As usual, the annual review of the Press’ most-clicked stories of the year looks nothing like the editors’ choices for top stories of the previous 12 months. Instead of big political and business news stories that affect many Long Islanders’ lives, readers instead flocked to articles about creepy clowns, serial killers and video games.
A New York State fiscal watchdog board rejected Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano's budget for the second year in a row—only the second time the agency issued back-to-back rejections in its 16-year history. The last time NIFA voted down the county budget two years in a row was in 2000, when it was first created, and 2001—both during the administration of former Nassau County Executive Tom Gulotta.
An alleged unlicensed driver was charged with manslaughter following a crash that killed a 33-year-old woman that was his passenger in Freeport on Wednesday night, Nassau County police said.
More than 230 people lost their lives during Superstorm Sandy's lethal trek from the Caribbean up the East Coast of the United States, millions lost power, and its total devastation stateside has been estimated at more than $70 billion. Sandy swallowed entire neighborhoods whole. Breezy Point, the Rockaways, Lindenhurst, Freeport, the city of Long Beach—the list goes on and on.
Suffolk County police will deploy license plate readers in Brentwood amid recent gang slayings in the community. The short-term goal is to use the devices to solve open cases, officials said. But ultimately authorities hope to “decimate the gangs that have committed these crimes,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said outside the department’s third precinct in Bay Shore Monday morning.
John DeVito, a 25-year-old law student from Mastic Beach, won a three-way Democratic primary Tuesday, earning a spot on general election ballots to challenge freshman New York State Sen. Tom Croci (R-Sayville), according to unofficial results from the board of elections. That race was one of five Democratic primaries for state Legislative seats on Long Island. In the other four—two state Assembly seats each for Nassau and Suffolk counties—challengers were unsuccessful against three incumbents and a party nominee to fill a vacancy.
Nassau County lawmakers have hired a new jail heath service monitor after New York State authorities accused the county jail’s medical provider of neglecting to prevent the deaths of at least five inmates. The Nassau Legislature’s rules committee unanimously approved the $45,000 contract with California-based Community Oriented Correctional Health Services. The company will make sure that Florida-based Armor Correctional Health Medical Services, the current health care provider at Nassau jail, complies with its contract. It will also ensure a smooth transition to a new provider in the coming months as the county switches to a new company.
Registered Democratic voters will cast their ballots Tuesday in five Long Island primary races that will decide which New York State legislative candidates are among the choices on Election Day. The match-ups include a three-way Democratic primary in the lone LI state Senate race on September ballots and four primaries in local state Assembly races—two in Suffolk County and two in Nassau.