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Rashed Mian has been covering local news for the Long Island Press since 2011. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2010 where he studied print journalism. Rashed, the staff's multimedia reporter, covers daily news for the web, shoots/edits feature videos and writes about civil liberties. He loves Afghan food and sports. Rashed is also a caffeine freak. Email: rmian@longislandpress.com. Twitter: rashedmian

Cops Seek Thomaston Hit-And-Run Driver

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This Nissan Rogue was involved in a serious hit-and-run in Thomaston on Friday, police said.

Nassau County police are on the hunt for the driver who crashed his or her vehicle into a pedestrian Friday morning in Thomaston and fled the scene.

The pedestrian, a 43-year-old man, was crossing Middle Neck Road in Thomaston just before 10 a.m. when he was struck by a vehicle heading south, police said.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in serious condition with multiple trauma injuries.

The driver fled in what has been described as a gray or blueish gray Nissan Rogue, police said.

Investigators ask anyone with information regarding the crash to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All calls are anonymous.

Creepy Clown Sightings Reported in Suffolk, Cops Say

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The creepy clown hysteria frightening America has made its way to Long Island.

Suffolk County police received reports Wednesday of a dastardly group of clowns jumping in front of cars in Brentwood, and a separate incident in which a person dressed as a clown was spotted in North Babylon.

And Friday morning, two Long Island school districts initiated “lockout” procedures after clown-related social media threats that were later unsubstantiated.

“The Suffolk County Police Department has received reports related to people wearing clown costumes while acting in a menacing manner,” Stu Cameron, SCPD Chief of Department, said in a statement Friday. “The department has not confirmed any of these reports and our officers have not personally witnessed any individual wearing a clown costume.

“We understand this may be a social media prank throughout the country, but we take quite seriously all calls that involve intentional harassment, trespassing, disturbing of the peace, and reported activity that results in the citizens of our county feeling threatened,” he continued.

North Babylon School District said its high school was placed on “lockout” following “clown-related social media threats made by an unknown person or persons.” An investigation by Suffolk police found no threat to the school and the campus was deemed safe, prompting school officials to lift the lockout at 10:45 a.m.

The Central Islip School District also initiated lockout protocols in response to an apparent threat.

“In an abundance of caution, the Central Islip School District instituted a lockout,” Central Islip School District Superintendent Dr. Howard M. Koeing said in a statement. “After conversations with Suffolk County Police Department representatives, we were assured there is no imminent threat, and the lockout is canceled.”

Long Island can now add its communities to a growing list of neighborhoods across the country that since August have been bedeviled by reports of people either dressed as clowns or reporting false sightings for their amusement.

There’s been reports of menacing clowns in at least eight states: Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and Pennsylvania, according to The New York Times.

The alleged sightings have led to at least a dozen arrests nationwide, the Times reported, for various violations, ranging from making false reports to making terroristic threats.

“We wanted to make an example and crack down on clown-related activity in our city,” the police chief of a local Alabama community said in response to the charges brought against seven clowns.

Authorities have yet to uncover a motive for the spate of clown sightings, though there have been arrests for people falsely reporting clowns in the area. Suffolk County police are closely monitoring all social media channels and calls made to the department, SCPD’s Cameron said.

Several run-ins with the ominous clowns read like outtakes from the terrifying movie It, based off master horror wizard Stephen King’s 1986 supernatural classic—skin-crawling. In South Carolina, there were reports of clowns in the woods attempting to lure children. In another sighting, a woman said she saw a clown with a blinking nose standing under a light post near a dumpster.

Some of the sightings, however, appeared to have been hoaxes. Earlier this month in Georgia, police received a call of a clown near a white van. When cops arrived, they discovered the driver had run out of gas. A search of the van found no clown costumes, police said.

The initial 911 call turned out to be a prank.

The caller told investigators that “he did not see any clowns…and had just made it up and that he was aware of all the complaints about clowns and the schools being on lock down.”

The 26-year-old man and his sister were charged with obstruction and unlawful conduct.

As for the purported Suffolk sightings, police warned residents that there would repercussions for false reports.

“While the motives of these individuals could not be determined, the Department reminds the public false reporting and intentional harassment or disturbing of the peace can lead to legal consequences,” added Cameron, SCPD’s chief of department. “Individuals engaging in this type of behavior may be subject to violations and/or misdemeanor arrest under the NYS Penal Law.”

Congress Chooses 9/11 Families over Saudi Arabia in Rebuke to Obama

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Every once in awhile, Congress will surprise you, like it did Wednesday when members of both the House and Senate struck down President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would permit family members of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.

The overwhelming bi-partisan support for still-grieving families served as a humiliating rebuke for both Obama and Saudi Arabia, America’s closest ally in the Middle East, which has recently come under increased scrutiny despite an entrenched alliance that deepened after 9/11.

In an appearance at a CNN town hall event Wednesday evening, President Obama said the vote was a “mistake” and would set a “dangerous precedent” for people abroad to bring suits against the United States.

The bill, officially titled the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA),” opens the door for victims’ families of the Sept. 11 attacks to effectively take Saudi Arabia to court and examine whether officials within the government provided financial or logistical support to the 9/11 hijackers.

“It’s very gratifying,” Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), the sponsor of the House version of the bill, told the Press. “I really feel strongly for the 9/11 families; they fought hard on this.”

The Senate voted overwhelmingly—97-1—to override the president’s veto on Wednesday. The House vote was 348-77. A two-thirds majority in Congress is required to overturn a presidential veto.

The bipartisan vote was “one of the few times since 9/11 you saw real congressional unity today,” King added.

Obama Reacts

The emotional appeal from 9/11 families underscored how sensitive the vote was—and Obama acknowledged as much during the CNN town hall.

“It’s an example of why sometimes you have to do what’s hard, and frankly, I wish Congress here had done what’s hard,” Obama said. “I didn’t expect it, because if you’re perceived as voting against 9/11 families right before an election, not surprisingly, that’s a hard vote for people to take. But it would have been the right thing to do.”

CIA Director John Brennan also reacted with disappointment, saying the law “will have grave implications for the national security.”

“The most damaging consequence would be for those US Government officials who dutifully work overseas on behalf of our country,” Brennan said in a statement. “The principle of sovereign immunity protects US officials every day, and is rooted in reciprocity. If we fail to uphold this standard for other countries, we place our own nation’s officials in danger.”

Obama has argued that the measure would make the US vulnerable to similar lawsuits brought by victims of American-led operations.

America’s Long War

The White House’s opposition to the measure comes as Obama has expanded the parameters in which the US fights alleged militants around the world.

As commander-in-chief, Obama has bombed at least seven predominantly Muslim countries using ubiquitous predator drone strikes and manned aircraft, causing hundreds of civilian deaths. He’s also deployed US Special Forces into countries, such as Libya, that the United States is not in hostilities with. In almost all instances, the administration cites the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force resolution, enacted three days after 9/11, to justify its actions.

Ironically, the United States has helped weaponize the Saudi-led coalition that has decimated and destabilized Yemen, killing upwards of 10,000 people—almost half of whom were civilians, according to human rights groups, as part of its offensive against Houthi rebels. Among the civilian causalities were patients at a Yemeni hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders and attendees at a couple of wedding parties.

That the United States supports the Saudi government is of no surprise. Saudi Arabia is a long-time ally in the Middle East, serving as a counterweight to Iran, the kingdom’s chief rival in the region.

But Rep. King says suggestions that Saudi Arabia will suddenly rethink its close relationship with the United States, or even sneer at Congress’ rebuke, are off-base.

“I support America’s involvement with Saudi Arabia against terrorism,” the congressman said in a phone interview. “They have improved in many ways, and we are involved in a number of activities with them right now, which I support.”

“The reason I’m not strongly concerned about a Saudi response—even though you have to take it into account—is, basically, the Saudis are survivors,” he added. “They don’t act based on hurt feelings. They realize it’s in their interest to maintain a close relationship with the US, at this time. It could always change in the future.”

Scrutiny On Saudis

This is the second time in three months Washington has risked alienating the Saudis.

In July, Congress released more than two dozen long-classified pages from the so-called “9/11 Commission Report”—a voluminous analysis by the bipartisan National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, which investigated the circumstances leading up to, including and following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. Known as the “28 Pages,” the recently released portion pertained to Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the tragedy, since 15 of the 19 hijackers hailed from the kingdom.

The report did not explicitly link the Saudi Arabian royal family to the attacks, but was ambiguous enough to welcome speculation.

“While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support or assistance from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Government,” the commission wrote in the report.

“There is information, primarily from FBI sources, that at least two of those individuals were alleged by some to be Saudi intelligence officers,” it continued. “The joint inquiry’s review confirmed that the Intelligence Community also has information, much of which has yet to be independently verified, indicating that individuals associated with the Saudi Government in the United States may have other ties to al [Qaeda] and other terrorist groups.”

Saudi Arabia has maintained that its rulers played no role in the 9/11 attacks.

Now that JASTA has passed Congress’ muster—and survived a presidential veto—American families have the opportunity to take the Saudi government to court.

The legislation notes that “persons, entities, or countries that knowingly or recklessly contribute material support or resources, directly or indirectly, to persons or organizations that pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism…should reasonably anticipate being brought to court in the United States to answer for such activities.”

Supporters of the veto override were ecstatic.

“We are overwhelmingly grateful that Congress did not let us down. The victims of 9/11 have fought for 15 long years to make sure that those responsible for the senseless murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children, and injuries to thousands others, are held accountable,” Terry Strada, national chair of the 9/11 Families & Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism, said in a statement. “JASTA becoming law is a tremendous victory toward that effort. We rejoice in this triumph and look forward to our day in court and a time when we may finally get more answers regarding who was truly behind the attacks.”

Cops Rescue Canoers from Lake Ronkonkoma

Suffolk County police officers rescued a pair of boaters whose canoe capsized Wednesday in Lake Ronkonkoma, police said.

Two Fourth Precinct officers responded to the lake incident around 5:20 p.m., after 911 callers reported two men in distress, police said.

The first officer on the scene grabbed a life ring and a rope, and darted toward the lake. A second officer tied the end of the rope around his waist and entered the lake, police said.

The officers swam approximately 150 feet to where the two men were clinging to their overturned canoe, police said. Each officer grabbed a victim. Then they pulled them back toward the shore until it was shallow enough to walk, police said.

The canoers were identified as 49-year-old Alehandro Avalos of Hempstead and 51-year-old Carlos Criollo of Baldwin. They were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital, where they were treated for exposure.

The officers were treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Commack Motor Inn Murder-Suicide Under Investigation

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Suffolk County police are investigating a murder-suicide at Commack Motor Inn. (Photo: thecommackmotorinn.com)

A man and woman were found dead inside a Commack motel Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide, Suffolk County police said.

UPDATE: Cops identify pair killed at Commack Motor Inn

Investigators believe the man killed the woman and then fatally shot himself, police said. Both bodies were discovered inside a hotel room at Commack Motor Inn on Jericho Turnpike at 12:33 p.m., police said.

An employee who went to inspect the room after the pair failed to check out made the discovery, police said.

Their relationship has not yet been disclosed, and their identities have not been released, pending notification of next of kin.

How the woman died was also not revealed. Police said the Suffolk County Medical Examiner will determine her cause of death.

Hofstra Presidential Debate Draws Record Audience

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Hofstra University went from hosting no debate at all to being the site of the most-watched presidential showdown in history.

Monday evening’s bout between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead was watched by 84 million viewers across 13 networks, including three Spanish-television stations. Hofstra, initially selected as an alternate, was awarded the debate in July after Wright State University dropped out due to budgetary concerns. It has now hosted a record-setting three consecutive presidential debates.

Media watchers had expected record-breaking ratings for the first contest between two nominees who provoke wide-ranging emotions from a deeply polarized electorate. Despite the strong performance, the 84-million viewership fell significantly short of last February’s Super Bowl—the most viewed television event ever, with 118.5 million viewers.


Still, the Clinton-Trump melee did something no debate has done in 36 years: supplant the Ronald Reagan-Jimmy Carter matchup in 1980, which drew 80.6 million eyeballs.

Also for comparison, the first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney in 2012 was watched by 67 million Americans.

Nielsen, which measures television viewership, released its findings late Tuesday.

The debate aired live on all the major networks, as well as PBS, CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNBC, and MSNBC, plus Univision, Telemundo and TV Azteca. The event was also believed to be watched by many people internationally concerned with the outcome of the American presidential election.

CNN Money reported that NBC attracted the largest haul of viewers, with 18 million people tuning in. NBC’s big night, as CNN Money noted, could partly be attributed to “NBC News” anchor Lester Holt moderating the debate. ABC ranked second (13.5 million) and CBS third (12.1 million), while Fox News won the cable-TV showdown with 11.4 million viewers. CNN and MSNBC claimed 9.9 and 4.9 million viewers, respectively.

TV remains America’s primary outlet for tuning in to high-profile events, but nascent live stream technology also came into play during this debate.

A variety of social media sites also streamed the event live on Monday evening, meaning many millions more watched the event but were not included in the final TV viewership tally.

Important first impression

How Americans feel the two candidates fared in the initial showdown could be crucial considering 37 states, plus Washington, D.C., offer early voting. In 2012, it was estimated that about a third of the country voted prior to Election Day, either through a mail-in ballot or at a physical polling site.

The consensus among many in the media was that Clinton prevailed over Trump, though surrogates for the GOP nominee maintained Monday evening after the debate that Trump won out. Afterward, Trump complained Holt was harder on him than Clinton and speculated that his microphone was “defective.” Trump had complimented Holt immediately after the debate but before pundits graded the competitors, saying: “I thought Lester did a great job.”

RELATED: Hofstra Students: Clinton Beat Trump In Presidential Debate

Corporations also bet big on the debate attracting a wide audience. According to The Washington Post, networks sold ad spots of more than $200,000 for just 30 seconds of airtime. Since debates do not feature commercial interruptions, advertisers were wagering that viewers would check in before the 9 p.m. hour in which the debate began and for post-debate analysis—a spectacle in it of itself.

The two remaining presidential debates are scheduled for Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis and Oct. 19 at University of Nevada in Las Vegas. The single vice presidential debate is Oct. 4 at Longwood University in Virginia.

Below is a sampling of some ads that aired on debate night at Hofstra:

Cuomo: LIRR Operation to Leave ‘Dingy’ Penn Station for New Digs

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Tell us how you really feel, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

During a presentation Tuesday morning reminiscent of Vice President Joe Biden’s dismissive attitude toward dilapidated LaGuardia Airport, the New York governor excoriated Penn Station as “terrible” and “dingy” as he announced plans for the state to move the Long Island Rail Road’s operations across the street to the historic James A. Farley Post Office building, which has been vacant for years.

“Penn Station is the train version of LaGuardia,” Cuomo said in his remarks at an event hosted by the Association for a Better New York. “It is decrepit and it’s an affront to riders.”

Plans to transition the old Farley Post Office on Eighth Avenue into a train station have been in the works for 20 years, but originally only included migrating Amtrak’s operations.

The revitalized project is much more ambitions. Cuomo said the Moynihan Train Hall at the defunct post office will house both Amtrak and LIRR ticketing and waiting areas.

The new 250,000-square-foot facility will stand 10 stories high—50 percent larger than the existing Penn Station—and be bigger than Grand Central Terminal. It will include an acre of glass arches and a 70,000-square-foot balcony for “world class” dining and shopping.

Cuomo also sounded a lot like Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

“It will be the best of the best,” Cuomo said of the Moynihan Train Hall.

The new train hall is slated to be completed in 2020, Cuomo said.

Additionally, Cuomo said a Request for Proposals (RFP) went out Tuesday for a redesign of Penn Station, which is estimated to cost $220 million. That plan includes a new concourse that will connect Penn Station to Moynihan Train Hall while spanning all LIRR tracks along 8th Avenue. The two subway stations located inside the underground facility will also be remodeled, Cuomo said.

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Artist rendering of a renovated Penn Station, featuring wider corridors and an LED ceiling. Credit: MTA

The governor made clear that he’s offended by Penn Station’s current state of disrepair. He said a revamp is long overdue.

“New York was constructed and designed and built, that’s how we got to this place,” Cuomo said, adding that other regions—in the US and internationally—have surpassed New York in terms of modernization.

“You either build and grow, or you stay where you are and you stagnate and you falter and you let the world pass you by,” he said.

Penn Station, which is owned by Amtrak, is currently at triple the capacity it was designed for, with 650,000 passengers coming through its doors each day—more than John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia Airports combined.

“It is dirty. It is dingy. It is dark, and that is not what New York is all about,” the governor said. “It’s the equivalent of LaGuardia Airport, which has now become the national laughing stock, right?”

He then dismissed the original plans to move only Amtrak operations from Penn Station as nonsensical.

“You’d leave the Long Island riders in the old Pennsylvania Station,” Cuomo added.

The remodeled Penn Station will boast concourses three times the size of the current train hub, be more open and feature LED ceilings displaying a blue sky.

Three firms have won bids to collectively design and construct Moynihan: Related, Vornado, and Skanska, at a cost of $1.6 billion.

James A. Farley Post Office across the street form Penn Station will be transformed into a train hall housing Amtrak and the LIRR. Photo credit: Juan Miguel Lago
James A. Farley Post Office across the street form Penn Station will be transformed into a train hall housing Amtrak and the LIRR. Photo credit: Juan Miguel Lago

The initial Moynihan development has been in the works for two decades. A development contract was signed in 2005 but it did not include any deadlines—and so, work never got done. Cuomo said the state cancelled that contract and had companies rebid for the development. The new deal states that developers will incur penalties if the project is not completed on time.

Aware of the natural-born skepticism inherent in all New Yorkers, Cuomo said this project, unlike the original, is moving forward.

“The train is leaving the station,” he said.

(Featured photo credit: Artist rendering of new Moynihan Train Hall at Farley Post Office)

Jill Stein Supporters Arrested for Blocking Road, Cops Say

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Nearly two-dozen protestors were arrested Monday night while blocking one of the main access points for the two presidential candidates, Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter told the Press.

About 20 people were blocking Charles Lindbergh Boulevard on the east side of Hofstra University in an act of civil disobedience, Krumpter said.

“They were seeking to be arrested, and unfortunately they forced us to arrest them,” he added. “They were in a roadway where the presidential candidates are coming in” on their motorcade.

Police classified 23 arrests as disorderly conduct. There was one additional arrest unrelated to the blockade.

Krumpter estimated that about 2,000 demonstrators had descended on Hofstra on Monday. Before the debate started the estimate was that 10,000 protesters were showing up.

The protesters have been airing a variety of grievances, including setting a $15 minimum wage, abortion rights, and environmental issues.

Krumpter, who last week said the debate would be one of Nassau County’s most significant security events in decades, said everything was going according to plan. He described most of the day as “uneventful.”

More than 1,000 officers were providing security in and around Hofstra. A half-dozen other agencies, including the Secret Service and various police departments were providing support.

But manpower was not the only tool law enforcement has deployed: Nassau police also floated a surveillance blimp above the campus to monitor the events from the air.

The incident involving Stein’s supporters was the not the first of the day. The Green Party nominee had been escorted off the campus following an interview she conducted with MSNBC, which supplied her with credentials.

“When they were done doing interviews, she turned her credentials back over to MSNBC and she voluntarily was basically shown off the campus,” Krumpter said.

Stein has been outspoken about the lack of third-party access for presidential debates. A similar complaint was made by Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate, whose national poll ratings were reportedly higher than hers at 8 percent compared to her 3 percent. According to the Commission on Presidential Debates, neither third-party candidate surpassed the 15-percentage point survey threshold in order to qualify for prime time.

Millennials Want More From Both Candidates as Debate Nears

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Young people across Hofstra University Monday let out their inner-child and jumped around in a bounce house, explored the nascent technology of virtual reality, and reveled in the excitement that enveloped their campus.

Yet when it came to discussing the impending debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, many interviewed by the Press said they were still unsure about which candidate would earn their vote, and were dissatisfied by the lack of substance espoused by the candidates, Trump in particular.

“I think that this really is so crucial because we need to elect an individual that can bring change to our country—it’s just as simple as that,” said freshman student Dwight Spencer from Miami, crystallizing the importance of this election to many people his age.

Sure, students were enthusiastic about all the events on campus and seeing their favorite journalists and political pundits walking among them, but the future of America—their future—took center stage in their minds.

The issues important to them ranged from climate change, the cost of college tuition, and national security to inequality, the national debt and social justice.

Hofstra’s Christian Sandidge was disappointed by the meager coverage of environmental issues, dating back to the primaries more than one year ago.

“This is the seventh consecutive month of record-breaking heat, so we need to address that, like, yesterday,” said Sandidge of Virginia.

Sandidge, a sustainability major, said given the nominal coverage to date, she doesn’t expect debate moderator Lester Holt to make climate change an issue on the debate stage Monday night.

“But I think it should be,” she said.

Kyle Mas, a 19-year-old freshman from New Jersey, said the budget and federal debt are his top concerns.

Mas, who was wearing a shirt emblazoned with the name of Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, said he’s going into the debate open-minded but is not convinced either candidate will be able to sway him.

“With how things are going right now, I would rather vote third party than anything else,” he said. “I’m hoping that somebody will change my mind tonight or the weeks going forward from here.”

Mas also offered a stinging critique of the media.

“The current news cycle just feels like propaganda,” said Mas. “I think it’s a critical failure at this point. There’s no excuse for some of this stuff. You can watch the news for two days in a row, and you probably won’t hear anyone talk about an issue.”

His friend Sam Thor—“Like the Avenger,” Thor joked—agreed. He said he wants more substance from the candidates—and more focus from the media on the candidates’ specific policy proposals.

“I probably want more about how they’re going to increase jobs…especially being a college student. All we care about is if we’re going to get a job when we come out of here,” Thor said. Hearing candidates say “we’re going to make jobs” is not good enough, he added.

Tyler Butrica, a 19-year-old sophomore from Massachusetts, hopes to walk away from Monday night’s debate with a clearer understanding of each candidate’s positions.

He was impressed with the sheer depth of Clinton’s proposals laid out on her website. Trump’s website, however, is lacking, he said.

Hofstra students Patrick Foster (left) and Dwight Spencer (right).
Hofstra students Patrick Foster (left) and Dwight Spencer (right).

Spencer, the freshman from Miami, who supports Clinton, urged his fellow classmates not to dismiss this election.

“I think it’s so important because of all the controversy that’s happened around it, from things said about Hillary Clinton, from the things Donald Trump has done—knowing that Donald Trump has never been a politician,” Spencer, 19, said. “I think that this really is so crucial because we need to elect an individual that can bring change to our country—it’s just as simple as that.”

His fellow freshman, Patrick Foster, has been watching the unrest that’s unfolded in places like Charlotte, North Carolina, following the most recent high-profile fatal shooting of a black man by the police and would like to see some time devoted to social issues.

“It’s a rising problem in this country, and I think in the 21st century it shouldn’t even be around. We should be past that,” said Foster, who typically votes Libertarian but is learning toward Clinton.

Walking around campus in a “Make America Great Again” cap was Sage Camosse, a freshman from Massachusetts.

Camosse’s chief concern is national security. Although he thought the original GOP field included more preferable candidates, he’s all-in for Trump.

“There were definitely some better candidates, but at this point, it’s one or the other, because voting third party—I’m fine if people do it—but it’s not going to make a difference.”

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Antonio Agcaoioi, a sophomore from Massachusetts who, unlike Bernie Sanders, won’t pledge to support Hillary Clinton.

Antonio Agcaoioi, a sophomore from Massachusetts, proudly wore his Bernie Sanders shirt despite the U.S Senator from Vermont’s loss to Clinton in the Democratic primary. Because he lives in a Democratic state, he plans to vote third-party instead of throwing his support behind Clinton.

“The big issue for me, and I’m a millennial…[is] the economy, and both the candidates really aren’t showing us exactly what they want policy-wise for the economy of America,” he said. “With Donald Trump, we’re not getting any plans, but with Hillary Clinton we’re getting plans, but we’re getting her record, which always counteracts those plans. That’s why we’re always very skeptical of Hillary Clinton, and why we honestly don’t trust her or Donald Trump with our economy.”

How much either candidate will delve deep into policy details is anyone’s guess. But it’s clear: young people expect more from both Clinton and Trump, and the rest of America should, too.

Jill Stein, Third-Party Candidate, Escorted Off Hofstra’s Campus

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Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president, was escorted off Hofstra University’s campus Monday afternoon following an impromptu news conference with reporters, a Nassau County police spokesman told the Press.

Stein, who did not secure the requisite 15-percent polling threshold to get on the debate stage, had apparently gained access to the campus and was speaking with reporters when she was removed from the campus.

A police spokesman said Stein did not have proper credentials to be on Hofstra University’s campus. It was unclear how the long-shot presidential candidate entered Hofstra’s grounds, the police spokesman said.

On Twitter, Stein suggested she was authorized to be at Hofstra.

More than 1,000 police officers are providing security in and around Hofstra, and various checkpoints have been set up throughout the sprawling campus to avoid people without credentials from gaining access to secure areas.

According to her Twitter profile, Stein was escorted out and placed into a van, which was stopped twice by authorities.

Stein is expected to hold a demonstration outside the campus Monday evening along with several hundred of her supporters.

“The Commission on Presidential Debates is trying to exclude myself and Gary Johnson from the debate on Monday night on the campus of Hofstra University,” she wrote on a Facebook event page. “I’m going to be there anyway. The American public has a right to hear real debate about real issues affecting real people.”

Stein was famously arrested outside the gates of Hofstra during the 2012 presidential debate.

(Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

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