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Special Saturday Recycling Pickup for Brookhaven

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The Town of Brookhaven would like to remind residents that a special recycling pickup has been scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, February 8. The regular Wednesday pickup was suspended due to the winter storm. Please call 451-TOWN (8696) for more information or visitwww.brookhaven.org to learn about the Town’s new Single Stream Recycling program.

Posted On 07 Feb 2014

Less money for Long Island schools

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More than 100 Long Island school districts would get less state operating aid in the coming academic year under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed budget than they received in 2008-09, before the economic downturn drove slashes in the funds.
School leaders said more money is needed to meet across-the-board cost increases, maintain educational programs and staff, pay for reform-driven federal and state mandates, and keep budgets within the property tax cap. But the governor’s aides argue that the aid levels reflect drops in enrollment.
Leaders at the New York State School Boards Association calculate that 84 percent of districts in Nassau and Suffolk counties would have less aid in 2014-15 as compared with the figures six years ago. The statewide percentage is 68 percent.

Town Supervisor?

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Republican Patrick Vecchio’s position as Smithtown Town supervisor was in doubt Thursday after the town clerk declared the job vacant because Vecchio failed to file a written oath within 30 days of taking office on Jan. 1.
Town Clerk Vincent Puleo, a Conservative who is aligned with political opponents of Vecchio’s, sent a letter Feb. 5 to Town Attorney Matthew Jakubowski saying that Vecchio, newly elected Republican town board member Lynne Nowick and three other appointed town officials “have not completed the oaths of office on file” as required 
Puleo made the declaration even though Vecchio and Nowick were both sworn in on the steps of Town Hall on Jan. 1 — an event to which Puleo, who was also re-elected, was not invited. Puleo said that in the past he has collected the written oaths at those ceremonies.  It was unclear last night whether the error can still be corrected.

Biden no fan of LaGuardia

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Vice President Joe Biden apparently doesn’t think much of New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

While speaking at an event in Philadelphia Thursday, Biden claimed that if he blindfolded someone, brought them to LaGuardia and asked them where they were, they would reply with “some third world country.”  Biden also said if he did the same to someone at the airport in Hong Kong, they would say, “this must be America, it’s a modern airport.”

The vice president made the remarks while calling on the need for improvements to America’s infrastructure.  Biden pointed to Amtrak, which revealed its latest electric locomotive at the event.

Ralph Kiner dies at 91

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The Met’s are mourning one of the most beloved people in the club’s history. Broadcaster Ralph Kiner passed away yesterday at the age of 91.

Met’s Chairman & CEO Fred Wilpon calls Kiner “an original Met and extraordinary gentleman.”  In a written statement, Wilpon goes on to say Kiner’s  “knowledge of the game, wit, and charm entertained generations of Me’ts fans” and “like his stories, he was one of a kind.”

After a ten-year Hall of Fame playing career, Kiner became a treasured broadcasting icon for more than half a century.

Four charged in group home incident

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Four Long Island group home employees are facing charges after they provoked two disabled residents to attack each other.

“Newsday” reports deputy special prosecutor Jacqueline Kagen as saying the defendants encouraged “what can only be described as a developmentally disabled fight club.”   Officials reportedly acquired cell phone video footage of the incident, which took place at Independent Group Home Living Program in Southampton, and say it shows all four workers laughing during the fight.

Three of the defendants pleaded not guilty yesterday and bail was set at ten-thousand dollars each.   The fourth defendant was later arrested on a bench warrant.

Cemetery thieves

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Suffolk County Police today arrested three people for stealing bronze vases from a Farmingdale cemetery.

First Precinct officers responded to a 911 call of a theft in progress at Pinelawn Cemetery, at Wellwood Ave.. Officers located two male suspects who were still at the cemetery in a white Volkswagen Beetle which had also been driven in a prior larceny at the graveyard. When the officer attempted to initiate a stop, the driver of the Volkswagen evaded police by driving through a locked metal gate. After a brief pursuit, the suspects were apprehended in Massapequa.

Further investigations by First Squad detectives revealed that the driver of the vehicle Nicholas Giambalvo, 27, his passenger, Max Schneider, 24, and the owner of the Volkswagen, Elizabeth Dono, 27, were responsible for the thefts of numerous bronze vases with a combined value of approximately $53,000. The thefts occurred on October 1, and 16, 2013, and February 5, 6, 2014.

Giambalvo and Dono are also responsible for a burglary that occurred December 2013 in which they entered a vacant home on Kime Avenue in North Babylon and stole copper piping.

All three are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on February 7.