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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25% higher for credit card transactions
7:48 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Suffolk tables plan to warn of "outrageous" fees

Jay Schneiderman (I-Southampton) proposed bill after seeing stations charge 25% more for credit card transactions
Credit Charles Lane

The Suffolk County Legislature voted down a controversial measure Tuesday night. It would have required gas stations to notify motorists when there's a large disparity between cash purchases compared to credit card transactions.  

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32,000 tons of asbestos laden waste
6:33 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Politics mount as more illegal dumping found

One of "multiple" illegal dumping sites being investigated for toxic contaminates in the town of Islip
Credit Gabrielle Fonrouge

The Long Island town of Islip said Monday that the air around Roberto Clemente park in Brentwood does not contain asbestos. Air sampling was necessary after officials found 32,000 tons of illegally dumped material there that did contain asbestos. There is now a criminal investigation underway and  the issue is also becoming political.

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Legalized gambling can't make money
4:37 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Suffolk's OTB made zip on Kentucky Derby

Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.
Credit AP/Darron Cummings

Suffolk's off tracking betting corporation didn't make any money on the Kentucky Derby last weekend, horse racing's biggest event. The county-run betting parlor told lawmakers this week that last minute fee hikes snatched all the profits.   

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IT Commissioner pleads not guilty
5:14 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Bellone official arrested for misleading lawmakers

Donald Rodgers, Suffolk County IT Commissioner, was arrested Thursday for misleading lawmakers in $5 million software deal
Credit Linkedin

Suffolk County's Commissioner of Information Technology was arrested Thursday over accusations he misled lawmakers about a $5 million technology deal. The charges suggest County Executive Steve Bellone was moving forward on a technology upgrade without legislative approval.  

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Unions oppose bill saying it wasn't fully vetted
4:40 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Bill to professionalize Suffolk PD called 'flawed'

Robert Trotta (R-Smithtown) wants Suffolk cops to have same requirements as police in region
Credit Charles Lane

A bill coming before the Suffolk County legislature would require county police, among other things, to get a college degree if they want a promotion above the rank of captain. But the bill will likely hit stiff resistance from police unions.  

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