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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.


Choking charge dropped against East Hampton trustee Nathaniel Miller

The Suffolk County district attorney?s office has dropped

(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

The Suffolk County district attorney’s office has dropped a charge against an East Hampton Town elected official accused of choking a town employee during an argument.

Prosecutors dismissed a misdemeanor charge against Nathaniel Miller, an East Hampton Town trustee, during an appearance Thursday before Justice Lisa Rana in East Hampton Justice Court, a defense attorney said.


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Flash mob surprises boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy on his birthday

A flash mob organized by Flash Mob of

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

It seemed like a regular Saturday at the Regency Centers-Lake Grove Commons shopping mall. But just after 4 p.m., the parking lot became a stage for a flash mob birthday surprise for four magical minutes in honor of Javier Romero, a boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Javier, of Stony Brook, celebrated his 10th birthday on Aug. 8. His parents, Jen Portnoy and Rich Romero, wanted to commemorate...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

Well, that's it for the live post on this lovely Friday, Aug. 15.

To help with your weekend plans, be sure to check out events featured on exploreLI.com and view the weather forecast.

Overall, it's expected to be sunny with a high of around 80 Saturday. On Sunday, there is a chance of rain. The high again will be around 80.

Meanwhile, take a look at some of the news we've been...

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Roundup: KidStock heads to North Hempstead

North Hempstead Beach Park is one of 19

(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

The Town of North Hempstead is hosting the popular children’s music festival, KidStock, on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. at North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 W. Shore Rd., Port Washington.

Nationally acclaimed musical entertainment will be featured at the fourth annual free event that will wrap up the town’s summer festival season.

“KidStock is a terrific opportunity for young families to...

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MTA kiosks to only take cash Saturday morning due to upgrade

MTA fare vending machines will not accept credit

(Credit: MTA)

MTA fare vending machines will not accept credit or debit card purchases between 1 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Saturday due to a mainframe software upgrade, officials said.

Machines for New York City Transit and MetroCard, including those at PATH stations and JFK AirTrain, will only accept cash transactions. The credit- and debit-only machines in LaGuardia Airport will be inoperable.


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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

About 150 people have come to New York

(Credit: Sarah Armaghan/Newsday)

That's it for Thursday's edition of the live Long Island Now post. Thanks for joining us. 

Be sure to come back Friday for another look at local breaking news, traffic and transit alerts, weather and more updates.

(Mobile readers: View Thursday's social media updates via the link above.)


HUNTINGTON: The zoning board will hear from a...

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Paraplegic Gabriel Cordell aims to roll across Israel to promote peace

Gabriel Cordell, a 43-year-old paraplegic who travelled across

(Credit: Lisa France)

While rolling his wheelchair 3,100 miles from California to Long Island last summer, Gabriel Cordell, 43, who is paralyzed from the waist down due to a car accident in 1992, was already thinking about his next journey.

The former Long Islander and his documentary crew were two thirds of the way through their 99-day trek in early June 2013 when they stopped at a YMCA in Illinois to speak with...

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Long-abandoned building in Northport could get new life

The building at 831 Fort Salonga Rd. in

(Credit: Google )


Long-abandoned building could get new life

The building at 831 Fort Salonga Rd. in Northport, which has been abandoned for almost a decade, was recently purchased with the goal of giving it a new life.

The site was previously home to a Getty gas station, but it was shuttered several years ago.

Recently, it was purchased by Alexander Spivak, owner of Zanorthport,...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Cory Netter, 13, of Oak Beach, bike rides

(Credit: Sarah Armaghan/Newsday)

Today's record-setting rain broke multiple state records and left destruction across the island. 

Find the latest updates below from readers and reporters as LI recovers. Share your photos or stories with the hashtag #LIRain on social media.

Find Newsday's main story on the storm, power outages and flooding at http://nwsdy.li/1q89J14.


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Miss Long Island winners crowned as founder bids adieu

Geena Cardalena, 17, of Floral Park, left, and

(Credit: John Fischer)

Geena Cardalena, 17, and Jenna Tirado, 20, were enveloped in a circle as the other contestants swarmed around to hug and congratulate the new queens.

Cardalena was still struggling to hold back tears, having just moments before been crowned Miss Long Island Teen along with Tirado, who was crowned Miss Long Island for 2015 on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing...

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