Islip Republican Thomas Barraga wrote a letter to a constituent advises not ride bicycles along the roads
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A Suffolk County lawmaker enraged bicycling advocates this week by saying that people should never ride bikes (or motorcycles) in Suffolk. Islip Republican Thomas Barraga says the suburbs were designed for cars not pedestrians.
Two New York hospitals say they still have not yet reached deals with insurance companies participating the state's new health insurance exchange. But one of them, Stony Brook University Hospital, says a deal is imminent. Much of the struggle is over low reimbursement rates.
Last week New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a sweeping plan to fund universal pre-kindergarten. This would make New York only the fourth state to launch such an ambitious program. But schools on Long Island are skeptical if not indignant.
New York's Department of Health released data on enrollment in its health insurance exchange this week. The data show 26% of young adults are enrolling in the exchange. This number is just above what experts call the "death spiral."
New York Republicans have submitted legislation to halt Common Core. This is the latest attack against the new, more rigorous school testing standards and goes further than other reforms offered to date.
For the first time New York's Education commissioner John King is signaling there may be too much state testing. King sent a letter to school administrators across the state Thursday saying that he will push to end at least one state test.
A health policy group has given New York's Department of Health a mostly glowing review of its rollout of the new health insurance exchange program. But the group is worried the department hasn’t completely figured out the systems for paying doctors and hospitals.
Farmers and some towns on the East End of Long Island have hired federal sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture this winter to kill thousands of deer as a population control measure. Hunters have voiced discontent with the program and are weighing legal action.