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Mackenzie Issler

I cover the Town of Huntington with my fellow reporter Deborah Morris. My goal is to keep you informed about what is going on and to respond to issues that arise. I also will be focusing on the villages of Northport and Asharoken, reporting and writing about their successes and challenges. I am interested in local politics, how taxpayers’ money is spent, giving a voice to the voiceless and telling the stories of the town’s quirky and inspiring people and events.


Roundup: Water authority OKs Oakdale refueling site


Water authority OKs Oakdale fueling site

The Suffolk County Water Authority has approved $837,300 in funding to build a compressed natural gas fueling facility at its Oakdale headquarters to double the number of authority vehicles that use the cleaner-burning fuel.

The authority, which approved the funding at a meeting Monday night, has about a dozen vehicles using...

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Prospective director joins Hempstead animal shelter staff

This American Staffordshire terrier was waiting to be

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

The potential future director of the Hempstead Town animal shelter has been hired into a different position until the current director vacates the post.

The town board unanimously voted to appoint Michael Pastore as community research assistant in the Department of General Services’ Animal Shelter and Control Division, at a salary of $85,000, effective March 24 for a probationary period of...

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Long Island updates for Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Project 11561, grassroots group that promotes the Long

(Credit: Project 11561)

Welcome to Newsday's Long Island Now live post for Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Remember to be extra wary of jokesters -- it's April Fools' Day.


Speaking of April Fools' Day, one group in Long Beach pulled off a prank earlier Tuesday, claiming that residents were planting flowers inside potholes in the street for Beautify a Pothole Day. Scroll down -- or use the link...

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Storm runoff closes shellfishing areas

The Department of Environmental Conservation closed shellfishing areas

(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

Shellfishing areas across Long Island were temporarily closed Monday after heavy rainfall and storm runoff over the previous weekend, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reported.

The closure, which affects Nassau and Suffolk counties, is intended to protect the public from bacteria and pathogens that run into the water after a heavy rain. Shellfish in those waters can become...

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Roundup: Town saves $2.2M in bond refinancing, Zove declares candidacy

Brookhaven Town refinanced $40 million in outstanding bonds

(Credit: Newsday File / Bill Davis)


Refinancing saves town $2.2M

Brookhaven Town refinanced $40 million in outstanding bonds last week, saving the municipality $2.2 million in interest costs over the next 12 years, officials said.

“The town is in a sound financial position and has a very strong credit rating, so we can take advantage of historically low interest costs,” Town Supervisor Edward P....

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Long Island updates for Monday, March 31, 2014

This 2014 image shows Gascon Inc. in Coram,

(Credit: Google)

Welcome to Newsday's Long Island Now live post for Monday, March 31, 2014.

We've wrapped the live coverage, but below, you'll find a roundup of stories Newsday has been following throughout the day, as well as updates from social media.


A surprise snowstorm snarled traffic during the morning rush hour. That elicited reactions from Long Islanders on social media. Scroll...

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Historic 230-year-old Southold inn demolished

Originally known as the Cedar Beach Inn, and

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

A once “majestic” inn that stood on Cedar Beach Road in Southold for 230 years was demolished last Tuesday as the property’s new owners moved ahead with plans to turn the space into a community park.

An excavator ripped apart the historic General Wayne Inn, which had fallen into a state of disrepair since it closed in 1998, said Geoffrey K. Fleming, director of the Southold Historical Society.


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Roundup: LIRR commuter forum, regatta


Commuter forum on LIRR issues this week

Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) is hosting a forum this week with Long Island Rail Road representatives regarding the Seaford, Wantagh, Bellmore, Merrick and Freeport train stations.

LIRR representatives are to discuss the stations, LIRR service, the agency’s responses to past requests and answer questions from commuters. The event...

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Babylon to pay for study of rapid bus system

Babylon Town Hall, as seen on Dec. 14,

(Credit: Carl Corry)

The Town of Babylon has awarded a contract to a company to study a proposed bus rapid transit system on Route 110.

Town officials chose Parsons Brinckerhoff, of Manhattan, after sending out a request for proposals for technical assistance and consultation services on the proposed BRT line. The company’s fee -- $449,996 -- was in the middle among the three proposals, with one company coming...

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Rain pushes final St. Patrick's Day parade to April

The final St. Patrick's Day parade of 2014

(Credit: Erica Jackson)

St. Patrick is closing in on the Easter Bunny's turf.

Citing inclement weather, the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce has pushed the community’s St. Patrick’s Day parade back to Sunday, April 6. That’s 20 days after St. Patrick's Day and 14 days before Easter.

The parade had been scheduled for Sunday, March 30.

The parade, which travels down Main Street, will start at 12:30...

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