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Reports from Terry Sheridan and the Long Island News Bureau staff, a collaboration with Stony Brook University's School of Journalism; WSHU's Charles Lane; and Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio

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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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By all accounts this wasn’t a pretty year for Congress.  Connecticut and New York lawmakers in Washington say they are as upset about it as voters.

Labor officials say New York's unemployment rate has reached its lowest level in nearly five years. It dropped from 7.7%  in October to 7.4% in November.

The largest gains came in the educational and health service sectors.  Suffolk and Nassau counties have added more than 31,000 total non-farm jobs since November of 2012.

The unemployment rate in Connecticut has dropped to 7.6%.  It's the third consecutive month that rate has fallen. Officials caution the decline has come amid a shrinking labor force.

U.S. Geological Survey

Fire Island National Seashore has received a $1 million federal grant to study a controversial breach caused by last year's Superstorm Sandy.  The money is part of the $50 billion dollar Sandy Recovery Act and will go toward answering both short and long term questions.  

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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