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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Growth stymied without more commuter options
4:57 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Third track could bring $68B to LI

Long Island Rail Road employees work at the ticket counter in Penn Station.
Credit AP/Mary Altaffer

A coalition of Long Island business leaders, developers, educators, and commuter advocates announced a report Tuesday that tallied the economic benefits of building a third track on the Long Island Rail Road. But despite what many say is a win for Long Island, a third track is still not on the planning boards.

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Mitigating water quality
5:35 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Suffolk considers monitoring shellfish

Babylon Democrat refused to vote for shellfish monitoring grant without getting more answers from officials
Credit Charles Lane

Some Suffolk County lawmakers are concerned about how a county grant to study shellfish is spent. Lawmakers got some details about the program on Monday.

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Another push against Insider trading 2.0
5:08 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Schneiderman: halt flash trading before the bell

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has made it a significant push to crackdown on so-called "Insider Trading 2.0"
Credit PRNewsFoto/NYAG

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Wednesday that he’s reached a deal with a newswire to prevent high frequency stock traders from having early access to financial news.  The agreement with PR Newswire is the third such deal Schneiderman has reached with a news service.   

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Suffolk considers puppy mill regulation
7:17 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Suffolk bans fracking waste water

Huntington Democrat William Spencer drafted the bill banning fracking waste water from Suffolk
Credit Charles Lane

At its regular legislative meeting, Suffolk County lawmakers moved to ban the use of hydrofracking waste and to ban smoking on the campus of the county Community College.  Lawmakers also heard arguments about a bill that would ban the sale of puppies coming from so-called puppy mills.  

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Some call move bargaining tactic
5:17 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

MTA seeks buses for looming LIRR Strike

Long Island Rail Road commuters disembark a school bus during strike in 1994.
Credit AP/Luc Novovitch

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is in the beginning stages of planning bus service in the event of a strike on the Long Island Rail Road this summer. Some, however, see this as a provocation to get the unions to settle their contract dispute.

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