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NYPD officer from Long Island dies

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A 25-year-old New York City police officer died Monday, two days after being shot in the face in Queens.  Officer Brian Moore was taken off life support yesterday. 

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton praised Moore’s five year career, saying he had made 150 arrests and had been awarded several commendations.  Moore’s alleged killer is being held without bail.  Charges against Demitrius Blackwell will now be updated to murder. 

The gun believed to have been used in the shooting was found in a backyard near the shooting scene in Queens yesterday.

Posted On 05 May 2015

Cancer victim who cried wolf sentenced

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A woman who claimed to have cancer in order to raise money for her drug habit will spend the next one to three years behind bars.

Twenty-four-year-old Brittany Ozarowski appeared in court in Central Islip Monday after she failed to complete a mandated drug treatment program.  She pleaded guilty late last year of grand larceny charges. 

Posted On 05 May 2015

Kate Murray to join Nassau District Attorney race

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What has long been rumored is now official.  Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has joined the race for Nassau County District Attorney.  

She says her goal is to fight cyber crime and the spike in heroin use in the county.  Murray, a Republican, will be opposed by acting DA Madeline Singas, a Democrat.

Posted On 05 May 2015

Yankee’s refuse to pay Arod bonus

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The New York Yankees will not be showing their appreciation for Alex Rodriguez’s 660th home run in a financial manner.  General manager Brian Cashman stated on Saturday they won’t pay Rodriguez the six-million-dollar bonus for tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time home run list.

A-Rod was set to be paid a bonus when he caught Mays, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds homer totals.  According to ESPN, in the contract the Yankees needed to be able to market the milestones for Rodriguez to get his payment.  The organization considers Rodriguez’s previous use of PEDs an impediment to that.

A-Rod hit the home run pinch hitting in the eighth inning Friday night to give the Yanks a three-two win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Posted On 04 May 2015

Skelo’s arrest is could come as early as today…

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One of New York’s top politicians could be arrested on federal corruption charges as early as today.  State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skellos and his son Adam face charges of conspiracy, extortion and bribery.

Multiple reports say the investigation centers around whether the Long Island Republican used his influence to help his son’s Arizona-based business win a government contract.  The news signals an extended investigation into the alleged ongoing corruption in Albany and comes several months after former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver resigned from his leadership post.  It’s not clear if Skellos too will step down.

Posted On 04 May 2015

Neighbor and Suffolk PD save Centereach Woman

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A Centereach woman is lucky to be alive after a neighbor and two Suffolk police officers saved her from a raging house fire.

Authorities say the fire broke out at a Forest Road home shortly after 3:00 a.m. yesterday morning, trapping 66-year-old Rosemarie Donnelly on the second floor.  Neighbor Thomas Earl and two cops managed to find a ladder and safely get Donnelly out.  Four others in the home were able to get out on their own.

A family dog died in the fire.  Donnelly and Earl were hospitalized with back injuries.

Posted On 04 May 2015

Public Assistance Integrity Act passes

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Senator Ken LaValle reports that the NY State Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act”, which would prohibit the use of welfare funds for the purchase of alcohol, tobacco, or lottery tickets. A sponsor of the bill, Senator LaValle said, “Now, we need the Assembly to pass the legislation, so the Governor can sign it into law. Taxpayer funds should not be used for these types of activities.”

“In addition, New York State also stands to lose $120 million in federal funds if this doesn’t become law. The legislation will ensure monies are available for those truly in need.” Senator LaValle continued. Currently, disreputable people are utilizing the Electronic Benefits Transfer cards (EBT cards) to pay for items that were never intended to be covered by the welfare system.

The penalties under the measure would result in the individuals being removed from the welfare programs after a 3-strikes-you’re-out penalty phase. The Senate passed the legislation during last year’s session, but the Assembly did not act.

Posted On 05 Feb 2014

Arrests in connection to Hoffman’s death

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Four people have been arrested in connection with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Police nabbed three men and a woman and seized more than 350 bags of heroin at a Mott Street apartment Tuesday night saying they may have supplied the actor with the heroin that killed him.

Hoffman was found dead Sunday with a needle in his arm and 70-bags of heroin in his apartment.

Posted On 05 Feb 2014

Got Salt?

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With a stormy January in our rear view mirror, the first week of February has been no better.  Thanks to the awful weather, LI communities have run out of supplies to treat the roads.  The state is lending a hand to Long Island communities in need of road salt.

Many communities have exhausted their supply with January snowstorms and the second of three storms hitting this week. State DOT officials are providing towns with 400 tons of salt until they can restock their own supplies.

“Newsday” reports that January alone was the second snowiest on record at Long Island MacArthur Airport.

Posted On 05 Feb 2014

A wintery mix for today

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The brutal winter continues with another winter storm.  This one can be dangerous with sleet and freezing rain.  Watch for heavy tree branches that could snap from the heavy ice.  Anticipate treacherous driving conditions as well as power disruptions and long delays on mass transit.

Winter Storm Warning through 6pm.   Snow, Sleet, freezing rain and some rain through 9am. Wintry mix and rain throughout the day.   Icy Roads. 2 to 6 inches of snow before a change to wintry mix. Winds East/Northeast 5-15 mph. Highs near 36.

Posted On 05 Feb 2014