Long Island

Superstorm Sandy Recovery
4:14 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Why Sandy Homeowners Were Left In The Lurch

Standing atop a wooden beam from the original Long Beach boardwalk, Dan Stapleton's home and property was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. This piece of wood floated up to the house during the storm.
Credit Brad Horrigan/WNYC

Superstorm Sandy’s storm surge was so strong when it hit Long Island in October 2012 that it lifted up Dan Stapleton’s Long Beach home and then kicked in the corner of the foundation. It left a 30-foot hole around his house.

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Crime
11:52 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Long Island's Triangle Gang War Of 2012

The Linden Triangle is an intersection of streets in Hempstead on Long Island.  Nearby is a park; there's a charter school, a Mercedes Benz dealership.  Not really surprising for your average Long Island suburban neighborhood.  But the Linden Triangle is not average.  Theses streets form a hub for drug sales, shoot-outs, and a deadly gang war.  Journalist Kevin Deutsch spent quite a bit of time with the people who live amid the violence  that plagues the Triangle.  He writes about the gangs, the community, and the police in his new book.  It's called,

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Government
6:14 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Cuomo Introduces Property Tax Credit Plan

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to reporters about a property tax credit proposal after a speech, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, N.Y. Cuomo said cutting property taxes will be a top priority during his second term.
Credit AP Photo/Frank Eltman

Calling it the "major problem facing the state," Governor Cuomo announced a plan to reduce New York’s  highest in the nation rate of property taxes for some homeowners. But the program was not received with open arms by everyone.

Under Cuomo’s proposal, homeowners who pay 6 percent or more of their annual paychecks in taxes, will get a credit on their tax bills. Renters will also receive an equivalent credit.

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Libertarian McDermott derides a "rigged" system
3:50 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

An Average Guy, Campaigning For NY Governor

Libertarian Michael McDermott decided to run for Governor on a lark after his friend already decided to run in his Congressional district.
Credit Charles Lane

 

Michael McDermott will let the phone ring and ring. But when his lawyer calls, he stops talking mid-sentence.

"Hold on this is our lawyer," McDermott says, "Hey Gary, any word?"

The newly minted head of the Libertarian Party of New York weaves in and out of traffic in this last week before election day. Before the phone rang he was cataloging the many obstacles for his party before election day--like getting on the ballot, and staying on the ballot.

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blessing of the "animals"
12:58 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Patchogue church blesses stuffed animals

Pictured are Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter (left) and Bill Paauwe.
Credit Titus Kana

  Earlier this month, Catholics celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Many churches held blessings of the animals, which stems from St. Francis's own love for all Earth's creatures. Yesterday, a Long Island church held a blessing for stuffed animals.

WSHU's Charles Lane went to check it out and brought back this postcard. 

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