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LIRR strike looms next month

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Union leaders are talking tough about a possible Long Island Railroad strike next month.

Anthony Simon, who heads the union that represents most of the LIRR workers says they haven’t had a pay hike in four years and not likely to accept the three year salary freeze the MTA is demanding.

Congressman Peter King is among lawmakers putting pressure on both sides to reach a fair agreement before the March 21st deadline.

LIRR going after fare evaders

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The Long Island Railroad is cracking down on people who ride the trains without buying a ticket. 

They say it cost the railroad one-million dollars over the past two years.  According to the “Daily News,” the LIRR has a list of 500 serial fare-evaders who repeatedly board a train without the fare. The railroad is now going after them, arresting 83 for theft of service last year and issuing over 200 summonses.

Fallon brings the Tonight show back to the Big Apple

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“The Tonight Show” is back in New York for the first time in more than 40 years.

New host Jimmy Fallon walked out to a standing ovation.  His first guest was actor Will Smith and the group U2 performed.  At one point, Fallon remarked that a friend who said he would never  host the show owed him a hundred dollars.

A parade of celebrities passed by his desk dropping hundred dollar bills.  They included Mariah Carey, Joan Rivers, Lindsay Lohan, Joe Namath and Lady Gaga.

Father leaves kids unattended in Patchogue

Suffolk County Police today arrested a Patchogue man that left his 5-month-old baby boy and 5-year-old son unattended in a car while shopping in Patchogue Village.

Fifth Precinct Police Officer Dennis Stewart responded at approximately 5:40 p.m. to a report of two young children left unattended in a vehicle that was parked in the Patchogue Village parking lot located at 32 West Main St., Patchogue.  Upon arrival, Officer Stewart observed the two children in a 1999 Mazda that was locked and not running.  Witnesses stated that the children had been in the vehicle approximately 15 minutes prior to police arrival.  The outside temperature was approximately 25 degrees at the time of the incident.

When the children’s father, Luis Lucero Fajardo, 32, of 73 Wiggins Ave., Patchogue, returned to the vehicle, he was arrested and charged with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  Officers discovered during the course of the investigation that Lucero did not possess a driver’s license and his vehicle was suspended from being on the road because it was not insured.

Lucero Fajardo will be held overnight at the Fifth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on February 18.

 

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Winters financial challenges being felt

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says towns and villages across the state are starting to run into financial challenges because of this winter’s weather.

DiNapoli says the unexpected and continuing cost related to snow removal is putting pressure on municipalities all across New York.  He says while the state can help with the cost of supplies such as salt, overtime costs are most likely something that local governments have to deal with by themselves.

He made his remarks at the New York State Association of Towns annual meeting.