Welcome to Newsday's LI Now live post for Monday, April 14, 2014.
Public schools on Long Island and in New York City were closed Monday as spring break kicked off, so you may notice less cars on the road. Passover also starts tonight, so those observing the holiday will be leaving work earlier. The LIRR added extra trains (see below) to accommodate these travelers.
Today's live coverage has concluded, but reporter Carl MacGowan will be in Port Jefferson tonight to cover the following hearing and budget vote.
BUDGET VOTE. The Port Jefferson Village Board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. to hold a public hearing on the proposed 2014-15 budget, followed by a vote on the spending plan. The meeting will be at Village Hall, 121 W. Broadway. Follow MacGowan’s Twitter updates @CarlMacGowan.
TOBACCO BILL SIGNING
Earlier today, reporter David Schwartz was also tweeting from Huntington, where Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signed a bill that raised the legal minimum age to purchase tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21 years old. Scroll down -- or use the link above -- to see Schwartz's tweets as well as social media updates from other Newsday staffers.
TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT
LIRR. To accommodate travelers leaving work early in observance of Passover today, the LIRR added these extra eastbound trains from Penn Station:
Babylon: 2:32 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:31 p.m.; Far Rockaway: 3:48 p.m.; Great Neck: 3:40 p.m.; Port Jefferson: 2:08 p.m., 2:29 p.m. and 3:24 p.m.
NASSAU. Two eastbound lanes between Exit 22 (Meadowbrook State Parkway) and Exit 27 (Wantagh Parkway) and westbound lanes between Exit 28 (Wantagh Avenue) and Exit 24 (Merrick Road).
SUFFOLK. Two eastbound lanes from Exit 35 (Wellwood Avenue) to Exit 37 (Belmont Avenue) and westbound lanes from Exit 39 (Deer Park Avenue) to Exit 36 (Straight Path).
The DOT advises motorists to expect travel delays and use alternate routes such as Sunrise Highway.
Today will be overcast and breezy with a high of 63 degrees. The low tonight will be 52 degrees with a 40 percent chance of rain showers and fog rolling in overnight. And Long Island could see snow -- yes, snow-- Tuesday into Wednesday. More details here.
If you haven't filed your taxes yet, you have less than 24 hours to get in done. The deadline for submitting state and federal tax returns is Tuesday, April 15. For last-minute tips and advice, visit goo.gl/FiphSV.