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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Welcome to Newsday's live post for Tuesday, June 17, 2014, your source for the latest local news, traffic and transit alerts, school updates and more.

We've wrapped the live coverage, but here is a roundup of some of the local stories Newsday has been following throughout the day.

To see social media updates from Newsday and its staff, scroll down.

(Mobile readers: Access this content via the link above.)


SAGTIKOS PWKY. A two-car crash has closed all the northbound lanes at Exit S1 (Long Island Expressway) in Brentwood, and the northbound entrance ramp from the Long Island Expressway.

NY 27. Crash on the westbound side between Exit 59 (Wading River Road) and Exit 58 (CR-46) left lane is closed due to road construction eastbound at Exit 17, which is Hempstead Avenue.


One person is dead after a small plane crash in East Patchogue this morning. For more information, read Newsday's report.

Mobile users, there is a link to the East Patchogue story above.


Three Long Island school districts -- Bridgehampton, Sayville and West Babylon -- have another shot today at passing a budget for the 2014-2015 school year after voters struck down the spending plans originally proposed last month.

Bridgehampton is putting up the same cap-busting budget that was rejected on May 20 and need a 60 percent "super majority" of voters to support it. (If it fails, the district will be held to a zero percent budget increase.)

Sayville and West Babylon have reduced their budgets equal to or within their state-imposed tax caps, so these districts only need a simple majority to pass.


Polls will also be open today in Manorhaven, Atlantic Beach, Bayville, Brightwaters, Huntington Bay, Muttontown, Port Jefferson and Sag Harbor as these eight villages hold elections for mayor and trustee seats. (Westhampton Beach's village elections will take place Friday.)

Learn more about the races here:


SENIOR HOUSING. The Huntington Town Board will meet today at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 100 Main St., to hold a public hearing on a proposed 360-unit senior housing development. Opponents have voiced concern about the size of the project at the site of the former Oak Tree Dairy in East Northport. Check reporter Deborah Morris’ Twitter updates: @dsvmorris. 

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