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.

Pages

Government
6:31 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

NY proposes swan hunt and capture

Native to Europe the mute swan has been labeled a pest on the East Coast targeted for eradication.
Credit AP

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation issued a draft wildlife management proposal Thursday that calls for reducing the number of "mute swans" in the state. 

Read more
Most Obamacare enrollees are over 45
3:25 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Health "death spiral" doesn't worry experts

New York's Department of Health released data on enrollment in its health insurance exchange this week.  The data show 26% of young adults are enrolling in the exchange.  This number is just above what experts call the "death spiral."  

Read more
Property Tax Rebate called "insignifigant"
7:39 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Cuomo agenda for Long Island gets lukewarm response

Governor Andrew Cuomo before his 2014 State of the State address
Credit AP

In his State of the State message, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo embraced many of his familiar issues: cutting taxes for businesses and estates, boosting tourism, and expanding abortion rights.   A few new items included a proposal to borrow $2 billion dollars for education technology, a push to improve New York City airports , and support for connecting  Metronorth to Penn Station.    For Long Islanders, reaction so far has been lukewarm. 

Read more
Second federal lawsuit pending
10:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Imprisoned 17 years, Tankleff wins $3M settlement

Martin Tankleff smiles during a 2008 press conference
Credit AP

A man who spent 17 years wrongfully imprisoned for murdering his own parents has won a $3.3 million dollar settlement against the State of New York.  This is the first of two lawsuits filed by Martin Tankleff.  

Read more
9 to 12 inches expected
8:17 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

LIE Closes as Long Island braces for blizzard

Loading salt trucks at public works facility in Commack, Long Island
Credit Charles Lane

Forecasters are expecting anywhere from 6 to 14 inches of snow and frigid temperatures in New York.  Long Islanders are bracing for the brunt of the storm with blizzard like conditions lasting as long as 24-hours.   

Read more

Pages