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Climate march draws hundreds of thousands

Climate March

Demonstrators waving giant banners calling for “climate justice” and singing “Power to the People” lined up in Manhattan yesterday morning for an event billed as the largest climate change march in history, with nearly 2,700 corresponding events organized in more than 150 countries around the world.
The People’s Climate March drew more than 310,000 activists as it proceeded from the Upper West Side to midtown, according to organizers.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon were among the high-profile attendees along with former Vice President Al Gore, and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo.

Man arrested for DWI with two children in the car


Suffolk County Police today arrested a resident of Ireland who was visiting Long Island for driving while intoxicated with his two children in the vehicle.

James O’Connor was driving a 2012 Volkswagen Passat westbound on Middle Country Road in Selden when he was pulled over by Sixth Precinct Crime Section Officer John Bokinz for failing to maintain his lane at approximately 3:30 a.m. O’Connor’s 5-year-old and 8-month-old daughters were in the vehicle with him.

Upon interview, it was determined that O’Connor was intoxicated and he was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger 15 Years Old or Younger (Leandra’s Law) and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was also issued three summonses for vehicle and traffic law violations.

O’Connor, 25, is scheduled to be arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip.


Little league coach killed throwing batting practice

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Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating an incident during which a man died after he was struck in the head with a baseball.
Fifth Precinct officers responded to Baseball Heaven, located at 350 County Road 101, after a youth baseball coach was struck in the head with a baseball during warm-ups prior to a game at approximately 5:30 p.m. last night. Upon arrival of officers and paramedics, bystanders were performing CPR on the man, Richard Becher, who was unconscious.
Becher, 50, of 15 Buckingham Drive, Holbrook, was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.


Damaged files will cost Smithtown

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Tax files, birth and death certificates and other documents waterlogged from last month’s record rainfall may cost Smithtown hundreds of thousands of dollars to restore, officials said.
An estimated 301 boxes and 85 ledger books from the town clerk, assessor and comptroller’s offices were damaged in the Aug. 13 storm that dumped more than 13 inches of rain on parts of Long Island, said Smithtown Town Attorney Matthew Jakubowski.
To prevent more damage, the documents — which also include accounting ledgers and assessment files — were frozen at Document Reprocessors, a facility in Rushville in the Finger Lakes area, said Joseph Kostecki, the town purchasing director.

Don’t be alarmed by Enterovirus D68

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Health officials say there is no need to be alarmed if you feel your child has come down with the Enterovirus-D68. 

Dr. Matthew Weissman with Community Health Network says it can cause serious illness but isn’t really dangerous.  Dozens of confirmed cases of the respiratory virus in children have popped up in the tri-state area, including at least one in Nassau County. 

The signs are coughing, difficulty breathing and flu-like symptoms.  Weissman says the best way to prevent the spread of the virus is to constantly wash your hands. 

Overcrowding in Hempstead

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School officials in Hempstead gathered at a board meeting last night to discuss the problem of overcrowding in classrooms.

“News 12″ reports around 100 new students have enrolled every day since the start of the new year and some classrooms are packed with as many as 50 kids.  State Assembly members attribute the problem to the number of migrant children flocking to the district who have crossed the border illegally. 

The district plans to request state and federal aid so it can lease three buildings to help alleviate the problem. 

Speed zone camera costs keep going up

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The cost of Nassau County’s new speed camera program keeps climbing. 

“Newsday” reports County Executive Ed Mangano is now proposing that more than six-million dollars be spent on installing flashing lights and signs in school zones. The state requires school speed limits to be marked in such a way.  Even though it is the responsibility of towns and villages to put lights and signs in, drivers could challenge whether county-issued tickets are valid. 

The proposal comes after Nassau lost more than two-million dollars due to tickets that were mistakenly issued when speed cameras malfunctioned last month.

Dog found in W. Islip canal

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The Suffolk County SPCA is investigating after the body of a dog was found chained to a cinderblock in a West Islip canal. 

The Rottweiler mix was discovered around 10 a.m. yesterday near Secatogue Lane East.  A necropsy was set to be conducted Thursday to determine whether the dog was dead or alive when it was dumped into the canal.  The body showed no sign of trauma. 

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Suffolk County SPCA. 

Bishop leads Zeldin in polls

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Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) holds a 10-point lead over Republican challenger Lee Zeldin in the race for New York’s 1st Congressional District, according to a Newsday/News 12/Siena College Poll.
While Bishop holds an edge in the poll of likely voters in the district conducted from Sept. 7 to 11, the results also indicate a majority of those surveyed have an “unfavorable” opinion of the U.S. House of Representatives and favor Republicans retaining control of the House.
Fifty-one percent of the 592 likely voters interviewed for the poll said they plan to vote for Bishop, who is running on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines, while 41 percent said they would vote for Zeldin, a former state senator from Shirley who is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines.
Eight percent said they were undecided or had no opinion. The poll has a plus or minus 4 percentage-point margin of error.

Enterovirus D68 hits Long Island

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A school-aged child on Long Island has a confirmed case of enterovirus D68, a diagnosis that comes within days of the first New York cases that affected about a dozen upstate children, health officials said Wednesday.
Enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, is considered rare, but it has made a sudden resurgence nationwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest tally estimates about 140 cases in 16 states have been confirmed since last month.
The local infection involves a North Hempstead child who became ill earlier this month, was hospitalized and now is recovering at home, Nassau County health officials said Wednesday.
In Suffolk, health officials say they are awaiting test results from the state laboratory on seven possible cases. Information about them is expected by week’s end, a county spokeswoman said.