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Up on the Board: A death in Nepal, shark fin ban, Suffolk consolidation

Kuldip, mom, and Chander Kochhar, dad, parents of

Kuldip, mom, and Chander Kochhar, dad, parents of Bhoomika, a Syosset woman who died in Nepal, are seeking answers in the death of their daughter. (July 22, 2013) Credit: Howard Schnapp

The editorial board is behind a proposal by Rep. Steve Israel to have the U.S. threaten to withhold financial aid to Nepal, until the government there investigates the death of Bhoomika Kochhar. The 25-year-old Syosset woman married a Nepalese man, moved there, and then died on June 15, in what his family says was a suicide. But the woman’s family is skeptical. The aid we send to foreign countries like Nepal should give U.S. citizens leverage to get better answers.

We’re also urging Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to sign a bill that bans the sale and possession of shark fins in New York. Seven other states have done this, to buttress a federal law that prohibits shark finning in U.S. waters and requires sharks to be landed with their fins still attached.

Finally, we talked about changes in Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s county consolidation plan to merge the treasurer and comptroller roles. His latest wrinkle saves a little less money and eliminates two fewer jobs. Bellone is talking about putting the plan up for a referendum vote.

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Up on the Board is the editorial board's blog about what we just discussed at our weekday morning meeting. These meetings are where we talk about the news of the day and hash out our positions for the opinion sections of Newsday and amNew York.