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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"Muslims should be surveilled more"
8:45 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Rep. Peter King attends Friday prayers

Rep. Peter King shook hands and posed for dozens of photos at a mosque in Bay Shore, Long Island
Credit Charles Lane

Long Island Congressman Peter King attended Friday prayers at a mosque in Bay Shore Friday. King notoriously held five congressional hearings on what he considered the proliferation of radical Islam following September 11th. King was invited by the mosque’s president, and he used the visit to explain his comments which many see as disparaging to Muslims.

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95% of old LIPA still remains
7:26 am
Fri April 25, 2014

New utility, but little changed within the ranks

Nearly five months after New Jersey based PSEG took over Long Island's electric grid much of what officials complained about still remains.
Credit AP/Mel Evans

After a yearlong campaign to end what New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called a “failed” and “bloated” agency, New Jersey-based PSEG is now almost five months into running Long Island’s electric grid. They took over National Grid's contract with the Long Island Power Authority and assumed much more operational control. But according to records and interviews, much of what was “failed” and “bloated” still remains today. On top of that, it costs more.  

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Lawmakers urged to show more leadership in housing
4:58 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Nonprofit: Long Island housing uncompetitive, unsustainable

A rendering of the Ronkonkoma Hub project set to bring 1,500 apartments near the Ronkonkoma train station.
Credit Handout

An advocate for affordable housing warned Suffolk County lawmakers Wednesday that Long Island is losing the competition for future residents. Lawmakers were told current zoning laws are forcing young professionals to flee Long Island.  

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Budget expected to whipsaw back to negative
5:37 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Suffolk sheds deficit (but not for long)

Lou D'Amaro (D-Babylon) says Suffolk closed previous budget gaps and can do so again.
Credit Charles Lane

Suffolk County budget officials say there’s a slowly improving fiscal picture for the county and that Suffolk actually had its first budget surplus since 2006.  

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The magical septical tour
7:29 am
Tue April 22, 2014

After 4-state tour, here's what Suffolk knows of septic systems

Credit Charles Lane

After a four-state tour, Suffolk County planners updated lawmakers Monday on what they knew about mitigateing what officials call Long Island's greatest crisis in generations: nitrogen contaminating regional estuaries. 

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