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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.


Birdie the seal released in Hampton Bays by Riverhead Foundation

Birdie, a gray seal pup who was rescued

(Credit: Riverhead Foundation)

It was a seal release that went swimmingly.

Birdie, a gray seal pup who was rescued April 17 in Far Rockaway, Queens, returned to her natural home Saturday morning during a release event under the Ponquogue Bridge in Hampton Bays.

The event was organized by the Riverhead Foundation, which nursed Birdie back to health after she arrived suffering from a swollen flipper and respiratory...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Friday, July 18, 2014

A small plane on Sunrise Highway in East

(Credit: James Carbone)

We're winding down our live post for Friday, July 18.

With an LIRR strike averted, there are plenty of great things for you to do this weekend without having to worry about your Monday commute -- at least not any more than you normally would.

The temperature for both Saturday and Sunday is set to be near 80 during the day, with a chance of rain Sunday. 

Wehen it's all done,...

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Roundup: No resolution in Oceanside sanitation election

Oceanside sanitation commissioners have not resolved a monthlong contested election for sanitation commissioner.

The Sanitation District 7 board met Thursday, three days after board members directed an attorney to meet with candidates to resolve the June 19 election. The board did not address the election during its meeting.

The election has been in limbo because of a voting-machine...

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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.


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.)


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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