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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Where else they gonna go
9:26 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Why carpetbaggers love Long Island

NY's first congressional district has its third candidate with tentative ties to the Island

The last two election cycles on Eastern Long Island have seen a self funded Republican with tentative ties to the district attempt to oust six-term incumbent Tim Bishop. This year, another one is trying. A look at what makes New York's first congressional district that is so attractive to "carpetbaggers."  

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Two arrested this week for not paying tolls
3:38 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Tollskipping remains steady, but still interesting

Flipable license plate the Port Authority say was used to evade bridge tolls
Credit Handout

Twice this week officials in New York arrested motorist for skipping out on paying tolls at bridges in the region.  It's not exactly a trend, but it sure is interesting.  

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LIRR could get similar deal as Subway workers
5:04 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

MTA-union deal could avert LIRR strike

A worker mops the floor at New York’s Penn Station during the 1994 LIRR strike.
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced a labor deal with the union representing workers for New York's subway system. The deal could have an impact on a looming strike on the Long Island Rail Road this summer.  

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Zeldin says LLC money is legal
11:59 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Demos raised only $5400 in the district he seeks

3% of George Demos's $2.2m comes from New York Donors. Lee Zeldin got 82% of $730k from NY.
Credit Charles Lane

Lawyer and former prosecutor George Demos has a lot of personal wealth. State Senator Lee Zeldin has the politically established, big money donors.

According to disclosure statements filed with the Federal Election Commission Demos didn't raise any money this year on Long Island. In fact, his entire campaign war chest has only about $8,000 of on-Island money.

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Zeldin raises 7x Demos
7:45 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Demos spends big to take on Bishop

George Demos is spending on ads like these to attack Lee Zeldin and Tim Bishop

Candidates for New York's hotly contested first congressional districts filed campaign finance disclosures yesterday and it looks like another wealthy candidate is flooding the district with money.

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