars without piercing the property-tax cap, at least partially pulling the wool over the eyes of the taxpayers who fund budgets and the voters who empower elected officials…read editorial

Deter corruption with a full-time State Legislature 
NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Nov 16, 2016
The tasks of lawmakers are critical. They should be compensated fairly. And if they are, they should assure the public that the people’s business is the only focus of their attention…
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Small premium hike for Part B NEWSDAY; Nov 15, 2016
Next year’s tiny cost-of-living increase for Social Security (.3%) means that about 70 percent of Medicare recipients will be protected from this year’s rising medical costs through the “hold harmless” clause that states that a social security retiree cannot receive less than the year before. Your 2017 hike in your Medicare Part B premium will limited to whatever your .3% increase amounts to on your social security benefit…read article

Good habits beat bad genes NEWSDAY; Nov 14, 2016
Clean living can slash your risk for heart disease, even if your genes are heavily stacked against you…read article

Nov 3 - Nov 9, 2016
Workers’ pay raises are best since ’09 NEWSDAY; Nov 5, 2016
Workers enjoyed their best pay raises in seven years last month. “The only remaining obstacle to the Fed hiking in December would be a significant adverse financial market reaction to the US presidential election,” Chris Williamson, an economist at IHS Markit, wrote in a research note…read article

Garbage truck? Slow down, move over NEWSDAY; Nov 4, 2016
An addition to the state’s “Move Over” law that took effect Tuesday now requires motorists to exercise caution when driving around a garbage truck…read article

PSEG: LI energy use set to drop over next 5 years 
NEWSDAY; Nov 8, 2016
A forecast by PSEG Long Island and blessed by the New York Independent System Operator, which oversees state energy markets and publishes the figures, projects total power sales on Long Island to drop to 21,943 gigawatt hours in 2017, and continue downward until 2022. Paul Napoli, vice president of power markets for PSEG Long Island, stuck by a previous PSEG assessment that no new power plants will be needed on Long Island until at least 2028…
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More LI immigrants NEWSDAY; Nov 3, 2016
Nassau and Suffolk counties together added about 48,580 people from 2010 to 2015 through international migration, including immigrants who came to the United States legally or illegally. Immigrants in New York report lower income and have lower levels of education, and that more of them and their children live in poverty — meaning more qualify for social service programs…
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Helping new kids NEWSDAY; Nov 8, 2016
Flexibility key to aiding immigrant students on LI, Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa said. “Instead of Common Core, we need to find a core of common outcomes,” she added. Recent figures issued by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement show that in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, the Island saw the population of resettled children spike by 140 percent over the previous 12-month period, with 2,691 children who arrived in this country as unaccompanied minors…read article

Council vows to aid unskilled workers NEWSDAY; Nov 3, 2016
The local council has been a big winner four out of five times, securing $424.5 million for 468 projects…read article

Suffolk hails NY guns report NEWSDAY; Nov 4, 2016
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said [Thursday] that he planned to use new state data showing 73 percent of all illegal guns used to commit crimes on Long Island originated in Southern states…read article

Concern over cop exit pay in Suffolk budget NEWSDAY; Nov 6, 2016
Albany officials oppose [Bellone’s] $60 million in borrowing for exit pay for retiring officers. “It is absolutely terrible public policy,” NYS Senator John Flanagan said. “These issues should be resolved at the local level through collectively bargaining.”…read article

Solar panel code amended to save trees NEWSDAY; Nov 3, 2016
“We want to keep Brookhaven as green as possible. We want renewable energy, but not at the expense of chopping down a whole forest,” said Supervisor Ed Romaine…read article

Town leaders seek stricter sex offender laws NEWSDAY; Nov 4, 2016
The 10 Suffolk supervisors including TOB Supervisor Ed Romaine showed their support for State Assemb. Dean Murray’s (R-East Patchogue) proposed legislation in a Tuesday letter to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo…read article

Common Core: Teach Literacy in Every Subject 
EDUCATION WEEK; Nov 1, 2016
“If we're only focused on literacy in [English/language arts], we're leaving out seven-eighths of the day."…read article

Reward math teachers NEWSDAY; Nov 8, 2016
James Simons, the billionaire founder of East Setauket-based hedge fund Renaissance Technologies LLC, told an audience of about 500 high school students, college students, teachers and faculty that it is essential to reward top-tier math and science teachers…
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Tweaking teacher training NEWSDAY; Nov 6, 2016
It’s called an “unconference”: There’s no schedule of classes provided in advance and attendees can feel free to leave if they’re bored…read article

Is new future for Dowling College in works? 
NEWSDAY-THE POINT; Nov 5, 2016
Suffolk County Legis. Thomas Barraga is on a two-pronged mission to expand programs for four-year college degrees in the county — and one prong involves resurrecting Dowling College’s 50-acre Oakdale campus…read The Point

SUPERMOON – A celestial treat on Nov 14th NEWSDAY; Nov 8, 2016
Long Island sky watchers can look forward to this month’s full “supermoon,” on the 14th, which won’t be just any old supermoon…read article

Tapeworm on LI more common than though NEWSDAY; Nov 8, 2016
“Whenever you have a large population of immigrants you will see it,” Stony Brook physician Luis Marcos said. A tapeworm [is] capable of causing an epilepsy-inducing brain infection. They said the parasite is not a public health threat in this country and there are no chances of it spreading…read article

Oct 28 - Nov 2, 2016
The growth of E-COMMERCE for the holidays NEWSDAY; Oct 30, 2016
Retail analysts said that online holiday sales will grow at double-digit rates, propelled by convenience, lower prices and free shipping…read article

LI High School Students: Achieving at College Level 
NEWSDAY; Oct 30, 2016
More Long Island students than ever before are taking and passing college-level Advanced Placement exams — assessments widely recognized as the academic “gold standard” in determining national high school rankings…read article

Schools feel pinch NEWSDAY; Nov 1, 2016
A sharp rise in poverty among children and youth on Long Island appears to be straining finances in many of the region’s schools, “We do know that the Island as a whole is losing school-age population, and that the new students coming in, in many cases, require more services than students who are exiting,” said Charles Russo, Eastport-South Manor Superintendent and president of the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association…
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I-495 Long Island Rest Stop NEWSDAY; Nov 2, 2016
Rising in cedar-shingled splendor between exits 51 and 52 on the eastbound Long Island Expressway, the two-week-old Welcome Center has as its centerpiece a Taste NY market that features produce and products made exclusively in New York State…read article

Earth’s wildlife is slipping away NEWSDAY OPINION; Oct 30, 2016
Some scientists say we’re now living in the Anthropocene age — a term that refers to the time when human activity started to change the Earth’s ecosystem…read article

Calming fears NEWSDAY; Nov 2, 2016
Psychologist’s book shows parents how to explain terrorism to children…read article

Oct 6 - Oct 13, 2016
LI’s shrinking middle class NEWSDAY; Oct 13, 2016
Middle-class families, defined as those with 2014 earnings of $46,165 to $184,657, represented 57.8 percent of local households in 2014. That is down from 61.6 percent in 2000 and 66.9 percent in 1990…read article

Coram: Mulch site issued summonses after fire Newsday; Oct 13, 2016
Coram Fire Department firefighters extinguished the blaze on the western side of a pile of mulch at Premium Mulch, at 482 Mill Rd. Brookhaven Town authorities to issue 11 summonses for alleged violations at the site…read article

Register now to mark a ballot NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Oct 13, 2016
Tomorrow is the deadline to register to vote by mail or online in New York. State law also allows a one-day grace period for in-person registration during presidential election years, and there will be multiple locations on Long Island on Saturday to get your name on the voting rolls in time for Nov. 8…read editorial

New Renters, New Downtowns. The keys to a busier downtown
 NEWSDAY; Oct 9. 2016
The new, high-end apartment buildings rising near Long Island’s train stations have given a boost to downtowns in communities…read article

$3.3M for LI ‘Zombie’ house NEWSDAY; Oct 12, 2016
The Town of Brookhaven’s award “will enable us to catalog all of the zombie houses in the town and go after them in terms of ensuring that the property maintenance is done correctly and if it’s not, to seek fines against banks that do not maintain properties,” Edward P. Romaine, town supervisor, said yesterday…read article

PSEG Long Island misses two marks NEWSDAY; Oct 6, 2016
[But] PSEG’s monthly operating report showed improvement in most performance standards,
which would allow the utility to receive most of the $8.7 million in extra pay it can receive under contract from LIPA. That would be in addition to the $58 million it receives in regular contract pay…read article

Hearings to address LI water challenges NEWSDAY; Oct 11, 2016
The Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection is holding three public hearings this month about a report examining the quantity and quality of drinking water supplies serving the region…read article

Tanger Outlets Riverhead to host four job fairs NEWSDAY; Oct 11, 2016
Tanger Outlets Riverhead will host four job fairs later this month to hire employees for management, full-time, part-time and seasonal positions…read article

Ruling rocks land-save efforts NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Oct 9, 2016
Justice Thomas Whelan threw out two laws passed in 2010 and 2013 that allowed farmers to get special-use permits and hardship exemptions to build structures such as greenhouses, barns and solar and wind generators on land where the public had bought out farmers’ right to build anything…read column

Suffolk OTB to sell lot formerly slated for casino NEWSDAY; Oct 12, 2016
Suffolk County Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. said the agency expects to sell the 32-acre property to an unidentified car dealership for more than the $10.95 million it paid for the parcel in 2014…read article

5-cent bag fee is a go NEWSDAY; Oct 12, 2016
[Suffolk County Executive] Bellone was close to vetoing the bill, which was passed by the legislature in September, spokeswoman Vanessa Baird- Streeter said. He decided not to because there’s time to pass legislation so the county could keep a portion of the five cents, she said…read article

Sensational! NEWSDAY; Oct 12, 2016
Commack center’s multisensory Snoezelen room opens, offers calm space for students with disabilities…read article

Storm Clouds Over Ed-Tech Law's Renewal EDUCATION WEEK; Oct 5, 2016
Congress has made a late, bipartisan push to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which governs vocational and other programs that teach workforce and career-related skills…read article

Brookhaven takes lead on smart solar for LI 
NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Oct 10, 2016
We give a thumbs-up to the stricter solar-siting code proposed by Brookhaven Town. It includes economic incentives for solar companies to put arrays on rooftops, in parking lots and on previously developed property. Supervisor Edward Romaine intends to send the code to other towns after it’s approved by the Brookhaven Town Board…read article

Distracted driving is deadly driving NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Oct 7, 2016
We can all see what’s happening around us. The problem is distracted driving. Far too many of us are fiddling with our phones as we hurtle down the road…read editorial

Suffolk must clarify and stick to funding plans 
NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Oct 12, 2016
When County Executive Steve Bellone said last year that Suffolk would allocate $1 million to help build a federal inspection station at Long Island MacArthur Airport for international flights, we applauded. When he said last month that Suffolk would spend $1 million to design sewer expansions around the airport and in Sayville and Oakdale, we approved of that as well. Then it turned out that the $1 million for the sewer study was the same $1 million set aside for MacArthur, and that is not OK…read editorial

YAPHANK: IDA considers breaks for $27M project 
NEWSDAY; Oct 12, 2016
Tax breaks and other financial assistance for a planned $27 million assisted-living facility in Yaphank is being considered by the Brookhaven Town Industrial Development Agency…
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Mall’s town tax breaks draw fire NEWSDAY; Oct 11, 2016
The lawmakers said the tax breaks for the mall have resulted in tax increases for residents of Valley Stream school districts [that] will be $322 to $758…read article

Questioning tax breaks granted by IDAs NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Oct 9, 2016
“The IDA also notes that the deal will create jobs. How many? Well, that would be two.”…
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First, set national education standards NEWSDAY LETTERS; Oct 10, 2016
The big caveat is that national standards must replace the hodgepodge of academic criteria from state to state. At the same time, testing must be real — no curves, no adjustments. Either you know the subject or you don’t. Social promotion must end. For those who have language difficulties, additional school time should be required and the basic course of study should not be diluted. When these criteria are met, one can begin to talk about full funding for college…
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Borrowing your way out of debt is risky NEWSDAY; Oct 9, 2016
“People will use a consolidation loan to pay off their credit card debt, and within a year they’ve run up their balances again,” said Bruce McClary, a spokesman for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling…read article

Sep 29 - Oct 5, 2016
Adding mental health class NEWSDAY; Oct 4, 2016
New York’s schools will have to teach about mental health in their state-mandated health classes beginning in two years. The updated curriculum will increase the likelihood that students recognize the signs of mental illness in themselves and others and seek help when it’s needed. About 50 percent of students with emotional or behavioral disorders drop out of high school…read article

Surprise bill for solar users NEWSDAY; Oct 5, 2016
[PSEG] pays solar customers a fraction of what the credits are worth in the bank when they are cashed out on their anniversary date: around 2.5 cents a kilowatt hour, compared to the 19 cents a kilowatt hour they are worth when they offset his energy bill…read article

Tesla Time NEWSDAY; Sep 30, 2016
Leaders of the nonprofit developing the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, on a 16-acre parcel along Route 25A [in Shoreham], think Tesla’s popularity —seven decades after his death— will help them raise the $15 million needed to open a temporary museum late next year…read article

Two LI schools get Blue Ribbon NEWSDAY; Sep 30, 2016
Harborfields High School in Greenlawn and Syosset High School were named National Blue Ribbon schools Wednesday…read article

Deputy patrol deal upheld NEWSDAY; Sep 30, 2016
In a 4-0 decision, the court rejected the claims of County Executive Steve Bellone and police unions that the [2011] agreement was not legitimate. If there is no appeal, both sides say the issue will go to binding arbitration. John Becker, president of the 250-member deputies union, said the county must make up for the economic losses union members have suffered…
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Two comptroller aides fail job exam NEWSDAY; Oct 5, 2016
Both men failed to score 70, the passing grade on their exams. Both held their jobs on a provisional basis, meaning there was no civil service list for their posts when they were hired. Each had to take a competitive test to keep their jobs on a permanent basis…read article

SCWA can collect on unpaid bills NEWSDAY; Oct 4, 2016
While authority officials say they do not expect the change to result in a rate reduction, they say that it could be used to offset future rate hikes…read article

Data Tool Allows City-by-City Schooling Comparisons
EDUCATION WEEK; Oct 4, 2016
Website users, for example, can compare graduation rates, per-pupil spending, teacher salaries,
and the availability of early-childhood-education programs in Chicago; Des Moines, Iowa; and
San Francisco…read article

SAT data delivery delayed NEWSDAY; Oct 3, 2016
Sponsors of the SAT college admissions exam have acknowledged systemic delays in providing
questions and answers from a newly revamped test to parents and students who paid fees for the information…read article

Don’t loosen the tax cap NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Oct 3, 2016
It’s keeping the lid on school spending. From 1982 to 2011, school taxes in New York increased at a rate of 6 percent a year, more than three times faster than inflation. On Long Island, there is an extraordinary burden: Property taxes are quadruple the national average while house values are only double the national average. Taxpayers cannot face a burden that increases faster than inflation and their ability to pay…read editorial

Creepy clowns and peculiar paranoia NEWSDAY OPINION; Oct 5, 2016
Despite posts on social media, there’s no army of baleful buffoons out to get us…read opinion

LIPA rate hike will help prevent emissions NEWSDAY LETTERS; Oct 4, 2016
“The Sept. 22 news story “Nuke plant subsidy to hike LIPA’s bills” fails to mention the benefits that all New York residents, including those on Long Island, receive…” “For less than $2 a month on the average residential bill, Long Island residents join hands with the rest of New York to prevent an increase of 15 million tons of carbon dioxide…”(The writer is the chair of the state Public Service Commission, which oversees public utilities)….read letter

Caffeine tied to dementia prevention NEWSDAY; Sep 30, 2016
A new study suggests a significant relationship between caffeine and dementia prevention, though it stops short of establishing cause and effect…read article

Sep 22 - Sep 28, 2016
'Magnificent’ new digs for LIRR NEWSDAY; Sep 28, 2016
The Long Island Rail Road by 2020 plans to expand its Penn Station operations to a new Farley Post Office complex across Eighth Avenue, where it will share space with Amtrak…read article

Watchdog hits tax-aid process NEWSDAY; Sep 28, 2016
“Without better metrics and reporting, it’s impossible to know what value taxpayers receive from these investments,” the nonpartisan Citizens Budget Commission president Carol Kellermann said Monday. “The cost continues to grow but not the needed transparency.”…
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UN body backs reparations for U.S. blacks 
NEWSDAY/WASHINGTON POST; Sep 28, 2016
The history of slavery in the United States justifies reparations for African-Americans, a recent report by the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a body that reports to the international organization’s High Commissioner on Human Rights. The panel drew its recommendations, which are nonbinding and unlikely to influence Washington, after a fact-finding mission in the United States in January…read article

Power upgrade comes at a cost NEWSDAY; Sep 28, 2016
Improving power supply to the South Fork will cost all Long Island ratepayers $3.67 a month. LIPA will begin requesting money from ratepayers to fund the new programs beginning next year. The board will be asked to approve $8.9 million in the 2017 capital budget, and $45.3 million in the 2018 budget…read article

Major heroin bust NEWSDAY; Sep 24, 2016
Twenty-five people have been accused of conspiring to sell heroin in a ring that reached from Mexico to Suffolk County…read article

Sold for $22.5M NEWSDAY; Sep 28, 2016
St. John’s University has sold its 170-acre waterfront campus in Oakdale to Amity Education Group, which operates Amity University, one of the largest multi-campus colleges in India [who] will assume control of the land immediately…read article

Big rigs not welcome NEWSDAY; Sep 28, 2016
LIE’s renovated rest stop [between x51 & x52] will be open for cars, but not for tractor trailers, or buses…read article

‘Tool Time’ - LI’s 2nd largest public company investing for the future NEWSDAY; Sep 25, 2016
MSC Industrial Direct Co., the second-largest public company on Long Island by revenue, is rare among publicly traded companies. It stands up to Wall Street…read story

Police to host gun buyback NEWSDAY; Sep 28, 2016
Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said the buyback —scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at South Country Ambulance Co., 1309 Montauk Hwy., East Patchogue —aims to help prevent guns from falling into the hands of criminals…read article

Suffolk starts anti-terror alliance NEWSDAY; Sep 23, 2016
The website will also allow businesses, schools and other groups to register their surveillance cameras with the police for easier access during investigations…read article

SAT Results 2016: It's Complicated EDUCATION WEEK; Sep 27, 2016
Normally at this time of year, we report the scores and trends for the college-admissions exam. But this is a weird year, a year so full of disclaimers, caveats, and partial cohorts that it makes it pretty tough to tell you anything at all…read article

More fuel for distrust of Albany NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Sep 23, 2016
The endless spigot of corruption that is New York State has been opened again…read editorial

Policing both counties’ costs of enforcement 
NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Sep 27, 2016
Two key questions: How much does policing cost? And where’s the money coming from to fund it?...read column

Any way out for Suffolk? NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Sep 27, 2016
Suffolk needs a change in labor laws from Albany that would allow the county to eventually slow down increases in police salaries and benefits that cost an average of $233,000 a year per officer. Barring that, there has to be either a massive tax increase or a vicious cut in services in the next several years…read editorial 

Seniors told to get moving NEWSDAY; Sep 27, 2016
The new research examined whether regular physical activity could help even the oldest seniors stay mobile for longer, despite other health conditions…read article

Sep 15 - Sep 21, 2016
Curing Common Core NEWSDAY THE POINT; Sep 21, 2016
Common core gets a rewrite…read column

New York State proposes changes to Common Core standards

NEWSDAY ONLINE; Sep 21, 2016
New York State is proposing “meaningful changes” in 60 percent of its Common Core academic standards for English Language Arts and 55 percent of standards in mathematics, state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced Wednesday. Parent leaders have voiced doubt that state efforts to revise Common Core standards and assessments would be significant enough to end the boycotts…read article

Cuomo mum on proposed lawmaker pay boost 
NEWSDAY ONLINE; Sep 21, 2016
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday refused to say if he supports proposed raises of as much as 47 percent for state legislators, himself and his top appointees. That proposal would mean a $37,400 raise for legislators, to an annual base salary of $116,900 a year for jobs which in law are part-time. “That is an option that they are considering,” Cuomo said Wednesday. “They are considering options from zero to 47.”…read article

Cuomo starts master plan for wind power 
NEWSDAY; Sep 16, 2016
“By developing a viable offshore wind energy source, we will provide New Yorkers with clean, affordable power and lay the foundation for a thriving clean energy economy,” Cuomo said…
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See associated article from Sep 21…LIPA won’t vote on wind project deal this week
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4.1% LI jobless rate is lowest in 9 years NEWSDAY; Sep 21, 2016
Long Island’s unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent in August from 4.5 percent in August 2015. Suffolk County’s rate dropped 0.4 percentage points to 4.3 percent…read article

Census: LI has high median incomes, low poverty rates 
NEWSDAY; Sep 15, 2016
In Suffolk, however, median income over the same time span remained flat. Suffolk’s 2011 median of $88,435 was essentially unchanged in 2015…read article

Suffolk plans tax, fees hike NEWSDAY; Sep 17, 2016
Suffolk County would hike police district taxes by nearly 4 percent, institute a new $300 mortgage fee and borrow up to $30 million for police retirement costs under a proposed 2017 budget released yesterday by County Executive Steve Bellone…read article

Panel to vote on forensic auditors NEWSDAY; Sep 21, 2016
[Vote is in response to] an anonymous complaint made to Wall Street rating firms alleging county fiscal irregularities. Comptroller John Kennedy said Suffolk’s new outside auditor, Deloitte and Touche, which for the first time did the county’s year-end 2015 audit, “strongly recommended” a forensic investigation to assure the integrity of the county and the firm…
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Kennedy scolds agency over shelter NEWSDAY COLUMNIST; Sep 18, 2016
Suffolk Comptroller John Kennedy, without fanfare, earlier this month issued a scathing management letter to the county Department of Social Services for a string of missteps in opening a 440-bed homeless shelter in a former Brentwood hotel that have cost the county $3.6 million…read column 

Protest hits the road NEWSDAY; Sep 21. 2016
Transit activists ride the bus to rally against bus route cuts in Suffolk…read article

Suffolk Oks on-site wastewater treatment system 
NEWSDAY; Sep 21, 2016
The $12,500 cost for the Hydro-Action AN system and installation could be higher depending on access to property and soil, or lower for new construction. The average cost of maintenance is estimated at $300, while electrical costs are $30 to $40 a year…read article

Suffolk to start sewer growth plan NEWSDAY; Sep 15, 2016
Suffolk County plans to start designing sewer expansions along the Great South Bay in Sayville and Oakdale and create a new sewer district surrounding Long Island MacArthur Airport, County Executive Steve Bellone announced yesterday…read article

Peer-Led Anti-Bullying Efforts Yield Payoffs EDUCATION WEEK; Sep 13, 2016
"We treated students as politicians, campaigning for a better school. The theory was that their public behaviors and statements could change norms," said Elizabeth L. Paluck, a Princeton psychology professor. It seems they did. Across the nearly 12,000 students in schools using the program, the total number of discipline incidents fell from 2,695 to 2,012 in one school year…
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Teens’ deaths are a call to act NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Sep 16, 2016
It’s shocking that two teenage girls were beaten to death in Brentwood, but being shocked is not enough. Not any more…read editorial

The damage done by opt-outs NEWSDAY OPINION; Sep 15, 2016
Efforts to improve schools nationally suffer when students don’t take tests. If people want to opt out of public education, there are scores of private schools that follow “whole child” and other alternative philosophies. Test boycotters should opt into Waldorf or Montessori rather than disrupt a national effort to level public schooling…read opinion

The African-American Experience NEWSDAY; Sep 18, 2016
The National African American Museum of History and Culture will formally open its doors to the public next weekend. The museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, declared in a mission statement emblazoned on its website that it “will be a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African-American experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped us shape this nation. A place that transcends the boundaries of race and culture that divide us, and becomes a lens into a story that unites us all.”…read story

Millennials and their money NEWSDAY; Sep 19, 2016
On Long Island, of course, the key question is how are local millennials (ages 20-34) doing? While these six individuals don’t define the local generation, their stories offer a starting point for sorting out fact and fiction when it comes to millennials and their money…read article

Monitoring for early prostate cancer NEWSDAY; Sep 15, 2016
“There’s been no hard evidence that treating early disease makes a difference,” said Dr. Freddie Hamdy of the University of Oxford…read article

How to check if your 401(k) plan is a dud NEWSDAY; Sep 18, 2016
This valuable perk can be ruined by high retirement plan fees and crummy investment choices. Investors should take a closer look at their workplace retirement plan. Here’s what to look for…
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Sep 8 - Sep 14, 2016
Longwood Library renovation cited NEWSDAY; Sep 13, 2016
An $18 million renovation of the Longwood Public Library has been honored by a statewide library organization. “We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our community-focused library transformation,” Longwood library director Suzanne Johnson said in a statement…
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Economists pare growth outlook NEWSDAY; Sep 13, 2016
The median estimate from economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics calls for gross domestic product growth of 1.5 percent this year, down from the 1.8 percent they forecast in June. The panel is now predicting flat corporate profits in 2016— better than the median 2 percent decline projected in June.…read article

Income up 5.2% NEWSDAY; Sep 14, 2016
Median household income in the nation rose 5.2 percent from 2014 to 2015. The 5.2 percent increase in median household income doesn’t mean that individual wages have gone up by that amount. Household income is affected by wages, and also by how many people in a household are working…read article

Online course expansion OK'd NEWSDAY; Sep 14, 2016
New York, by signing the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, or SARA, will allow public and private colleges and universities— both nonprofit and for profit— to join in interstate offering of post secondary online education courses and programs…read article

It’s a seller’s market NEWSDAY; Sep 14, 2016
Suffolk County homes sold for a median price of $355,000 in August, a gain of 2.9 percent compared with a year earlier…read article

LI School Districts Told: Plan for tight tax cap NEWSDAY; Sep 13, 2016
NY Comptroller DiNapoli says it’s likely to be below 1%—and superintendents say something has to give…read article

‘Campus Village’ eyed at Stony Brook University 
NEWSDAY; Sep 13, 2016
University would create public-private development to ease housing shortage…read article

Program for seaweed cultivation explored NEWSDAY; Sep 13, 2016
Suffolk County is now authorized to begin a pilot program to see if underwater land can be used to cultivate seaweed as a lucrative crop popular in high-end restaurants…read article

Suffolk audit: Shelter owes county $1.26M NEWSDAY; Sep 13, 2016
Penates Inc., a nonprofit homeless shelter, owes Suffolk $1,267,471 because the county overpaid for the group’s operations and the agency paid more than budgeted for employee salaries, according to a new audit from Suffolk Comptroller John M. Kennedy Jr.….read article

Project revived NEWSDAY; Sep 14, 2016
After several false starts with previous suitors, Riverhead officials are hoping a $45 million deal with a Melville firm will finally bring business to the long-dormant Enterprise Park at Calverton…
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More time for play NEWSDAY; Sep 12, 2016
Patchogue-Medford doubles time for recess in grades K-5, bucking trend. Local school officials described the initiatives as part of broader efforts within the district to promote development of the “whole child.” That buzzword is popular among educators and parents worried about pressures exerted on youngsters by an array of programs, ranging from standardized Common Core testing to competitive sports…read article

A Texas School District Plans to Mandate Daily Recess for Elementary Students EDUCATION WEEK; Sep 13, 2016
Elementary students in Austin, Texas, may soon get to enjoy 30 minutes of unrestricted recess every day. Currently there is no policy on the books regarding recess. So the decision to offer recess was left up to individual schools. But to make 30 minutes of daily recess happen, the district has to work on getting buy-in from the staff at the schools. He explained that adding more time for recess might seem counterintuitive to staff members at first…read article

Texas Teacher's 'No Homework' Rule Strikes a Chord With Parents EDUCATION WEEK; Aug 26, 2016
By now, you've probably seen the note a 2nd grade teacher in Godley, Texas, sent home with her students saying she would not give any assigned homework this year. Many parents praised the move and used the opportunity to lament their young children's ‘long, arduous’ homework assignments. Cathy Vatterott is a professor of education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She's written about this topic extensively. “The schools that seek to limit homework often encourage teachers to abide by what's known as the 10-minute rule, which is advocated by the national PTA and the National Education Association. It calls for students to have 10 minutes of homework per grade level. So students in 1st grade would have 10 minutes of homework, while students in 2nd grade would have 20 minutes and so on.”…read article

Parents Across America Group Outlines Ed-Tech 'Threats'
EDUCATION WEEK; Sep 6, 2016
An influential parent-advocacy group that has vocally opposed high-stakes testing, the Common Core State Standards, and charter school expansion has its sights on a new target: education technology. Launched in 2010, Parents Across America is run on a small annual budget, with funding provided in part by a foundation associated with the Chicago Teachers Union….
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What price for police? NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Sep 12, 2016
County Executive Steve Bellone’s 2017 budget is due to the Suffolk County Legislature on Friday, and it’s unclear how he plans to balance it. Suffolk’s revenue is flat, and its expenses are growing, particularly the cost of maintaining its highly paid police force. The result is a huge recurring annual budget gap. This year, the projected shortfall will be $140 million to $180 million. Last week, Bellone met with legislative leaders to discuss potential fee increases and cuts in services, none of which sound like very good ideas. He has used some of these tricks before, and will use them again, such as borrowing to pay pension contributions and borrowing from a sewer stabilization fund. Endless borrowing and budget trickery don’t work. Cutting essential services is neither wise nor fair. And endless fee hikes are just an evasion of sensible policy. We need an honest discussion about how much Suffolk residents are willing to pay for their police…read editorial

Can shame help an addict recover? NEWSDAY OPINION; Sep 14, 2016
Can images of a couple overdosed in the front seat of a car and a 4-year-old left helpless in the back awaken a community to the seriousness of an epidemic that crushes lives every day?...read opinion

Albany must act to clean LI water NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Sep 14, 2016
But the problems are well known by now. The difficulty is how to solve them, and how to find the money to do that. So we were heartened to hear a healthy exchange between lawmakers and Suffolk officials about a county proposal for a public referendum for an annual fee on water usage…read article

Smart connections NEWSDAY; Sep 12, 2016
This is the “internet of things,” [IoT]the wireless network that allows devices ranging from coffee makers to thermostats to jet engines to automobiles— all of which contain electronics — to transmit data. Then people can, for example, remotely turn up the heat before they arrive home, or do preventive maintenance on equipment…read article

Sep 2 - Sep 7, 2016
Suffolk lawmakers add five cent fee for disposable paper, plastic bags
NEWSDAY ONLINE; Sep 7, 2016
Paper or plastic, it’ll cost you a nickel per bag at store checkouts under a bill passed by Suffolk lawmakers Wednesday night. Two Republican and two Democratic lawmakers voted against the bill, saying that Suffolk residents are sick of the high cost of living and getting nickel and dimed by the government. “I have one of largest senior citizen communities in Suffolk County, and I’ve gotten an earful,” Legis. Sarah Anker (D-Mount Sinai) said. “Being charged for plastic bags is not supported by that community.” The 5 cent fee would be kept by retailers…read article

Tax Boosts to Aid K-12 Up for Vote in Several States 
EDUCATION WEEK; Sep 7, 2016
It's time for the rich to start paying their fair share of education costs, teachers' unions in Oregon and Maine say. " 'Tax the rich' is a common cry you hear worldwide, but, truthfully, I don't buy it for a minute," said Dana Conner, the president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. "These people, quite often, have very responsible positions, they employ people, they put money back into the economy, and they're making philanthropic contributions we don't want to lose." Besides, he said, citing research from the state's former education commissioner, putting more money into an already flawed funding formula will only exacerbate inequality between rich and poor districts…read article

Are Longwood, Lindy heading for a rematch? Longwood #1! Longwood Football Schedule
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Pullback in U.S. job growth NEWSDAY; Sep 3, 2016
U.S. employers slowed their hiring in August to a modest 151,000 jobs and barely raised wages…read article

Walmart cutting 7,000 store jobs NEWSDAY; Sep 2, 2016
Walmart is cutting about 7,000 back-office store jobs over the next few months as it centralizes its invoice and accounting departments. Displaced employees who do get [other Walmart] store jobs will likely take pay cuts, calling the back-office jobs “some of the better positions at Walmart.” [Walmart is] in its second year of a $2.7 billion investment in wage increases and training for hourly employees…read article

ITT: College chain is shutting down NEWSDAY; Sep 7, 2016
The for-profit college chain ITT Technical Institute is shutting down all 130 of its U.S. campuses…read article

First Day: Kids in 72 districts go back to school NEWSDAY; Sep 7, 2016
At Elwood Middle School and Westhampton Beach Middle School, the first assignment for many students was getting to know each other. Plainview-Old Bethpage is extending its high school schedule from eight to nine class periods a day—an important addition for students seeking to sign up for extra course electives…read article

New LIRR timetable due to track work NEWSDAY; Sep 7, 2016
A new timetable went into effect yesterday on the Long Island Rail Road to reflect the impact of several work projects…read article

Accused of turning him away NEWSDAY; Sep 2, 2016
The state attorney general’s office said it is “actively looking” into a complaint that the North Babylon school district initially refused to enroll a teenager from El Salvador who crossed the United States border illegally as an unaccompanied minor. María Mejía, [the boy’s aunt] told the district he is living here “because of educational opportunities” not available in his home country…read article

Bag-fee bill vote looms NEWSDAY; Sep 2, 2016
Suffolk lawmakers on Wednesday will consider a 5-cent fee on paper and plastic bags at store checkouts…read article

Regent sees fixes in works NEWSDAY; Sep 2, 2016
A veteran Long Island policymaker said yesterday that the state is making progress in its efforts to fix educational problems revolving around Common Core academic standards. A parent boycott leader said later that members of that movement would not be impressed by minor changes in the standards…read article

Charter Schools Aren't Good for Blacks, Civil Rights Groups Say EDUCATION WEEK; Aug 30, 2016
In recent weeks, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People took its firmest stance to date on charter schools in calling for a moratorium. Soon after, the Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of over 50 organizations that includes activists from Black Lives Matter—a powerful new advocacy force—also called for a ban on charter school growth…
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LI can learn from effort to rid policy of politics 
NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Sep 7, 2016
Party politics has no place in governance. Sadly, on Long Island, that is easier said than accomplished. Islip gets credit for taking on the fight…read editorial

Privileges, rights, and Phyllis Schlafly NEWSDAY OPINION; Sep 7, 2016
The conservative icon fought to save protections for some women, not all. The fact that you don’t personally need a right, the exercise of which would not directly impede your freedom, doesn’t mean it isn’t needed. It just means it’s none of your business…read opinion

Aug 25 - Sep 1, 2016
Student vaccines NEWSDAY; Sep 1, 2016
Starting today [Sep 1, 2016], all public and private school students entering 7th and 12th grades statewide must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease…read article
Companion piece below When skepticism can lead to danger.

US corporate debt worries some experts NEWSDAY; Aug 29, 2016
“There’s a misconception that companies are swimming in cash,” says Andrew Chang, a director at S&P Global Ratings. “They’re actually drowning in debt.”…read article

Schools’ HIGH TECH transformation NEWSDAY; Aug 28, 2016
LI districts push for high-speed internet as NY starts distributing $2B technology fund…
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Agencies keep LIPA’s credit ratings steady NEWSDAY; Aug 28, 2016
[Rating agencies] Standard & Poor’s and Fitch held ratings steady for LIPA. S&P said the continued stable outlook for LIPA debt reflected optimism over state approval last year of a three-year rate increase plan, which will increase the delivery charge on bills by a cumulative 7.5 percent by 2018. S&P also viewed favorably LIPA’s new ability to adjust rates periodically if revenue falls below projections because of unexpected weather, green-energy power reductions, (and) union negotiations. In addition, Fitch said, “Despite electric rates that have become more competitive regionally, political and consumer rate pressures persist as LIPA’s average residential revenue per kilowatt hour remains among the highest in the nation . . . ”
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Suffolk sues opioid manufacturers, doctors NEWSDAY; Sep 1, 2016
“We are in deep here in Suffolk County,” Deputy Presiding Officer Rob Calarco said at a news conference. “It is costing us a lot of money…” Suffolk officials said they shouldn’t have to carry the load alone and that it is time for the pharmaceutical companies to be held responsible. The Suffolk County Legislature voted unanimously on Tuesday to hire the Manhattan law firm of Simmons Hanly Conroy to file the lawsuit…read article

Bellone hires 2 consultants to project sales tax NEWSDAY; Aug 28, 2016
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone last week took the unusual step of hiring not one, but two [different] consultants to forecast the county’s sales tax growth for the coming year. What makes the move unusual is that it comes only weeks before the unveiling of the proposed 2017 county budget and the dueling consultants, hired Wednesday, will have only until Sept. 7 to report findings on the future projections for Suffolk’s nearly $1.4 billion in sales tax, which at 37 percent is the largest single source of Suffolk tax revenue. “It’s called opinion shopping,” said Paul Sabatino, former chief deputy county executive and a veteran of decades of budget wars. “They are asking for as many bidders as possible until they get one who will give them the number they want.”…read article

Town Board sends PSEG a letter on ‘Decoupling’
Supervisor Ed Romaine along with every member of the Brookhaven Town Board sent a strong letter of denouncement to LIPA Chairman Ralph Suozzi and the Members of the Board of Trustees of LIPA regarding the ‘Revenue Decoupling Adjustment’ now appearing on ratepayer bills. “Thus, if you use more energy, your rates go up. If you don’t use enough energy, your rates go up.”…read letter

How 3 Long Island principals engage students in learning NEWSDAY; Sep 1, 2016
Principals in three Long Island school districts this year took statewide “Principal of the Year” honors from the School Administrators Association of New York State. Newsday asked these educators for their thoughts on this question: “What are the top things most important to ensuring that your school’s students are actively engaged in learning?”…read article

States with High 'Opt Out' Rates Brace for Possible Penalties
EDUCATION WEEK; Aug 23, 2016
Under both the previous No Child Left Behind Act and the recently enacted Every Student Succeeds Act, the Education Department has required that states administer their annual standardized exams to at least 95 percent of qualified students. But in New York and Colorado—two hotbeds of testing "opt out" activism—state K-12 officials have reported in recent weeks that they missed that benchmark last school year…read article

When skepticism can lead to danger NEWSDAY OPINION; Sep 1, 2016
“Views on vaccines harden nationally as mumps outbreaks continue to grow. Sometimes, it’s simply not adequate to decide what’s best for oneself. Sometimes, we have to think of our neighbors.”…read opinion

For 2016, ‘none of the above’ NEWSDAY OPINION; Aug 28, 2016
“If presidential voting were a multiple-choice test, we might get better candidates.”…
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Power supplies and LIPA bills NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Aug 29, 2016
“’Decoupling’ charge is necessary. LIPA must have enough power on call for the full needs of the Island, including customers who use solar. Those customers still need power when it rains, and LIPA has to have deals in place to provide it.”…read editorial

Wealth tips from next-door millionaires NEWSDAY; Aug 28, 2016
Next-door millionaires weren’t born into wealth. They’re the majority of millionaires,
and they include teachers, small business owners and professionals who accumulate wealth gradually over time. Here are some rules of thumb you might consider applying to your own finances…read article

Aug 18 - Aug 24, 2016
Bellone blocks comptroller hiring, citing budget deficit 
NEWSDAY; Aug 24, 2016 
Bellone, a Democrat, cited the county’s budget deficit in rejecting two auditors and three clerical staff requested by Kennedy, a Republican…read article

US traffic deaths up 9%: 19,100 in six months
 NEWSDAY; Aug 24, 2016
“We…need to really [home] in on the unsafe driver behaviors that are still so pervasive, including distraction, drowsy and drunk driving, speeding, and failure to buckle up.,” said Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association…read article

PSEG says going green too costly NEWSDAY; Aug 22, 2016
[New York State’s] new Reforming the Energy Vision initiative (REV) called for utilities to solve grid challenges with new technologies, including smart grids, remote- controlled thermostats that help reduce peak power use, and solar and wind power. After months of analysis, however, PSEG found the costs were just too high…read article

NY fed: Mid-wage growth NEWSDAY; Aug 19, 2016
In Nassau and Suffolk counties, middle-wage jobs — broadly defined as paying a median wage of around $30,000 to $60,000 per year — grew by 15,790 positions between 2013 and last year…read article

From The Border To Long Island: Long Island population of kids coming illegally into U.S. increasing NEWSDAY ONLINE; Aug 21, 2016
Children illegally crossing Mexico border and coming to Nassau, Suffolk increase in 2016. More than 1,800 unaccompanied minors have come to Long Island from Oct. 1 through June 30, the figures show — surpassing the 1,123 who came during the entire 2015 fiscal year but significantly below the 3,046 of 2014. School districts — with a legal mandate to educate children ages 5 to 21, regardless of immigration status — often are the first to feel the migration’s impact as parents and sponsors seek to enroll minors. But funds to provide the services they need lag behind or don’t match the costs, school officials said. The immigrant students, some who come with interrupted education, usually need English-language classes and other programs to catch up…read article

LI Jobless rate: 4.2% NEWSDAY; Aug 24, 2016
Long Island’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent in July from 4.8 percent in July 2015, the state Labor Department said yesterday. Suffolk’s 4.4 percent rate dropped 0.6 percent from a year earlier…read article

LI job market grows NEWSDAY; Aug 19, 2016
The Island added 16,600 more jobs in July than a year ago, driven by hiring in health, education, construction, and leisure and hospitality…read article

40 LI businesses on INC. 5000 fastest-growing companies list 
NEWSDAY ONLNE; Aug 22, 2016
Forty Long Island companies, led by Taldepot.com, a Freeport online grocery delivery service, made the 2016 Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing companies…see list

LI Community Colleges: Big Promise, Big Challenges 
NEWSDAY; Aug 22, 2016
Community college administrators and professors said that while improvement in the graduation rate is needed, the measurement is an unfair illustration of achievement at their schools. Too many students in remedial classes, chronically low graduation rates, stagnant enrollment, fewer public dollars, rising tuition. All these issues face Long Island’s community colleges…read article

Welcome to the new Hampton Bays NEWSDAY; Aug 21, 2016
The median price of homes sold in Hampton Bays has risen by 24 percent in the last five years…read article

Casino: $47M payoff for village NEWSDAY; Aug 20, 2016
Islandia will get more than $2M a year for hosting mini-casino, mayor says…read article

Suffolk’s share of SCCC cost may be Towns’ burden
NEWSDAY; Aug 21, 2016

Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine added the county should not try to unload its fiscal problems on the towns. But, he added, “Desperate people do desperate things.”…read article

Idle lands NEWSDAY; Aug 21, 2016
“Given the financial situation of the county, it’s important these properties are either utilized
as intended [Affordable Housing] or taken back by the county so we can auction them off,” said Legis. Lou D’Amaro (D-North Babylon)…read article
Includes accompanying article ‘Neighbors Oppose Home’

Suffolk planning chief suspended NEWSDAY; Aug 19, 2016
The suspension — the first ever imposed on a division or department head since County Executive Steve Bellone took office in 2012 — cost Lansdale $5,562 in pay from July 30 until Aug. 12. She failed to properly follow county payroll procedures. There was no indication that any of the dozen employees involved were improperly paid or given time off that they did not earn…read article

Two-Thirds of U.S. 11th Graders Now Taking ACT, While Scores Drop Slightly EDUCATION WEEK; Aug 24, 2016
Sixty-four percent of 2016's graduating seniors—or about 2.1 million students—took the college-readiness exam, up from 59 percent in 2015. The ACT has had more test-takers than the SAT, its main competitor, since 2011. While the number of students taking the ACT rose significantly again this year, overall average test scores have taken a dip…read article
Read related articleRejected by Colleges, SAT and ACT Gain High School Acceptance...read article
Editor’s Notes: NYS currently requires Regents exams, not ACT or SAT.

Teacher Diversity Gap Not Easily Closed, Report Warns
EDUCATION WEEK; Aug 18, 2016
Simply hiring more black and Hispanic teachers from the pool of available teachers of color does almost nothing to close the gap, the report found. At the crux of the discussion of teacher diversity, the researchers wrote, should be raising college graduation rates among black and Hispanic students…read article

Affordable homes and ugly attitudes NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Aug 24, 2016
“Long Island is making progress on its shameful record on affordable housing. Resistance in some places has quieted. Proposals have been approved and built. So it’s extremely dismaying to see old hostilities emerge again, as they have in Amity Harbor. Long Island needs to keep moving forward, and leave behind its disgraceful past.”…read editorial

No such thing as ‘free college’ NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Aug 21, 2016
“Nothing is free. Someone has to pay. But when you’re looking to attract voters, promising free benefits is an easy way to do it.”…read editorial

Cuomo must sign bill on mental health instruction 
NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Aug 19, 2016
“Making sure young people learn about mental health will make them more likely to recognize the signs in themselves and others. Mental illness can masquerade as substance abuse, for example, when people turn to alcohol and drugs to numb their inner pain.”…read editorial

‘Let’s make a deal!’ for traffic violation NEWSDAY LETTERS; Aug 20, 2016
“Or, I was told, for $480 the whole thing would go away. Is this traffic court or “Let’s Make a Deal?””…read letter

Training his Lens on Long Island NEWSDAY; Aug 21, 2016
More than 70 images made from glass-plate negatives in “Fullerton’s Long Island: The Lure of the Land,” chronicle turn-of-the-20th-century Long Island. They were made by Hal B. Fullerton, an impresario and early photographer who promoted Long Island for the Long Island Rail Road after he was hired as a special agent in 1897…read article

15 life skills every kid should know before they leave for college SHEKNOWS; Jul 23, 2016
Editor’s Thoughts: All 15 make sense folks…and good luck with that!...view list

Aug 11 - Aug 17, 2016
Longwood returns looking for back-to-back championships NEWSDAY ONLINE; Aug 16, 2016
Coming off a 47-28 win over Farmingdale in the Class I Long Island Championship, including an LIC record 555 rushing yards, plus a string of undefeated junior varsity seasons in Suffolk I and the No. 1 preseason ranking, it is a daunting task for any team to overtake the Lions this season…read article

Health insurance costs to rise NEWSDAY; Aug 17, 2016
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York found manufacturers and service firms projecting a median increase of 10 percent in their expenses for providing medical coverage to workers…
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Also includes companion article Aetna pulls back role in insurance exchange.

Wind farm would yield less power NEWSDAY; Aug 12, 2016
A 90-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island, if approved, would actually bring 75 megawatts of power to the South Fork because of previously undisclosed capacity limitations
on the electric grid. Construction of the wind farm is expected to cost around $700 million, a figure LIPA disputes, and PSEG Long Island is expected to spend more than $500 million in South Fork grid upgrades…read article

LIPA’s credit rating upgraded NEWSDAY; Aug 14, 2016
Moody’s Investor Service on Friday upgraded LIPA’s credit rating one notch, citing “enhancements” to its ability to recover costs from customers. Already this year, one such cost-recovery mechanism resulted in an average customer bill increase of $1.69. Next month, it will increase to $4.30 a month. That is atop power supply charges that have jumped 58 percent since January, and a delivery rate that is up 1 percent this year and will increase more than 3 percent in each of the next two years…read article

Out of this world NEWSDAY EXPLORE LI; Aug 17, 2016
Space exhibit brings the final frontier to East Meadow…read story

East Quogue - Green Scheme NEWSDAY; Aug 17, 2016
The sound of loud lawn mowers moving around a neighborhood park is set to soon become a thing of the past for some residents of Southampton Town…read article

Schools’ high marks NEWSDAY-NEWSWEEK; Aug 12, 2016
Twenty-one Long Island high schools are among the nation’s top 500 public high schools ranked by Newsweek magazine in its annual list…read article

Beyond a Single Measurement of Effectiveness SAS WHITE PAPER
Getting the Value Out of Student Growth and Value-Added Metrics Such metrics feed into educational policies, student support structures and the evaluation of teachers, schools and districts. Statistical rigor and sophisticated models are essential for getting reliable results. But model complexity creates a quandary for those who lack the expertise to understand model properties and their implications at a deep, technical level…read white paper

Student Mobility: How it affects learning EDUCATION WEEK; Aug 16, 2016
For more than 6.5 million students nationwide, being the new kid can be a frequent occurrence—and one that exacts a cost to their social and academic development…
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Islandia in on Hub project, now it’s up to Cuomo 
NEWSDAY EDITORIAL; Aug 17, 2016
The long-awaited revitalization of the Ronkonkoma Hub is set to begin this fall, six years after then-Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko made his first proposal. On Long Island, that qualifies as warp speed…read editorial

Who to blame for wretched election? NEWSDAY OPINION; Aug 17, 2016
“Clinton and Trump are just the mirrors. What they’re showing us and responding to is our hateful treatment of each other.”…read opinion

The evolution of telecommuting NEWSDAY; Aug 14, 2016
Telecommuting is a perk that bosses and employees say works best when it’s not full-time…
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“An instant friendship at the market” NEWSDAY - An Essay; Aug 14, 2016
“John watched, and a sad look came over his face. Then a beautiful thing happened! Billy turned around, ran back to John, and gave him a hug.”…read essay

NOAA predicts more, stronger hurricanes NEWSDAY; Aug 12, 2016
That means a 70 percent chance for 12 to 17 named storms, with five to eight of them becoming hurricanes, two to four of those major…read article

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