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Explosion in Harlem

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling this morning’s deadly building explosion in East Harlem a “tragedy of the worst kind.”

The mayor says the only warning came about 15 minutes earlier when a gas leak was reported to Con Edison.  Two crews were dispatched, but arrived shortly after the explosion at East 116th Street and Park Avenue.  He says firefighters were there within two minutes.  At least 18 people were injured and many are missing, but could be safe.

A thorough search will be conducted once the five-alarm fire has been put out.

Running with the bulls

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Wall Street bonuses were up in 2013 and were the third highest on record.

That’s word from New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli who says Securities industry employees in New York City took home an average of nearly 165-thousand-dollars in bonuses, the largest average since the 2008 financial crisis.  DiNapoli says the 15-percent boost includes cash bonuses for 2013, supplemented by bonuses deferred from prior years.

DiNapoli says while Wall Street has been profitable for the past five years, there is still 12-percent fewer workers than before the financial crisis.

Jackson to the Knicks?

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The New York Knicks are closing in on re-uniting with Phil Jackson.

The “New York Post” is reporting Jackson and the organization have agreed in principle to him overseeing the team’s basketball operations under the title of president.  The “New York Daily News” reports Knicks owner James Dolan brought in former Knickerbocker star Bill Bradley to help recruit Jackson.

The story also indicated Jackson would be paid around $15-million per year and he’s had discussions with Dolan about having a minority ownership in the team.  Bradley and Jackson were teammates on the Knicks for 10 years and won two championships in 1969-70 and 72-73.

The $15-million would make the former Bulls and Lakers head coach the highest paid executive in NBA history.

State of Nassau County

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Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano delivered his State of the County address, saying that he will work with state lawmakers to create legislation that could save the county hundreds of millions of dollars, possibly by repealing the “county guaranty.”

Mangano touted a four year property taxes freeze, declining unemployment and the increase in businesses coming to Nassau County.

Zwanger – Pesiri raided

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Federal agents raided the Lindenhurst corporate offices of Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology as part of an investigation of allegations that the company has engaged in a multimillion-dollar fraud by vastly overbilling the federal Medicare program for its services, which include X-rays, MRIs and CT scans.

Zwanger-Pesiri operates 12 medical offices in Nassau and Suffolk County.  Police say they don’t believe that any of the medical services that the offices provided were performed negligently.

Missing student identified

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Police say a missing Long Island college student has been found dead, and they believe she committed suicide by inhaling a “noxious substance.”

Cops discovered 22-year-old Jasmine Joseph’s body inside her car Monday night near the intersection of Jericho Turnpike and Cedar Street.  She hadn’t been seen since leaving her family’s Syosset home on February 24th.  She had told her mother she was headed to study at her school, the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury.  Recent reports revealed Joseph hadn’t shown up for class since last spring.

Her family positively identified her body Tuesday.

Patients exposed to diseases at South Nassau Hospital

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Patients at a Long Island Hospital might have been exposed to hepatitis B, C and HIV. 

South Nassau Communities Hospital is sending out more than four-thousand letters to patients who may have received insulin from an insulin pen reservoir that could have been used with more than one patient.  The letter recommends that patients get tested for the three diseases.  The hospital says it has banned the use of insulin pens and permits only the use of single-patient-use vials.