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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"Money was never spent," but we're paying it back
4:45 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Bellone planning to pay back water quality "raid"

Environmentalists pressuring lawmakers to remove nitrogen from ground water. From left to right: Researcher Christopher Gobler, Environmentalist Adrienne Esposito and Pine Barrens Society's RIchard Ampher
Credit Charles Lane

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is considering legislation that would pay back some $55 million that environmentalists say lawmakers "raided" from a water quality fund. This comes as environmentalists are ramping up public pressure on the issue. 

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Another Military Sexual Assault bill in 6 months
3:48 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

With data Gillibrand plans another push against Pentagon

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand pauses after a failed Senate vote on military sexual assaults. March 6, 2014
Credit AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is moving forward on her effort to strip senior military commanders of their authority to investigate and prosecute sexual assaults. After her proposal failed in an emotional Senate vote last week Gillibrand says she will make another push in six to nine months.  

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Hearting on Cuomo helps taxpayers
6:35 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Why Bellone mentions Cuomo so much

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Suffolk Exec. Steve Bellone discuss Sandy preparations
Credit Office of NY Gov. Cuomo, Darren McGee

In his State of the County speech Wednesday night Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone mentioned New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ten times.  That's eight more times than he mentioned anyone else. Turns out the name dropping is intentional.  

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Bellone eyes plan for free filtration systems
12:43 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Bellone: Nitrogen is greatest crisis in generations

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone delivering his State of the County address
Credit Charles Lane

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone delivered his annual State of the County address last night. He said Suffolk is stronger, safer, and resilient. Bellone spent most of his speech pressing the need for improved water quality.  

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Mystery of the returning harp seals
5:15 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

More seals or not, more LIers are seeing them

Harp seal sunning on a dock in Provincetown, MA
Credit Flickr/mkalbis

Long Islanders are seeing more seals this year. It's tempting to say the reason there have been more sightings is all the cold weather we've been having, but researchers are still scratching their heads about it.  

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