It’s easier to acquire documents listing Nassau and Suffolk county authorities’ secret investigative files than obtain records detailing taxpayer-funded workers’ salaries in the villages of Island Park, Manorhaven or Port Jefferson. Those were among the many findings of an unprecedented audit of 195 Long Island municipalities and agencies’ responsiveness to the New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), the four-decade-old process that the public, media and others use to obtain government documents. The data was compiled into the first-ever Long Island Government Transparency Report Card grading local agencies’ compliance with open records laws, a 16-month-long project in which the Long Island Press collaborated with the Press Club of Long Island (PCLI), where this reporter chairs the Freedom of Information Committee. The cumulative grade that LI localities received for FOIL compliance is a ‘C.’
A masked robber armed with a machete held up an ice cream store after about 20 minutes after he unsuccessfully tried to stick up a doughnut shop about five miles away, Nassau County police said.
Protestors marched outside Rep. Peter King's Massapequa Park office Friday in opposition of President Donald Trump's controversial so-called 'Muslim Ban' and other initiatives.
Republican Elaine Phillips beat Democrat Adam Haber to win an open New York State Senate seat but a sitting Republican Long Island state senator may be unseated, potentially tipping the balance of power in that chamber back to a Democratic majority.
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).
Voters who are registered Democrats will cast their ballots to decide who wins their party line in three Long Island Congressional primary elections on Tuesday, June 28. What follows is a voters’ guide profiling each of LI’s nine Democratic Congressional primary candidates.
What began as a simple humanitarian mission quickly evolved into a spiritual exploration in which the couple met strangers who would become life-long friends, not crazed terrorists, and discovered how the simplest of deeds can be met with boundless expressions of gratitude.