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Bill requires MTA to hold Long Island hearings on rate hikes

The Oakdale station of the Long Island Rail

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

The State Senate Wednesday passed a bill to require the MTA to hold hearings in Nassau and Suffolk counties before adopting any future fare or toll hikes or major service changes.

The bill sponsored by state Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick) calls on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to hold hearings in each county in which a fare or toll increase or major service change is proposed.


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Glen Cove fires public works supervisor for Sandy overtime

Glen Cove City Hall is shown.

(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

The Glen Cove City Council has fired public works supervisor Kevin Monahan for putting in for overtime pay for superstorm Sandy cleanup work on a day officials said he did not work.

The council Tuesday night voted to follow the recommendation of the city’s appointed hearing officer, Glen Cove Housing Authority executive director Eric Wingate, that Monahan be terminated.

Councilman Tony...

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Dolans won’t host July Fourth fireworks

The Dolan family will not host a Fourth

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The Dolan family, which has sponsored an annual July Fourth fireworks display at its waterfront Cove Neck property for many years, has decided not to do a show this year.

A family spokesman Wednesday provided the following statement to Newsday: “For a number of reasons, the Dolan family will not be hosting a July 4 party this year. The family is aware that many people make plans around the...

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Schools net 27,000 bags for recycling in Southampton contest

An effort to ban plastic bags from stores

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Southampton Town’s latest battle against plastic bags netted an estimated 27,000 bags, weighing 385 pounds, in a competition between schools in the past six months, the town said Tuesday.

Students at Bridgehampton school district collected the most per pupil — 5,296 bags, or 39 per student.

The school will get a bench from a company that makes decking out of recycled material, and it...

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Saltaire officials float idea for transfer tax

Saltaire, Fire Island (June 3, 2009)

(Credit: Karen Wiles Stabile)

Village officials on Fire Island are pursuing a real estate transfer tax that they would use to fund capital improvement and beach replenishment projects.

At Saltaire’s board meeting Monday, Mayor Robert Cox announced the possible tax, which he said would have to be authorized by state lawmakers in Albany. If approved, the seller of any real property in Saltaire would pay a tax — Cox floated...

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Recognition for West Shore Road work

A section of Superstorm Sandy-damaged West Shore Road

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

The Nassau County Department of Public Works has gotten plenty of grief from North Shore residents over its management of the reconstruction of West Shore Road after the route was undermined and closed by superstorm Sandy, but someone thinks the agency has done a good job.

Some residents of Centre Island, Bayville and Mill Neck forced to make a 10-minute detour have complained about the design...

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Huntington's Little Shelter brings 15 dogs from Alabama to Long Island

Susie, a 1-year-old chihuahua mix, was one of

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Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, a nonprofit and no-kill animal shelter in Huntington, partnered with an animal rescue in Alabama to rescue 15 dogs last Friday through its Passage to Freedom program, saving the animals from a potentially tragic fate.

Executive director David Ceely said the program, implemented by Little Shelter seven years ago, supports those who rescue dogs...

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West Hempstead is Nassau’s ‘Best Tasting Water’

After a nearly weeklong contest, on May 9

(Credit: Howard Schnapp, 2011)

The West Hempstead Water District has earned first place in the 25th annual “Best Tasting Water in Nassau County” competition — beating out 20 other water districts countywide, district officials said.

The district was declared the winner on May 9 after a nearly weeklong contest, held on the campus of Farmingdale State College. The event, sponsored by the Long Island Water Conference, allowed...

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Plandome Manor resident's bid to keep chickens denied

The village of Plandome Manor has adopted a

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A bid by one Plandome Manor resident to keep a small flock of chickens in his yard was denied last week by village trustees, who expressed concerns about potential nuisances caused by the birds.

Resident James Brodie said he asked the village board if he could keep five hens in a movable coop in his yard. He said he has kept chickens intermittently during his life. The village adopted a law...

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Breast cancer support groups set

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program is

(Credit: Newsday/Danielle Finkelstein)

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program is offering free support groups for men and women starting on June 3.

A group for women newly diagnosed and post-treatment will meet Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to noon for eight weeks. A group for young women with breast cancer will meet on Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Another group for women with metastatic breast cancer will meet for a month...

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