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Graph: LIRR riders sided with MTA as strike loomed

A strike mood graph, which received more than

LIRR commuters braced for the worst and sided with the MTA before a potential strike was averted Thursday, according to a newsday.com “mood graph.”

The graph, which received more than 4,000 responses Tuesday and Wednesday, asked readers to click on a box that asked how hopeful they were of a strike being averted and whether they supported the MTA or the unions, on a scale of 1-9. They were...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Thursday, July 17, 2014

LIRR lead union negotiator Anthony Simon and Gov.

We've wrapped up the LI Now live post for Thursday, July 17, 2014, but here's a rundown of some of the stories Newsday has been following today.

LIRR STRIKE AVERTED

A tentative deal has been reached to avert a strike. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and union leaders held a press conference this afternoon to announce the deal. Scroll down to view a daily...

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Working Sunday? Would LIRR strike impact you?

Negotiations resumed Thursday morning between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Long Island Rail Road unions, but if talks collapse again and a strike does occur Sunday, how would it impact you?

Newsday is looking to speak with Long Islanders who are scheduled to work Sunday and who usually commute to their place of employment via the LIRR.

If this describes you, please...

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Roundup: Suffolk County Police Department offers teen driving safety course

Starting next week, the Suffolk County Police Department will offer a driving safety course for teenagers.

Free “Crash Course in Crash Avoidance” classes will be available in Westhampton for drivers between the ages of 16 and 18.

The 2½-hour course is designed to supplement training from the department of motor vehicles, defensive driving courses and other driver education programs....

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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.)

LIRR STRIKE LOOMS

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.

Bamboo...

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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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