Long Island

Signals of legislative changes to Common Core
4:31 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Cuomo shifts on Common Core

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a cabinet meeting on education in the Red Room at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Albany, N.Y.
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Is Governor Cuomo backing away from his support for the new Common Core curriculum in schools?  As Karen DeWitt reports, Cuomo seems to have cooled from his initial endorsement of the rapid transition to the adoption of the national education standards. 

    

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Lawyers scramble, hundreds of lawsuits expected
5:44 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

FEMA won't extend deadline on flood claims

Sandy floods Port Jefferson Harbor
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Despite pleas from elected officials FEMA will keep the one year statute of limitation deadline for those filing claims backed by the national flood insurance program.  WSHU's Charles Lane reports lawyers are scrambling.

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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
Credit Charles Lane

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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