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Long Island updates for Monday, March 3, 2014
Welcome to Newsday's Long Island Now live post for Monday, March 3, 2014.
Although this morning's storm left the Island lightly dusted with snow, Long Islanders dodged a bigger blast of the white stuff as the storm originally expected to drop six inches on the South Shore moved farther south and east.
It is cold though -- currently in the low 20s -- and temperatures are expected to drop to around 10 degrees tonight. The National Weather Service said temperatures will be 20 degrees below normal until Wednesday.
We've wrapped up today's live coverage, but here's a roundup of stories that Newsday has been working on today, along with tweets from reporters in the field.
Scroll down to see updates from social media -- or if viewing this on a phone or tablet, use the link above.
COPS HONORED FOR SAVING BABY. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio honored two NYPD cops with Long Island roots today. Officers Michael Konatsotis, 45, who once lived in Hicksville, and David Roussine, 25, a 2006 graduate of Glen Cove High School, saved an unconscious little girl Saturday afternoon on the Upper East Side after she stopped breathing and turned blue. Scroll down or use the link above to see tweets from Newsday's Emily Ngo, who covered the news conference.
TAX ASSESSMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED. Today was supposed to be the final day for Nassau County property owners to grieve their assessments, but that deadline has been extended to Friday. Last week, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced that due to the "pending winter storm" -- which was expected to hit Long Island Monday with as much as six inches of snow before it was downgraded Sunday night -- he directed officials at the Assessment Review Commission and Department of Assessment to accept property tax assessment grievance filings until March 7. Although the initial snow forecast didn't hold up, the grace period for the tax grievances remains in effect.
For more information, call the DOA at (516) 571-1500 or visit the department website at mynassauproperty.com.
TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT
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LIRR WAITING ROOMS OPEN. Because of this week's cold snap, LIRR station waiting rooms will remain open 24/7 until closing time on Wednesday, March 3.