After Superstorm Sandy communities high and dry for as long as anyone can remember suddenly found themselves under eight feet of water. Post Sandy, a booming business in New York and New Jersey is house lifting. Picking a house up and setting it on stilts or a higher foundation to protect it from a future storm surge. But the rush to lift houses has regulators scurrying to catch up.
For the first time New York's Education commissioner John King is signaling there may be too much state testing. King sent a letter to school administrators across the state Thursday saying that he will push to end at least one state test.
Independent budget analysts for the Suffolk County Legislature say County Executive Steve Bellone's budget next year has a potential $50-million hole in it. But the analysts say it makes the best of the county’s fiscal problems that have built up over the years.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said Thursday he will try again to merge the county offices of treasurer and comptroller. After his first attempt was derailed on a technicality Bellone is turning his second attempt into a somewhat unusual campaign issue for Democrats.