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East Islip gas station fined $12G for price gouging after Sandy

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An East Islip service station has been fined $12,000 for gouging motorists purchasing gasoline after superstorm Sandy, which struck Long Island a year ago Tuesday.

State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Thursday that USA Petroleum at 11 E. Main St. had been found guilty of breaking the state's price gouging law. Suffolk County Judge Jerry Garguilo ordered the retailer to pay...

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Beer dealer switches 12 LI trucks from diesel to natural gas

The side of a Manhattan Beer Distributors truck.

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A Bronx-based beer distributor said it has replaced 12 more of its diesel trucks serving Long Island with cleaner running compressed natural gas vehicles.

Manhattan Beer Distributors said the addition of the trucks brings the total number of natural gas powered trucks it operates systemwide to 75 --  including 27 on Long Island -- out of a fleet of 350. The rest are diesels.

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Riverhead Walmart to hire 85 workers

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Walmart plans to hire 85 additional employees to work at its Riverhead store, which is preparing to move to a new, larger location early next year, the company said.

The company is accepting applications for both full- and part-time positions between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. at its current location, 765 Old Country Rd.

Most of the new hires will begin work by mid-November to prepare the larger...

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NY-area consumer prices rose 1.6% in September as housing costs spiked

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Consumer prices in the metropolitan area climbed last month as housing costs spiked.

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday reported that its consumer price index for the 31-county region that includes Long Island rose 1.6 percent in September compared with a year ago.

The rise was largely due to a 2.9-percent increase in housing expenses, driven by rising rents, year over...

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Poll: What are you willing to do to save on gas?

Would you buy a more expensive car to

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Even though gasoline prices have ticked down in recent weeks, gas still takes a significant bite out of many consumers' budgets.

What would you do to save on fuel costs? Today's car buyers can stay with gasoline-powered vehicles, or choose to spend a little more and buy a fuel-saving model, whether hybrid gasoline-electric, plug-in electric or one of the new clean running diesel-powered cars...

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Managing business brands is focus of PRPLI panel

The Public Relations Professionals of Long Island will host a panel discussion Thursday for businesses to learn about managing their brand image and social media presence.

The event, Managing Your Internal Brand, will brief attendees on how to nurture brand advocates, best practices from larger companies and develop appropriate social media policies.

The panel takes place at 8 a.m. Thursday...

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IT firm to add 40 jobs by 2016 in $3.3M expansion in Hauppauge

Flexible Business Systems Inc. plans to double its space with the purchase of 380 Oser Ave. in Hauppauge.

The $3.3-million project will allow the information technology business to expand its data center and classrooms, said vice president and co-owner Joseph D. Saggio. The company now occupies 10,000 square feet at 85 Corporate Dr., also in Hauppauge.

“We have no room for expansion,”...

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LI drugmaker settles advertising lawsuit

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Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co. has settled a class-action lawsuit alleging misleading advertising for its allergy reliever Nasal Ease, an executive confirmed Monday.

Chief financial officer William Peters said the Amityville-based drugmaker has set aside $700,000 to pay refunds, attorney’s fees and other costs.

Peters said that Hi-Tech stands by the ads and denies wrongdoing. He also said the...

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New vets green-industry class

A training program aimed at helping military veterans gain a foothold in the green construction industry will begin a new class on Nov. 4. The VetsBuild Long Island class will take up to 20 applicants, and possibly more, said Abdi Akgun, a program recruiter.

Bank of America provided a grant for the five-week, free class, Akgun said. The vets will learn the basics of weatherization and energy...

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MobileFleet plans $3.9M expansion in Hauppauge

MobileFleet Inc., a seller and manufacturer of equipment found in cars used by police officers, fire chiefs and other government officials, is planning a $3.9-million expansion.

The company hopes to move from Farmingdale to 10 Commerce Dr. in Hauppauge. The project would add up to 22 jobs to a workforce of 35 by 2016, according to chief executive Robert E. Squicciarini Sr.

Records show...

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