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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Monday, July 14, 2014

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast addresses the media on

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast addresses the media on July 14, 2014.

We're closing down our live post for the day, but there's lots to review, especially when it comes to the latest on the potential Long Island Rail Road strike.

To view the latest tweets from Newsday and its staff, scroll down.

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MTA CHIEF ADDRESSES MEDIA. Addressing the media after talks with LIRR unions broke down earlier today, MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast said the unions' contract counteroffer last week offered "no savings" to the MTA's offer and that there was a clear "gulf" in the negotiations.  

The unions said their members will strike at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, and a wind down of service will begin “perhaps as early as Wednesday, as the railroad needs to secure its equipment.” 

At the press conference Monday, Prendergast said accepting the unions' terms would "put pressure on fare increases" over the long-term. He said no new meeting is scheduled, but that he is willing to meet. 

Get the latest updates on the potential strike at newsday.com/lirrstrike.

COPS SEEK 7-ELEVEN ROBBERS

Suffolk County police are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate three people who stole items from a Commack 7-Eleven last week.

According to a police statement, three men entered the store at 6230 Jericho Turnpike, and stole a pack of Camel Crush cigarettes, a 12-pack of Bud Light Platinum and a 12-pack of Heineken on July 8 at 11:35 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT

Central Islip. There is an accident on the westbound side of Islip Avenue, which is Joshuas Path, and before Fulton Street in Brentwood. 

Medford. There is an accident on Route 112, between Horseblock Road and Granny Road.

Smithtown. There is a new road construction layout on the westbound side of the Nesconset Highway, between Mount Pleasant Road and Hauppague Road. 

Port Jefferson Station. There is a new road construction layout on the westbound side of Nesconset Highway, between William Street and Patchogue Road.

NORTHERN STATE PWKY. Crash blocking the left eastbound lane at Exit 36 (Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway) with delays from Exit 35 (Routes 106/107).

WEATHER

A flash flood watch is in effect for Long Island through 6 a.m. Wednesday as "multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms" move across the region, according to the National Weather Service. Monday's high will only reach 82 degrees with a low of 72 in evening.

STILL NO WINNER. It's been a month since the Oceanside Sanitation District held elections and still no winner has been declared. The district's board will meet today regarding the contested race.

HOSPITAL PROPERTY. Village trustees in Amityville will hold a public hearing tonight to consider a rezoning application for the Brunswick Hospital property. The meeting is at 8 p.m. at Village Hall, 21 Ireland Place. Look for Nicholas Spangler’s coverage at newsday.com. 

Tags: Towns , Nassau , Suffolk , LIRR , Long Island , traffic , weather

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