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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

Woody fights back

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Woody Allen is blasting allegations made by his adopted daughter as “untrue” and “disgraceful.”

Responding to Dylan Farrow’s open letter published in “The New York Times” over the weekend, the director’s attorneys said Dylan’s accusations of sexual abuse were “engineered by a vengeful lover” 20 years ago, adding “The one to blame for Dylan’s distress is neither Dylan nor Woody Allen.”

Dylan was adopted by Allen and his former partner, actress Mia Farrow, as a toddler.  Allen, who has been enjoying renewed attention over his award-nominated film “Blue Jasmine,” infamously took up with Farrow’s other adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, whom he eventually married.

Posted On 03 Feb 2014

Teenager shot in Deer Park

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Police are searching for the suspect who shot a teenager in Deer Park.

News 12 is reporting that 16-year-old Joshua Rosenberg was walking down Scott Avenue with friends early Sunday morning when shots were fired, possibly from a car.  The teens start to run when Rosenberg realized he had been hit.

Police say the incident occured at around midnight. Rosenberg was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he is in stable condition.

Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Posted On 03 Feb 2014

More wintery weather

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Maybe Holtsville Hal was wrong.  Right now, our local weather groundhog is off to a bad start.

While Holtsville Hal did not see his shadow yesterday, his prediction of an early spring obviously does not start immediately as another Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Long Island until 7pm…

WINTER STORM WARNING in effect for Long Island through 7PM.

Rain and snow will become all snow.  Snow will become heavy at times this morning through 1PM.   Periods of snow will continue through 7PM with sleet possible at times for the South Fork of Suffolk County.  Snow ends early this evening with clearing skies. Totals will be 5 to 8 inches for most of Long Island with 2 to 5 inches for the South Fork.   Travel will be dangerous with slick conditions and reduced visibility.   This will be a heavy wet snow that could take down tree limbs leading to power outages.

Keep your radio locked to 1039 LI News Radio for up to the minute forecasts from John Wetherbee.

Posted On 03 Feb 2014

Champions

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The Seattle Seahawks are celebrating their first title after beating the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl 48 from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey yesterday.

The Seattle  jumped out to a 22-0 halftime lead and never looked back, cruising to their first Super Bowl win in just their second appearance.  Malcolm Smith returned a Peyton Manning interception 69 yards for a score in the second quarter to help Seattle pull away.  Smith also recovered a fumble to be named the games MVP.  The Seahawks defense forced Manning into two interceptions and a fumble while Denver turned it over a total of four times.

Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for a TD.

The Bronco’s Superbowl record falls to 2 – 5

Posted On 03 Feb 2014

Do you Yahoo?

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Yahoo and federal authorities are working to find out who attacked Yahoo Mail accounts.

Yahoo announced Thursday evening that there was a coordinated effort by hackers who tried to log into email accounts by using stolen usernames and passwords.  Yahoo hasn’t said how many accounts were affected.

Yahoo has reset the passwords for users whose accounts were attacked, and sent them text messages warning of what it called “unusual activity on the network.”

Posted On 31 Jan 2014

Deer Cull cut backs

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The Original talk weeks ago was that Federal sharp shooters would kill about 3000 deer on the east end to help with overpopulation. Now the numbers have been cut.  
Newsday is reporting the number could be cut down to about 1000 with fewer municipalities participating.  Officials are saying the cull is still expected to begin in mid February and continue into March, but right now only the town of Southold,  the Village of East Hampton, private farms and some state parks will be taking part.
All other town have decided not to participate, although reports say the town of Brookhaven has still not made a final decision.

Posted On 31 Jan 2014