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Cuomo says no to property tax increase

Governor Andrew Cuomo is saying “no” to property tax increases and wants to impose a state freeze.

Cuomo says the property taxes in New York are already among the highest in the country. He says the freeze he’s promoting is designed to encourage towns across the state to consolidate and share services, such as fire and police departments. Cuomo claims the answer to high taxes is less government, rather than more. Cuomo’s budget is due on April 1st.

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Bus driver fired after bullying kids

A Suffolk bus driver has been fired after being accused of bullying kids.

Students from Mills Pond Elementary School in St. James, ranging from ages 5 to 10 years old, say that their driver pushed, shoved, squished them in their seats, and even picked them up by their backpacks and dropped them.

Officials from the Smithtown School District said within 24 hours of the complaint the driver was decertified, so he can no longer work for the school. After an investigation from the Towne Bus Company, the company whom the driver worked for, the driver was fired.

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Ronkonkama woman arrested for drug possession

Suffolk County Police arrested a Ronkonkoma woman for drug possession charges and driving with a suspended license.

Officials say an officer was driving an unmarked vehicle when he observed a woman driving erratically in a Hyundai Elantra northbound on Old Nichols Road, south of Townline Road, in Ronkonkoma.

Stephanie Mupo, 39, was arrested and charged with 2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

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Teacher acquitted of inappropriate touching

A former teacher at Eastport Southmanor Central School who was accused of inappropriately touching a female student in his high school Spanish class was acquitted by a Suffolk jury.

38-year-old Felipe Argueta of Mount Sinai was tried on a charge of child endangerment, which is a class A misdemeanor. Argueta was arrested back in June of 2011 after a student made the accusation. Argueta had been suspended from his position in the district shortly after.

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Bay Park Sewage Plant receives funding

Nassau County reports it has received more than $800 million in federal funding to upgrade the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant after the damage done to it by Superstorm Sandy.

Officials said there are 6 active construction projects on the property. They also discussed plans to build a berm to protect the facility in the future, as well as a proposal to build an outflow pipe that would bypass the Reynolds Channel and empty 3 miles south of Long Beach in the Atlantic Ocean. The project is scheduled to be completed in 4 years.

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Re-zoning in Holbrook approved

The Islip Town Planning Board has approved a plan to re-zone a large parcel of land in Holbrook. The development called “Islip Pines,” is expected to create 3,000 local permanent jobs and 1,600 construction jobs.

News 12 reports the plan includes the construction of office space, residential apartments, a movie theater, restaurants, and sports fields for kids. Opponents feel the proposal will destroy some business aligned already on the south shore nearby. The plan will go before the Islip Town Board for a vote.

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Extentions given to Sandy Victims

New York Rising, the program that gives out federal grants to get Superstorm Sandy victims back on their feet, announced it will extend mortgage and rental assistance for the next 18 months. Many Long Islanders protested outside of the Nassau Legislative Building in Mineola voicing frustrations over the slowness of payouts. So far about $200 million of the $800 million has been allocated.

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Nassau County Wage Freeze ending

The 3 year wage freeze in Nassau County may be no more. A deal has been reached between county officials, the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, and the Nassau Police Officer’s Union to end the wage freeze for police  officers after 3 years.
The new deal requires that new officers must pay into their pensions and health care costs. PBA President James Carver said his union should be able to vote and ratify the agreement by the end of the month. Talks are continuing for the wage freeze affecting other county workers.
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3 arrested for selling alcohol to a minor

Three arrests were made while the Suffolk County Police Department’s Third Precinct Crime Section conducted state liquor license inspections at seven locations in Brentwood and Bay Shore  for selling alcohol to a minor.

Compruebe Mini Market employee Sandy Victoriano-Hernandez, 30, of Brentwood and Village Market employee Maria Samayoa, 29, of Brentwood were charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree. Danny’s Deli employee Rosa Alfaro, 36, of Bay Shore was charged with a state liquor violation, police said.

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Guilty plea in LIRR scam

Two men have plead guilty to stealing from Long Island Railroad riders. Officials said Dorin Hus and Niculae Petre of Elmhurst, admitted they along with three others used cameras and credit card skimmers at several ticket machines at LIRR and Metro North Stations. The district attorney said they stole more than $70,000 total.

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