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Report: News 12 Journalist Sean Bergin Suspended Over On-Air Remarks

Sean Bergin
Screen grab of Sean Bergin's report from Jersey City regarding the recent slaying of a Jersey City police officer. (News 12 New Jersey

Update: Sean Bergin is apparently out at News 12.

Original story:

News 12 reporter Sean Bergin has been suspended for remarks he made on air regarding the recent ambush slaying of a rookie Jersey City police officer in which he surmised that the “underlying cause” of anti-cop sentiments is “young black men growing up without fathers.”

Bergin’s suspension was reported by The Blaze, citing an unidentified source. The site also noted that Bergin could lose his job over the incident.

In a statement to the Press, a News 12 spokesperson refused to confirm or deny the report.

“It is News 12’s policy that reporters must be objective and not state personal opinions on-air,” the spokesperson said. “In regards to the particular incident with Sean Bergin, the matter is being addressed internally and we don’t comment on personnel matters.”

When pressed for further details, the spokesperson responded: “We won’t comment beyond our statement.”

Bergin is a veteran reporter for News 12 Long Island, which is owned by Cablevision, but was reporting on the officer’s shooting in Jersey City.

The rookie officer, 23-year-old Melvin Santiago, was allegedly gunned down Sunday by Lawrence Campbell, who minutes earlier had told a Walgreen’s customer to watch the news because “he was going to be famous,” according to reports. Lawrence was fatally shot by police.

News 12 New Jersey on Monday aired an interview with the alleged cop killer’s wife who appeared unsympathetic and told the network: “He should’ve taken more [officers] with him.”

“Sorry for the officer’s family,” she added. “That’s you know, whatever. But at the end of the day he got family, too. All they care about is the officer.”

Bergin’s comments came during an in-studio segment responding to a deluge of phone calls “from police officers furious that he would give media coverage to the wife of a cop killer,” he said.

“It’s understandable. We decided to air it because it’s important to shine a light on this anti-cop mentality that has so contaminated America’s inner cities. This same, sick, perverse line of thinking is evidence from Jersey City to Newark and Paterson and to Trenton. It has made the police officers job impossible and it has got to stop. The underlying cause of all this, of course: young black men growing up without fathers. Unfortunately, no one in the news media has the courage to touch that subject.”

A search for the video clip on both News 12 Long Island and News 12 New Jersey’s websites turned up no results. A video of the segment, however, is on YouTube.

A Facebook group calling for Bergin’s reinstatement has already amassed more than 1,600 likes.

Some commenters on the group, dubbed “Bring back SEAN Bergin of News 12 LI,” expressed shock that he was reportedly suspended. One commenter vowed to boycott the network. Other fans voiced their support for the journalist.

“I enjoyed Sean Bergin on Channel 12 and would like to see him back there again,” read one post.

Bergin still identifies himself as a reporter for News 12 on his Twitter account.

He has not tweeted since July 10, when, ironically, he linked to a story about three-dozen news agencies critical of President Obama’s “suppression of news.”

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Urgent Care Facility Opens at Closed Long Beach Medical Center

New York State Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) cuts the ribbon for the new South Nassau Urgent Care Center at Long Beach along with hospital officials and lawmakers on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Twenty months after Sandy, South Nassau Urgent Care Center at Long Beach opened July 1, marking the first step in replacing the barrier island’s only hospital that closed down after the storm.

It’s a starting point for an island with more than 50,000 residents that only has one other local urgent care facility to treat patients suffering from non-life-threatening ailments and injuries, forcing more serious cases to be taken to mainland Long Island hospitals. South Nassau Communities Hospital (SNCH) of Oceanside opened the new clinic next to the defunct Long Beach Medical Center (LBMC), most of which SNHC acquired after LBMC went bankrupt this year. SNCH also plans to open a freestanding, 24-hour 911-emergency receiving facility, pending New York State approval—but residents are concerned it’s not happening fast enough.

“Looking back a year and a half ago, I can’t tell you how difficult it’s been trying to develop the plan and a process going forward to bring a facility like this online,” Richard Murphy, president and CEO at SNCH, said during the ribbon cutting last week.

The state Department of Health (DOH) helped negotiate the deal in which SNCH purchased LBMC in federal bankruptcy court. SNCH acquired LBMC’s land, buildings and equipment—but the LMBC’s nursing home, Komanoff Center for Geriatric and Rehabilitative Medicine, was acquired by another bidder.

Once having a staff of more than 1,200, LMBC had financial trouble even before Sandy. LBMC officials had repeatedly said that they would reopen after the storm—they even received $20 million in federal funds for repairs—but they still couldn’t afford to fix the damage. It is the last hospital in New York and New Jersey damaged in the 2012 storm to still be fully closed.

SNCH’s new $3.36 million urgent care clinic, which was shipped from Raleigh, North Carolina, was funded by a $6.6 million grant. The rest of the money will cover the reparations for staff, clinical services, equipment, supplies and other start-up costs.

The 4,700-square-foot facility on Easy Bay Drive is equipped to handle head injuries, abdominal pain, orthopedic injuries (fractures), respiratory distress, heart attacks, strokes and lacerations. It houses 10 private examination rooms, two procedure rooms, radiology imaging and laboratory suites, with two ambulances bays.

“If there’s a life-threatening emergency, then we will handle it, but that’s not our primary mission today,” said Dr. Joshua Kugler, chairman of South Nassau’s department of emergency medicine.

Long Beach Island residents are concerned that the facility is just a small bandage on a major wound. Even though many agree the center is a step in the right direction, community watchdogs said that it’s not enough for an island that swells with more than 100,000 visitors in the summer.

“We have to have a facility that meets the needs of the community,” said Pyllis Libutti of the Beach to Bay Central Council of Civic Associations (BBCCA), which has been calling for the return of a full-service hospital. “If there’s traffic, our emergency responders can’t get to us in time and we can’t get to a hospital.”

Many complain that hours of the facility don’t work on an island that is also known for its nightlife crowd. The facility’s hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

“I’m happy that this is here, it’s better than nothing, but it’s no way near what’s needed on the island,” said Barbara Bernardino, another member of the BBCC, which is still trying to push the process along. The group’s motto is: “Every day that is lost, a life is at risk.”

Officials urged the civic leaders to have patience.

“For those people who are very unhappy, we’re working to make it a 24-hour facility,” said Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach). “It’s going to happen, but you know we have to go through the process.”

The planned 24-hour 911 emergency center will cost an estimated $220 million, which SNCH anticipates will receive $139 million in storm recovery grants for the new building.

SNCH plans to host a forum with community leaders, the DOH, City of Long Beach and Nassau County officials for the development of a long-term plan. Among the problems facing the old LMBC are continued saltwater intrusion from Reynolds Channel, a need for safety equipment upgrades and environmental hazards such as asbestos and mold.

Murphy, SNCH’s CEO, predicted that planning could take up to a year before repairs begin.

“The engineering on this facility that needs to be done to determine its future will be a six-to-12-month undertaking,” he said.

How to Get to NYC With LIRR Strike Expected Sunday

Long Island Rail Road riders hop off the train in Long Beach. (Photo by Joe Abate)

Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) workers plan to strike at midnight Sunday, shutting down the nation’s largest commuter railroad and stranding about 300,000 daily commuters after contract negotiations with the MTA failed.

The unions want 17 percent raises over six years for more than 5,000 LIRR workers, who have been working without a contract since 2010. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority proposed 17 percent raises over seven years following months of negotiations but also want LIRR workers to contribute 2 percent to their health plans. Barring a last-minute deal, the expected strike leaves LIRR riders looking for other ways to get to and from work in New York City amid extra heavy traffic.

“I regret to report that negotiations have collapsed with the MTA, and all eight unions are now proceeding with strike plans for July 20,” Anthony Simon, the general chairman of the Sheet Metal, Rail, Air and Transportation Union, said Monday in a press release after the latest round of talks.

“If we were to accept this deal on their terms it would put additional pressure on both the fare increases that we have projected in the financial plan and pressure on funding for the capital program, both of which are exceptionally important to the MTA,” Thomas Prendergast, the chairman of the MTA, told reporters during a a press conference Monday.

The strike will not affect suburban buses such as Suffolk County Transit, the Nassau Inter County Express (NICE), subways or other railroads such as Metro-North Rail Road, Amtrak or New Jersey Transit. If it happens, it will be the first LIRR strike in 20 years.

The Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council (LIRRCC) was especially disappointed. “The impact of the failure of both sides to reach an amicable resolution will be felt throughout the Long Island and regional economies,” LIRRCC Chair Mark Epstein said in a statement, urging the MTA to immediately inform riders if the strike will impact service before Sunday.

For those who can’t take time off, telecommute or stay closer to work, the MTA will provide other transportation services to and from the city under its strike contingency plan. Since officials across LI criticized the plan as not good enough, the Press compiled the following list of alternative transportation options.

The MTA contingency plan:

The MTA will use 350 buses to bring commuters to subway stations in Queens from Nassau Community College (NCC) and seven LIRR stations on Long Island. Westbound buses will run 4 to 7 a.m., and eastbound buses will run 3 to 7 p.m. Disabled commuters will also be able to use Access-A-Ride vehicles at these locations.

Buses from the Deer Park, Manhasset and Ronkonkoma train stations will connect to the 7 line at Mets-Willets Point / Citi Field.

Buses from NCC and the Bellmore, Freeport and Seaford train stations will connect to the A line at Howard Beach.

Buses from the Hicksville train station will connect to the M and R lines at Woodhaven Boulevard.

A free ferry service will take travelers from Glen Cove to East 34th Street in Midtown. The ferry will make three trips into the city in the morning and three trips back to LI at night.

The MTA will also set up park-and-ride locations at Citi Field and Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, as well as carpool parking lots at Belmont State Park, Farmingdale State College, Heckscher State Park, Sunken Meadow State Park County, Bethpage State Park, Hempstead Lake State Park and Valley Stream State Park.

The High Occupancy Vehicle lane on the Long Island Expressway will require three people in a vehicle instead of the usual two.

Alternatives to the MTA contingency plan:

Commuters can take the (NICE) bus to the subway. A bus ride costs $2.25 with coins (Dollar bills are not accepted), and a subway or bus ride costs $2.50 with a MetroCard.

Take the n20/21 bus to the 7 line at Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing. Take the n31/32 bus or the n33 bus to the A line on Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway. Take the n4 bus to the E, J, and Z lines at the Jamaica Center on Parsons Boulevard and Archer Avenue in Jamaica. Or take the n1 bus, the n6 bus, the n22/A bus, the n24 bus, or the n26 bus to the F line at 179 Street and Hillside Avenue in Jamaica.

Passengers can also use coach bus services to get to Manhattan. However, riders need to make reservations.

One service, 7Bus, offers trips from Riverhead, Ronkonkoma, Melville and Stony Brook University to three stops on 3rd Avenue between 40th and 59th Streets. Passengers can get picked up to go back to the island at three stops on Lexington Avenue between 59th and 40th Streets. One-way fares run $8 to $16 for per passenger.

Similarly, Bolt Bus can take commuters from Riverhead, Ronkonkoma, and Huntington to 3rd Avenue and 40th or 59th Street. To return to LI, take a Bolt Bus from Lexington Avenue and 40th or 59th Street.

Hampton Jitney buses go from Amagansett, East Hampton, Wainscott, Bridgehampton, Water Mill, Southampton, and Manorville to Lower Manhattan and back. There are three drop-off sites on 2nd Avenue between 22nd and 9th Streets, as well as stops at Pearl Street and Fulton Street, Water Street and Broad Street, and State Street and Battery Place. Tickets cost about $30 one way per passenger, or $28 prepaid online.

Hampton Luxury Liner buses pick up from Amagansett, East Hampton, Wainscott, Bridgehampton, Water Mill, and Southampton. Going to Manhattan, there are five stops on 3rd Avenue between 40th and 86th Streets. Coming from Manhattan, there are five stops on Lexington Avenue between 40th and 86th Streets. Fares are $40 per one-way trip.

511NY, a transit information service from the state Department of Transportation, offers a program called Rideshare with which travelers can find people with whom to carpool.

For those who plan on driving into Manhattan, the Queensboro, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges are all toll-free. The Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg bridges connect Brooklyn from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to lower Manhattan. The Queensboro Bridge, the last exit on the LIE before the Midtown Tunnel, links Queens and the east side of Midtown Manhattan. The Queens-Midtown Tunnel costs $7.50 in cash or $5.33 with an E-ZPass.

The Town of North Hempstead will open up parking spaces at North Hempstead Beach Park and iPark on Union Turnpike in New Hyde Park.

Then there’s the option of using a car, taxi, or limousine service. There are a ton of businesses from which to choose, but it won’t be cheap. For example, a one-way trip from Garden City to Penn Station for one person in a sedan from the Dial7 Car & Limousine Service costs about $57.

For those who can telecommute but do not wish to stay at home, Nassau will open a temporary telecommuting office at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage. Space will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To reserve a desk, call 516-573-9792.

Is Wyandanch Rising Above the Violence?

Wyandanch Village, an ambitious new transit-oriented housing development, rises up next to the Long Island Rail Road station, where it figures to be a factor in the blighted area's rebirth--not a beach head for UN domination.

One bullet to the head and he was gone.

But 30-year-old Desi Kingsberry, a sanitation worker and aspiring rapper, lives on in lyrics he wrote about making money, bragging rights, succeeding in life without needing anyone else.

“Now I know that everything in life adds up and makes perfect sense, so when you waste time there’s no need to ask where it went,” he rapped. “And they say you can get a job if you stand, on the corner ask for 50 cent…We lookin’ at the world through a real nigga’s eyes.”

He was killed outside his family home on State Avenue in Wyandanch at 4 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. The reports are limited. Suffolk County police are silent. But some suspect gang violence. Others just want to see justice.

Torey Warren of Amityville was arrested almost a month later, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and was denied bail from county jail while awaiting trial in Riverhead, but there is no confirmed account of why Warren would shoot Kingsberry. His death is an example of violence with which his neighbors are all too familiar.

Wyandanch is home to 11,647 residents, many of them commuters who leave the community for work—some using the rundown Long Island Rail Road train station. According to the U.S. Census, 14 percent of residents were living below the poverty rate—double the Long Island rate of nearly 7 percent, but slightly less than the New York State and national rate. Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year called Wyandanch “one of the most economically distressed communities on Long Island.”

But it is the strong gang presence that is troubling the locals, many of whom refuse to walk down the hamlet’s main drag, Straight Path, after dark. According to locals, drug dealing can be seen day or night and the sound of gunfire is not unfamiliar. Local chapters of major gangs, such as the Bloods, Crips and MS-13, have established themselves in Wyandanch.

The community has the fourth-largest concentration of gang members after Brentwood, Central Islip and Bay Shore, according to a 2012 report by the Suffolk County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

Residents think twice before walking past Davidson Street or Straight Path BP gas station on a late night. They are tired of seeing the purse snatching, late-night shootings and parking lot drug pushing. Many will stop to talk of the late-night gang presence before mentioning the potholed streets.

There has been a push for the past decade to turn Wyandanch around. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, when he was Babylon town supervisor from ‘02 to ‘11, spearheaded the Wyandanch Redevelopment Project, coined Wyandanch Rising. The project installed a new sewer system, repaved Straight Path and aims to build two new apartment buildings that will have 190 units. The $500-million project is backed by federal funds, state tax credits, grants and low-cost financing, officials said. It is expected to enhance the commercial business district, while creating an affordable, transit-oriented development.

For many Wyandanch residents, however, a face-lift is not enough to cure the sickness. Some believe there needs to be a concerted overhaul of the population, removing all troublemakers and gangs, and only then can the hamlet focus on rebuilding the dilapidated road and buildings. Police and town officials are trying to counter this mindset—to restore hope to a hamlet that has been plagued by the disease of desperation. It has become a battle to restore hope to Wyandanch and to revive the spirits of a divided population.

“This is Long Island,” Greta Guarton, executive director of the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, said while driving through Wyandanch during the annual homeless census. “Look at the poverty. It’s one of the most affluent places in the country it’s got pockets like this.”

To the side of the construction is Straight Path Grocery, a daily haunt for some of the local unemployed. It’s in a perfect position for people watching and the daily traffic that gets caught at the intersection between Straight Path, Long Island Avenue and the train station.

Standing outside the store, white T-shirt, jeans, hands in his pockets, is Ben Woodson. At 21, the Wyandanch Memorial High School graduate has no job and concedes that he isn’t trying hard enough to find one. He lives with his parents and passes the days with friends.

But none of those friends are gang members.

“All I hear is people going to jail, getting shot,” he says as he watches cars stream by, faces staring out at him. “I don’t have no records, I’m a clean guy. That’s the way I like it.”

Some drivers pull over to talk, to ask for a light. Woodson acknowledges them with a wave or briefly going over to talk. A young man, wearing a white hoodie and green shoes rides a bicycle on the sidewalk. Woodson nods in his direction and says they went to school together.

The bicyclist joined a neighborhood gang, Niggas In Charge, or NIC, as locals call it. Woodson did not. Now they don’t talk.

NIC started at Wyandanch Memorial High School in 2008 by a small founding group, according to Suffolk County police gang investigators, who consider it the most violent gang in the area. Police say NIC recruits the youngest members, most of whom are between the ages of 16 and 24, some still in high school. Some police consider it a transitory gang, because members often switch to one of the more established gangs—Crips, Bloods or MS-13—when they reach their early 20s.

The biggest gangs, which have tentacles nationwide, have become engrained in the Wyandanch culture, police, residents and gang members say.

“After a while you find out it’s a way of life,” a member of the Bloods who asked not to be named said from behind the glass of a visiting booth at county jail. “When you first become a Blood, you’re family. When shit hits the fan, it’s time to do work.”

In gang terms, “work” means committing acts of violence, often retaliating against rivals.

The inmate was jailed for violating his probation—he was caught with heroin—and has been in and out of jail since he was 17, mostly for supporting Bloods members in their inter-gang fighting.

He joined the gang at age 15 in his native Haiti after one of the Bloods befriended him. His life since has been a timeline of drugs, arrests, beatings and shootings. He was once arrested and charged with attempted murder of an MS-13 member in East Massapequa, but said he “beat the trial” because the police did not read to him his rights upon arrest and did not have a warrant to search his house.

Now the 21-year-old inmate has “a price on his head”—a colloquial term for retributive violence—because he didn’t come through for a fellow Blood right before he returned to jail last summer. He was released after the New Year, but for him and many gang members alike, there are few options to leave that lifestyle behind.

“I don’t believe there is a way out, whether it’s being Blood, selling drugs, whatever it is,” the Bloods member said.

He started dealing at 18, because he said that although the attempted murder charge was a youth offense and not on his record, a simple Internet search of his name would tell a prospective employer everything.

So, he turned to the easier option. At first it was selling weed, or whatever he could get his hands on. Soon people were asking for harder drugs—pills, heroin, cocaine. He developed a taste for the business and the money.

“Drugs came, friends came, girls came up on you more,” he said. “Once one person knows, the rumor spreads and that’s how you get your name out there.”

Before long, it was a full time job and he was making an estimated $9,000 weekly by the time he was 19. But it was the drug dealing that brought him back to jail. There remain few options once he gets out again.

“Loyalty is what gets me into a lot of issues,” he said, talking about his willingness to help out a member when called upon. “I’ll forever be there for them, I’ll forever be Blood.”

From left: Torrey Warren and Desi Kingsberry.
From left: Torey Warren and Desi Kingsberry.

It is this mindset that has been bothering Suffolk County Deputy Police Commissioner Risco Mention-Lewis ever since she took the position in September 2012.

The former Nassau County assistant district attorney would spend time on street corners with the high school dropouts, in the community courts and in the schools to teach the youth virtues that they hadn’t learned.

“I used to call them ‘lost boys’ and now I call them ‘the chosen ones,’ ” she said from her office at police headquarters in Yaphank, from where she is coordinating her role in turning Wyandanch around.

Mention-Lewis uses the term “chosen ones” to point out the potential and hope that can still be found in the young men and women associating with gangs. She also likes the word “imposter,” saying that it reveals the mask that a lot of youth put up in order to survive or look tough on the streets.

Mention-Lewis walked across her office to a bookshelf and pulled down a photo of a girl about 9-years-old, a small smirk on her young face.

“This is my imposter,” said Mention-Lewis. She grew up in the projects of Roxbury, Mass., which also has a gang presence. She would spend her youth with much older youth, following them around the buildings.

“You don’t know what you’re doing, you’re just following,” she said.

Her mother saved up and bought a house in Cape Cod, removing Mention-Lewis from the environment. But it is her upbringing and experience as a prosecutor that taught her how to combat the imposters and show gang youth that they are in fact chosen ones. The biggest reason for hopelessness within gang members and youth is disconnection, she said.

“A trauma occurs that parents didn’t know how to process,” Mention-Lewis said about the gang youth. “The child becomes the adult and is then walking the streets.”

To combat this, Mention-Lewis is replicating a solution she perfected in Nassau to change gang culture from inside. It begins with the Council of Thought and Action (COTA)—a program she started in Hempstead in 2008. The community-based intervention identifies the youth who are struggling as the chosen few, recognizing those who are involved in crime and acts as a movement for positive change.

“Less than five percent of the population is doing 95 percent of violent crime,” said Mention-Lewis. “We blanket them for intervention.”

Blanket. Another one of her favorite words. It refers to covering them, providing a sense of security and not letting any escape without seeing that people are trying to help.

Mention-Lewis is working with Suffolk police officers to hand-deliver letters to community members inviting them to meetings and COTA, which she has expanded to Bellport and Wyandanch in recent years. The newest chapter meets at 5 p.m. on in the Wyandanch Resource Center. Their Easter egg hunt this spring made the news.

COTA draws people as young as 11 and as old as 65, focusing on individual development, constructing a new social network with a moral code and developing a physical grassroots organization. It is at COTA that Mention-Lewis truly gets into her stride—teaching the voluntary participants how to get rid of the imposter.

“The No. 1 cause for what you see is hopelessness,” she said. For many youth, criminality is a business that will give them a way to quickly earn money and gain a reputation in a tough environment, according to Mention-Lewis. “We’re trying to tap into that business concept and train them how to be real businessmen.”

Mention-Lewis works with Deputy Investigator Mathew Lewis from the police department’s First Precinct, who was formerly the department’s top gang investigator before a county-wide gang squad was broken up into precinct-level units.

The First Precinct gang unit has six officers and one sergeant, who asked that they not be named for their safety. The team has built up a database of self-admitted gang members, as well as a rapport with the people in Wyandanch, giving the sergeants and officers a chance to know the gang members’ backgrounds.

“The flow of information is better, we know where to focus our resources,” Mathew Lewis said from the First Precinct station house in West Babylon, just outside of Wyandanch.

He also said that the gang unit developed a strong rapport with gang members in the community.

“It’s a matter of how you talk to people,” said the gang sergeant, driving through the streets of Wyandanch, wearing a black gang-unit T-shirt, bulletproof vest, 40-caliber gun and handcuffs. “Treating them with some sort of dignity and compassion goes a long way.”

He described picking up gang members after they had been arrested and trying to talk through the crime and the reasoning behind it as they drove back to the holding cells. Sometimes they would talk, other times they wouldn’t.

The unit spends its working hours patrolling the streets of Wyandanch, watching gang hangouts, such as Davidson Street, a gas station on Straight Path, a chicken restaurant, the local “projects.” The windows were down when a warm breeze carried the smell of marijuana into the cab of the Ford Crown Victoria while this reporter joined him on a ride-along.

The gang sergeant said his investigators have seen a shift from cocaine to heroin. One gram of heroin can make 10 bags, with each bag selling for about $10. There are 10 bags in a bundle and 100 in a sleeve.

Drug dealing is the lifeblood of the gangs, providing members with quick cash and a sense of business. But, it is not just the money that draws youth into these brotherhoods, Mention-Lewis and other experts say. It is the sense of family and belonging—even if this family leads to death.

Kingsberry, the slain aspiring rapper, came from a family of 12 kids. But he lost his life while his hometown is still working to get back on its feet.

Outside his family’s home was a small shrine, set up for family and friends to mourn. The gang sergeant drove slowly past. Candles glowed around framed photographs, balloons hovered and flowers rested at the base.

A group of family and friends huddled around the memorial, serious faces lifting to stare at the sergeant as he lifted a hand in greeting and slowly drove down the darkened road.

Privacy Tools: How to Block Online Tracking

Many sites (including ProPublica) track user behavior using a variety of invisible third-party software. This means any time you visit a web page, you’re likely sharing data about your online habits, from clicks to views or social shares, whether you realize it or not. But there are a few ways to combat online tracking—although none can block some of the more sophisticated tracking techniques, such as ‘fingerprinting‘ and ‘onboarding.’ Here are three tools that block the most common trackers.


Featuring an ever-growing database of over 1,900 tracking entities, Ghostery’s browser add-on can detect online trackers as you browse specific pages.

On each website, Ghostery displays a list of entities tracking data from that site in the upper right corner of the screen. Although it shows you all the trackers it detects, Ghostery does not block them by default. You must visit the settings page to block individual trackers or block all trackers.

If you don’t mind being tracked by the third parties on a particular website, you can “whitelist” the site using the extension’s dashboard.

Ghostery users are encouraged to opt in to Ghostrank, a service that sends anonymous information to a Ghostery server about where and how users encounter trackers. Ghostery is a for-profit company that analyzes the Ghostrank information and sells it to companies that want to manage their tracking businesses.

Ghostery is maintained by a team of analysts who keep the list of trackers up to date, according to Andy Kahl, Ghostery’s Senior Director of Transparency.

Ghostery’s add-on is available for most widely-used browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari. It’s also available for mobile devices on iOS and Firefox Android.


The Disconnect tracker add-on takes a user-friendly approach of blocking trackers by default, but allowing requests that it considers to be necessary for loading content.

Full disclosure: Disconnect gave ProPublica $7,759.54 last year in donations from its users and expects to contribute another $1,500 after featuring us as a Charity of the Month for May 2014.

Disconnect detects trackers based on the number of requests they’ve made for your information, and displays them in one of four categories: advertising, analytics, social and content. Users can re-enable a tracker or whitelist a website from the dashboard in the upper right hand corner of the Web browser.

The extension also features a nifty visualization of all of the requests surrounding the page you’re on, with a graph of each third-party request connected to the current page, and a rundown of web resources saved by disabling trackers, like bandwidth and browsing speed.

Disconnect maintains its database of trackers by crawling popular websites for third-party requests, then categorizing those requests by type, according to co-founder Casey Oppenheim. The Disconnect database is open source, unlike Ghostery’s library of trackers.

Disconnect also provides a separate browser extension that allows you to search anonymously on engines including Google, Bing, Blecko and DuckDuckGo. Disconnect routes your search queries through their own servers, so Google, for example, would effectively see and store your search as a request from Disconnect instead of you.

Disconnect also lets users view ratings for each website’s privacy policies in nine color-coded icons designed to correspond to a variety of privacy concerns, from the expected collection and use of data according to the site’s privacy policy, to SSL encryption and HeartBleed vulnerability. So far, Disconnect has evaluated and assigned icons to over 5,000 websites.

The site’s own privacy policy promises never to collect IP addresses or any personal info except for the email addresses of users who sign up for their (opt-in) newsletter.

Disconnect tracking and security extensions are currently available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera. The service also provides tracker-blocking options for iOS devices with its Disconnect Kids app. Disconnect’s tracker-blocking code and database are available on Github.

Privacy Badger

This tracker-blocking tool is a new project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and uses an algorithm to “learn” which social or ad networks are tracking you over time.

That means the tool takes awhile to get going. It initially allows third-party trackers until it detects patterns in third-party requests. Then it will start automatically blocking what it considers “non-consensual invasions of people’s privacy,” according to its FAQ.

EFF decided to use an algorithm over a compiled filter list of trackers to make the extension harder to circumvent.

“Blocking algorithmically2026is more responsive and is able to better protect users from all trackers, not just the ones we have identified as a problem,” Cooper Quintin, a technologist working with EFF, wrote in an email.

Users can manually adjust blocking by using sliders that control access to their data in three levels: Completely blocking all requests from third-parties, blocking cookies from third-parties, and unblocking third party requests.

By default, the Privacy Badger will whitelist domains that it believes are necessary for web functionality. Those domains will automatically be blocked from leaving cookies, but will not be blocked completely unless the setting is manually adjusted, according to its FAQ.

Like Ghostery and Disconnect, users can also manually “whitelist” any site by disabling Privacy Badger on it.

In an interesting twist, Privacy Badger will allow trackers to unblock themselves if they post a privacy policy that honors users’ “Do Not Track” requests. Currently, only a few tracking companies have agreed to not track users who check the “Do Not Track” button in their Web browsers.

Privacy Badger is available for Google Chrome and Firefox. A list for its “whitelisted” sites are available on Github along with the code for the extensions.

A note on methods for flagging trackers

If you install all three or any number of these add-ons concurrently, you will notice that they often detect a different number of trackers on any given page. That’s because each service classifies tracking slightly differently.

Ghostery displays individual trackers per page based on its own database. Meanwhile, Disconnect displays the total number of requests made by detected trackers. And Privacy Badger flags third-party domains, not the number of requests made by those domains.

What do you use to keep yourself from being tracked online? Let us know in the comments section.

Looking for ways to make your web experience more secure from the Privacy Tools series? Read more on encrypting your files and messages, masking your location, safely browsing the web, taking data out of the hands of data brokers, and building better passwords.

Correction: A previous version of this article misspelled an Electronic Frontier Foundation technologist’s last name. His name is Cooper Quintin, not Quentin.

Horoscopes by PsychicDeb for July 2014

Aries – The spotlight is on your domestic life now. You will find that you are able to adjust to old circumstances that are far from pleasant. Making the best of things is right up your alley. With your ruling planet in the 7th house now, the ball is in your court as everyone around you looks to you for firm leadership.

Taurus – Your ruling planet in the 2nd house emphasizes money and security. Your finances will improve if you brighten your outlook on life. There are many areas opening up for you; just search for the one that is most lucrative and stay with it. You will eventually be rewarded for something you did for a friend.

Gemini – If you are in need of friends, make sure you are putting all your time into productive pursuits. Don’t waste effort on things or people who cannot help you with pressing needs. Give yourself enough elbow room to accomplish your aims and push ahead. It isn’t to your advantage to confide in others at this time.

Cancer – Life seems to have many surprises in store for you. Keep your fingers crossed or damage an on-going relationship that probably should not be brought to a sudden halt. Cultivate a loved one’s interest in something you enjoy, then share the experience together. Happiness is a two-way street now.

Leo – You could receive some news that sound worse than it really is. With deep meditation and clear thinking it will be easy for you to overcome any obstacles you encounter at this time. Pursue your goals and don’t be intimidated by people who might want to talk you out of your hard-earned money.

Virgo – Keep in touch with friends of long standing; you will have much to share with them in the near future. Take a trip down memory lane with someone who is dear to you. The happy moments from the past can help fan the flames of love in your present romance.

Libra – Your difficulties with friends and family could be due to you trying to live their lives for them. They are intent on being their own master. It may mean a split; so be it. If they do leave the door open for you, be willing to change your behavior and let them know you’ve changed for the better.

Scorpio – Some of you may be attracted to someone who does not return your interests. Study your motives before approaching this individual with ideas about a future together. It could be that your own interest is temporary and based on loneliness or a need for self-gratification. Instead, use this time for a short trip or catch up on neglected educational matters that have been pushed to the side.

Sagittarius – Don’t rely too heavily on information received in the mail (electronically or otherwise). Investigate before you pass judgment on something or someone you know little about. Consider enrolling in your local college. You could find that intellectual stimulation is really what you want now.

Capricorn – You will be able to find plenty of enjoyable ways to fill your time now that you’ve adopted a better rapport with the world in general. Your refreshed sense of humor could help you out of some tight situations. Maintain good relationships with members of your family.

Aquarius – a matter of importance may call some of you to a distant place, while others could be working out a new scheme at work that involves a lot of details. Keep your nose to the grind stone. You may be on someone’s promotion list which is a step in the right direction. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. Now is the time to get in touch with a former friend.

Pisces – Take care of home duties. You may have neglected to insert domestic chores in your daily activity schedule and are now faced with a heavy work load. A change of residence is possible for some Pisces for the next few months. Moving to a less populated area could be very appealing.


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Suffolk Residents Called to Comment on New Area Codes

The 631 area code used for Suffolk County telephone calls will run out of assignable phone numbers in two years, and residents can comment on proposed solutions at public hearings next week.

The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) proposed two options for adding a new area code to the county. The first is the industry’s preferred option of an overlay, which allows everyone to keep their number so that only new ones get the new area code. Or, there could be a geographic split, which would divide the county into two regions each with its own area code—meaning half the county would have their existing numbers changed.

“The Public Service Commission is very much interested in hearing public comment on this area code issue,” said James Denn, a spokesman for the commission. “Those comments will be considered as part of the commission’s decision making process.”

Neustar, a corporation that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated as the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), warned the PCS in May that Suffolk’s 631 numbers are expected to run out in early 2016.

“Within three years of an area code exhausting, what will happen is NANPA will bring the industry together to look at the available options and put together a consensus recommendation,” said John Manning, the senior director of NANPA.

The 631 area code has served Suffolk County since it was split from the 516 area code that serves Nassau County in 1999. What three digits would make up the proposed new area code was not yet known.

If the overlay option is used, Suffolk would have area code relief for about 45 years, according to NANPA’s current projection. The downside? Current FCC regulations would require 10-digit dialing within the county once the overlay is put in place.

A geographic split, on the other hand, would divide the county into two different area codes in a north-south line down the western edges of Smithtown, Central Islip and Islip. NANPA projects that telephone numbers for the area west of the line would exhaust in about 44 years. Numbers to the east would exhaust in about 47 years.

Although residents and businesses with existing telephone numbers in the new area would be required to adopt the new area code, a geographic split would not require 10-digit dialing within the same area code.

In its warning to the PSC, NANPA recommended the overlay over the geographic split. The last geographic split used for area code relief was in New Mexico in 2007, according to Manning.

“The overlay is easier to implement,” Manning said. “When you start subdividing areas, they get smaller and smaller until they lose any geographic significance.”

The four public hearings will be held on the following two dates:

Tuesday, July 15
Evans K. Griffing Building, 300 Center Dr., Riverhead. 1 p.m.: Informational Forum. 2 p.m.: Public Hearing.
Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Rd., Holbrook. 6:30 p.m.: Informational Forum. 7:30 p.m.: Public Hearing.

Wednesday, July 16
William H. Rogers Legislative Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Smithtown. 1 p.m.: Informational Forum. 2 p.m.: Public Hearing.
South Huntington Public Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd., Huntington Station. 6 p.m.: Informational Forum. 7 p.m.: Public Hearing.

Floral Park Man Accused of Filming Sex Acts With Boys

A Floral Park man was arrested this week on charges of allegedly making child pornography by filming himself engaging in sexual acts with underaged boys, according to federal court documents.

Vincent J. Calamia, 48, was held without bail after being arraigned Tuesday at Central Islip federal court, said Robert Nardoza, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

FBI agents raided Calamia’s home on Monday and found about 10 videos of Calamia “engaging in sexual contact with boys who appears to be as young as 15-17 years old,” the court papers said.

Agents also discovered online “chats” stored on Calamia’s computer in which he discussed meeting with boys who identified themselves as being between 14-16 years old for sexual conduct.

Calamia, who was not required to enter a plea upon arraignment, faces a sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison if convicted, Nardoza said.
William Wexler, Calamia’s North Babylon-based attorney, could not be reached for comment.

Calamia is the co-owner of Frankie and Vinnie’s bar on Jericho Turnpike in Floral Park.

The investigation began last month after federal agents interviewed a victim who claimed that Calamia engaged in sexual acts between “him and several of his acquaintances regularly over the past several years, beginning when [the victim] was less than 18 years old,” the court papers said.

The victim also told agents that Calamia videotaped those sex acts and admitted to having sexual relations with other minors.

Calamia had allegedly produced child pornography as far back as 2005, the court papers said.

Long Island Summer Outdoor Movie Nights Return

Moviegoers watch a flick on the sand at Long Beach this summer (Courtesy of City of Long Beach).

Every summer, parks across Long Island transform into open-air cinemas as they host outdoor movie nights—weather permitting—and this season is no different with nearly one each night through Labor Day.

Some movie nights feature old movies, while others show new releases. Some are hosted on park lawns, and others take place on beaches—a few are even makeshift drive-in theaters. But, one thing is the same: almost every movie night is free.

“Eisenhower Park is the place to be on Thursday nights,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said. “Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and come enjoy some family-friendly movies under the stars.”

Here is a list of the 86 remaining movie nights on LI this summer. And don’t forget the bug spray.

Rocky II (Drive In)
Crab Meadow Beach, Waterside Avenue, Northport. Thursday, July 10, 7:30 p.m.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, July 10, 7:30 p.m.

Farmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, July 10, 8 p.m.

Deepwells Farm County Park, Route 25A and Moriches Rd, St. James. Thursday, July 10, 8 p.m.

Mulford Farm, 10 James Ln, East Hampton. Friday, July 11, 8:30 p.m.

Sea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. Friday, July 11, 8:30 p.m.

The Wizard of Oz
Madison Theater at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. Friday, July 11, 7:30 p.m.

Sixteen Candles
Sunset Park, Main Street, Port Washington. Saturday, July 12, 8:30 p.m.

The Wizard of Oz
Neptune Boulevard Beach, Long Beach, Saturday, July 12, 8:15 p.m.

Matilda (indoors)
Clinton G. Martin Park, Manhasset Hills. Sunday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.

Gone in Sixty Seconds
Prime, 117 New York Ave, Huntington. Monday, July 14, 8:30 p.m.

Super Buddies
Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Tuesday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.

Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, July 17, 7:30 p.m.

Jungle 2 Jungle
South Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Hwy, East Moriches. Friday, July 18, 8 p.m.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Silas Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Rd, Bridgehampton. Friday, July 18, sunset.

Pirates of the Caribbean
Madison Theater at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. Friday, July 18, 8:30 p.m.

Monsters University
Sea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St, Freeport. Friday, July 18, 8:30 p.m.

Bedtime Stories
Eugene Nickerson Beach Park, Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach. Friday, July 18, sunset

Lafayette Boulevard Beach, Long Beach. Saturday, July 19, 8:15 p.m.

Sex and the City
Prime, 117 New York Ave., Huntington. Monday, July 21, 8:30 p.m.

Monsters University
Babylon Town Hall, 200 East Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst. Monday, July 21, 8:30 p.m.

Saving Mr. Banks
Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Tuesday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.

Parental Guidance
Farmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, July 24, 8 p.m.

God’s Not Dead
Island Christian Church, 400 Elwood Rd., East Northport. Thursday, July 24, 8 p.m.

The Crood’s
Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, July 24, 8 p.m.

Back to the Future (Drive-In)
Crab Meadow Beach, Waterside Avenue, Northport. Thursday, July 24, 7:30 p.m.

Princess Bride
Eugene Nickerson Beach Park, Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach. Friday, July 25, sunset.

Gimme Shelter
Silas Murder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Rd, Bridgehampton. Friday, July 25, sunset.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Sea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St, Freeport. Friday, July 25, 8:30 p.m.

Madison Theater at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Center. Friday, July 25, 7:30

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Lafayette Boulevard Beach, Long Beach. Saturday, July 26, 8 p.m.

Movie to be decided.
Field No. 1, Stotzky Park, 1144 Pulaski St., Riverhead. Saturday, July 26, 8:30 p.m.

For the Love of the Game
Sunset Park, Main Street, Port Washington. Saturday, July 26, 8:30 p.m.

Step Brothers
Prime, 117 New York Ave., Huntington. Monday, July 28, 8:30 p.m.

Despicable Me 2
Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Tuesday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.

Million Dollar Baby
Clark Botanic Garden, 193 I U Willets Rd., Albertson. Tuesday, July 29, following 7 p.m. concert.

Despicable Me 2
Farmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, July 31, 8 p.m.

Grease Sing-A-Long
Eugene Nickerson Beach, Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach. Thursday, July 31, 6 p.m. *Costs $20 as a part of the Long Beach Film Festival.

Despicable Me 2
Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, July 31, 8 p.m.

Alice in Wonderland
Silas Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton. Friday, Aug. 1, sunset.

Willie Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
Hoyt Farm Park, 200 New Hwy., Commack. Friday, Aug. 1, 8:30 p.m.

Rio 2
Sea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. Friday, Aug. 1, 8:30 p.m.

Despicable Me 2
Newsday Library, 235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville. Friday, Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.

The Cable Guy
Prime, 117 New York Ave, Huntington. Monday, Aug. 4, 8:30 p.m.

Babylon Town Hall Lawn, 200 East Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst. Monday, Aug. 4, 8:30 p.m.

Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Tuesday, Aug.5, 7:30 p.m.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Cedar Creek Park, 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford. Tuesday, Aug. 5, sunset

Farmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, Aug. 7, 8 p.m.

Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.

The Lego Movie
Deepwells Farm County Park, Route 25A and Moriches Rd, St. James. Thursday, Aug. 7, sunset

Dr. No
Silas Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton. Friday, Aug. 8, sunset.

The Lego Movie
Sea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. Friday, Aug. 8, 8:30 p.m.

Honey I Shrunk the Kids
Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Center. Friday, Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Surf’s Up
Lafayette Boulevard Beach, Long Beach. Saturday, Aug. 9, 7:45 p.m.

The Lego Movie
Sunset Park, Main Street, Port Washington. Saturday, Aug. 9, 8 p.m.

Mulford Farms, 10 James Ln, East Hampton. Monday, Aug. 11, 8:30 p.m.

Casino Royale
Prime, 117 New York Ave, Huntington. Monday, Aug. 11, 8:30 p.m.

The Lego Movie
Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Tuesday, Aug. 12, sunset.

The Sand Lot
Cedar Creek Park, 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford. Tuesday, Aug. 12, sunset.

Wizard of Oz
Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, Aug.14, sunset

The Lego Movie
Farmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m.

Night at the Museum
Eugene Nickerson Beach Park, Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach. Friday, Aug. 15, sunset.

Silas Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Rd, Bridgehampton. Friday, Aug. 15, sunset.

Toy Story 3
South Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Hwy, East Moriches. Friday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m.

The Rookie
Martin “Bunky” Reid Park, Broadway, Westbury. Friday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m.

Sea Breeze Park, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. Friday, Aug. 15, 8:30 p.m.

Silver Linings Playbook
Prime, 117 New York Ave, Huntington. Monday, Aug. 18, 8:30 p.m.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Peter Nelson Park, Oakwood Riad, Huntington. Monday, Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Babylon Town Hall, North Lewis Avenue, Lindenhurst. Monday Aug. 18, 8:30 p.m.

Movie to be announced
East Quogue Village Green, Montauk Highway, East Quogue. Monday, Aug. 18, 8 p.m.

Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. Tuesday, Aug. 19, sunset.

Little Giants
Cedar Creek Park, 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford. Tuesday, Aug. 19, sunset.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, Aug. 21, sunset

Night at the Museum 2
Farmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, Aug. 21, 8 p.m.

Eugene Nickerson Beach Park, Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach. Friday, Aug. 22, sunset.

Movie to be decided.
South Jamesport Beach, Peconic Bay Boulevard, Jamesport. Friday, Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Creature from the Black Lagoon
Silas Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Rd, Bridgehampton. Friday, Aug. 22, sunset.

The Goonies
Madison Theater at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre. Friday, August 22, 7:30 p.m.

North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 W Shore Rd., Port Washington. Saturday, Aug. 23, 7:45 p.m.

Pulp Fiction
Prime, 117 New York Ave, Huntington. Monday, Aug. 25, 8:30 p.m.

The Goonies
Cedar Creek Park, 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford. Tuesday, Aug. 26, sunset.

Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, Aug. 28, sunset.

The Nut Job
Farmingdale Village Green, 361 Main St., Farmingdale. Thursday, Aug. 28, 8 p.m.

Silas Marder Gallery, 120 Snake Hollow Rd, Bridgehampton. Friday, Aug. 19, sunset.

The Hunger Games
Madison Theater at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre. Friday, Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Meet the Parents
Prime, 117 New York Ave, Huntington. Monday, Sept. 8, 8:30 p.m.