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1. Nine of 10 of NY's highest-paid schools chiefs are from LI - Nine of the 10 highest-paid K-12 school employees in New York State are found on Long Island, according to figures for the state's fiscal year that ended June 30 -- and the top four are current or former district superintendents who each pocketed more than $400,000 in salary and benefits. By Will Van Sant

2. LI school administrators defend high salaries - With Long Island school administrators dominating the ranks of the highest-paid public school employees in the state, district officials and board members interviewed Thursday defended the pay, saying they get quality and experience in return. By Joie Tyrrell and Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

3. Off-duty NYPD officer killed in Westbury car crash - An off-duty New York City police officer was killed and another man critically wounded when their out-of-control car crashed into a tree at a high rate of speed early Thursday in Westbury, police said. By John Valenti

4. Cops: 2 killed in Centereach car crash - Two people were killed in a two-vehicle crash Thursday night on Middle Country Road in Centereach, Suffolk police said. By Bill Mason

5. Cuomo transition team includes Mangano, other GOPers - Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo announced some of the first members of his transition team Thursday, a diverse assortment of government and private-sector leaders that will be chaired by his lieutenant governor and includes Nassau County's Republican executive, Edward Mangano. By Elizabeth Moore


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