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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.