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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Second federal lawsuit pending
10:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Imprisoned 17 years, Tankleff wins $3M settlement

Martin Tankleff smiles during a 2008 press conference
Credit AP

A man who spent 17 years wrongfully imprisoned for murdering his own parents has won a $3.3 million dollar settlement against the State of New York.  This is the first of two lawsuits filed by Martin Tankleff.  

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9 to 12 inches expected
8:17 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

LIE Closes as Long Island braces for blizzard

Loading salt trucks at public works facility in Commack, Long Island
Credit Charles Lane

Forecasters are expecting anywhere from 6 to 14 inches of snow and frigid temperatures in New York.  Long Islanders are bracing for the brunt of the storm with blizzard like conditions lasting as long as 24-hours.   

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Government
7:22 am
Wed January 1, 2014

LI Senator Charles Fuschillo resigns

Merrick, NY Republican State Senator Charles Fuschillo
Credit AP

New York State Senator Charles Fuschillo resigned effective midnight Tuesday.  In a surprise statement posted to his web site, the 7-term Republican from Merrick says he will become CEO of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.  Fuschillo's departure leaves both the state senate and Long Island in a precarious situation.

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Gun spike still a problem
5:48 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Suffolk Police call 2013 safest year ever

Suffolk Police investigate a string of murders near Gilgo Beach
Credit AP

Suffolk County Police say that 2013 was the safest year ever since the department was formed in 1960.  Between 2012 and 2013 there was a 10% drop in overall crime.  However, firearm activity spiked.  

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Breach may not be "silver bullet"
4:27 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Fire Island gets $1m to study breach

Fire Island and Pelican Island, N.Y. before and after Superstorm Sandy. The top photo was created May 21, 2009 and bottom photo taken Nov. 5, 2012
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

Fire Island National Seashore has received a $1 million federal grant to study a controversial breach caused by last year's Superstorm Sandy.  The money is part of the $50 billion dollar Sandy Recovery Act and will go toward answering both short and long term questions.  

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