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David Reich-Hale

David Reich-Hale is an online community news editor. He was previously an associate editorial director at Patch.com, where he oversaw the editorial and business operation of the company's New York sites. Prior to that, he was the editor of Long Island Business News, and before that he held positions with American Banker/Thomson Financial and National Underwriter. Reich-Hale has been an adjunct professor at Hofstra and graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a journalism degree. He is from Trumbull, Connecticut.

Study: Chance of hitting deer in New York rises slightly

New Yorkers have a slightly better chance of

New Yorkers have a slightly better chance of hitting a deer than the average U.S. driver, according to statistics released Monday by State Farm Insurance Co. Pictured is a deer on Fire Island on Aug. 27, 2014. (Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz)

New Yorkers have a slightly better chance of hitting a deer than the average U.S. driver, according to statistics released Monday by State Farm Insurance Co.

The odds that a driver in the Empire State will strike a deer in the next year is 1 out of 154, slightly above the nationwide average of 1 in 169.

Last year, New York drivers had a 1-in-157 chance.


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New York ranked 26th in the nation for most deer collisions.

State Farm based its stats on its claim data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration.

West Virginia topped the chart with a 1-in-39 chance of hitting a deer.

The five states where a driver is most likely to collide with a deer are:

1. West Virginia:  1 in 39

2. Pennsylvania: 1 in 71

3. Montana: 1 in 75

4. Iowa: 1 in 77

5. South Dakota: 1 in 82

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Roundup: Bluegrass festival in Copiague, boating seminar in Wantagh

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LI bluegrass festival set for Saturday

The 12th annual Long Island Bluegrass Festival will take place Saturday in Copiague.

Working with the Bluegrass Club of Long Island, the nonprofit Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts (BACCA) and Babylon Town are sponsoring the event, which will run from noon to 7 p.m. in Tanner Park. There will be two stages with music throughout...

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What defines Long Island? Cast your vote in Newsday's tournament

Newsday is pitting 64 local foods, attractions, celebrities

The second round of Newsday's "That's SO Long Island" competition concludes at 5 p.m. today, so before we crown our final 16, jump in and vote.

Funny men Billy Crystal, of Long Beach, and Jerry Seinfeld, a Massapequa High School graduate, are locked in a close battle, with less than 100 votes separating the comedians.

Barring a miraculous comeback, wrestling hero Mick Foley and "Frozen"...

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4th of July fireworks rescheduled; live updates from around Long Island

People watch Grucci Fireworks burst over the Brookhaven

(Credit: Thomas A. Ferrara)

A rainy Fourth of July weather forecast is dampening Independence Day plans on Long Island.

The Port Jefferson fireworks show, which had been set to go off on Friday night, has been moved to Saturday.

Meanwhile, Glen Cove has revised its holiday weekend schedule. Tonight's Downtown Sounds concert will take place at 7:30 p.m., rain or shine.

The Northwinds Symphonic Band concert...

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