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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Not illegal, but "unfair"
5:18 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Schneiderman: brokerages halt "insider trading 2.0"

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says investment companies were taking advantage of non-public information.
Credit Charles Lane

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he's reached a deal with 18 investment banks to halt what he calls Insider Trading 2.0.  This is the latest in an ongoing investigation over something that isn't exactly illegal.  

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Raises and work rules at issue
5:47 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

LIRR and unions return to arbitration

Long Island Rail Road trains sit idle during 1994 labor strike
Credit AP Photo/Luc Novovitch

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has agreed to more arbitration talks with the main labor unions for the Long Island Rail Road.  The move essentially postpones a looming strike until mid summer.  

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PSEG explains good performance stats
5:50 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Preparation & (mostly) luck reduce outage time

Angry residents pleading to the Long Island Power Authority for electricity to be restored in Mastic Beach. LIPA came under withering criticism since Sandy knocked out power to more than a million of its customers in 2012
Credit AP Photo/Frank Eltman

On Wednesday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo praised Long Island's new electric company PSEG for, among other things,  greatly reducing the time customers had to wait for outages to be fixed.  WSHU's Charles Lane has this report on t how  PSEG was able to do this.   

  

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Cuomo says outage time 28% lower
5:43 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Cuomo amplifies agenda, praises PSEG

Governor Andrew Cuomo delivering budget address on Long Island
Credit Charles Lane

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was on Long Island today delivering the same budget presentation he gave statewide several weeks ago.  Cuomo’s says the purpose of his visit was to amplify his voice in what he expects to be a “loud” legislative session.

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Malloy, Cuomo declare snow emergencies
7:54 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Winter storm prompts state of emergencies in Conn., NY

Snow covering a parked car in Stamford, Connecticut. Fairfield County saw some of the largest snowfall amounts in the region, with over a foot of snow reported in some areas.
Credit Naomi Starobin

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is requesting help from the White House and FEMA in an effort to  obtain  road salt to treat the state’s highways.  The governor said on Thursday that the state is running out of salt used in snow removal.

The winter storm also prompted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency earlier in the day Thursday.  

Director of State Operations Howard Glaser says the emergency declaration is necessary for the state to help out local communities in these situations.

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