Charles Lane

Senior reporter for Long Island

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Charles Lane

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone won reelection last night. He defeated Republican candidate James O’Connor despite leaving most of his campaign war chest untouched.

Volkswagen admitted it intentionally cheated on federal emissions tests. The German automaker now faces billions of dollars in fines and litigation, plus the cost of fixing some 11 million diesel cars worldwide.

That's just the company. The scandal is costing owners, too — at least those who are trying to sell their VW diesels. Not surprisingly, resale prices for the affected cars have been falling.

U.S. Department of Justice

The court appointed trustee unwinding the Madoff Ponzi scheme announced more checks will be mailed-out to victims later this year. Those who invested less $1.1 million dollars will be getting a full payback.

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Profits on Wall Street rose in the first half of the year, making 2015 so far the most profitable year since the Great Recession.

For the first half of this year, state officials found that, even though the market was flat, Wall Street profits rose 29 percent compared to this time last year. Officials attribute most of the boon to a decrease in legal fees related to recession-related wrongdoing. New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said Wall Street also added jobs.

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