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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Israel leaving DCCC after two terms
11:11 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Israel As DCCC Chair: "It Could Have Been Far Worse"

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, listens to Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as they receive updates on election day information at the Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.
Credit AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Long Island Congressman Steve Israel says it could have been worse.

The six-term incumbent from Huntington, N.Y., has finished his second term as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a job aimed at getting — and keeping — as many Democrats in Congress as possible.

As head of the DCCC, Israel had to raise money, screen candidates, decide which candidates to spend the money on, and strategize national messaging.

In addition to all that, Steve Israel found the time to write a novel.

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"unprincipled practices may be widespread"
4:33 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

FEMA Called On To Investigate Sandy Claims

United States flags are displayed on flood-damaged homes in the Breezy Point section of Queens, N.Y., Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
Credit AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

U.S. Senators in New York and New Jersey are calling on FEMA to investigate how insurance claims related to Superstorm Sandy were secretly rewritten to favor insurance companies at the expense of homeowners.

It was only by chance Deborah Ramey, of Long Beach, N.Y., discovered an engineering report about her home was rewritten to say that it wasn't Sandy that damaged her home and, thus, the damage was not covered by insurance.

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Regulators press payment network
6:39 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Banks Agree To Block Payday Lenders

Four additional banks have agreed to block online payday lenders from accessing customer accounts in New York. The agreement comes as the banks' processing network remains silent on efforts to keep the illegal loans from crossing state borders.

Payday lending is generally illegal in New York and Connecticut because the loans, which can be as high as 500 percent, exceed both states' cap on allowable interest.

However, investigators in New York have received complaints that payday lenders are making these loans online.

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Despite market rebound, profits scant
6:57 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Wall Street Bonuses Will Be Flat This Year

Trader Sean Spain works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

A new survey finds that Wall Street bonuses this year will be flat despite strong gains in the stock market.

This comes as hundreds of new rules take effect pushing the industry away from making risky bets.

In the past those risky bets led to big profits and big bonuses. But the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act introduced rules requiring banks to keep more cash on hand and curb the kinds of complicated trading that led to the financial collapse in 2008.

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National discontent brings down 12-year incumbent
4:14 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Zeldin Defeats Bishop For Congress

Congressman-elect Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) waiting for election results to come in.
Credit Charles Lane

Republican state Senator Lee Zeldin soundly defeated six-term incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop in New York's first Congressional District. 

Going into the night, both campaigns expected the race to be so tight that a winner might not be known until December when all the absentee ballots were counted. But an hour after polls closed Zeldin was up by several thousand votes. The margin ultimately grew to 16 thousand votes, or ten percent.

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