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Paul LaRocco joined Newsday in November 2010, covering the Town of Oyster Bay, City of Glen Cove and the nearby incorporated villages. In the fall of 2011, he began writing about Suffolk County government and politics. Before coming to Newsday, LaRocco worked as a reporter at The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., and The Record-Journal in Meriden, Conn.
ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to install traffic cameras in schools on Long Island to nab and deter speeders.
Cuomo's proposal would allow Nassau and Suffolk counties to pay for as many as 125 cameras with a limit of one camera for each school district under the pilot program.
Earlier this month, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said cameras at 20 school zones would...Read more »
ALBANY - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants traffic cameras placed near some schools on Long Island to nab and deter speeders.
As many as 20 cameras would be installed at schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the pilot program, for a total of up to 40 cameras.
Earlier this month, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said cameras at 20 school zones would not just enhance safety...Read more »
Even as he recites the maxim that all politics is local, Rep. Steve Israel keeps tabs these days on local politics far from his Suffolk-Nassau-Queens district.
In his fourth year chairing the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee under former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Israel proclaims it impossible to predict November's outcome. House Republicans hold a 234-201 majority.
Last October,...Read more »
Labor and liberal groups rallied in Hauppauge Thursday afternoon, protesting portions of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s budget as a boon to the wealthy.
“We’re here because we’re angry about the governor’s proposal to benefit the rich and corporations and make the rest of us pay,” said Lisa Tyson, director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition. She said portions of Cuomo’s budget would exacerbate...Read more »
If the CBS report of Mayor Bill de Blasio's car running stop signs and violating other traffic laws holds up -- and there's no immediate reason to think otherwise -- then it may mean he's destined to be remembered as a larger-than-life "quintessential New Yorker" since the late Ed Koch, who's lauded that way, was caught pretty much in the same position.
Departing from an event on Staten Island...Read more »
The first political dig of Bruce Blakeman’s congressional campaign wasn’t even directed at one of his 4th district opponents.
Blakeman, the former Republican presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, was standing in front of Ancona Pizzeria in his native Valley Stream on Thursday to announce that he’s running to succeed retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola).
Naturally,...Read more »
ALBANY — State and city officials said Thursday that they have agreed on how to transition Long Island College Hospital to more of a community-based service for Brooklyn, which will promote outpatient care over far more expensive emergency room treatment.
The agreement is made possible by $8 billion in Medicaid funding to the state announced this month. The funding will be used to transform...Read more »
ALBANY -- New York’s highest court on Thursday ruled that although police can lie during interrogation of suspects in homicide cases, detectives can’t lie too much.
As a result, two defendants in two cases won challenges to throw out their statements used as confessions because they were based on lies by police, the Court of Appeals stated.
In one case, police claimed a woman in Westchester...Read more »
Smithtown Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick has signed the oath of office legally required for the position after failing to do so forced her and Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio from their jobs earlier this month.
Nowick said she signed the oath Tuesday in the town boardroom before Deputy Town Clerk Regina Burke, Town Attorney Matthew Jakubowski, and Vecchio, who signed the oath for his office...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday he would review Nassau County’s proposal to shift the cost of property tax refunds to school districts, towns and taxing districts but declined to endorse the controversial idea.
On Tuesday, the State Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that Nassau could not repeal its “county guaranty” without the approval of the state legislature. The law, established in...Read more »