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Disaster planning: What became of state 'logistics' site?

Some of the Sandy aftermath in Lindenhurst, last

(Credit: Thmas A. Ferrara)

Nearly a year ago – with storm Irene fresh in the memory -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the creation of five regional centers where emergency equipment such as generators would be stockpiled. “The Disaster Logistics Centers will ensure that the state has resources and equipment pre-positioned in areas where they would be most needed in an emergency,” trumpeted the administration’s Feb. 22 announcement....

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Suffolk exec aide seeks one-year residency waiver

County Executive Steve Bellone’s newest spokesman Tim Ruggeri is seeking a one-year waiver of county residency rules because he currently lives in Brooklyn.

Ruggeri, a $95,000-a-year county executive assistant, was hired away on Christmas Eve from Town of Babylon, where as a spokesman he had been making $71,754 annually — a nearly 36 percent raise.

The resolution put forward by Bellone’s...

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Suffolk: Dep. P.O. Horsley's post-IDA-vote promise

A chastened Legis. Wayne Horsley (D-Babylon) admitted last week that he may have gone too far in carrying the water for the Bellone administration on the appointment of former Presiding Officer Paul Tonna to the Suffolk Industrial Development Agency board.

While IDA appointments are a legislative prerogative, it was clear that Tonna was County Executive Steve Bellone’s choice, even though...

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Highway-chief race brings strains inside Brookhaven GOP

The race for Brookhaven’s highway superintendent has gone hardball.

A Brookhaven Republican zone leader John Rago and committeeman Ed Lenox, former president of the Mid-Brookhaven GOP Club, say they were forced to resign party posts by town GOP leader Jesse Garcia because he won’t back away from supporting his hometown town board member, Kathleen Walsh.

Walsh is a Republican but is running...

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Crime group president notes NYPD headcount concerns

Given the thousands of NYC uniformed-service employees who reside in Nassau and Suffolk and in the northern suburbs, it was reported here on Friday that mayoral candidate William C. Thompson Jr. says if elected he'd look to restore the NYPD headcount to 37,000 officers -- though it wouldn't be done immediately.

Richard Aborn, president of the non-profit Citizens Crime Commission in the city,...

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Blizzard management: Controlling the message from the top

In case you forgot which government official is highest in the pecking order when it comes to the MTA, consider this news release from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued Friday night:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced tonight that the MTA Long Island Rail Road has suspeneded (sic) service on the Montauk Branch east of Speonk for safety reasons due to snow accumulation and visibility issues. The...

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Conservative group to protest Skelos [UPDATED]

A tea party-style group will stage a protest next week at the offices of Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) over his support of New York’s new, comprehensive gun-control law and what they call his cozy relationship with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat.

“We want Dean Skelos to step down as Senate leader,” said Steve Flanagan, head of the Conservative Society for Action, an Islip-based...

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In Nassau, Marlin mocks Maragos' 'miracle' as a mirage

NIFA's George Marlin, left, issues a new critique

(Credit: Chris Ware)

From George Marlin, the most outspoken member of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, comes this statement on Comptroller George Maragos' and other GOP officials'  professions of a budget "surplus":

The County Comptroller’s declaration that Nassau ended fiscal year 2012 with a “miraculous” surplus was absurd. It was a mirage, not a miracle.

I am shocked that after 3 years...

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'Cats' calls on MTA to stop halting 7 service on Lunar New Year

John Catsimatidis, seeking the GOP nomination for mayor, today bemoaned the fact that the MTA has disrupted 7 subway line service for repair work between Manhattan and Flushing during every Lunar New Year period since 2008.

From a statement that followed his news conference:

Arthur Rosenfield, the president of the LIC/Astoria Chamber of Commerce, decried the MTA insensitivity to small...

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Storm warning for LI commuters, shoreline residents

State officials are warning commuters to be home Friday before the normal rush hour and shoreline residents to seek alternate shelter to avoid the teeth of a major winter storm that could bring 1-2 feet of snow.

The storm could bring winds up to 60 mph, downing trees and knocking out power, said Jerry Hauer, director of the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

“If...

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