Long Island

MTA To Pilot E-Ticketing

Mar 28, 2016
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The Long Island Rail Road will soon conduct a pilot program to test electronic ticketing. 

Passengers will be able to purchase tickets using their credit cards and a smartphone app.

Ed Betz / AP File Photo

New York and Connecticut lawmakers are pushing again to halt the sale of Plum Island. The lawmakers want to make sure the island, which is home to several endangered species, remains undeveloped.

Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Colleges on Long Island are not just centers of learning: many are taking advantage of statewide programs, such as Start-Up NY, to bolster the economy in their area.

SUNY Old Westbury is the latest school to receive approval to open a Start-Up NY tax-free zone to attract companies to open or expand on Long Island. 

Brussels Attacks Prompt Heightened Security On LI

Mar 24, 2016
Mark Lennihan / AP

Nassau County Police have increased patrols around “soft targets” in the county following the terrorist attacks in Brussels. Police are also ramping up patrols during the upcoming religious holidays.

Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter says the heavily armed Bureau of Special Operations will be visible to residents and on patrol at movie theaters, malls and transit hubs across the county.

En Garde! A Fencing Renaissance For Kids On LI

Mar 23, 2016
JD Allen / WSHU

Fencing in the United States is more popular than ever.

Since 2001 the number of high school fencing teams has doubled nationally. Long Island is no exception.

Every Wednesday night Anthony Mattera, owner of the Suffolk Fencing Academy, teaches the basics of fencing to a dozen 8-year-old boys.

On any given school night, 80 to 100 students show up here to practice.