Suffolk County News

Storm displaces almost 400 students at Stony Brook University

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 00:46
Two Stony Brook University dorms that flooded during the remnants of Hurricane Ida will be closed indefinitely for repairs, with 376 students displaced to new rooms elsewhere on campus.

Officials: Security increased as Sept. 11 nears

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 23:51
Authorities in New York City, Nassau and Suffolk said Wednesday that there are no credible terror threats, but they're treating the occasion as a time of elevated threat, in part because of propaganda from terror groups. 

Riverhead hospital marks NYS Overdose Awareness Day with Narcan training sessions

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 23:39
Peconic Bay Medical Center officials will hold Narcan training for New York State Overdose Awareness Day and in the wake of several fentanyl-laced cocaine deaths on the East End last month.

Murder trial of former NYPD officer, ex-fiancee accused of killing son Thomas Valva may be delayed

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 23:28
Michael Valva and Angela Pollina have both pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the January 2020 hypothermia death of his 8-year-old son, Thomas.

Arts Council launches campaign to raise $400G to save theater home

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 23:24
The former executive director of the Smithtown nonprofit is selling the building and is asking $1.6 million. The leaders of the Arts Council, which is run by area residents, countered with a $1.3 million offer and are trying to raise $400,000 for the down payment. 

LI man, who lost dental license, sentenced for submitting false Medicaid claims 

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 23:23
State Attorney General Letitia James said, "For years, [Dawer] Nadi used New York's Medicaid program as his personal piggy bank and provided dental services without a medical license." 

Former CFO of drugmaker Aceto going to prison for insider trading

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 23:20
Douglas Roth, of East Northport, pleaded guilty to selling his stock before the Port Washington firm disclosed it was in financial trouble. 

Delores S. Ledbetter, Uniondale educator and youth advocate, dies at 83

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 23:04
Delores S. Ledbetter was a longtime teacher at Uniondale High School and the wife of the late Giants and Jets coach Bob Ledbetter.

Police: Central Islip man killed after drunk driver hits disabled car on Sunrise Highway

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 22:42
Police identified the Central Islip man killed when an alleged drunk driver hit his broken-down car on Sunrise Highway early Wednesday, also critically injuring the passenger.

LI ham radio operators to join others worldwide for special 9/11 event on Saturday

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 21:30
Members of two local amateur radio clubs, including a retired NYPD officer who was at Ground Zero when the Twin Towers collapsed, will remember the terror attacks' 20th anniversary Saturday — talking to other ham radio operators around the world.

Hispanic population gains in Riverhead

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 00:04
Census data shows that the number of residents 18 and older rose 57.6% and climbed 101.1% for those under 18, census results that some said may bolster efforts to argue for a larger increase in state aid for the town's schools.    

35 more COVID deaths in state as poll shows most Americans think pandemic has worsened

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 22:00
Four of the state's 35 Labor Day deaths occurred on Long Island, state figures show. The number of Americans who believe the worst of the pandemic is over has plummeted from 53% in June to 23% now, according to a poll by Long Island University.

Spota, McPartland ask judge to remain free on bail during appeal, court papers say

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 20:59
Attorneys for the defendants said in court filings that bail should be granted because the appeals from ex-Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota and his former top aide, Christopher McPartland, will present substantial questions of law that, if decided in the defense's favor, will result in a reversal or new trial.

NYS investing $9.4M to expand mental health ACT teams to help young, at-risk people

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 20:24
The state Office of Mental Health is seeking request for proposals for young people aged 10 to 21 and their families that provide services in the home and in community settings that are available 24/7 as part of efforts to expand Youth Assertive Community Treatment teams.

Long Island's 9/11 first responders endure pain, illnesses

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 13:08
The toxic dust that filled the air and noses and mouths of responders and survivors 20 years ago triggered health problems such as chronic rhinosinusitis, asthma and gastroesophageal reflux diseases, as well as skin and prostate cancers, according to medical experts.

Long Island weather: Another picture-perfect day is on the way

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 01:12
After a mostly stormy week, Long Island's stretch of good weather continues Tuesday with sunny skies and a high of about 80 degrees, the National Weather Service says.

LIers mark waning days of a summer clouded by COVID's delta variant

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 00:29
The season began with the growing hope of a return to normalcy but ended with families changing travel plans and readjusting their outlook due to concerns over the highly contagious delta variant.

Haunted by 9/11 mental trauma, 'the girl I knew is gone'

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 00:06
More than 17% of those enrolled in the federal government's World Trade Center Health Program were certified as having a mental health condition as a result of 9/11. The real percentage is much higher, one Long Island-based psychiatrist said.

Laura Curran urges homeowners to report Ida damage, so county can access federal money

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 23:48
The Nassau County executive said counties must show they suffered at least $5 million in damages to receive a portion of $50 million in funding announced by President Joe Biden.  

Assemb. Fred Thiele, Sen. Anthony Palumbo press for East End affordable housing money 

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 23:42
Thiele (I-Sag Harbor) and Palumbo (R-New Suffolk) have proposed a bill that would levy an additional half-percent real estate transfer tax to aid affordable housing efforts.