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Top 10 Most-Clicked Long Island News Stories of 2019

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10. FREEPORT POLICE PROBE

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A Freeport village police officer repeatedly punches a suspect in the face while trying to handcuff him on Dec. 3, 2019.

Readers clicked with interest when news broke that authorities are investigating Freeport village police after a video surfaced of the department’s officers beating and using a stun gun on a fugitive who allegedly resisted arrest earlier this month.

9. GOP UNVEILS 2019 CANDIDATES

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Don Clavin is running for Hempstead Town Supervisor

Readers were also interested in learning about what candidates the Nassau County GOP was putting on ballots in the November elections.

8 HEMPSTEAD SCHOOL CRISIS

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The Hempstead School District’s troubles run deep.

Our September cover story exploring how the Hempstead School District’s troubles persist while neighboring Garden City schools flourish drew quite a few readers online.

7. MOVING SEASON FORECAST

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April marks the start of moving season on Long Island (Getty Images)

Similarly drawing in readers was our April story detailing how competition remains fierce for local starter homes, while those who can afford to buy one of the region’s generous selection of luxury homes are slower than usual to sign on the dotted line.

6. SHARK SIGHTING

GettyImages 484011617 e1563640696153It was also not surprising that this story about a shark being spotted in shallow water off the coast of Long Island grabbed a lot of attention. 

5. MASSACRE VICTIM’S LOCAL TIES

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L. to R.: Fred Guttenberg with his daughter, Jaime. Jaime’s family remembers her as a budding dancer.

Fred Guttenberg, a Long Island native who has lived in Florida since 1989, made news when he thrust himself into a mission to improve gun safety throughout the United States after his daughter, Jaime Guttenberg, was killed along with 16 other students and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

4. EYE ON EAST SIDE

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The MTA says the first Long Island Rail Road trains to Grand Central Terminal will board in 2022. Photo by Bruce Adler

Considering the ever-increasing price tag and delays, our February story showed reader interest is as high as ever in the East Side Access Project that promises to bring Long Island Rail Road trains to Grand Central Terminal for the first time … eventually. 

3. NEW PATH DEBUTSGettyImages 1002150068

Our readers love Jones Beach State Park. So it stands to reason that they also loved to read this story about a new 4.5-mile pedestrian path opening up this spring at Long Island’s most popular park.

2. TORNADO TOUCHES DOWN

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This photo is believed to be of a water spout off the coast of Fire Island shortly before a tornado was reported in Manorville. Photo Michael P. Mulhall.

Few stories get more attention than a major weather event. And this Labor Day tornado in Manorville brought with it a gust of readers. 

  1. SUNVET MALL TROUBLES

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    Pancake Cottage at Sun-Vet Mall.

    It appears our readers have a soft spot for SunVet Mall, which has fallen on hard times of late, as our Black Friday story detailed. The comments lit up on this story with patrons suggesting the many stores they wish would open there, while others just shared memories of happier days there. 

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