Long Island

Tuesday’s presidential primaries in New York have been getting a lot of media attention. But there is also a local election on Long Island that day.

It’s the special election to replace New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Rockville Republican, who lost his seat last December after being convicted of corruption.

WSHU’s senior political reporter Ebong Udoma spoke with New York State Capitol Reporter Karen DeWitt about the upcoming elections.

Trump Makes Controversial Appearance On Long Island

Apr 14, 2016
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Despite protests, presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke at a fundraiser for the Suffolk County Republican party in Patchogue.

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Suffolk County Legislator Robert Trotta is calling for the suspension of the county’s red light camera program.

The program is designed to stop drivers from running red lights and causing accidents. But Trotta said Monday that the county’s recently released Red Light Camera Traffic Safety report revealed that accidents with injuries in his district have increased at intersections with the cameras.

Suffolk County Tops NY State In Heroin Related Deaths

Apr 10, 2016

Suffolk County had the largest number of heroin related deaths in the state of New York from 2009 to 2013.

That’s according to a new state report, which says that at least 337 people died from heroin overdoses during that five year period. The Bronx had the second highest number at 226 deaths.

The report says that Suffolk County is plagued by cheap heroin coming into the country. Suffolk officials say hospitals in the county are handling more heroin-overdose treatment cases than at any other time in modern history.

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The new state budget has been in place for nearly a week, but little attention has been paid to many of the items that are in it. A government reform group says that’s by design.

As soon as the state spending plan was passed, Governor Andrew Cuomo made the most of two items that have received the greatest public attention: a graduated increase in the state’s minimum wage, and a future paid family leave program, to take full effect in several years.

The budget passed on a Friday night. By Monday morning Cuomo was at a political rally touting his successes.