Long Island

Schumer Proposes National Firefighter Cancer Registry

Aug 10, 2016
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Senator Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling for the creation of a national firefighter cancer registry. Schumer says as more chemicals are used in construction materials and in furniture, firefighters are coming down with cancer at a much higher rate than the general population because they are breathing in the dangerous smoke.

Cuomo Has Harsh Words For Fellow Democrat

Aug 10, 2016
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Governor Cuomo had harsh words for the state’s comptroller, a fellow Democrat, over questions about the value of the state’s economic development programs.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has conducted audits raising questions about the value of some of Governor Cuomo’s economic development programs, saying there’s not enough documentation in some cases that New Yorkers are getting their money’s worth.

Travel Precautions To Thwart Zika Spread

Aug 9, 2016
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Long Islanders who have traveled to regions affected by the Zika outbreak are being urged to take precautions when they return so the disease is not transmitted locally. 

Susan Donelan, assistant professor of epidemiology at Stony Brook University, says she’s not worried about infected mosquitoes making their way up from South America, but of people who have been bitten and carrying Zika making their way back to the area.

Long Island Bike Path Plan Moving Forward

Aug 9, 2016

A long-standing plan to convert the abandoned Long Island Rail Road line between Port Jefferson and Wading River into a bike trail is finally moving forward. On Tuesday Congressman Lee Zeldin, R-NY1, announced that 80 percent of the $9.5 million dollar project will be federally funded.

New York Officials To Unveil Wind Energy Plan

Aug 9, 2016

A blueprint of New York State’s plans for offshore wind energy is expected to be released this month. The plan includes potential sites for turbines in the federal waters off the coast of Long Island.