Timothy Bolger

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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.

Hicksville Crash Leaves Bicyclist Dead

A 43-year-old woman was killed and her father was injured when they were struck by an SUV, which then hit a house and car, while the pair was bicycling in the victim’s hometown of Hicksville.

Nassau County police said Cari Widmyer and her 72-year-old father were riding bicycles northbound on the side of New South Road when they were hit by a southbound Ford Explorer, which then struck a northbound Nissan Altima and a house at 2:40 pm Wednesday.

Widmyer was pronounced dead at the scene. Her father was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for a knee injury and released.

The driver and passenger in the SUV were treated for contusions. The other driver was not injured. The house incurred extensive damage.

Homicide Squad detectives impounded the SUV and are continuing the investigation but the SUV driver was not charged.

Suozzi, Meeks Win Long Island Primaries; East End Race Too Close to Call

Ex-Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) won Long Island Democratic congressional primaries Tuesday, but a third local race on the East End was too close to call, according to unofficial results.

Suozzi, of Glen Cove, declared victory with 36 percent of the vote in the crowded field of five Democrats seeking to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), who’s not seeking re-election. Meeks, who represents part of western Nassau and eastern Queens, easily fended off Democratic challenger Ali Mirza, a publicist and county worker from Elmont. But hours after the polls had closed, former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst held only a slim 29-vote lead over opponent David Calone, a former federal prosecutor turned venture capitalist from Setauket.

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“We are waiting for all votes to be counted, but are proud to have a lead at the end of election night,” Throne-Holst said in a statement. “We are confident going forward that victory will be ours now… and in November.”

The winner in this race will face freshman U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), who represents New York’s First Congressional District, which includes the five East End towns and the Town of Brookhaven. The absentee and other paper ballots will be counted in the coming days before the Suffolk County Board of Elections certifies a winner. Throne-Holst had 5,446 votes over Calone’s 5,417, according to the unofficial early returns.

“While we won’t know the final results until the roughly 1700 absentee votes are counted next week,” Calone said in a statement, “the current 29-vote margin represents a victory of the volunteer grassroots. We did not have Wall Street fundraisers, and we did not have $720,000 of SuperPAC funding poured in for us in the last three weeks, but here we are in a virtual tie.”

He said the stakes this fall are high. “Our Congressman, Lee Zeldin, is a proud defender of Donald Trump, who voted to defund Planned Parenthood and voted against prohibiting people on the terrorist watch list from buying guns,” Calone told his supporters.

Even before the voting was over, Zeldin’s campaign team was urging his supporters to donate to the Congressman’s war chest. “We need your help to fight back against the dishonest, negative attacks sure to come from our liberal Democratic opponent,” read their email. That race is expected to be one of the costliest Congressional contests in the country.

Back in Nassau, Suozzi thanked his cheering supporters at Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers in Greenvale.

“If I win this race in November, I’ll be the only Italian-American Congressman in all of New York State,” he said, before predicting he’ll win on Election Day and taking issue with the increasingly combative tone of national politics.

Suozzi, who was narrowly unseated by Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano in 2009 and later resoundingly lost a rematch, beat term-limited Suffolk County Legis. Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills), 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 race is for New York’s Third Congressional District, which includes northwestern Suffolk, northern Nassau and northeastern Queens.

With almost all the returns counted, Suozzi had about 36 percent of the primary electorate, or 6,532 votes. His nearest rivals, Stern and Kaiman, both had about 22.1 percent. Stern got 4,069 votes and Kaiman had 4,060 votes. Kaplan garnered 2,815 votes. Clarke, who spent less than $5,000 compared to the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by his opponents, came up with 909.

Adding to the backstory in the 3rd CD race were the candidates’ competing endorsements. Rep. Israel threw his weight behind his protégé, Legis. Stern. Israel’s predecessor in the district, former Congressman Gary Ackerman, supported Kaiman, who also got the backing of Jon Cooper, the ex-majority leader of the Suffolk Legislature. Suozzi wound up getting the nod from current Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, which reportedly may have helped him do well there. In the 1st CD, Throne-Holst had the endorsement of ex-Rep. Tim Bishop, whom Zeldin had defeated in 2014.

Barring any legal surprises, Suozzi is expected to face New York State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) on Election Day. Before Tuesday’s primary, Philip “Flip” Pidot, a Nassau Republican, had tried to get on the ballot to challenge Martins, but his petitions were thrown out by a judge. After Pidot appealed, Nassau Supreme Court Justice Arthur Diamond ruled in his favor. But it was too late for him to get his name printed on the June 28 ballot. Pidot is suing to have another primary date set later this summer. Meanwhile, Martins welcomed Suozzi to the race even before Suozzi declared victory.

“There is no shortage of issues which require solutions,” Martins said in a statement. “I look forward to discussing these issues over the coming months…With the primaries completed, I look forward to facing Tom Suozzi in November.”

Meeks will face Republican Michael O’Reilly and Green Party candidate Frank Francois in the general election.

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Ronkonkoma Armed Home Invasion Probed

Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Ronkonkoma last week, authorities said.

Two men, one of whom was armed with a black handgun, entered a Terry Road home and demanded cash and jewelry from the victim inside at 11 p.m. Thursday, police said.

The duo fled with jewelry, police said. The victim was not injured.

There were neither any descriptions of the suspects nor any arrests made,

Fourth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.

Lindenhurst Man Charged With Fatal DWI Crash

An alleged drunken driver was arrested for causing a crash that killed a 56-year-old woman in the victim’s hometown of Huntington Station on Sunday night, Suffolk County police said.

Ryan Gurecki
Ryan Gurecki

Ryan Gurecki, 34, of Lindenhurst, was driving a Ford Explorer westbound on Jericho Turnpike when he struck a Ford Escape stopped at a red light that was waiting to make a left turn onto Route 110 at 9:23 p.m.

The three people in the Escape were taken to Huntington Hospital, where Karen Holden died from her injuries. Her 57-year-old husband who was driving the Escape, William Holden, and her 23-year-old son, Robert Holden, were admitted to the same hospital in stable condition.

A third vehicle, a Honda Odyssey that was also waiting to make a left turn onto Route 110, was sideswiped by Gurecki’s Explorer, police said. That driver was not injured.

Gurecki was charged with driving while intoxicated. He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.

Major Case Unit detectives impounded all three vehicles. They are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-852-6555.

Old Brookville Crash Leaves 1 Dead

A 20-year-old man who was struck by a car in Old Brookville died over the weekend.

Nassau County police said a man was driving an Audi Q5 eastbound on Northern Boulevard when he struck the victim, who was lying in the roadway near the corner of Whitney Lane at 12:32 a.m. on Saturday.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity was not immediately released.

Homicide Squad detectives tested the vehicle. They are continuing the investigation but did not charge the driver.

Roosevelt Shooting Leaves 1 Dead

A 37-year-old man was shot and killed in his hometown of Roosevelt on Wednesday afternoon, Nassau County police said.

Officers responded to a 911 call reporting the shooting. Upon arrival, they found Royston Hall on Wagner Avenue at 3:45 p.m. suffering from a gunshot wound, police said.

The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

East Patchogue Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

A 25-year-old East Patchogue man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Blue Point on Wednesday morning.

Suffolk County police said Steven Larsen was riding a Yamaha westbound on Montauk Highway when he passed a vehicle on the left at a high rate of speed and struck an eastbound Honda Civic that was making a left turn into the parking lot of Eastern Athletic Club at 6:55 a.m.

Larsen and the other driver were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where Larsen was pronounced dead and the other driver was treated for minor injuries.

Fifth Squad detectives impounded both vehicles and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8552.

Bay Shore Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

A 48-year-old man was killed when he crashed his motorcycle on the Southern State Parkway in his hometown of Bay Shore on Wednesday morning.

New York State police said Philip Hittel was riding a Harley Davidson on the Bay Shore Road entrance ramp to the westbound side of the parkway, when he rear-ended a Chevrolet Malibu at 8:15 a.m.

Hittel, who was ejected from his motorcycle, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, where he died from his injuries shortly later.

Police are continuing the investigation, and ask any witnesses to call them at 631-756-3300.

Rocky Point Crash Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Wounded

A 55-year-old Medford man was killed and a second man was injured in Rocky Point on Tuesday morning.

Suffolk County police said Sean Carpenter, 25, of Medford, was driving a Subaru Outback southbound on County Road 21 when his vehicle crossed into the opposite lanes of traffic and struck a northbound Nissan Sentra, driven by Jose Amaya at 5:50 a.m.

Amaya was pronounced dead at the scene. Carpenter was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Seventh Squad detectives impounded the vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-852-8752.

Huntington Station Murder Suspect Arrested

A convicted rapist was arrested Wednesday for allegedly killing a 23-year-old woman whose body was found in the Froehlich Farm Nature Preserve in Huntington three years ago, Suffolk County police said.

Fernando Romualdo
Fernando Romualdo

Fernando Romualdo, 28, of Huntington Station, pleaded not guilty Thursday at Suffolk County court to a charge of second-degree murder.

Homicide Squad detectives alleged that he killed Sarah Strobel, also of Huntington Station. A person walking on a path found her body on Oct. 3, 2013.

Romualdo is currently serving three years in upstate Mohawk Correctional Facility for an unrelated second-degree rape conviction, records show.

Judge Barabara Kahn ordered Romualdo held without bail on the murder charge. He is due back in court July 11.

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