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MTA borrows to get through the year, but drastic measures still possible next year

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 03:36
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority expects to fill this year's budget gap through cost-cutting and an expected $2.9 billion federal loan, but the path ahead may require layoffs, fare hikes and deep LIRR service cuts.

As COVID-19 cases rise in New York, Cuomo warns of 'tremendous spike' ahead

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 02:30
The state hit yet another high point since the height of the crisis in the spring, Gov. Cuomo said, warning that Thanksgiving gatherings could lead to an infection surge.

Suffolk Legislature OKs creation of task force to tackle county's zombie home crisis

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 01:58
The Suffolk County Legislature has approved the creation of a task force to combat the problem of blighted homes known as "zombie houses."

Brookhaven recycling center reopens after $7.5M overhaul

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 18:12
Material is sorted and processed locally instead of being shipped to Brooklyn after the plant closed in 2018 when China curtailed purchases of American recyclables.

COVID-19 'continuing to climb' in New York; cluster linked to Riverhead restaurant

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 00:55
Suffolk said it could crack down on large gatherings the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, when college students returning home usually gather with friends.

So far, a reprieve: Flu cases tracking lower despite fear of virus double whammy

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 00:32
Experts warn that influenza season is only beginning, and they say shots are the best way to keep that virus at bay.

Customers call report on PSEG failures during Isaias 'alarming,' 'unacceptable'

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 23:20
The latest revelations rekindled memories of a difficult and frustrating week after Isaias, and they reinforced ratepayers' conviction that the system was broken. 

An economic 'boom' predicted for LI once COVID subsides, NY Fed official says

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 21:44
Jason Bram, an economist at the New York Fed, said Long Island will see a strong economic rebound from COVID-19, though when it takes place is uncertain.

Two months into school year, some students still need computers

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 20:54
Some Long Island students without technology are poor, some are immigrants, and still others are just caught in the backup of computer orders that stretches around the world.

Brookhaven Town union layoffs on the table

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 17:16
CSEA workers reject a salary deferment proposal, which could result in at least 14 losing their jobs next year, officials said.

Cuomo: 'COVID-19 is spreading in New York,' but schools can be 'safe'

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 23:09
The state's positivity level rose to 2.8%, including hot spots. The governor said consensus is needed among parents and teachers to keep schools open through an increase in coronavirus positives.

Long Island weather: Breezy, chilly Monday night ahead and wind chills back in the picture Tuesday night.

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 20:49
There was a possibility of showers Tuesday morning and snow showers Tuesday night along with wind chill values in the 20s, the weather service said.

Hunters kill tagged deer used in study, researcher says

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 17:31
The four deer taken in Head of the Harbor hurts the contraceptive study, the expert said, but there is no restriction on hunting them under state rules.

NWS: Tornado warning expired in Central Suffolk, thousands without power from storm

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 05:36
A tornado warning for central Suffolk and a severe thunderstorm warning for Suffolk County issued by the National Weather Service have both expired.

Transportation experts suggest putting brakes on congestion pricing plan

Sun, 11/15/2020 - 23:28
The MTA had hoped to begin charging the new tolls early next year, but the plan has yet to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration.

Lessons learned: Long Island hospitals say they're prepared if surge comes

Sun, 11/15/2020 - 22:33
Officials said they are stocked with PPE, can quickly move staff around to treat a major influx of COVID-19 patients, and have extra space ready to accommodate beds and medical equipment.

North Babylon's library joins 2-member club with sustainability certification

Sun, 11/15/2020 - 20:16
The designation from the New York Library Association program includes becoming environmentally friendly, economically feasible and socially equitable and makes the library only the second one on Long Island to attain it.

Suffolk lawmakers plan to allow Steve Bellone's 2021 budget to pass without vote

Sun, 11/15/2020 - 20:07
The Suffolk Legislature is expected to let the county executive's budget pass by default, sparing lawmakers from having to vote for major cuts.

'They have spread like an infestation,' says one condo resident suing village, car dealer

Sun, 11/15/2020 - 11:31
Condo owners at the Snug Harbor complex disagree with a decision by Amityville trustees to grant special-use permits allowing Security Dodge to expand its operations on Merrick Road.

A Q&A with Sean Walter, Riverhead's former supervisor who will now sit on the town's justice court

Sun, 11/15/2020 - 11:00
Sean M. Walter, who was town supervisor from 2010 to 2017, fills a seat left vacant by the July death of Allen M. Smith, another former town supervisor who was on the bench for 20 years.