Long Island

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The electric car company Tesla plans to open a new service center on a vacant commercial plot in Smithtown.

It’s part of the effort by the company to expand its footprint on Long Island. There is currently a service center in Syosset, a sales center in Manhasset, and two galleries in Huntington Station and East Hampton.

Tesla uses direct sales instead of independent car dealers. Under New York State law, it can own and operate no more than five stores in the state.

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The New York State Comptroller has issued a report that says the Long Island Rail Road had more delays last year than any year since 1999.

Long Island Sees Success With Opioid Overdose Map

Mar 15, 2018
Eric Schmid / WSHU

On Long Island, East Meadow is the latest community to become part of Nassau County’s new opioid overdose mapping system. Officials say it’s the next step in the fight against the opioid crisis.

The new system maps overdoses and overlays related crimes in real time. It’s being rolled out one community at a time.

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas says the program helps get drugs off the street.

Courtesy of Town of Huntington

On Long Island, a candlelight memorial was held in the hometown of one of the teachers killed in the Parkland school shooting.

Courtesy of Long Island Association

The Long Island Association has released its “Top 18 Priorities for 2018” and has made moving all downstate horseracing to Belmont Racetrack one of its top legislative priorities this year.

The LIA says moving racing from Aqueduct in Queens to Belmont would make it, along with a new Islanders arena, a year-round destination.