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Long Island news, weather, traffic, LIRR and school updates for Monday, May 12, 2014

State Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood) speaks about allegations

State Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood) speaks about allegations of illegal dumping of toxic debris at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood on Monday, May 12, 2013. (Credit: Newsday / Sarah Armaghan)

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TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT

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DEVELOPING

POLS, ACTIVISTS RALLY ON PARK DUMPING. Politicians and activists rallied at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood, the day after a Newsday story revealed that town officials knew of toxic dumping at the field for months. Check back with newsday.com for updates on this story. 

RALLY FOR TRANSIT. Bus riders and transit advocates will rally later this morning at the Patchogue LIRR station, calling for state legislators to fund Suffolk County Transit. Check back for updates.

NEW LIRR CHIEF. The Long Island Rail Road has a new president. Patrick Nowakowski, 60, a veteran Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., transit executive picked to replace ousted LIRR President Helena Williams, takes office today. He spent the morning commute riding the rails. Scroll down or use the mobile link below to see photos from reporter Alfonso Castillo via Twitter.

STUDENT LOAN DEBT. Sen. Charles Schumer was at Hofstra University in Hempstead today to unveil a proposal aimed at reducing student loan debt. Check back for the full story.

PROTECTING WATER SUPPLY. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano are hosting a meeting today to discuss how to increase resiliency against future storms, improve water quality and provide additional protections for Long Island’s groundwater resources.

WEATHER

The high today is expected to hit 75 degrees, but there's a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and tonight. The low will be 57 degrees.

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