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Long Island news, weather, traffic, LIRR and school updates for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Welcome to Newsday's live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, April 22, 2014. We've wrapped today's live coverage, but Newsday reporters will be at the following meetings tonight.


SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE. The Kings Park board of education meets at 7:30 p.m. to vote on authorization to adopt the $83,562,788 proposed 2014-2015 budget. The meeting is at Kings Park High School, 200 Rte. 25A. Look for reporter Lauren Harrison’s coverage at

SCHOOL DISTRICT MEETING. The Hempstead school district board will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. at 185 Peninsula Blvd. in Hempstead Village. Earlier this month, the district appealed a court ruling that found it failed to comply with a state law when it fired three principals last year. Follow reporter Aisha Al-Muslim’s live tweets: @AishaAlMuslim.


Here's a roundup of some of the local stories we've been following throughout the day. Scroll down -- or use the link below if you're a mobile reader -- to view social media updates from Newsday and its staff.

SUFFOLK ENDORSES SPEED CAMERAS. The Suffolk County Legislature held a hearing this morning on speed light cameras and passed a resolution to seek state approval to install these devices outside local schools. Newsday's David Schwartz provided live coverage of the meeting via Twitter. Scroll down (Mobile readers, use the link above) to view his tweets. New York City already has 20 school zone cameras and is seeking more. The Nassau County Legislature approved a resolution last week requesting state permission to install up to 56. Look for a full report at

ISLIP HONORS OLYMPIAN. Reporter Sarah Armaghan (@ArmaghanS) is also reporting from the Islip Town Board meeting, where officials honored West Islip native and Olympic luger Aidan Kelly, 19, who competed in the Sochi games. The board also approved approved a playground honoring one of the Sandy Hook victims. Scroll down or use the mobile link to view Twitter updates from Armaghan.

MTA, LIRR UNION TALKS. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the unions representing nearly 6,000 Long Island Rail Road workers continued talks in Manhattan today before a board appointed by President Obama with the goal of settling a 4-year-old contract dispute and averting a strike this summer. On Monday, the MTA offered the LIRR unions a deal similar to one reached recently with subway and bus workers, calling for 8 percent raises over 5 years. More on this story here:

CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS. The North Hempstead Town Board was expected to consider requiring carbon monoxide detectors in commercial buildings during its 2 p.m. meeting today.  

GLEN COVE COUNCILMAN DIES. Veteran Glen Cove City Councilman Nicholas DiLeo, 56, died Monday night from an apparent heart attack, according to his colleagues. In light of DiLeo's passing, tonight's City Council meeting has been canceled. Read DiLeo's obituary:


LIRR. The Long Island Rail Road was experiencing delays throughout the day for westbound trains running between Jamaica and Atlantic Terminal. The delays were caused by a "smoke condition" that occurred this morning east of East New York. 

--Buses replaced midday trains today between Huntington and Port Jefferson from 9:56 a.m. till 3:45 p.m. due to track testing. See schedule:

NY 24 (HEMPSTEAD TPKE.). All westbound lanes from Gardiners Avenue to Southberry Lane in Levittown have been re-opened after being closed for hours Tuesday morning for an accident investigation.


Tonight will be overcast with a 60 percent chance of rain, winds up to 15 mph and a low of 45 degrees.


About 25 special-needs students from the Islip Career Center spent this morning cleaning up a baseball field in Oakdale to celebrate Earth Day and take part in the Great American Clean-up. Newsday's Brittany Wait was there. Scroll down (or use the mobile link above) to see her tweets and Instagrams. Give Mother Earth some love today by participating in one of these local Earth Day events:

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