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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The MTA payroll tax lives on
8:23 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

MTA tax upheld. For now.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano
Credit AP

The tax, much reviled on Long Island, has been subsidizing the regional transit network by taking 34 cents for every $100 dollars businesses and governments pay in salaries.  On Thursday New York's top court dismissed a lawsuit that claimed the tax was unconstitutional, but the story isn't over yet.  

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Mandatory retirement called outdated
9:46 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Referendum aims for more (and older) judges

Chief Administrative Judge Gail Prudenti has long sought more judges. She says extending a judge's retirement age is a half step in that direction.
Credit AP

On New York's ballot next month will be six referendums to change the state constitution.  The most talked about proposition asks voters if they want Las Vegas-style gambling.  Several propositions delve into the minutia of government operations: giving war veterans additional access to government employment, helping local governments borrow money for sewer construction, and also allowing the state to make some land trades.  The last referendum asks voters when judges should be forced to retire.

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NY's 1st Congressional District
4:13 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Zeldin to challenge Bishop

NY's 1st CD is a tight district but not as tight as presidential results

  Long Island State Senator Lee Zeldin announced Monday he will challenge Tim Bishop for Congress next year.  The district they are fighting over is one of the most competitive districts in the country.

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Garden City shooting
3:14 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Police searching for shooter on Long Island

Nassau County Police are looking for a gunman who killed one and injured another at a business in Garden City
Credit Charles Lane

Police on Long Island are searching for a man who walked into a Garden City business this morning, and shot an employee to death. Another person was injured in the shooting.  Police say the alleged shooter was a vendor, disgruntled over a business deal.

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Legal counsel for the poor
10:35 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Courts make case for more civil legal aid

Testimony at NY appellate court hearing on expanding civil legal aid to the poor
Credit Charles Lane

New York’s top judge is holding hearings this week on the benefit of providing civil legal services to the poor.  A US Supreme Court case guaranteed legal counsel to people accused of crimes, but that same right is not given to people going through civil court.  New York courts are trying to change that.  

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