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Vacant Amityville building faces demolition over taxes

Amityville Village Trustee Nick LaLota, shown here on

(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Amityville trustees are moving to secure and possibly demolish an unsafe, abandoned building at 21 DeForest St.

A 5-0 vote Monday night authorized village workers to fence off the building. A decision on demolition will be made after an Oct. 27 hearing.

Workers who visited the building found holes in the roof, broken walls and debris outside. Inside, they found a 55-gallon drum, contents...

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Brookhaven IDA OKs $16M tax break for Ronkonkoma Hub plan

A rendering of proposed new buildings on Main

(Credit: Town of Brookhaven, Tritec Real Estate)

The Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency has approved a $16 million tax cut package for the Ronkonkoma Hub retail and residential project.

The package -- including exemptions from sales and use taxes on purchases of construction equipment and building material -- was approved unanimously during an IDA board meeting Wednesday.

The IDA board also approved plans allowing developer...

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Village of Westbury to vet taxi dispatchers after 'issue'

The Welcome to Westbury sign.

(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

The Village of Westbury will require taxicab dispatchers to submit to background checks, in a bid to better regulate the workers.

Previously, drivers of cabs or prearranged for-hire vehicles were subject to the background checks, including filing licensing and fingerprint records. The board approved the measure for dispatchers at its trustees meeting on Aug. 7.

“There was an issue with...

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