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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.


Finding your perfect route, despite LIRR strike

Newsday's new traffic meter will help commuters find

The fastest way to get from one point to another is to avoid bad traffic, which will prove much more difficult if the Long Island Rail Road unions decide to strike on Sunday.

Newsday's up-to-the-minute traffic meter will help you compare traffic on the LIE, Northern State and Southern State, with point-to-point driving times to help you plan your route.

The meter shows traffic conditions...

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Volunteers help neighbor tear down Sandy-damaged home

Edward Andersen?s home in Babylon was destroyed by

Like many of his neighbors, Ed Andersen, whose Babylon home was damaged during superstorm Sandy, has struggled to recover. The 56-year-old and his daughter, Gabby, 24, have not slept in their own beds since the storm. He’s also been depending on funds from permanent disability, which he gets following a second bout with cancer.

Despite his health and financial situation, Andersen volunteered...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Wednesday, July 16, 2014

We've closed down our live post for the day, but there's lots to review.

To view the latest tweets from Newsday and its staff, scroll down.

(Mobile readers: Access social media posts via the link below.)


The big talk of the day is, of course, the looming Long Island Rail Road strike, which is now less than four days away.

The potential shut down of...

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Roundup: Rockville Centre benches on sale to fund conservancy

ROCKVILLE CENTREBenches on sale to fund conservancy

The Rockville Centre Conservancy is selling benches for $2,500 to be placed in village parks and open spaces.

Money raised from bench “adoptions” will go toward a variety of conservancy projects, including community gardens, street tree inventory and planting and school gardening programs, officials said.

The fundraising website...

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Law restricting bamboo in Babylon may be broadened

Bamboo grows in the Town of Huntington on

(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

A Town of Babylon law restricting cultivation of certain kinds of invasive bamboo may be broadened to cut back on plants that are already encroaching where they’re not wanted.

An ordinance expected to receive a public hearing before the town board next month calls for bamboo owners whose plants have encroached on their neighbors’ property to pay for removal by a licensed contractor.


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How Long Islanders are feeling about a potential strike

How are LIers feeling about the strike?

Labor negotiations can be very fluid as all of the players and their supporters give and take over time, and the opinions of those likely to be affected by an LIRR strike can vary from day to day.

To gauge Long Islanders' sentiments on a potential LIRR strike, we created a mood map to track how people are feeling. Click on the box that most represents your feelings on two aspects...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nassau County police are searching for this man,

(Credit: NCPD)

We've closed down our live post for the day, but there's lots to review.

To view the latest tweets from Newsday and its staff, scroll down.

(Mobile readers: Access social media posts via the link below.)


Nassau County police are searching for the man who allegedly robbed a Chase bank in Bethpage on Wednesday, July 2. The suspect, pictured above, entered...

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LIRR commuters: Contribute to Newsday

Long Island Rail Road union workers and supporters

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Are you a Long Island Rail Road commuter?

Newsday wants to know more about your story.

We are looking for commuters who are willing to share their experiences if the railroad goes on strike. Will you drive to the city? Is a bus into an outer borough an option?

Please fill out the form below and someone from Newsday could be in touch. Mobile users, please use the link after the...

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Roundup: Burns Park to get new athletic field turf, animal shelter to extend hours


Burns Park to get new athletic field turf

The Town of Oyster Bay plans to replace the artificial turf at one athletic field at the John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa at a cost of $580,000. 

The town board last week retroactively authorized applying for a $290,000 grant from the New York State Department of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation to cover...

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Huntington's summer leaf-blowing restrictions survey online

Town board member Susan Berland has sought to

(Credit: James Escher)

An online survey about the possibility of a new town law to restrict leaf blowers during the summer is available for Huntington residents.

Town board member Susan Berland in May sought to sponsor a resolution restricting gas-powered leaf blowers during the summer because of the possible health threats they may cause, but she was unable to garner enough support to get it on the agenda.


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