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Rep. Thomas Suozzi doubles down on 'no SALT, no deal' stance as panel skirts property tax issue

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 01:01
A plan issued by a key House committee failed to address the issue of deductibility of state and local taxes.

Forecast: Chance for storms overnight but sun should return Tuesday

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 00:23
Forecasters at the National Weather Service say the rest of September should be warmer than average.

Sellers' market: Home prices jump 17.6% in Suffolk to new high, 13% in Nassau 

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 23:59
Sellers still have the upper hand in Long Island's housing market, with buyers paying a median price of $535,000 in Suffolk and $670,000 in Nassau last month. 

Cops: Driver charged with DWI after wrong-way crash in Huntington Station

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 23:33
A Huntington Station man was arrested and charged with drunken driving following a wrong-way crash on Pulaski Road, Suffolk County Police said.

Police investigate online threats made to Commack High School students

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 23:28
Commack officials said police were notified after the district received "two anonymous alerts" Saturday containing "very limited threatening information" directed at a "few" students. 

LIRR union rep warns that some workers would quit before getting COVID-19 shots

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 23:23
Vincent Tessitore Jr., the LIRR union representative on the MTA Board, said many workers feel "threatened" by the MTA's mandate that all employees get inoculated.

COVID-19 indicators dip on Long Island, as NYC takes major reopening steps

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 23:14
The total number of new cases on Long Island and the seven-day positivity rate declined in test results on Sunday, as 1 million public school students went back to class in New York City and the city began enforcing rules requiring proof of vaccination for patrons of indoor venues.

Riverhead changes meeting date on water issues in observance of Yom Kippur

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 22:57
The water forum, originally scheduled for Sept. 15, will now be held on Sept. 22 at 6 p.m., Town Hall officials said. The change follows a request from the town's anti-bias task force.

Firefighters save 3 dogs, 2 cats in West Islip house blaze

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 21:02
The cats were uninjured, while two of the dogs appeared to be severely injured and the third looked to be in stable condition, West Islip Chief Michael Cooper said.

$1.36 million drainage, dredging project aims to clean up Setauket Pond

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 20:34
The two-part project at Setauket Pond — an old marsh on the coastline of Setauket Harbor — will include replacing bulkheading, dredging the pond and removing invasive plants, officials said.

Suffolk shootings increase 23% in 2021, statistics show

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 02:22
Acting Suffolk Police Commissioner Stuart Cameron said the increase in shootings is the result of a number of factors, including gang-related shootings, a flood of illegal weapons in the county and fewer law enforcement gun seizures during the early days of the pandemic.

Foundation pays off mortgages for 20 first responders who died of Ground Zero-related illness

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 00:32
One beneficiary was Jen McNamara of Blue Point, whose husband, FDNY firefighter John McNamara, died from 9/11-related cancer in 2006 while she was pregnant with their son, Jack.

U.S. surgeon general defends Biden vaccine order for businesses

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 00:17
Dr. Vivek Murthy said there was nothing unusual about the order, which requires companies with more than 100 employees to set mandatory vaccine policies, or test workers weekly for COVID-19.

Donors fund repairs of damaged Stargazer sculpture in Manorville

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 00:11
The sculpture, described as a "gatekeeper" to the Hamptons, will be restored after years of vandalism and weather-related damage.

Long Island's summer of 2021 brought algae and sharks

Sun, 09/12/2021 - 20:30
The algae flourished in warm, nitrogen-polluted waters and sharks chased recovering bunker fish populations toward shore.

Smithtown weighs its options on retail marijuana sales and is tilting toward 'no'

Sun, 09/12/2021 - 19:56
A public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 23 on opting out, but Supervisor Edward Wehrheim and town Councilman Tom Lohmann have already said they see little benefit to allowing dispensaries and cafes for the "gateway drug" in the town, at least for now.

Forecast: Warm and sunny week ahead on Long Island

Sun, 09/12/2021 - 17:34
Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high around 82, but also windy with up to 29 mph gusts possible, according to the National Weather Service. 

New COVID-19 cases on LI drop to just over 800, state figures show

Sun, 09/12/2021 - 14:46
The newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 on Long Island totaled 837 on Friday, down from 1,273 on Thursday, according to Gov. Kathy Hochul's office.

Sad and somber day: NYC marks 20th anniversary of attacks at Sept. 11 memorial

Sun, 09/12/2021 - 14:02
Hundreds of people gathered at the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan Saturday, as moments of silence and the tolling of bells marked the times the hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center buildings and the times the buildings collapsed. 

Smithtown has long list of repairs planned for $5M Rescue Act funding

Sun, 09/12/2021 - 09:00
They include $500,000 in matching grants for Main Street business facade renovations; $700,000 in parking lot repairs at the Smithtown Senior Center; and $400,000 toward paving and other improvements at Celebrate Park in St. James.