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LI Now traffic, weather and history for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Good morning, Long Islanders, and welcome to the daily LI Now post for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

Whether you're headed to work, to drop the kids off at school or running errands around town, this live post will keep you informed about local traffic and transit alerts and weather updates.

Here you'll also find information about upcoming meetings, events and a glance at significant events in history that happened on this date.


ANIMAL LAWS. The Village of Nissequogue board of trustees will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. to hold a public hearing on an amendment to a law about the regulation of dogs, horses and other animals. The meeting will be at Village Hall, 631 Moriches Rd., St. James. Check reporter Lauren R. Harrison’s coverage at

TAX INCREASE. The Town of Huntington will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2015 budget at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The $189 million budget would freeze pay for all elected officials, but raise the property tax levy by 2.9 percent. The meeting is in the town board room at Town Hall, 100 Main St. Follow Valerie Bauman’s Twitter updates @ValerieReports.  

TOWN BUDGET. North Hempstead holds budget meetings at its regular town board meeting Tuesday and at a special meeting Oct 29. Both are at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall, 220 Plandome Rd., Manhasset. Follow Lisa Irizarry’s and Scott Eidler’s Twitter updates @lisairiz and @EidzTowns. 


Community journalist Amy Onorato continues her five-day "Town Focus" in Babylon Tuesday. She will be visiting with Babylon Village Mayor Ralph Scordino and then, speaking with West Babylon native Harold Dieterle, the first winner of "Top Chef," to learn how his hometown inspired his successful cooking career. 

Also, look out for her story on Molto Vino owner Massimiliano Gargiulo, who celebrated two years of successful business with the debut of his portable brick pizza oven, a 2,000-pound piece he made by hand over the course of a month and a half. And be sure to follow her on Instagram (@artonorato) for more updates.


YAPHANK ROCKY POINT ROAD. The northbound side is closed in Rocky Point between Whiskey Road and Highway 25A/ North Country Road due to a crash.


Tuesday will be overcast with a 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms during the day, increasing to 60 percent at night. The high should reach 66 degrees with a low of 50.


Tuesday marks the 35th anniversary of Grete Waitz becoming the first woman ever to run the New York City Marathon in under two-and-a-half hours.

It was also on this date, in 1960, that John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon squared off in their fourth and final presidential debate in New York City.

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