Brown: On Long Island, it's about the culture — of corruption

"I have had some exposure to the culture of government and politics in Nassau County during the years that you were in government," U.S. District Judge Joan Azrack said to Rob Walker.

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Brown: Republicans in Nassau and Suffolk, went in it to win it

The Republican victories across Long Island on Tuesday could boost the party in the 2022 elections.

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Brown: Blasting a big hole in Nassau's budget

In less than a half-hour, Nassau County legislators killed $106 million in unpopular fees — and opened a sizable hole in the 2022 budget.

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Brown: A (nother) quest to cull taxpayer-funded political mailings

The Republican leader of the Nassau County Legislature is the latest in a long line of county officials to try to curb taxpayer-funded mailings at election time.

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Brown: Candidates are knocking. Will you let them in?

No one party has a lock on Long Island, which leaves major parties pitching for every vote they can get.

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Brown: Why did the Huntington Town supervisor cross the road?

Huntington Town officials have offered a bare-bones account of an accident in which Supervisor Chad Lupinacci hit a utility pole, sustaining $22,000 in damages to his sedan.

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Brown: Could LI's millions in opioid settlement money go up in smoke?

Officials and anti-drug abuse experts say they will try to ensure that millions of dollars Nassau and Suffolk will get in opioid settlement money goes toward drug treatment and prevention.

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Brown: Spota, at sentencing, gives a farewell address

The former Suffolk County district sat at the defendant's table, where he'd spent six weeks from the start of his trial to the day he'd been convicted by a jury of his peers.

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Brown: If you wind up in Nassau County, this column is for you

Legislation passed by Nassau County lawmakers would tie the potential for legal action to every interaction between police and other emergency responders and the public.                                                                                                                        

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Brown: Cuomo adopts the 'Shaggy' defense

Cuomo is asking New Yorkers to believe, basically, that he's the victim, and that allegations of sexual harassment are distorted and politically motivated.

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Brown: Blizzard of cash could be in store for Nassau residents

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran wants to send $375 payments to 300,000 homeowners. Who doesn't love a little cold, hard cash?

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Brown: George Floyd's death changed things — on Long Island too

A push for accountability, transparency and reform of policing practices on Long Island has been spurred by national revulsion at George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.

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Brown: Jumping the shark on Nassau reassessments

Who ruined the Nassau County assessment system? It's a debate that apparently will never die.

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Brown: One toke over the (town) line

Long Island officials already are dealing with issues including how to determine when drivers are impaired by marijuana.

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Brown: Push for policing reform is far from over

Community activists continue to push for outside oversight of complaints about police conduct.

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Brown: Blakeman makes his move

Blakeman, the GOP candidate for Nassau County executive, is no stranger to bucking his party's leaders. Asked if he has made peace with them he says: "I'm the top of the ticket, aren't I?" 

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Brown: Let's go to the videotape

Release of body-cam footage of Suffolk County police officers cursing and kicking a suspect comes as Suffolk and Nassau officials ready police reform plans.

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Brown: Take it to the (term) limit, one more time

The Suffolk County term-limit law, which passed via voter referendum, states simply: "No person shall serve as a County Legislator for more than 12 consecutive years."

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Brown: The inside out of reinventing policing on Long Island

Two different plans for police reform are headed toward the same destination: reviewing and reforming police practices in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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Brown: Nassau scores with the mother of all one-shots

Nassau's crazy popular bond offering provided the county with a $1.1 billion cushion as it struggles with budget deficits resulting from the pandemic.

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Brown: Low vaccine supply isn't only issue for seniors

The Nassau County Legislature offered a sobering look into the guts of Long Island's vaccine distribution system.

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Brown: LIers seek vaccinations in bureaucratic haystack

For days, it was like "The Hunger Games" meets "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" out there as Long Islanders scrambled to find vaccines.

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Brown: On Long Island, purple reigns

On election night, Long Islanders appeared to have soundly supported the reelection of Republican President Donald Trump. But that was a red mirage.

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Brown: Gadfly, don't bother me

In Oyster Bay, an attempt to balance decorum with freedom of speech at public meetings has landed the town in federal court.

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Brown: On the road to budget Armageddon, or maybe not

Armageddon, defined, is a final destructive battle or conflict. In Suffolk, at least, the meaning could be stretched to, well, hoping to avoid all hell breaking loose.

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Brown: Long Island Republicans kicked it Old School on Election Day

Jesse Garcia, Suffolk's GOP chairman, and Joseph Cairo, head of Nassau's Republican Party, are old hands at getting out the vote.

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Brown: Young adults are largest bloc of newly registered voters

Young people between the ages of 18 and 34 represented the largest group of new voter registrations in Nassau and Suffolk this year.

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Brown: In Nassau, Suffolk, there's a whole lot of voting going on

"We're walking and chewing gum," said Nicholas LaLota, Suffolk's Republican elections commissioner. That's one way of putting it.

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Brown: For Bellone, a budget delayed for federal help denied

The Suffolk County executive had hoped the federal government would come through with millions of dollars in pandemic disaster aid.

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Brown: An avalanche of absentees expected

The most asked question of the Nassau and Suffolk boards of election this year is, "How do I get an absentee ballot?"

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Brown: The 'roughneck' who made Newsday happen

The one thing about Alicia Patterson, Newsday's oh-so-very prim and proper looking founding publisher, that's always captured my imagination was her childhood nickname, Roughneck.

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Brown: All politics really are local

Long Island party leaders hope the national political conventions will energize their supporters for the Nov. 3 elections. 

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Brown: LI delegates navigate strange new party conventions

A Democratic delegate from Suffolk voted by PDF email. But a Republican from Nassau is thrilled to be one of 336 delegates to be voting in person at the GOP convention.

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Brown: How many calls does it take to get the lights turned on?

Alyssa Nightingale, of Cold Spring Harbor, made 48 phone calls to PSEG LI after losing power in Isaias. On Aug. 11, the lights finally came back.

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Brown: All wrapped up in a bow

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone proposes another tap Peter to pay Paul move to plug massive deficits caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Brown: This time, police reform may be an open process

Under an order by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, every municipality must submit a plan that "reinvents and modernizes police strategies and programs ... based on community input."

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Brown: Dear protesters, this column is for you

Nassau's police commissioner, Patrick Ryder, says protesters are having a big impact.

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Brown: Protests accomplish what statistics could not

For the first time in decades in New York, there could be greater public scrutiny on how police discipline is handled.

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Brown: Slowing COVID-19 outbreaks is job one

A course for contract tracers emphasizes it takes just two days for someone who's had contact with an infected person to be able to transmit the coronavirus to others.

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Brown: We're all Typhoid Mary now

Like Mary Mallon, we're all caught up in an iteration of the conflict between public health and individual rights that played out in her case.

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Brown: Judge says stop on Suffolk red-light camera fee

In a ruling, Justice David T. Reilly managed to resolve the long-running discussion about whether red-light cameras were created for safety, or to raise revenues.

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Brown: Who you gonna call? Lee Zeldin.

Zeldin (R-Shirley) helped make a call happen last week between Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

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Brown: Could helping town residents end up hurting counties?

Suffolk town supervisors want residents to get an extension on property tax payments. But could a freeze in payments cripple the county budget?

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Brown: Town supervisors on front lines of anti-virus battle

They've closed playgrounds, beach parking lots and tennis courts — and residents still find ways to gather.

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Brown: Review of Nassau contracting law will be waiting

After the virus crisis passes, the county will have to address concerns about construction contracts raised by Nassau's inspector general, Jodi Franzese.

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Brown: Steve Bellone's week at home in quarantine

Bellone went into voluntary quarantine after Deputy Suffolk County Executive Peter Scully tested positive for coronavirus.

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Brown: Suffolk DA, lawmakers dig deep into Valva case

The Suffolk DA and the county legislature plan to dig deeper into the system that failed 8-year-old Thomas Valva.

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Brown: Of mice and mire, the outlook on Long Beach

For Long Beach, Moody's "Credit Outlook" is not so good.

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Brown: Order in the ... adjudication bureau?

In Huntington, residents questioned Supervisor Chad Lupinacci's decision to put forth only one candidate to head a new bureau that will enforce some town codes.

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Brown: Sealed documents in Valva case go inside child welfare system

The documents provide a rare look at the actions of CPS, the police and courts -- an inside view of a system shielded even from experts.

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