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The Complete Guide to Long Island Colleges and Universities

Long Island Colleges and Universities

By Leo Capobianco

Long Island’s biggest export is its students, as the joke goes, but the region has more than a dozen colleges and universities offering degrees in virtually every field of study.

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From small specialty colleges to large research universities, there are plenty of options for students to stay local. Many of LI’s colleges and universities have dorms that allow for students to transfer here from elsewhere. But matching a student with the right school can be a daunting task.

Here, with detailed descriptions and summaries of every Long Island college and university to make the decision easier…

The Long Island Press’ Complete Guide to Long Island Colleges and Universities


Hofstra-SOVFeatured2-1Hofstra University

1000 Fulton Ave, Hempstead. 516-463-6600. hofstra.edu
Located in Hempstead, Hofstra University offers more than 150 undergraduate and more than 160 graduate degree program options, from studies in communications, business, engineering, math, sciences, and so much more. Hofstra University consistently ranks among the top national universities for its rigorous coursework and academic programs. The university maintains a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio, small class sizes, and averages a 61.6 percent acceptance rate. The school has nearly 7,000 undergraduate students enrolled as of 2016. Students have the option to live in student dorms or live off campus. Slightly more than half of its students live off-campus. Hofstra is home to 17 collegiate Division I sports teams, with the “Hofstra Pride” widely recognized for its lacrosse and wrestling programs. UFC fighter and former middle weight champion Chris Weidman wrestled for The Pride. Hofstra offers a broad array of clubs and organizations for students, including academic groups, Greek organizations, multicultural and media clubs, religious organizations, and many more.

liu postLIU Post

720 Northern Blvd, Brookville. 516-299-2900. liu.edu/post
Located in Brookville, LIU Post offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate programs, ranging from studies in business, science, environmental studies, humanities, education, and more. LIU Post has consistently ranked as one of the best regional universities for its academic programs. The university prides itself on having a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio and maintaining small class sizes to help students forge relationships with professors and receive more personalized attention. The university averages an 82.9 percent acceptance rate. The undergraduate population consists of more than 7,000 students as of 2016. Students have a choice whether to live on or off campus. All of the dorms on campus are co-ed, and are separated by floor or wing based on gender. LIU Post is home to 22 collegiate Division II sports teams. The Pioneers boast a number of national championship titles in multiple sports. The campus also has over 60 organizations that students can join including, Greek organizations, club sports teams, service organizations, performance-oriented organizations and many more.

adelphi-garden-city-campusAdelphi University

1 South Ave., Garden City. 800-233-5744. adelphi.edu
Located in Garden City, Adelphi University sits in a suburban neighborhood on 75 acres. The school offers a wide range of programs for students to choose from, including the arts, business, the sciences, education, counseling and more. Adelphi has been ranked in the top 155 national universities for its overall quality by US News and World Report. The university’s population consists of over 5,000 students. The school maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1. Students report that the school has small class sizes and accessible professors. Adelphi averages a 72.4 percent acceptance rate. More than 1,300 students live on campus while the majority of the students commute. The school participates in collegiate Division II athletics with the exception of the women’s bowling team, which competes at the Division I level. In addition, Adelphi offers over 80 student organizations including both academic and social-oriented groups.

Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook University

100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook. 631-632-6000. stonybrook.edu
Stony Brook University, a prestigious member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, has 16,480 undergraduate students as of 2016. The campus spans 1,454 acres in Suffolk County. US News and World Report ranked Stony Brook as the 89th best school among National Universities and as the 37th best public school in the nation. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1. Stony Brook consistently has a 41 percent acceptance rate, making it one of the more selective universities in the nation. It is considered to be the best public university on Long Island. The university boasts almost 200 undergraduate programs for students to choose from that cover subjects such as the sciences, health professions, business and more. About 60 percent of the students live in on-campus or campus-owned housing. Stony Brook competes at the Division I level in sports and has 18 teams. In addition, the university has over 300 student organizations, including service-oriented groups, academic-oriented groups and Greek organizations.


SUNY FarmingdaleFarmingdale State College

2350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale. 631-420-2000. farmingdale.edu
As SUNY’s largest college of technology, the 380-acre campus near the border between Nassau and Suffolk counties instructs about 8,600 undergraduate students as of 2016. US News and World Report ranked Farmingdale State College as the 32nd best college in the northern region. The college maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 21:1. The college offers degree programs in business, engineering, homeland security and health professions. About 46.6 percent of students who applied to Farmingdale were accepted, making it one of the more selective schools on Long Island. About 8 percent of the students live in on-campus or campus-owned property. The college competes at the Division III level with 17 different athletic teams. Students also have the opportunity to get involved in clubs and organizations on campus that will allow them to do community service, socialize, and heighten their academic experience. The college is also notable for its Solar Energy Center, the first accredited center in the Northeast.

molloy collegeMolloy College

100 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. 516-323-3000. molloy.edu
Molloy sits on a 30-acre campus that hosts 3,336 undergraduate students as of 2016. US News and World Report ranked the school as the 36th best college in the northern region and the 28th best college in the nation for veterans to attend. The school offers over 50 academic programs. The most popular majors are health professions, education, business, management, marketing and related support services, homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, public administration and social service professions. The school maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1. Its acceptance rate averages at about 75.4 percent. About eight percent of students live in campus-owned dorms on-campus property. In addition, Molloy competes at the Division II level of the NCAA with 17 teams. The school also offers more than 50 clubs and organizations, ranging from academic organizations to service organizations and cultural groups.

st-josephsSt. Joseph’s College

155 West Roe Blvd., Patchogue. 631-687-5100. sjcny.edu/long-island
St. Joseph’s College sits on a 30-acre lake-side campus in Suffolk County. The college hosts about 3,300 students as of 2016. The college maintains a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. St. Joseph’s College offers 45 majors and programs for its students to choose from. Over 85 percent of the students who attend the school receive financial aid, making the institution affordable. US News and World Report ranked St Joseph’s College as the 74th best college in the northern region. The school averages a 70.7 percent acceptance rate. As of fall 2017, St. Joseph’s college will offer on-campus housing for students. The dorms will be co-ed, but they will be separated by gender by floor. The college competes in the NCAA at the Division III level with 21 athletic teams. Students have the opportunity to get involved with over 78 clubs on campus, including student government, academic organizations, service societies, etc.

logo_blueTouro College

1700 Union Blvd., Bay Shore. 631-665-1600. touro.edu
Touro College was originally established as a Jewish-sponsored institution. Its goal was to perpetuate Jewish heritage and maintain the Jewish commitment to intellectual inquiry and social justice. At its Bay Shore campus, Touro College’s School of Health and Sciences offers degrees in occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician’s assistant. In addition, the school offers Associate and Bachelor Degree programs in a number of undergraduate programs. At its Central Islip venue, the college runs Touro Law School. Touro College does not offer any on-campus or school-owned housing. All students who attend are expected to commute. The school maintains a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The college averages a 37.1 percent acceptance rate. US News and World Report Ranked Touro as a Tier 2 school in the northern region. Touro does not offer any athletic programs. nyitNew York Institute of Technology

Northern Blvd. And Valentines Lane, Old Westbury. 516-686-1000. nyit.edu
NYIT is located on 215 acres in a suburban setting in Nassau County. Almost 4,300 undergraduate students attend the university as of 2016. US News and World Report ranked NYIT as the 41st best college in the region. The polytechnic institute offers over 90 degree programs that focus on the technical arts and applied sciences. The school maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1 and keeps class sizes relatively small. About 21 percent of the student population lives in on-campus and campus-owned housing. Around 69 percent of students who applied to the institute were accepted. With the exception of its baseball team, which competes at the Division I level, NYIT competes in Division II athletics. The NYIT Bears Athletic program consists of 12 sports teams, which have performed well in recent years, winning multiple national championships and making a number of play-off appearances. The university has many organizations for students to join, including Greek life, ROTC programs, service organizations, academic organizations and many more.

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SUNY Old Westbury

223 Store Hill Rd., Old Westbury. 516-876-3000. oldwestbury.edu
SUNY Old Westbury offers its students over 50 programs, which cover the humanities, sciences, math, social sciences, visual arts and more. The small liberal arts college sits in a scenic setting on 604 acres near scenic Nassau’s North Shore. The school has almost 4,500 undergraduate students as of 2016. The university maintains an 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio coupled with small class sizes, making it easier for students to seek help with their school work. SUNY Old Westbury has an average acceptance rate of 62.4 percent. SUNY Old Westbury is ranked by US News and World Report as a Tier 2 national liberal arts college. About 1,000 undergraduate students live in on-campus housing while the majority of students live off campus. SUNY Old Westbury participates in Division III collegiate athletics with 14 programs. Students are offered many social and academic organizations to join, including Greek life, intramural sports, ROTC programs, academic oriented clubs and many more.

Webb-InstituteWebb Institute

298 Crescent Beach Rd., Glen Cove. 516-671-2213. webb.edu
Webb Institute is the oldest school in the United States devoted to naval engineering. The 26-acre campus overlooking Long Island Sound houses and instructs 90 students, as of 2016, who are studying for a career in maritime engineering. The institute is considered to be very selective and admits about 33 percent of its applicants. Every student who attends Webb Institute graduates with a dual-degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. All students are given four full years of tuition scholarship. All students are required to live in on-campus housing. The school’s small size helps maintain a student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1. Webb competes in the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in five different sports, depending on student interest. All students have the opportunity to compete in varsity sports as well as a number of intramural sports. In addition, students are given a free membership to the local YMCA.

USMMAU.S. Merchant Marine Academy

300 Steamboat Rd., Kings Point. 516-773-5258 usmma.edu
The U.S. Merchant Marine academy is one of the five U.S. military service academies. The overall goal of the academy is to prepare its students to become officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, students graduate with a U.S. Coast Guard License and an Officer’s Commission in the U.S. Armed Forces. The academy has about 940 students on its 82-acre campus beside Long Island Sound as of 2016. US News and World Report ranked the school as the 3rd best college in the northern region. The academy keeps a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The academy is very selective, with an average acceptance rate of 22.3 percent. All students are required to live on campus for all four years. In addition, the Merchant Marine Academy, which competes at the Division III level of the NCAA, has 18 varsity teams. In addition to its varsity program, students have the opportunity to join nine different club sports teams.

nccNassau Community College

1 Education Dr., Garden City. 516-572-7501. ncc.edu
Nassau Community College sits on a 225 acre campus near Nassau’s Museum Row and instructs over 23,300 undergraduate students as of 2016. It is the largest single-campus community college in New York State. The two-year college offers students the opportunity to earn associate degrees in 62 different programs. NCC’s most popular programs include liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities, business, management, marketing and related support services, and health professions and related programs. The school boasts that its professors hold doctorates at twice the national rate for community colleges. In spite of its large student population, NCC keeps its student-to-faculty ratio at 21:1. The average class size at NCC consists of 22 students. The college has an open admissions policy allowing all eligible students to enroll. NCC awards the most associate degrees in New York and the third most in the United States. The school competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association with 24 athletic teams.

scccSuffolk County Community College

533 College Rd., Seldon. 631-451-4110. sunysuffolk.edu
Suffolk Community College, the largest overall community college in New York State, instructs about 27,000 students as of 2016 at its three campuses in Brentwood, Riverhead and its main campus in Selden. The two-year college offers associates degrees in over 100 programs of study in 20 different fields. The school has an open admissions policy for all eligible students who wish to enroll. The community college maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 24:1. The college also offers an honors program for highly motivated, academically oriented students. This program is designed to prepare its students to transfer to nationally competitive universities by giving them challenging and in-depth coursework. SCCC competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association with 21 athletic teams. In addition, students have the opportunity to choose from over 90 clubs and organizations to enhance their experience at the college. The school offers six honor societies and many academically oriented, spiritual and social clubs to join.

Suffolk, Towns Increase Nightclub Code Inspections

Tim Sini
Suffolk County lawmaker confirmed Timothy Sini as the new Suffolk County police commissioner on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press).

By John Dundon

Suffolk County authorities are stepping up inspections of bars, restaurants and nightclubs on Eastern Long Island this summer to ensure local establishments’ compliance with occupancy limits and emergency exit plans.

Inspired by the Pulse Night Club massacre in Orlando, the goal of the initiative is to prevent casualties in the event of a mass shooting, fire or other emergency, police announced last week. The inspections are in conjunction with the five western Suffolk towns—Huntington, Babylon, Islip, Smithtown and Brookhaven.

“Overcrowding and limited exit access may lead to be a contributing factor to injury or death of patrons,” Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini told reporters Friday during a news conference at police headquarters in Yaphank. “There have been instances historically…where casualties may have been reduced if the exits were clearly marked. That’s a real tragedy.”

Sini cautioned that there is no imminent threat of a mass shooting on LI. The inspections are a proactive measure that will be taking place during operating hours. Exits and occupancy will be the focal points.

Mario Saccenti, vice president of the Long Island chapter of the New York Restaurant Association, supported the plan.

“Whatever procedures are handed down to us by the county, we will follow diligently.” he said. “Any sort of effort to keep our patrons safe is something we can get behind.”

Meghan Watz, a bartender at The Signal 8 Saloon in Copiague, echoed the sentiment.

“Keeping customers safe should be the first priority,” Watz said. “We trust the police department to do that. The police think this will save lives… we need to trust their judgement.”

Watz, who noted that her bar was up to code with all proposed measures, added that inspections should be done during operating hours.

“It shows you what these places are like when it matters,” she said. “Not when they’ve had a week to prepare for an inspection.”

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events June 30–July 6

Country Night!
Start off your 4th of July weekend country style. Featuring Stagecoach, Yankee Rebel, Miss Rosie Jug Band and DJ Duece, this show is sure to be full of boot-stomping fun! There will be an open dance floor with plenty of line dancing good times. The bar and restaurant will also be open for drinks and dining. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffoktheater.com $20. 7 p.m. June 30.

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Los Lonely Boys
Billed as an American-Chicano rock power trio, Los Lonely Boys combine rock ‘n’ roll, Texas blues, country, soul and Tejano to glorious effect. These three Grammy Award-winning brothers Henry, Ringo, and Jojo Garza create a funky sound that is immensely sing-alongable. You know their debut song, “Heaven,” which reached the Top 40 in 2006 and won the coveted Grammy for Best Pop Performance. Opening the show is The Slim King. The Space At Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $29.50-$45. 8 p.m., June 30.

Weezer & Panic! At The Disco
Touring to promote their self-titled 10th studio album, which dropped in March, Weezer has been leaving their fans breathless since they first popped on the scene in ’94 with “The Sweater Song.” They will celebrate their awesomeness with Panic! At The Disco, a well-known alternative band. With the recent release of the single “Death of a Bachelor” (about lead singer Brandon Urie’s new marriage) and their new album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, this dynamic duo is sure to please. Can you dig it? Nikon at Jones Beach, Jones Beach, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $25-$75. 7 p.m. June 30.

Nancy Atlas
Returning to her birthplace, this Long Island native rock artist is sure to put on an amazing show. Nancy Atlas brings a unique blend of Americana rock music that comes with a cool touch of Southern Comfort. In the past 14 years, she has produced four albums under her very own label, Neptuna Records, and received over 4 million hits on her website. She is known for her raw energy on stage, and for her amazing song writing ability when she’s off somewhere in the wings. Her personality and her music have caught the increasing attention of a broad range of fans. Rightly so. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett. stephentalkhouse.com $30. 8 p.m. July 1.

Kevin Brennan
Known for his quick wit and his wacky storytelling, Kevin Brennan is a comedian who’s sweeping the nation. Brennan has written content for “Saturday Night Live,” Comedy Central’s “Sports Show with Norman MacDonald,” and “The Latin Grammy’s,” hosted by George Lopez. At the Aspen Comedy Festival in 2005, Brennan was voted Best Comedian, which led to his getting a half-hour comedy special on HBO. He’s performed his shtick on “Late Show with Conan O’Brien,” “Last Call with Carson Daily” and “Late Show with David Letterman.” Brennan has also been featured on many comedy podcasts, including Sirius Satellite Radio and Breuer Unleashed. Prepare to laugh. The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $22. 8 p.m. July 1.

Get The Led Out-The American Led Zeppelin
Get the Led Out–The American Led Zeppelin, strive to differentiate themselves from other Led Zeppelin “tribute” shows. While a typical tribute band may imitate live performances with a fawning twist or try to interpret the songs their own mediocre way, Get the Led Out has one mission: to bring the studio recordings of Led Zeppelin to life on the big concert stage. The band achieves this goal with six members, rather than four, to recreate Led Zeppelin’s studio recordings live with all the masterful overdubbings and layerings that make those songs unique. Fans of Led Zeppelin rejoice: You are not only among talented musicians, but fellow fans who share your passion. So when you climb that stairway to you know where, you won’t stand alone. They’ll be right by your side, every note of the way. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $24.50-$50. 8 p.m. July 1, 2

Eric Bolling
Co-host of The Five and FOX News contributor Eric Bolling will be speaking and signing copies of his new book, Wake Up America: The Nine Virtues That Made Our Nation Great—And Why We Need Them More Than Ever. You can count on Bolling to do the math so you don’t have to. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com 8 p.m. July 1

Tramps Like Us- Springsteen Tribute
The first and only band to recreate Springsteen concerts in their entirety as performed by the Boss himself, Tramps Like Us has played over 2000 concerts and rocked over 1 million fans, giving raw and intense performances of some of his and his band’s vast repertoire of over 135 songs. Tramps Like Us focuses solely on the music and the replication of the pure raw sound that first rocked the American night along a boardwalk in Asbury Park. This focus on authenticity has earned them wide recognition as the No. 1 Springsteen tribute band, as well as the endorsement from Springsteen’s people, Sirius XM and the official Springsteen radio station. They’re the featured attraction of Nassau’s Independence Day weekend concert. When you hear them, you’ll believe they really were born to run. Eisenhower Park, Merrick and Stewart Avenues, East Meadow. nassaucountyny.gov/parks 8 p.m. July 1.

The Lords of 52nd Street
Long Island’s best musicians—Liberty DeVitto, Richie Cannata and Russell Javors—whom Billy Joel hand-selected to help create his classic hits and unforgettable tours, reunite on stage once again as The Lords of 52nd Street! Get ready to hear an eclectic mix of tunes from the Piano Man’s music catalog including hits and rarities performed with the same energy and passion as you’ve always known because the band recorded, toured and performed extensively with Joel during his prominence in the 1970s and ’80s. The Lords aided in the creation of Joel’s hit records including, “The Stranger,” “52nd Street” and “Glass Houses.” The Space At Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $45-$75. 8 p.m. July 1.

James Armstrong
James Armstrong is an amazingly talented soul and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Armstrong’s music has appeared in movies like “Speechless,” “Hear No Evil” and “The Florentine.” His latest album, Guitar Angels, was released in 2014. Catching him in this venue is a tremendous opportunity. His artistry is a gift. Once you feel it, you’ll know it’s true. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $20. 8 p.m. July 1.

Jason Mraz
Two-time Grammy-winning artist, Jason Mraz began by playing regularly at a coffee shop, Java Joe’s, in San Diego. After building a following in southern California and online, Mraz recorded his first album, Live at Java Joe’s, in 2001. Since then, Mraz has received platinum and multi-platinum certifications in over 20 countries. Mraz is known for his unique acoustic vibe that’s imbued with heavy Brazilian influence. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org 8 p.m. July 1.

An opening reception will be held for the second exhibit of “Every Village Has a Story,” titled “People,” which is curated by Kathryn Szoka. This show celebrates workers in Sag Harbor village by combining vintage photographs with photographs and paintings from artists who have also lived and/or worked there. The museum will also host panel discussions to accompany the exhibit on July 17. These people laid down the foundation. Their work may have stopped, but not ours. The exhibit runs through July 22. Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, 200 Main St., Sag Harbor. sagharborwhalingmuseum.org Free. 6 p.m. July 1.

The Fahys Factory Finishing Room taken in 1909 (photographer unknown, courtesy of Sag Harbor Whaling Museum)
A photo of The Fahys Factory Finishing Room taken in 1909 (photographer unknown, courtesy of Sag Harbor Whaling Museum)

The Smithereens
Not many rock groups can say they came out of Carteret, N.J., but that distinction could be another reason why the Smithereens are so freaking great. We love these guys to pieces! Maybe they found a way to take their suburban alienation to a deeper level and mastered it to musical perfection. Maybe they would have created an equally awesome sound if they’d been from Piscataway or Cape May. Or even Paramus. Who knows? Some mysteries defy explanation. These philosophical questions are mere distractions from the essential truths that the Smithereens have been blowing their audiences away for years with their “Marshall-amped post-mod power pop,” as USA Today’s Brian Mansfield once put it so well. From “Beauty and Sadness” to “Blood and Roses,” The Thrilla, Jim, Dennis, and Pat with Andy Burton from John Mayer’s band on keyboards will be in fine form. And so will we, once we hear that first fantastic crashing guitar chord.  Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansset. stephentalkhouse.com $60-$75. 7 p.m. July 2.

Mario Cantone
He’s a funny guy, this Mario Cantone—handsome and talented, too. Cantone, a celebrated stage actor and comedian, gained well-deserved critical acclaim with his Tony-nominated one-man show, “Laugh Whore,” which also became a Showtime special. He previously starred in the Tony-winning production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins” and in Terrence McNally’s dramatic comedy, “Love! Valor! Compassion!” Of course, some fans might have a soft spot for his role on HBO’s Sex and the City as Anthony, Charlotte’s wedding-planner-with-attitude. Who else could do a musical parody of both Judy Garland and Jim Morrison? Who else would dare! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $65-$85 8 p.m. July 2.

Long Island Fourth of July 2016 Events

Dear President Obama
During President Obama’s terms, extreme energy extraction grew faster than anyone could have predicted, putting the 17 million people in America who live within one mile of a new gas drill or oil rig in harm’s way. The film takes a cross-country look at drilling, highlighting its variety of contamination, the stories of its victims, the false promise of an economic boom, with a focus on clean energy solutions that would allow us to proceed toward a future that does not rely on yet another dirty fossil fuel extraction process. Q&A following the screening with director Jon Bowermaster and Eric Weltman, senior organizer of Food & Water Watch, the advocacy group. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. July 5.

German American Night
Songs! Dances! Food! Part of the Nassau County International Music Nights Concert Series dedicated to music and culture, this free night of mesmerizing German American music is bound to satisfy the soul and inspire those dancin’ feet! Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. Free. 8 p.m. July 5.

Slipknot, Marilyn Mason & Of Mice & Men
Slipknot, recognizable as the mask-wearing kings of nu-metal, are touring to promote their new album .5: The Grey Chapter. They’ll be performing with Marilyn Manson, the self-described “Dark Prince,” aka “Vampire of Hollywood Hills” and “The Pale Emperor,” who had so much fun scaring your parents last year that he’s back for more fright nights. Opening the show will be Of Mice & Men, a metal screamo band from Orange County, Calif., that’s rapidly growing in popularity after their 2010 release of Second & Sebring. Nikon at Jones Beach, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $30-$70. 6:30 p.m. July 6.

Stu Hamm
Stu Hamm is a bass guitarist known for his session and live work with numerous artists as well as for his unconventional playing style and solo recordings. Born in New Orleans, he got his start with the incredible guitarist Steve Vai. Hamm’s first solo album was released in 1998. For his day job, he’s director of bass programs at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. He’s taken his bass around the world, hitting the low notes so well that people feel glad all over from the bottom to the top. This show promises fans some of his greatest works and covers. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $18-$20 7 p.m. July 6.

-Compiled by Kate Nalepinski, Leo Capobianco, Ana Borruto, Ellie Schoeffel and Timothy Bolger

Schumer Urges FAA to Increase Long Island Airport Inspections

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).

By Ana Borruto

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) this week called on the Federal Aviation Administration to increase local airport safety checks following a recent string of small plane crashes on Long Island.

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The senator said that FAA ramp inspections, which determine if airports are in compliance with federal regulations and safe operating practices, have dropped 70 percent at New York airports in the past decade. He urged the FAA to reverse that trend during a news conference Monday at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, the site of the eighth small plane crash on LI so far this year, the most since 2012. Schumer noted that the crashes and inspections aren’t directly linked.

“We’re getting closer and closer to a record-setting year for crashes,” Schumer said. “The only thing that should be falling out of the skies of Long Island is rain.”

Republic Airport was inspected 136 times in 2013 but only 83 times last year. Since 2006 through last year, the number of FAA ramp inspections at New York airports have decreased from 2,849 to 748.

Since 2013, there have been approximately 23 small plane crashes on Long Island, he said. Most recently, a twin-engine charter plane that had a landing gear malfunction made a crash landing at Republic Airport on June 20.

“We can’t just shrug our shoulders when the plane crashes are this high,” Schumer said.

Schumer sent a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta proposing an increase in the frequency of airport ramp inspections in order to ensure safety within air carrier operations and increase awareness to unsafe behaviors.

“If the pilots and airports know that there will be regular, unannounced inspections, it makes them be better on every flight because they think ‘who knows, maybe the inspector will be here today,’” Schumer said.

FAA spokesman Jim Peters said in a statement that the agency will respond directly to Schumer. He noted that general aviation safety is a top priority for the FAA and that the agency has numerous initiatives to improve aircraft safety, such as updating pilot testing standards and training, and proposing new aircraft designs and technology.

Michael Canders, a professor of aviation at Farmingdale State College, says a detailed quantitative analysis should be done to see if there is a correlation between the lack of ramp inspections and increase in plane crashes.

“I don’t know if these inspections are correlated, or the lack of inspections are correlated to these accidents,” Canders said. “I don’t know if there is anything to be gained by increasing the amount of inspections, but I don’t think it would hurt.”

Canders said it’s important that pilots stay refreshed in their knowledge of flying because 70 percent of airplane accidents are due to human error.

“We emphasize to our students how much ground preparation, how much planning, how much knowledge they need to have in order to safely complete their flights and being prepared for emergencies,” Canders said. “There’s a lot more to flying than perhaps a lot of people realize.”

Besides the June 20 crash, the other seven on LI this year included a Cessna catching fire at Calabro Airport in Shirley on Feb. 12; a Piper Archer crashing into Setauket Harbor, killing one on board on Feb. 20; a Cirrus SF22 crash landing at Hauppauge industrial park on March 5; a Cessna making an emergency landing on a Kings Park beach on March 11; a Piper Cherokee crashing on a Bayport residential street on April 10; a Stinson making an emergency landing in Riverhead on April 30; and a Beechcraft V35B Bonanza breaking up midair and crashing in Syosset, killing all three on board on May 3.

21 Things That Piss Long Islanders Off

By Leo Capobianco Jr.

Long Islanders have a reputation for having a short fuse. As the home to America’s first suburb, we can be wary of change. You know we’ve got an attitude, so a number of things are surefire ways to set us off.

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Slow Service
There are far too many things to do for us to stay in one place for too long. We have an on-the-go lifestyle that requires us to be in and out of places quickly, and when service is slow at a restaurant, our train is late, the WiFi slows down our web-surfing or the person in front of us on line is taking forever, don’t be surprised if one of us goes ballistic.


Between the Belt Parkway and the Long Island Expressway, Long Islanders have their fair share of traffic-related horror stories. Aggressive driving coupled with poor infrastructure conspired for us to have one of the nation’s longest commutes. It’s no wonder horns regularly start honking if cars don’t start moving the second the traffic light turns green.


Before the summer starts, we have shorter waits on lines, shows aren’t sold out as quickly and more breathing room in general. But when everyone’s favorite season returns, LI becomes a hot spot for nightlife, beaches and performances. And with it, out-of-towners flock to the Island and only add to the already obnoxious populace.

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Poor Beach Etiquette
The beach is an extension of our homes on Long Island. Just like there are social norms in a restaurant or a movie theater, beach-goers must consider what behavior is acceptable and unacceptable. Before littering, kicking sand around or tossing a Frisbee into someone’s seaside picnic, remember that where you are is a part of someone’s home and not a vacation resort. MoneyHigh Prices
There is no question that Long Island is an expensive place to live. We have some of the highest property taxes in the nation. Sure, we get to say we live on the same Island as the rich and famous, but for us little guys, staying close to home comes with a hefty price tag—and that can be a real drag.

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Being Compared to New Jersey
We get it: Jersey and Long Island both have the bar scene, the spray tans, the implants and their fair share of Guidos. But we’re two completely different places. NJ has nothing on our bagels, pizza or beaches, and we’d really appreciate not being compared to the armpit of America. nycCalling Us “Bridge and Tunnelers”
Just because we come from the suburbs doesn’t make us any less sophisticated than people from New York City. It’s not like NYC is the only place where you get exposed to culture. We have our share of arts, entertainment and a slew of respected universities and colleges like Hofstra, Adelphi and Stony Brook, to name a few. Perhaps it’s the city folk who should take some notes. memeMocking Our Accents
“Lawn-guy-land,” “Dawg,” “Cawfee.” Guess what: we think you talk funny, too! Most of us never realized that we had an accent until we spent some time out-of-state. Making our accents the butt of every joke gets old. Honestly it’s low-hanging fruit. Time to get some new material. If that’s the best you got, your sense of humor sucks.

"Piano Man" Billy Joel bids Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum farewell on Aug. 4.

Talking S*** About Billy Joel
Everyone on Long Island has “that one time I met Billy Joel story.” Billy Joel made a career out of writing music that makes direct references to places on Long Island and our unique lifestyle. Most stars who grow up on the Island end up leaving and moving to wherever famous people go when they skip their hometown (cough, Howard Stern, cough), but not our Billy. New_York-Style_PizzaFaux “NY bagels” or “NY pizza”
Let’s get this straightened out right here, right now. There is only one place to get New York pizza and bagels–and that’s New York. Long Island is essentially the Jewish and Italian capital of the US. If someone promotes their food as being “NY authentic” and they’re not in NYC or on LI, they’re probably lying to you. Truth.statue-of-liberty-267948_960_720Asking Us About NYC
The answer is always “no.” We never have visited the Empire state Building or the Statue of Liberty when we go to visit NYC because we’re not tourists. If you want to wait in line for 10 hours to see the ball drop in Times Square, be our guest.

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No, We Don’t Know The Long Island Medium
While Long Island feels like a small place, there are about three million of us. We probably know exactly where a Long Island celebrity went to high school, but our chances of knowing them personally are pretty slim. So stop asking. Mineola_Diner_01Diner Withdrawal
The Long Island diner is a real wonder to behold. Around here, the quality of a diner is judged by the strength of its coffee and the length of its menu. It’s mind boggling to even think how a restaurant could possibly have so many options. Mainland diners are just not the same.

Long Island Rail Road (Photo by MTA).

Changing at Jamaica
Oh, you thought the Long Island Rail Road would take you straight to where you wanted to go? You must be new here. Sorry, first you have to give up your seat and wait for a second, smellier and more crowded train in the bowels of Queens. Long_Island_Iced_TeaOffering us a Long Island Iced Tea
They don’t even have iced tea in them! The drink is essentially a dumpster of cheap alcohol. Yes, they were invented here on the Island, but they were most likely created to get tourists trashed as quickly as possible. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Us natives just have a little more class than that. Times Square on a rainy night in New York CityNot Understanding What “The City” Is
If you’re from Long Island, you refer to New York City as “The City.” We all know New York is the greatest city on the planet. Why would it deserve any title other than “The City”? Keep up with the lingo, people!  And yes, we know, that if you live in the outer boroughs “The City” means Manhattan. Long_Island_Landsat_MosaicWe Live “ON” Long Island, Not In It
Remember when we mentioned that Long Island is home to a number of colleges and universities? Well, here is a grammar lesson. No one lives “in” an Island, you live “on” it. Do you walk “in” a roof or “in” a beach? sandwichA Deli Sandwich is a “Hero,” Not a “Grinder” or a “Hoagie”
Long Island is home to some of the best delis in the world. Like Cheers, everyone knows your name and your order. But be warned: if you walk into one of our delis and ask for a “grinder,” you’re going to get some weird looks. Jets Getty ImagesWe Don’t Care That the Jets and the Giants Play in NJ
MetLife Stadium is barely in New Jersey. The football field is closer to New York City than any other metropolitan area and is clearly placed where it is to represent New York. The location and micro-analysis of the branding aren’t necessary. If we were to apply purist logic to all of NY’s NFL teams, the “Buffalo Bills” should instead be called the “Orchard Park Bills.” Doesn’t quite sound right, does it? Miller_Place_BeachThe Long Island Sound Isn’t a Band
The Long Island Sound is the body of water that lies between the North Shore of Long Island and Connecticut. There’s a reason why it’s called the Long Island Sound and not the Connecticut Sound. It’s ours! just-saying-brooklyn-long-island-featExplaining That Brooklyn and Queens are Part of Long Island
Contrary to popular belief, Long Island is actually comprised of four counties. Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Kings counties are all located on the Island we call Long. But because Queens and Brooklyn are boroughs of New York City, we don’t often associate them as a part of the Island but rest assured, we all share this land we call home.

10 Questions With Nine Days, Long Island’s Comeback Kids

Nine Days

By Kate Nalepinski

Nine Days, the Long Island-based band best known for their late ’90s pop hit, “Absolutely (Story of a Girl),” is back and better than ever after a 10-year hiatus. In advance of their July 16 album release show at the YMCA Boulton Center in Bay Shore, the Press spoke with the band’s lead singer, John Hampson, and lead guitarist, Brian Desveaux, to discuss their upcoming album, Snapshots, as well as working with legendary music producer Jim Scott and their relentless commitment to making music.

Long Island Press: You guys are releasing a full-length album after 10 years out of the music scene. A lot has changed. How do you think your new album will invite new listeners?

Brian Desveaux: The single “Green light” went to radio mid-June, so people are going to start hearing it. There’s also a new, re-recorded version of “Absolutely (Story of a Girl),” and it’s much more alive and in-your-face. That’s kind of there to remind people of who we are, since we have been out of the scene for a while. It’s definitely a lot of new music, and it’s closest to the last album, kind of going back to our rock sound…I think people will like it. I guess we’ll see. We did some recordings down here [in Nashville] in 2013, and we talked to some people I knew. John came down. It’s been about a year and a half, and we’re just so pumped to release this. It’s physical. It’s ready to come out.

LIP: Brian, you separated from John to work on your country music. Does that mean there’s a strong country-influence on the album?

BD: I wouldn’t say there’s a strong country sound in the sense that we went in to make a country record. Maybe lyrically and melodically, it does kind of lean in that direction. I think it had a lot to do with the writers we were working with…And me, like I said, I’ve always been into country as I’ve spent the past 10 years in Nashville. So I think it’s definitely influenced by country. I feel like pop music is just what country music has turned into, so…

John Hampson: Making a record is a long process. It’s not like we jumped into this and said, “Hey! Let’s go write a whole record in Nashville!” It was a very natural progression of writing and music. We haven’t put out a record on a label in 10 years, but we still always wrote music. We still recorded music. We still played. I think this was just the natural path of the band. In the end, we not only wrote the record in Nashville with these other guys—which was an awesome experience—it always had to feel like us. It had to sound like the band. Everything had that authentic stamp of connection…Like, “this is a song that feels like me,” or, “Brian wrote this for himself,” and then we bring it to the rest of the band, and everyone puts their two cents in, and then it sounds like Nine Days. So, in terms of Nashville country, the elements are there, but it’s not the focus. It’s just the way it came out.

LIP: What motivated you to get back into the music scene after a 10-year break?

JH: You got to go back 10 years ago when we wrapped up our time at Epic Records. Everyone in the band kind of realized how difficult the whole process was…I’m not sure how to phrase it, but it felt like pushing that boulder up a hill again. And I think we all felt like, “Oh, crap, I don’t know if I want to do that again.” We all kind of wanted to figure out our lives…Brian went to Nashville. Some of us started families. Some of us started other careers, but none of us ever stopped loving music. I think it had to happen when it happened…We continued to write. We put out an EP, but it just happened that right around 2013, we all reached a point in our personal lives where we felt like we could make Nine Days a priority again. It took a couple years of playing and writing and figuring out what we wanted to do with it, in terms of meeting the right people. It was all a really natural progression of events where we found ourselves really investing in the band, and it felt good, so we kept doing it.

BD: It’s like a cycle, I think. Fans of our genre of music, way back in the late ’90s, I think they grew up, too. And we’re recognizable to them as Nine Days. I think it’s just perfect timing for this release.

LIP: How does your new album, Snapshot, sound different from your past work?

JH: Nine Days really started being a band at this place called the Village Pub in Port Jeff. We did that for about a year and a half, and that was an incredible way to have the band grow. When we started up, we were more acoustic-driven, more Americana, indirectly influenced by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Counting Crows, and we were trying to tell stories. So, when “Absolutely (Story of a Girl)” blew up, it was an anomaly. It was this three-minute, great pop song, which was awesome, but the band always had its roots in Americana songwriting. Going back to writing with these people in Nashville, it didn’t feel foreign; it felt like we had gone back to how we originated and started the band…So we applied 20 years of musical wisdom to our original sound. For us, it doesn’t sound very different from everything else. It just feels like a 2016 album. It feels great. I love the sound of the record. It’s really strong all the way through the songs.

LIP: Back in 2000, The Madding Crowd became a certified gold album due to the success of “Absolutely (Story of a Girl).” Which song do you think is going to be the hit this time, besides the encore version of the same song?

BD: I’m hoping it’s “Green Light” because that’s our single. There’s other stuff on this album, though, that’s also story-telling. There are couple others that I think are catchy tunes, like the song on there called “Two Straws,” which we recorded in Nashville. But you never know what’s going to be a hit. It could be anything.

JH: I think our goal is to really have this record do what Thriller did in 1983 and have a top Number One hit, and sell 30 million. Totally. No, I’m just kidding.

BD: Hey, you gotta shoot the moon, right?

LIP: Snapshot was produced by Jim Scott, who’s worked with Wilco, Grace Potter and others. How does this raise the bar for your new album?

JH: I loved working with Jim.

BD: Jim was awesome. He adapted to us.

JH: He had a lot of great motivational sayings in the studio…Helpful, believe it or not. We had talked to a lot of different producers, and there are a lot of great people out there that we love to work with but we wanted to work with one guy. A lot of pop bands today work with multiple producers. We just wanted one guy to be the last set of ears. We had a year and a half of songs and demos, so we needed someone with a fresh perspective. Jim’s track record [of working with artists] is amazing. If it passes his smell test, you know the album is good. The way that he talks about making a record in David Grohl’s Sound City documentary is exactly how we wanted to make this record, and how we like to make them. We’re all live. We’re all in the studio. We’re all playing at the same time with a vintage console with two old microphones.

LIP: Are there any misconceptions about your band, or yourselves, that you want to clear up?

JH: I don’t even know what the misperception is other than we sing only that one song. We are classified as a one-hit-wonder, and we had one hit, so, yeah, sure, it fits. I’m not going to argue the tag. But I’m a fan of music. I’ve definitely bought albums in my life that had one good song on it and the rest was crap. So, if anybody out there happens to perceive us like, “Oh, that’s probably what their records are,” that would be a misperception. I think our band is a songwriter band. We happened to have one top-hit song. But at the end of the day, we’re songwriters. Brian and I teamed up, and we’ve been playing since we were basically 18 because it just felt right, and it was natural. So, every song is a good song. Whether they’re hits or not is irrelevant. If you’re just looking for a great album, this is it.

LIP: Do you fee like when you were starting up, in the beginning of your music career, your goal was more oriented toward being successful?

BD: When we started this band, we actually just spent a year writing before we even recorded. I think we grew up listening to albums. And the first couple of albums we put out, we actually put inside the records, like, “Hey, this isn’t our big album. We’re not trying to get a record deal. We just wanted to record some music.” So, for the first few records, we were just making music and putting it out there and playing a lot. I guess, at a certain point, after three records, we really started to showcase ourselves in NYC, making contacts and such. But in the beginning we were just making music.

JH: I agree, I think Brian said it right—I was just having this conversation the other day—we had an amazing experience writing and recording the record. Whatever happens after this isn’t really in our control anymore. We let it go into the world, and whatever happens, just happens. That’s one thing that’s different now than when we put out The Madding Crowd. Now we can truly be happy with our record and not be stressed about what happens next.

LIP: I always ask artists what they think their lives would be like if they went down a different career path. But I feel like with you guys you went on a different path and simultaneously worked on music. Would you agree?

JH: I think that’s exactly what we did, and it kind of came out the other side a little bit. Brian said it before. I think it would have been amazing if we could sustain the band as if it was our top priority. Some of us weren’t willing to make the sacrifices necessary at that point. Like, I knew I wanted a family, and I didn’t want to struggle to support them, or not see them. I didn’t want to be an absentee dad, and I’m okay with that decision. It’s not easy to sustain a career in any artistic endeavor. It requires a ton of energy, effort and sacrifice. I sometimes wonder how much easier my life would be if I didn’t even like music. But I love it! I can’t get away from it. It’ll always be in my life.

BD: I came to Nashville to write the most music I could. I figured I’d never leave Nashville unless I quit music completely. But I realized that’s never going to happen. It’s always been there since I heard my first ever KISS record. It’s not even like, “music is life.” It’s just like, “music is us.” We’re never going to let go.

LIP: Why is music important to you?

JH: I teach English, and that’s what I did as my second career. I always tell my students…I don’t remember a time in my life when music didn’t do something strange, wonderful and all-consuming to me. Music has always been crucial. It’s impossible to answer because I literally can’t remember a time in my life when music didn’t move me or affect me. It’s always there. I’m not sure why. It just is.

BD: I’m not sure how to answer this. It just is. The thought of giving up—not just trying to make it as a songwriter, just taking it out of my life—is impossible to consider. I would still walk around, or drive in my car, and music would pop in my head. And that’s where a lot of my stuff comes from. It’s inside of me.

8 Long Island Music Festivals on Long Island This Summer

By Kate Nalepinski

From punk to bluegrass, pop to classical, music festivals celebrating specific genres and local artists alike can be seen and heard across Long Island virtually every weekend this summer through Labor Day.

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Here are eight upcoming music festivals coming to LI this summer:

Oyster Bay Music Festival
Pianists, classical singers, string and woodwind musicians join together for this eight-day-long chamber music festival at various venues across Oyster Bay. The performers, ranging from children to adults, also hone their craft along the way at seminars between the concerts. Various locations, Oyster Bay. oysterbaymusicfestival.com Free. June 24-July 2.

Alive After Five
Many villages host live music in their downtowns during summer, but none do it like Alive After Five  in Patchogue, which closes down Main Street for four days  for this summer festival that features six stages. Besides the music, festivalgoers can also visit over 90 craft vendors, getting a bite to eat at a food truck and have a beer while watching the sun set. Alive After Five is the ultimate entertainment bash with the laid-back vibe that all good festivals include. Main Street, Patchogue. aliveafterfive.com Free. 5 p.m. July 7, 21, Aug.4, 18.

Vans Warped Tour
Where can you see a metal band live, walk 20 feet to your right, and then watch a hip-hop artist perform on another stage? That would be the Warped Tour, the nation’s longest running traveling music festival. With a recognizable lineup of over 50 artists, it’s no wonder thousands flock to see the Warped Tour every year when it comes to town. This year, Vans Warped Tour includes Yellowcard, Mayday Parade, Falling In Reverse, Reel Big Fish, and New Found Glory, just to name a few. Nikon at Jones Beach, Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. vanswarpedtour.com $45-50. 11 a.m. July 9.

LIU Post Chamber Music Festival
Like the Oyster Bay Music Festival, the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival also features seminars for musicians in addition to a concert series for the public during this three-week program. Performances include string quartets, woodwind quintets, mixed ensembles and a concerto competition. Tilles Center, LIU Post, Brookville. liu.edu Various times, July 11-29.

Great South Bay Music Festival
This waterfront music festival is back with an irresistible lineup including Third Eye Blind, Graham Nash, Manchester Orchestra, Umphreys McGee, Kevin Devine, Joe Nichols and Dopapod. It would be a mistake to miss out on the largest-running music, art and cultural event on Long Island. What’s better than an amazing view of the water, live music and great food? And there’s a kidzone for the children. Shorefront Park, Patchogue. greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com $32-$125. July 14-17.

Huntington Folk Festival
More than three-dozen artists jam out in flowing skirts for the festival that’s been persisting since 2006. Bask in the sun in the morning and then snuggle under a blanket at night, while you listen to artist showcases of folk music all day. Headlining the festival is Slaid Cleaves, folk singer from Austin, Texas. Heckscher Park, Huntington. http://fmsh.org/huntington-folk-festival/ Free. 12-10:30 p.m. July 30.

FOLD (Freak Out Let’s Dance) Festival * POSTPONED*
Probably the coolest dance party you can attend the whole summer, the FOLD Festival will have you dancing on your feet as soon as you arrive. Appropriately, DNCE, the artist with the pop jam, “Cake By The Ocean” will be joined by KESHA and Earth, Wind and Fire at this summer’s FOLD. Nile Rodgers and Chic will perform all three days. Tickets include complementary transportation to the Riverhead train station. No doubt, you’ll “freak out” from AM to PM.  Martha Clara Vineyards, 660 Herricks Lane, Riverhead. foldfestival.com $99 per day. Aug. 12-14.

14th Annual Long Island Bluegrass Festival
Expect sunshine, banjos, plunking and Bill Monroe covers. LI Bluegrass festival features the Jim Hurst Trio and Flatt Lonesome as well as seven other artists. As per usual, the lineup contains The Fiddle Kids, a group of children from the Northport school district, ages 10 to 14, passionate about bluegrass music. Tanner Park, Copiague. babylonarts.org $15 single, $40 family. 12-7 p.m. Aug. 20.

Long Island Congressional Primary Voters Guide 2016

By Leo Capobianco, Michael Harris and Luis Centeno

New York voters who are registered Democrats will cast their ballots to decide who wins their party line in three Long Island Congressional primary elections on Tuesday, June 28.

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In the New York’s First Congressional District on the East End, voters will choose between two candidates—former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and David Calone, a venture capitalist and former Suffolk County Planning Commission chair. The winner of that bitterly contested race will run against freshman U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) in the November elections.

The most crowded field is in the Third Congressional District, where there are five candidates, including Suffolk County Legis. Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills), former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, former Nassau Interim Finance Authority Chairman Jon Kaiman, North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Anna Kaplan (D-Great Neck) and Jonathan Clarke, an attorney from Jericho. That seat is vacant since U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) announced he won’t run for re-election. The winner of the primary will face New York State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) on Election Day, although Republican challenger Flip Pidot said this week he plans to sue to have a GOP primary scheduled at a later day in that race.

In the Fifth Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) was challenged by Ali Mirza. The winner of that primary will face Republican Michael O’Reilly and Green Party candidate Frank Francois in the general election.

What follows is a voters’ guide profiling each of LI’s nine Democratic Congressional primary candidates:


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From left: Anna Throne-Holst, Favid Calone.

A married father of three from Setauket, this is David Calone’s first time running for elected office. He previously worked as a federal prosecutor working on anti-terrorism cases and later became a New York State Assistant Attorney General who investigated health care fraud before he launched Jove Equity Partners, a venture capital firm that co-founded the Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund that invests in up-and-coming local technology companies. He previously chaired the Suffolk County Planning Commission, served on the United Way of Long Island board and founded a nonprofit that helps veterans start businesses. He also served on the board of the Long Island Power Authority. He has a degree in economics from Princeton University and also graduated from Harvard Law School. He touts his business ties as giving him the experience needed to create jobs, although he also lists campaign finance reform and retirement security among his top issues.

This mother of four from Sag Harbor was first elected to the Southampton Town Council in 2007 on the Independence Party line, and two years later, she unseated Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot. When she took over, Throne-Holst cut the town’s debt, uncovered mismanagement of town funds and restored the town’s credit rating to AAA, the highest status possible, by the time she left office last year to focus on campaigning for Congress full-time when she switched her registration to the Democratic Party. Recently, she helped establish Stony Brook University’s New York State Clean Water and Technology Center, where researchers study nitrogen in Long Island waterways and groundwater. Before she took office, she co-founded the Hayground School in Bridgehampton, which provides early education to students in need. Throne-Holst got her degree in business management and international affairs from American University and a master’s degree in public administration and international affairs from Columbia University. Among the issues she would focus on, if elected, include defending a woman’s right to choose, reducing gun violence and increasing the accessibility of childhood education.


Clockwise from top left: Jonathan Clarke, Steve Stern, Jon Kaiman, Tom Suozzi and Anna Kaplan.
Clockwise from top left: Jonathan Clarke, Steve Stern, Jon Kaiman, Tom Suozzi and Anna Kaplan.

An attorney from Jericho, Jonathan Clarke is making his run for Congress after an unsuccessful bid to unseat 11-term Nassau County Legis. Dennis Dunne (R-Seaford) three years ago. Clarke believes his outsider status gives him an advantage in a primary race against four other candidates who all are either current or former elected officials. Married once and now divorced without children but with a dog, he is the managing partner at a small Farmingdale-based law firm of Clarke and Fellows, where he handles personal injury and criminal defense cases in addition to providing pro bono legal services to animal rights organizations. He was an early and vocal supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary contest. Clarke got his degree in philosophy from CUNY Hunter College and later graduated from Touro Law School. His top issue is campaign finance reform, but he is also focused on animal rights and LGBT rights.

This married father of three from Great Neck stepped down from his role as chairman of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, the state-appointed board that oversees the county’s finances, in February so he can focus on running for Congress. He also previously served as Long Island’s Storm Recovery Czar, a role in which he oversaw the allocation of Superstorm Sandy aid. And before that he was North Hempstead Town Supervisor from 2004-2013. During his tenure as town supervisor, he established the 311 hotline, created services that helped seniors and implemented school recycling programs. He graduated from Hofstra University and Hofstra Law School. If elected, his top priorities would include resisting attempts to privatize Social Security, supporting renewable energy to reverse global warming and gun control.

North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Anna Kaplan (D-Great Neck), a married mother of two, was elected as a Great Neck Library District trustee in 2007, was later appointed to the Town of North Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals, and was elected to the town council in 2011. Born in Iran, she was a Jewish child refugee who fled the Islamic Revolution in 1979 before settling on Long Island. If elected, she would become the first Iranian-American to serve in Congress. As councilwoman, Kaplan has secured increased state funding for Manhasset Valley Park and sponsored legislation to ban electronic cigarettes from parks and playgrounds, among other initiatives she spearheaded. She graduated from Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University and Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. Among the issues she lists as her priorities are protecting seniors, making college more affordable and helping grow the renewable energy industry.

Suffolk County Legis. Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills), a married father of two, is term-limited from running again. The six-term legislator, who’s also an elder law attorney in his private practice, chairs the powerful ways and means committee as well as the veterans committee and vice-chairs both the consumer protection and the economic development committees. In his 11 years in office, his Toxin-Free Toddlers and Babies Act, which protects children from the hazardous chemical BPA, was the first of its kind in the nation. His bill creating the Silver Alert, which helps families and authorities find elders with Alzheimer’s or other disorders who are reported missing, was the first of its kind in New York State. Those laws are in addition to many other bills he’s gotten passed. Stern is a graduate of Tulane University School of Arts and Sciences and Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. If elected, he says his top issues would continue to be seniors and veterans as well as fiscal responsibility.

Former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, was previously a gubernatorial candidate and the mayor of the City of Glen Cove, where he lives with his wife and three children. In 2002, he became the first Democrat in decades to be elected Nassau County Executive, where he restored financial stability after his Republican predecessor left the county nearly bankrupt. During his tenure, Suozzi renovated the county’s capitol building, successfully lobbied for a New York State property tax cap, and got a cap on local Medicaid expenses before he was unseated in ’09 and lost a rematch against his successor in ’13. He is currently of counsel at the law firm of Harris Beach PLLC. He earned his degree in accounting from Boston College and later graduated from Fordham University School of Law. If elected, he says his priorities include reinvesting in the nation’s infrastructure, improving Obamacare and fighting climate change.


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From left: Ali Mirza, Gregory Meeks

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens), a married father of three from St. Albans, has represented the recently redrawn 5th District since 2013 and had previously been the representative of the 6th District since 1998. He sits on the financial services and foreign affairs committees. Meeks is a supporter of protecting Social Security, Medicare and other welfare programs, as well as the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Meeks is pro-choice, having voted against the prohibition of late-term abortions in ‘03. Meeks’ 17-year congressional career has not been without controversy. The House ethics committee on loans investigated Meeks, and he has been known to use the option for House members to lease a car with tax dollars. He’s a former New York City prosecutor who graduated from Adelphi University and got his law degree from Howard University.

A married father of two from Elmont, Ali Mirza is the owner of Mirza Strategies and Public Relations. After immigrating to America from Pakistan in 1984, he got a degree in International Relations from the University of Bridgeport and founded the Pakistani-American Heritage Club of New York and Americans of Pakistani Heritage. He twice unsuccessfully tried to unseat former Nassau County Legis. John Ciotti (R-North Valley Stream). He previously served as Nassau County director of minorities and women business enterprises, and was special assistant for communications and community affairs for the Nassau County Executive. If elected, his top priorities include addressing public corruption, fixing income inequality and addressing racial injustices

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events June 23–29

LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes

An opening reception will be held for an impressive exhibition of paintings, drawings, prints and photographs of complex and simple structures created by designers and engineers. Each of the 35 local and regional artists included in this show has created a personal point of view. Exhibit runs through July 8. Gallery North 90 N. Country Rd., Setauket. gallerynorth.org Free. 5-7 p.m. June  23.

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George Anderson
Renowned psychic medium George Anderson will be speaking and signing copies of his new book, Life Between Heaven and Earth: What You Didn’t Know About the World Hereafter and How It Can Help You. Maybe it won’t help you win Lotto, but you’re sure to be amazed and astounded. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. June 23.

Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson
Edith Lake Wilkinson was a prolific lesbian artist who painted in Provincetown, Mass., from 1914 to 1923. Then in 1924 she was committed to an asylum, all of her works were packed into trunks, and she was never heard from again. Years later her family tracked them down to an attic in West Virginia and brought them back into the public eye. Her niece, filmmaker Jane Anderson, recounts the search in this documentary movie that flows like a fast-paced detective mystery. Reception to follow. Presented by the Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. June 23.

Tommy Emmanuel
Give a listen to “Old Photographs,” the closing track on Tommy Emmanuel’s It’s Never Too Late, and you’ll hear the distinctive squeak of finger noise as he runs his hands across the frets of his Maton Signature TE guitar. Many musicians would edit those imperfections out, but to Emmanuel’s ear, those imperfections are perfect. We think he’s right on the mark. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $42-$67. 7:30 p.m. June 23.

Bobby Sexton Trio and Mind Open
The Bobby Sexton Trio first formed out of a gig at a New York club in 2012. The group eventually got tired of playing their usual tunes and decided to branch out and experiment with jazz. Released in 2014, their album Mind Open features jazz tracks with rock, funk, psychedelic and Brazilian influences. Yes, there’s a lot of energy in every groove. This tremendous trio is on the forefront of contemporary jazz. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $10. 8 p.m. June 23.

Laced Up – Long Island Sneaker Meet
Sneakerheads unite! There’ll be networking, raffles, and even an essay competition to win a pair of OVO 10s! Bring as many kicks as you want! First 30 people in the building get a FREE raffle ticket. Come in and tie one on! Try a pair. Get knotty if you dare. Music by Lex Effects. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $15, $20 DOS. 6-9 p.m. June 24.

Fire Island Lighthouse
Fire Island Lighthouse just east of Robert Moses State Park Field 5.

Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society Art Show
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 23, 2016 – 6:00 to 9:00 pm
This Fire Island-themed art show is set up throughout the Keepers Quarters Museum and features original artwork in acrylic, pastels, oils and mixed media in a wide variety of sizes, styles and prices. Will there be beach scenes and seascapes? There’s only one way to find out. You have to see for yourself. Exhibit runs through July 17. Fire Island Lighthouse, east of Robert Moses State Park Field 5, Robert Moses Causeway, Fire Island. 6-9 p.m. June 24.

Sting / Peter Gabriel
This noble pair of the English New Wave rock royalty, Sting and Peter Gabriel, are taking their “Rock Paper Scissors” tour to Jones Beach. Sting, the former frontman of The Police, and Gabriel, who led Genesis, both went solo years ago, but they still play the ’80s hits that rocketed their bands to stardom. And they continue to explore other genres in their musical evolution. Peter Gabriel’s lyrical melodies and Sting’s trademark high-pitched raspy voice will be on display. Imagine: two Englishmen on Long Island! Nikon at Jones Beach, Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $45-$250. 8 p.m. June 24.

The Temptations & The Four Tops
The hit songs by these Motown legends became part of who we are, providing the Sixties soundtrack to our American souls. The Temptations and the Four Tops have always been a classy act, from their choreographed moves to their stirring harmonies. The Four Tops are sure to perform their mega-hits like “Reach Out and I’ll Be There” and “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I Got),” and The Temptations will no doubt roll out “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” just to name a few of the Top 40 wonders that came out of Detroit and put the Motor City on the map of our musical consciousness forever after. These tunes are part of the cultural foundation upon which modern pop music rests. You will sing out loud, dance in the aisles, and make lasting friends with the strangers who sit near you. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50. 8 p.m. June 24.

The Next Level Band
The Next Level Band is a group of 10 musicians from the Caribbean, the US and Europe. This reggae band, created by married duo Tyrone and La Dawn Parris, have taken their sound around the world. A scintillating combination of guitar, steel pan drums and soulful vocals, The Next Level Band sets a high standard for traditional Caribbean music that few can master. But they don’t stop there. No, they take it higher. The group also covers traditional Calypso hits, like “Wild World” by Cat Stevens, and “Jamming” by Bob Marley. La Dawn has worked closely with Grammy award-winner Anita Baker and Oleta Adams. They’ve been performing for more than 25 years, and we hope they never stop! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. June 24.

Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot
This is the only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Island pop star, The Piano Man himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol—and the performances are absolutely stellar! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. June 24.

Ziggy Marley
Bob Marley’s son is keeping the reggae revolution alive, mon! A multi-Grammy Award-winning musician with deep roots in rock and reggae, he’s taken the music he inherited and blended it with his unique style of rhythm, spirit and soul that will have all those in attendance basking in the transcendental grace of those sunny beach jams at the peak of this summer. You don’t have to go to Kingston to catch that fire. You can enjoy it right here on our Island! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org 8 p.m. June 24.

Albert Lee & Peter Asher
Peter Asher is a singer, guitarist and Grammy-winning producer. He has worked with rock legends like Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Cher and many more great artists. Asher has played a huge part on a number of multi-platinum-selling albums. Albert Lee is a stellar guitarist and songwriter who comes with an impressive track record in music. Not only does Lee have 14 solo albums, he also has appeared on tour with artists like Jon Lord, Steve Morse and Steve Lukather. Lee and Asher have teamed up to showcase their legendary musical talent and share their rock and roll wisdom. A great night of music to be sure. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main Street, Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. June 24.

Steel Pulse
Roots reggae fans, rejoice! Steel Pulse will bring their special throbbing Afro-Caribbean sound to Westbury, where fans of this legendary group from Birmingham, England, can revel in their soulful rockin’ riddims. Steel Pulse, the first non-Jamaican reggae band to ever win a coveted Grammy award, blends a taste of traditional punk with their Jamaica-spiced music, creating an awesome experience that will get your blood flowing and your heart pounding. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett. stephentalkhouse.com $110. 8 p.m. June 24.

The Tribal Games
Bigger, faster, stronger! The third installment of The Tribal Games, the newest fitness competition, brings you the best of the best as former champions take on one another with some of the toughest workouts ever imagined–all for your entertainment! Athletes are pitted against one another in head-to-head match-ups, live on stage, with work outs designed not only to test the athletes, but to entertain audiences of both fitness enthusiasts and casual sports fans alike with an amazing exercise in human performance. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $30-$45. 8 p.m. June 24. beerbuzz60060 Years 60 Beers
With performances by four local bands (JD Leonard Band, 45RPM, Oogee Wawa and Whiskey Road), plus food trucks, games, contests and, of course, 60 beers (and counting), this craft beer festival is the ultimate summer party. Hosted by Richie Minervini, one of Long Island’s most beloved comedians, this event combines all of the ingredients of a great time: food, music, comedy, games and brew. So hop to it! The festival also celebrates the NYCB Theatre at Westbury’s 60th anniversary. What goes around comes around. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $20. 12 p.m. June 25.

Snap!! Cherry Grove — One of a Kind
An opening reception will be held for an exhibit of recent photographs by well-known Fire Island and New York photographer Koitz, curated by Ned Davies, which captures the exceptional character of the special community that is Cherry Grove. SNAP!! puts together unforgettable portraits of some of Cherry Grove’s most beloved residents, including Panzi, Porsche, Sybil Bruncheon and Logan Hardcore, as well as views of several Cherry Grove landmarks, current and past, such as the Belvedere and the former Grove Hotel. There will be scenes from their unique celebrations, including the annual House Blessings and Invasion of the Pines, as well as photographs, backstage and under the bright lights, of some of Cherry Grove’s most iconic visitors, including pop-music idol Lady Gaga, downtown performance luminary Justin Vivian Bond and drag superstar Bianca del Rio. The show runs through July 2. Cherry Grove Community House, 180 Bayview Walk, Cherry Gove, Fire Island. Free. 12-2 p.m. June 25.

Irish Night
The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 15 of Nassau County and Massapequa, presents an evening of live traditional Irish music and sing-alongs provided by the renowned Irish entertainers, The Shannon Breeze Band, and featuring Champion Irish step dancers of the Inishfree School of Dance with an additional performance by the famed Tara Pipes and Drums of Massapequa. Homemade Irish soda bread, gifts and refreshments will also be available. Brady Park, Front Street, Massapequa. Free. 6 p.m. June 25.

Haley Reinhart
Haley Reinhart’s raspy, bluesy voice will teleport you back in time as she transforms modern songs to sound like they’re from other eras. Reinhart first rose to fame in 2011 when she placed third on American Idol. Should she have won? We’ll save that discussion for another time. Since then, she has collaborated with famous artists like Tony Bennett, Slash and David Foster. Last fall, she toured North America with the viral jazz-pop group, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. Recently she covered Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for an Extra Gum advertisement, which has reached over 19 million views on YouTube. Now, she is on tour promoting her new EP, Better, and is doing shows on the East Coast before heading off to Europe. She’s got the chops, no doubt about it. Better boasts a more retro-pop sound than Reinhart’s usual traditional style. The album includes empowering music like the title track, “Better,” and heartbreaking love songs like “Free.” YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main Street, Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$75. 7 p.m. June 25.

Robert Kelly
For more than a decade, this Boston native has been taking his hysterical stand-up routine around the country. You might know him from seeing Kelly play Louie CK’s brother in Louie the TV show, or from his hilarious appearance on Inside Amy Schumer. He’s even directed his own comedy special. Yes, he’s a funny man. We guarantee you will not forget this memorable gig. No doubt you will be laughing about it for a long time after he’s delivered his jokes and you’ve gone back to your normal lives. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.govs.com $25. 8 p.m. June 24, 7, 9:30 p.m. June 25.

Revolutionary War Encampment
Taking us back to that momentous time in 1775, the Huntington Militia will set up their camp beside the historic 18th century home of Martin Schenck. We bet they’ll make sure their cannons are aimed safely away from his windows. Nor would they want to harm the shrubbery. But the revolutionary spirit is sure to catch on everywhere. Visitors can experience traditional Yankee military drills including the Marching and Manual of Arms, Musket Firing and Flintlock Forearms, and camp life demonstrations. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. nassaucountyny.gov/parks $10 adults, $7 kids ages 5 – 12, seniors and volunteer firefighters. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 26.

Huntington Militia Revolutionary War Encampment
Huntington Militia Revolutionary War Encampment

Creedence Clearwater Revisited
After their years of success in the 1960s and early ’70s with the legendary classic rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford regrouped as Creedence Clearwater Revisited 21 years ago. Their current world tour will take them to Long Island, where they’ll play original CCR hits such as “Born on the Bayou,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” Ahead of the show, Cook sat down with the Press to talk about his inspiration and his favorite album in a recent interview. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $40-$79.50. 8 p.m. June 26.

Israeli American Night
Songs! Dances! Food! Part of the Nassau County International Music Nights Concert Series dedicated to music and culture, this free night of mesmerizing Israeli American music is bound to satisfy the soul and inspire those dancin’ feet! Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. Free. 8 p.m. June 26.

San Francisco-based Journey, one of the best-selling bands of all time and possibly one of the greatest rock bands in history, is touring with fellow Californians, The Doobie Brothers, winners of four Grammy awards. Also performing will be Brit rocker Dave Mason, a key figure in the band Traffic. Nikon at Jones Beach, Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $39.50-$155. 7 p.m. June 27.

The Toasters
These New York City-based ska pioneers headline a mega-ska-surf-rock-punk-reggae fest guaranteed to get you up and a-skankin’!  Warming up the crowd are Crisis Crayons, Wings Of The Whale and Short Notice. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12, $15 DOS. 7:30 p.m. June 28.

Soul Asylum & The English Beat
Originating from Minneapolis, this Grammy-winning alternative rock band is bringing their “The Fly Over Tour” to Long Island. Soul Asylum has been topping the charts since 1990 with their hits “Runaway Train,” “Somebody to Shove,” “Black Gold,” “Misery” and many more. Will they play fan favorites “Without A Trace,” “99%” and “The Sun Maid”? Why not? Opening the show is The English Beat, the British band that burst on the scene in 1979, is traveling from across the pond and bringing the British Two Tone Ska movement with them. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$45. 8 p.m. June 28.

LeAnn Rimes
A country star by the mere age of 9, LeAnn Rimes is a melodic human masterpiece. She’s been highly influenced by country superstar, Patsy Cline. Aside from being the winner of two Grammy’s and holding the Academy of Country Music’s Humanitarian award, Rimes has worked with various credited country artists, including Bon Jovi and Reba McEntire. Rimes has toured with artists like Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Sammy Hagar. Rimes has released over 15 albums since her debut in 1991. Her 1996 album, Blue, reached Number One on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. If that isn’t enough of an incentive to come hear her live, Rimes also hosted the national television show, Colgate Country Showdown, similar to that of American Idol, and she has been awarded three AMAs and one American Music award. And to think that this Nashville star is going to shine in Huntington–but just for one night! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30-$65. 8 p.m. June 29.

-Compiled by Kate Nalepinski, Leo Capobianco, Ana Borruto, Michael Harris, Ellie Schoeffel, Spencer Rumsey and Timothy Bolger

Hundreds of Animals Removed from Bellmore Home

Authorities removed scores of birds and other animals from a house in Bellmore on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 (Photo by Ana Burruto/Long Island Press)

By Ana Borruto

Hundreds of birds, more than 100 turtles, many lizards, skunks and a tortoise are just some of the animals that authorities removed from a Bellmore home on Tuesday, officials said.

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Nassau County Police blocked off Ocean Avenue while the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation conducted the investigation, which drew onlookers.

Officers were seen putting animals into cages, where they were examined and tagged, then placed in trucks to be taken away. One large truck on the scene was used for up to 300 birds found, said Brendan Brosh, a spokesman for the Nassau County District Attorney. The most dangerous animal found in the home was an alligator turtle, which was put in the back of another vehicle.

The Bellmore home was previously raided last August, when hundreds of animals were found, including a 200-pound snapping turtle and a 4-foot alligator. At that time, the owner was ordered to clean up the home within 24 hours or face arrest and charges for animal neglect. But the owner was allowed to keep most of the animals.

Brosh said the latest raid had begun at 10 a.m. Tuesday and lasted throughout the day. He added that the resident of the home was not arrested. The investigation is continuing.

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