Tag: Nassau County
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.
Former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi defeated New York State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Old Westbury) in the most closely watched Congressional race on Long Island Tuesday night, winning the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington).
Two-term Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano remained defiant Thursday following his indictment on federal corruption charges including bribery, fraud and extortion, telling reporters outside the U.S. courthouse in Central Islip after posting $500,000 bail that he would not step down as the county’s chief elected official.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, his wife Linda, and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto were indicted on federal corruption charges for an alleged bribery scheme, fraud, extortion and lying to investigators. Prosecutors unsealed the 13-count indictment shortly before the trio was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at Central Islip federal court. Authorities allege Ed Mangano and Venditto conspired between 2010 and last year to use their power to back loans for and award contracts to a businessman, who in turn gave them kickbacks and a $450,000 no-show job for Linda.
The New York City Council recently announced it is setting aside $100,000 to study the pros and cons of supervised injection facilities where, under the watchful eye of a health-care professional, drug users can shoot heroin using sterile equipment with naloxone nearby to treat accidental overdoses. It’s an interesting idea, and there are more than 100 such facilities in six countries, but I hate it.
Good land use policy is all about achieving balance. The White House is correct to assert itself because the suburbs, ours in particular, aren’t working as effectively as they should to address these economic problems. Young families in our area shouldn’t have to look elsewhere for decent housing and jobs. But we must be smart about how we go about tinkering with the suburban model. Calling for a wholesale increase in density, as the White House proposes, wouldn’t be right, either. Growth and environmental sustainability must be taken into consideration because what we don’t need is a new kind of sprawl.
A diverse team of runners dubbed The Selden Hills Warriors band together to battle the unforgiving "Hills of the Seven Sisters" aka "Then Seven Beasts," a harrowing set of steep climbs ascending upwards through the communities of Selden and Farmingville, often conquering not just the elevated terrain, but achieving personal triumphs along the way, too.
Eight community groups are joining forces in an effort to register thousands of working-class voters of color on Long Island to encourage more to cast their votes on Election Day, organizers said. Those behind the initiative have nine weeks to enlist as many potential voters as possible before Wednesday, Oct. 19, the New York State voter registration deadline, to be eligible to vote in the 2016 general election.
Hollywood and television have given non-ghost hunters an idea about what paranormal investigators are like, but art sometimes blurs lines while imitating life. Local experts dedicated to searching for the truth share their sometimes frightening experiences as real-life Ghostbusters. Tales from the paranormal frontlines include encounters with flying, glowing orbs, a "ghost pilot," and "a creature with an alligator-like body, a pig-like snout and horns" and "sunken-in red eyes," among many other otherworldly happenings.