Long Island

Mystery of the returning harp seals
5:15 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

More seals or not, more LIers are seeing them

Harp seal sunning on a dock in Provincetown, MA
Credit Flickr/mkalbis

Long Islanders are seeing more seals this year. It's tempting to say the reason there have been more sightings is all the cold weather we've been having, but researchers are still scratching their heads about it.  

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PSEG explains good performance stats
5:50 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Preparation & (mostly) luck reduce outage time

Angry residents pleading to the Long Island Power Authority for electricity to be restored in Mastic Beach. LIPA came under withering criticism since Sandy knocked out power to more than a million of its customers in 2012
Credit AP Photo/Frank Eltman

On Wednesday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo praised Long Island's new electric company PSEG for, among other things,  greatly reducing the time customers had to wait for outages to be fixed.  WSHU's Charles Lane has this report on t how  PSEG was able to do this.   

  

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Panel led by Common Core supporter
6:39 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Cuomo's Common Core panel evenly divided

IBM International Foundation president Stanley Litow will chair New York panel evaluating Common Core implementation. File photo, 2005
Credit AP/John Smock

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced appointments Friday to the panel he established to re-evaluate the state's implementation of Common Core.  The panel is about evenly split between supporters and critics of the new, more rigorous teaching standards.  

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Reimbursements rate deemed too low
5:46 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Obamacare not yet accepted at Stony Brook

Stony Brook Hospital is one of two New York hospitals not accepting any insurance plans offered under the Affordable Care Act
Credit Charles Lane

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.

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No. 1 priority is also "extraordinarily expensive"
12:15 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Bellone pitches expensive sewer plan

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (file)
Credit Charles Lane

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone held a teleconference Monday night with some 10,000 Suffolk residents in order to draw attention to an issue he says is the number one priority of his administration: combating water pollution. Bellone spoke for about an hour and took a handful of questions.  

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