Suffolk County

Second federal lawsuit pending
10:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Imprisoned 17 years, Tankleff wins $3M settlement

Martin Tankleff smiles during a 2008 press conference
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A man who spent 17 years wrongfully imprisoned for murdering his own parents has won a $3.3 million dollar settlement against the State of New York.  This is the first of two lawsuits filed by Martin Tankleff.  

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Gun spike still a problem
5:48 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Suffolk Police call 2013 safest year ever

Suffolk Police investigate a string of murders near Gilgo Beach
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Suffolk County Police say that 2013 was the safest year ever since the department was formed in 1960.  Between 2012 and 2013 there was a 10% drop in overall crime.  However, firearm activity spiked.  

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30 years of leaky fuel tanks
5:15 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Suffolk Settles $2 million environmental lawsuit

Suffolk County settled another lawsuit with the US Attorney's office Wednesday.  This latest one will cost tax payers $2-million for environmental violations stemming from underground storage tanks owned by the county.

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Settlement caps 5 year investigation
11:25 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Suffolk approves settlement between county police and US Justice Department

In this Nov. 19, 2008 file photo, men carry the coffin of slain Ecuadoran citizen Marcelo Lucero in Gualaceo, Ecuador. Lucero, who lived in the U.S., was killed on Nov. 8, 2008 during an attack on Long Island.
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The Suffolk County Legislature approved a settlement on Tuesday between the county police department and the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations of discriminatory policing. 

The agreement comes after a five-year federal investigation into the murder of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero in 2008.  The Justice Department concluded that police discouraged Latinos from reporting crimes and improperly classified hate crimes. 

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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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