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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.


LI Now afternoon updates for Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

Good afternoon, Long Island, and welcome to the afternoon edition of LI Now, your guide to the roads, rails and more. 

We have completed live updates for the day. We will be back Friday morning.

In the meantime, take a look at a few news and weather updates below.


Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying whoever shot out plate glass...

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LI Now traffic updates for Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Good afternoon, Long Island. This is the live Long Island Now afternoon traffic post for Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

Let's take a look at local roads and rails right now.


SOUTHERN STATE: Traffic is heavy eastbound from Malverne all the way to Wantagh Parkway.

LIE: It's heavy in Nassau County and through Melville eastbound. It breaks up before Deer Park...

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Roundup: Public hearing on retirement community rescheduled

Brookhaven Town Hall in an undated photo.

(Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis)

The Brookhaven Town Board has rescheduled a public hearing that was to have been held Wednesday night on a proposed retirement community in Center Moriches.

The hearing on the proposed Vineyards at Brookfield has been adjourned until Oct. 28 at Town Hall. Developers of the 146-unit project have asked the town board to rezone the property from industrial to a category allowing a planned retirement...

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LIRR sets ridership record for second straight month, agency says

For the second consecutive month, the Long Island

(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

For the second consecutive month, the Long Island Rail Road set a six-year ridership record, the agency has announced.

LIRR president Patrick Nowakowski said at a meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s LIRR Committee on Monday that the 7.6 million people the LIRR carried in July was the most in any month since July 2008.

June’s ridership of 7.5 million had also been the...

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Homecoming road trip for Roslyn High School marching band

Sophomore Roslyn High School marching band members from

(Credit: Instagram user andrewtfcoen)

Countless hours of hard work culminated in a busy but rewarding Saturday for the Roslyn High School marching band.

The band's 124 members took center stage under sunny skies at the school's homecoming halftime show, and following the football game against Great Neck North boarded a bus for a competition in Scotch Plains, N.J. The Roslyn Marching Bulldogs -- which the school says is the second-largest...

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Cross-country duo crowned at Sewanhaka homecoming

Sewanhaka High School seniors Diana Cuervo and Sohaib

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

Sewanhaka High School seniors Diane Cuervo and Sohaib Agha spent most of their high school careers racing to the finish line as members of the boys and girls cross country teams.

This week however, the duo finished first in another type of race -- the one for homecoming king and queen. Cuervo and Agha were honored at the school’s homecoming football game against Long Beach High School on Saturday,...

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LI Now traffic updates for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

This is the live Long Island Now afternoon traffic post for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014.

We're wrapping up for today, but let's take a look at local roads and rails right now.


LIRR: The 4:34 train from Atlantic Terminal due to Ronkonkoma at 5:57 is operating 13 minutes late following police activity.

VALLEY STREAM: There is an accident blocking the left lane...

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Cheerleaders stay spirited despite being grounded at homecoming

From left, Half Hollow Hills High School East

(Credit: Rachael Funk)

New Half Hollow Hills East High School cheerleading coach Kelly Cabasso plans to start a "big sisters, little sisters" like mentorship program among her team members.

This season has shown the need to have someone to lean on.

The Thunderbird cheer squad was making the best out of a tough season during homecoming festivities at the school Saturday, showing off enthusiasm despite their...

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Bank robbery leads to lockdown of Valley Stream elementary schools

James A. Dever Elementary School, 585 North Corona

(Credit: Nicole Bartoline)

All four elementary schools in the Valley Stream Union Free School District 13 were put on lockdown for roughly an hour Tuesday morning after an armed robbery of a Dime Savings Bank on Merrick Road in which the suspect fled, the school district said.

Students remained indoors during recess periods, but classes proceeded normally.

According to school officials, Nassau police...

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‘Courageous’ Schreiber homecoming queen conquers English

Paul D. Schreiber High School homecoming queen and

(Credit: Danielle De Souza)

Mariam Gejadze smiled as her friends congratulated her for being named 2014 Pride in Port homecoming queen Saturday. It's hard to believe that only four years ago Gejadze, a senior at Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, came to the United States and could not speak English.

"I am very happy," the 17-year-old said after she was crowned. "I love it."

Gejadze was born in Georgia,...

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