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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood on Tuesday, April

Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The park has since been closed amid an investigation into alleged illegal dumping of toxic debris at the park. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Welcome to Newsday's live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

This is your source for breaking news, traffic and transit alerts, school updates and more local information to get you through your day.

We've wrapped this live post, but Newsday will be covering the following two meetings later today.


SOLAR ENERGY HEARING. The public hearing for an amendment to Babylon Town code to allow solar energy farms will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Town Hall, 200 E. Sunrise Hwy. in Lindenhurst. Follow reporter Nicholas Spangler’s Twitter updates: @spanglernewsday

ILLEGAL DUMPING. The Town of Islip is holding a town hall meeting tonight at 6:30 in the Brentwood Recreation Center (99 3rd Ave.) for residents affected by the illegal dumping probe at Roberto Clemente Park. Residents will receive an update on the park and plans in the works for where area children can play and swim during the summer while the park is closed. 


Here's a look at some of the local stories Newsday has been following throughout the day. To view social media updates from Newsday and its staff, scroll down. (Mobile readers: Use the link above to access this content.)


Newsday's Aisha Al-Muslim (@AishaAlMuslim) was reporting from this morning's Hempstead Town Board meeting, where officials approved a petition from BK at Seaford LLC to rezone the former Seaford Avenue School property in Seaford for a senior condominium complex. To view Al-Muslim's live Twitter updates, scroll down or use the mobile link above. 


School districts across Long Island are holding elections today to vote on budget plans for the 2014-2014 school year, board of education seats and various propositions. For information about your district, visit Newsday's searchable database at And don't forget to check back tonight as results roll in.

BRIDGE STRIKE DISRUPTS LIRR. The Long Island Rail Road suspended service between Speonk and Montauk in both directions due to a vehicle striking a bridge near East Hampton. Buses were accomodating customers. 

NY 110. All lanes between Hill Place and Mill Dam Road in Huntington, which were closed earlier this morning due to a gas main hit, have re-opened. 

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Expect tonight to be partly cloudy with a low of 55 degrees.

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