Long Island

Continued backlash against new testing standards
4:23 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Education expert urges Common Core "revolt"

Education historian Diane Ravitch speaking to Long Island school superintendents
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A national education expert told Long Island school administrators Tuesday that they should join parents in the revolt against Common Core.  Diane Ravitch, former assistant sectary of education, said the new set of education standards are socially irresponsible and likely against the law.  

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3/4 of a million tickets in 2011
5:39 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Red light cameras reducing accidents 40%

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A lot of Long Islanders have gotten tickets for ignoring red lights.   

There were nearly 740,000 citations in 2011, the last year for which data is available.  That's one in three drivers. 

The cameras have resulted in some $30 million dollars a year in revenue for both Suffolk and Nassau counties. Connecticut has flirted with the idea of installing red light cameras, but none so far.  

WSHU recently had a looked at the data behind the cameras on Long Island and reports that,  though people may resent paying the fine, they do make intersections safer.  

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First budget with PSEG at helm
6:15 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

LIPA delivers rate freeze with cuts and grants

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The Long Island Power Authority announced a $3.5 billion budget Tuesday.  That’s $72 million less than last year before New Jersey-based PSEG took over near all operations.  Deep cuts were made to deliver on promises of a rate freeze.   

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Election 2013
10:18 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Incumbents have strong performance on Long Island

Democrat Thomas Spota ran unopposed to win a fourth term as Suffolk County District Attorney (file photo)
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Democrat Thomas Spota ran unopposed to win a fourth term as Suffolk County District Attorney, while Republican Ed Mangano won a second term as Nassau County Executive. 

Democrats have kept their majority in Suffolk's legislature, and supervisor positions in Southampton, Shelter Island, Huntington, and Babylon.  Republican Supervisors held onto their seats in Brookhaven and Smithtown. 

In Suffolk County, the proposition to legalize gambling received strong support while the effort to extend the retirement age for judges did not, mirroring statewide results.

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9 Nassau Ticket Machines Rigged
3:55 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

MTA arrests 4 in LIRR skimming scam

Camera and skimming devices removed from LIRR ticket machines
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Even to discerning eyes, skimming devices aren't easy to spot.  Especially when you're rushing to make a train.  The MTA and the Nassau County DA's office say they have arrested four people on charges of stealing credit card information by using so-called skimming devices at LIRR stations.  Thousands of credit and debit card numbers were found during the arrests.  Authorities allege a married couple and two accomplices rigged nine ticket vending machines in Nassau County with scanners capable of reading card information.

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