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Respects to be paid for former Rep. Otis G. Pike (1921-2014)

An undated photo of Otis Pike in front

An undated photo of Otis Pike in front of part of what became the Otis Pike Preserve. The former New York Democratic congressman died Jan. 20, 2014 at age 92 in Florida. Photo Credit: Newsday

There will be more coming from Newsday but for now, this is the AP report:

Former New York Democratic congressman Otis Pike has died at age 92 in Florida.

Lois Pike Eyre says her father died Monday at a Vero Beach hospice after a long illness.

Pike served 18 years in Congress before deciding to retire in 1978.

In the mid-1970s, he chaired the House Select Committee on Intelligence, which investigated questionable CIA activities. The agency considered the Pike Committee inquiry as a dramatic shift in Congress and the first significant House investigation of the U.S. intelligence community since the CIA's creation in 1947.

After he retired from Congress, Pike wrote a syndicated column for Newhouse Newspapers for 20 years.

Pike was born in Riverhead. He served in the Marines as a pilot in the Pacific during World War II.

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