Year in Review: Top 10 Long Island Press News Stories of 2022

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Year in Review: Top 10 News Stories of 2022

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Suffolk County faced a cyberattack that caused them to shut down their online systems, including their website, on Sept. 8. The fallout from the cyber intrusion lasted months.


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New York gave licenses to sell marijuana to the state’s first pot retailers, including the four Long Island business owners behind Keep It 100 LLC. 


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“Swimming Prohibited” signs were posted at Smith Point County Beach on July 13 after a shark-related incident, Suffolk County officials said.Photo by Julia Rocca Virnelli


Multiple people suffered shark bites on Long Island this summer, and there were an unprecedented six shark attacks reported in three weeks, two of which occurred on the same day.


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Anthony D’Esposito celebrates his win in New York 4th congressional district.Photo by Briana Bonfiglio


Republicans flipped two Congressional seats previously held by Democrats in Nassau County, as well as flipping three State Senate seats across the Island, in the November election.


FILE – Republican candidate for New York’s 3rd Congressional District George Santos campaigns outside a Stop and Shop store, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Glen Cove, N.Y. Santos, who won a seat in Congress in the November election is under pressure to explain himself amid evidence that he fabricated parts of the life story that endeared him to New York voters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)


A bombshell New York Times article revealed an unprecedented amount of lies told by George Santos, who won a seat in New York’s 3rd congressional district in November.


L. to R.: Thomas Valva was a third-grade student at East Moriches Elementary School. The boy’s father, Michael Valva, and live-in fiancee, Angela Pollina, were charged with murder in the boy’s death.


Former New York City police officer Michael Valva, of Center Moriches, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for forcing his 8-year-old son to sleep in a freezing garage, causing the boy to die of hypothermia in January 2020.


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Photo courtesy Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey


Richard Cottingham, nicknamed the “Torso Killer,” admitted to killing five women in Nassau County in the ‘60s and ‘70s, putting the decades-old cold cases to rest.


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Alison Russo-Elling’s casket was brought to the Tilles Center in Brookville in an FDNY ambulance with her name on it.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell


Thousands mourned FDNY EMS Lt. Alison Russo-Elling at her funeral on Oct. 5 at LIU Post’s Tilles Center in Brookville. The 61-year-old Huntington resident was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 29 after being randomly stabbed to death near her fire station in Queens.


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David Kilmnick, executive director of the LGBT Network, speaks about the importance of spreading awareness about the monkeypox vaccine.Screenshot of video via Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone


The first case of monkeypox was confirmed on Long Island in late June. Health and county officials in Suffolk County responded by getting the monkeypox vaccine out to high-risk communities.


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Gov. Kathy Hochul held a groundbreaking ceremony for New York State’s first offshore wind farm on Feb. 11 in Wainscott.


After years of planning and debate, offshore wind farm developers took several big steps forward in a half dozen projects in various stages of development off the coast of Long Island.

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