Charles Lane

Senior reporter for Long Island

Charles is a radio reporter, story teller, Excel ninja, database grasshopper, and loves to FOIL records. He's worked for NPR, Deutche Welle, Radio Netherlands, Soundprint, Penthouse, the Religion News Service, and the Catholic World Report.  He's won three SPJ Public Service Awards, a National Murrow, and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.  He once did 3Gs in a stunt plane, ran the Tough Mudder, and dove 40 meters on a single breath.  Charles is extraordinarily friendly so don't hesitate to contact.

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Zeldin says LLC money is legal
11:59 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Demos raised only $5400 in the district he seeks

3% of George Demos's $2.2m comes from New York Donors. Lee Zeldin got 82% of $730k from NY.
Credit Charles Lane

New York's federal primaries are two months away. Republican candidates vying to take on Long Island Congressman Tim Bishop are busy raising and spending money. WSHU's Charles Lane has a breakdown on where the money is coming from, and how it’s being spent.

    

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Zeldin raises 7x Demos
7:45 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Demos spends big to take on Bishop

George Demos is spending on ads like these to attack Lee Zeldin and Tim Bishop

Candidates for New York's hotly contested first congressional districts filed campaign finance disclosures yesterday and it looks like another wealthy candidate is flooding the district with money.

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Health advocates say law will save lives
5:22 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Bellone hikes age to buy tobacco

Dr. William Spencer (D-Huntington) authored the bill increasing tobacco purchase age to 21
Credit Charles Lane

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signed a  law on Monday increasing the minimum age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes from 19 to 21 years old. The law was pushed by health advocates who say it will reduce youth’s access to cigarettes.  

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Ma & pop pushed to individual market
2:51 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Small businesses want insurance law changed

Ben Lawsky, Superintendent of New York's Department of Financial Services, speaking at the Long Island Association
Credit Charles Lane

A group of small businesses on Long Island is urging lawmakers to change a state law that forbids trade associations from joining together to buy group health plans. Business owners complain they are paying about 30% more for health insurance than larger businesses.

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Fining workers not just companies
6:17 am
Thu April 10, 2014

NY's top banking regulator tries new tactic

Ben Lawsky, Superintendent of New York's Department of Financial Services, speaking at the Long Island Association
Credit Charles Lane

New York’s top banking regulator says he wants to crackdown on not just companies involved in financial scandals, he wants the punish the workers too. Superintendent of New York’s Department of Financial Services Ben Lawsky was on Long Island Wednesday talking about this and other regulatory changes on the horizon.  

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