New York

How the sausage is made
8:57 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Budgeting in secret has few critics, even some respect

Islip Republican Tom Cilmi is one of the few critics of Suffolk's budget process which he calls secretive.
Credit Charles Lane

For the last several weeks Suffolk County lawmakers have been negotiating next year's budget.  The $2.8 billion spending package is expected to be unveiled Friday afternoon.  While there has been a quiet increase in criticism about how lawmakers get the budget done most still defend it.  

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Prepping for the next Sandy
10:16 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Lawmakers race to keep ahead of house lifting boom

A Westhampton Beach home in the process of being permanently elevated.
Credit Charles Lane

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.  

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State Testing Blowback
4:50 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

NY education chief hears concern, eliminates 1 test

After criticism sharpens, Education Commissioner John King moves to eliminate one state test
Credit Charles Lane

  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.  

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Terrorism on the South Shore
3:16 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

2nd LI man arrested on terrosim charges

The US Attorney’s Office arrested a Brentwood, Long Island man this morning on charges of attempting to join Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.   This is the second similar arrest this year.

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Suffolk Politics
6:06 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Bellone uses merger plan as political tool

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone
Credit Charles Lane

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.  

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