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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Lawmakers not "thrilled" with dorms
5:05 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

15 years and FBI raid, dorm bill finally gets attention

Credit courtesy of NY Senate

News this week that the FBI raided the offices of yet another New York State lawmaker has pushed into the limelight a little known piece of legislation authored by a Long Island senator. Babylon Republican Phil Boyle has, for the last 15 years, wanted lawmakers to live in a dorm.   

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Grant sends experts to LI
7:53 am
Wed March 26, 2014

IBM helps Suffolk figure out sewer problems

At his State of the County Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone called nitrogen the biggest threat to Suffolk
Credit Charles Lane

Suffolk County has received a grant from the technology company IBM to help solve what many see as Long Island's biggest looming crisis: poor water quality. Planners and environmentalists say they’re "thrilled" with the announcement.

    

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Campaigning against "Insider Trading 2.0"
5:47 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Schneiderman takes another swing at high speed traders

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (file, 2013)
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman took aim at high speed stock  traders again Wednesday. He announced what he called an "agreement" with a newswire service to stop giving information to high speed stock traders before traditional traders. This is the latest in Schneiderman's campaign against what he calls "insider trading 2.0 "

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Liberty vs Health
8:24 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Suffolk bans tobacco sales to those under 21

Dr. James Tomarken, Suffolk County Health Commissioner, says raising the tobacco age will keep youth from smoking
Credit Charles Lane

Suffolk County has increased the minimum age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes from 19 to 21 years old.  The bill, passed Tuesday evening, was pushed by health advocates who say it will reduce youth’s access to cigarettes.

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Traffic fees & borrowing in the offing
4:01 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Needing a windfall, Suffolk eyes suing big tobacco

Cigarette seller Victoria Edwards outside her shop on the Poospatuck reservation in Mastic. 2009
Credit Charles Lane

As they continue to deal with a troubled budget Suffolk County lawmakers are meeting Tuesday to consider a number of revenue generators including hikes to traffic and parking fees and also suing big tobacco.

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