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Another increase in electric bills

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The power supply portion of electric bills will jump 27 percent in November following a 24 percent increase last month as LIPA and PSEG Long Island work to recover prior months’ undercollections.
The increase will add about $15.30 to average bills. The power supply charge will jump to 9.34 cents a kilowatt hour from 7.36 cents. LIPA said most of the 2 cent per kilowatt hour increase in the charge was attributable to under-collections from previous months.
At a trustees meeting Thursday, LIPA officials said the utility was $133 million over budget on fuel and purchased power costs for the year. Chief financial officer Tom Falcone said the utility also is dealing with $38 million in lower electric sales this year following a cooler summer and that LIPA’s cash position was lower than projected. As a result, LIPA will move up to this month a $675 million debt offering originally planned for early next year

AROD is back

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Embattled slugger Alex Rodriguez is back with the New York Yankees. His one-year drug suspension officially expired with the end of the World Series on Wednesday.

“A-Rod” has been taken off baseball’s restricted list and reinstated to the Yankees’ 40-man roster. The 39-year-old missed all of last season while serving a suspension for his role in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal.

Rodriguez has three years and 61-million-dollars left on his contract.

Hempstead teaching assistant accused of stealing

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A Hempstead teaching assistant is accused of stealing close to 12-hundred dollars in grant money set aside for pre-K students.

Sirlentor Berry has been indicted on charges of grand larceny, attempted grand larceny, and official misconduct. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice says in January, Berry showed up at the AMC Raceway 10 Theater in Westbury with a check from the school district that was intended to cover the attendance of pre-K students and chaperones. To make up for the absences, the theater issued a cash refund to Berry, who allegedly never returned it to the district. He’s suspected of trying to pull a similar scam in March but was unable to obtain a refund.

Berry is due back in court next month and could receive up to four years in prison.

Nassau doctor busted for illegal prescriptions

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A doctor and a former psychiatrist in Nassau are accused of selling prescriptions pills.
Prosecutors say Marshall Hubsher, along with Dr. Howard Mahler, conspired to sell prescription drugs such as Xanax and Adderall. They say the pair was working out of the same office building in Roslyn where Hubsher used to have a well-respected psychiatrist practice.
Hubsher, 62, was accused of raping one of his patients inside his office two years ago, forcing him to surrender his license to practice medicine. Prosecutors say the latest incident is his fifth arrest.
Hubsher’s attorney says his client denies the allegations against him and claims there is no proof that Hubsher did anything illegal.

Man charged in Maggie Rosales’ death arraigned


A 21-year-old Huntington Station man has pleaded not guilty to the stabbing death of a high school senior earlier this month. 

Adam Saalfield is being held without bail after being arrested yesterday for the murder of 18-year-old Maggie Rosales.  The Walt Whitman High School senior was found face down in the street October 12th. 

Her death marked the fourth unsolved homicide in a year and sparked a community protest and rally for local and county authorities to take action against violence in the community.

Bicyclist hurt in Huntington

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Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that seriously injured a pedestrian in Huntington this morning.

Vincent Butler was crossing West Main Street, approximately 10 feet from Scudder Place, when he was struck by a 2007 Honda Accord traveling eastbound on West Main Street at 6:55 a.m. Butler, 75, of Nathan Hale Drive, Huntington, was transported to Huntington Hospital with serious injuries. The driver, Adrian Schrenck, 38, of West Main Street, Huntington, was not injured.

The Honda was impounded for a safety check. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Second Squad at 631-854-8252.

Giants are World Champs


San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner is the World Series MVP. Bumgarner pitched five scoreless innings in relief in Game Seven of the Giants’ 3-2 win over the Royals on Wednesday to earn the save.

He also won his two starts during the series, including a complete game shutout in Game Five on Sunday. The 25-year-old southpaw threw a Major League-record 52-and-two-thirds innings this postseason.

No tax increase in Nassau

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Nassau lawmakers unanimously passed an amended $2.9 billion budget for 2015 without increasing taxes, as was proposed by County Executive Ed Mangano earlier this year.
The budget calls for recovering the value of bond premiums and restructuring debt. It also slashes $50,000 in funds for a Freeport food pantry, one of Nassau’s largest.
In a letter to lawmakers sent Tuesday, NIFA head Jon Kaiman threatened to cut $31 million from the county’s budget if lawmakers didn’t approve a 3.1 percent property tax hike.
Nassau Legislature Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R – East Meadow) says a tax hike was not necessary and that the budget can be balanced with a much smaller cut.

Murder suicide victims identified

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Police are still trying to determine a motive for a murder-suicide on Long Island Tuesday night.

Police say 66-year-old Patricia Ward was beheaded by her 35-year-old son and left on the street in front of their apartment in Farmingdale.  Derek Ward then apparently killed himself by stepping in front of an oncoming Long Island Rail Road train.

Nassau County Detective Lieutenant John Lazzata says Derek Ward has a ten-year history of drug and mental problems. He was also unemployed and was arrested several years ago for gun possession and criminal mischief.  Ward was a well-liked language arts professor at SUNY Farmingdale.

Woman dies on Sunrise when disabled car is hit

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A woman sitting inside her disabled car stopped on the shoulder of Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore was killed Wednesday when another vehicle hit her from behind, Suffolk police said.
Jessica Ortiz, 21, of Deer Park, was stopped on the highway’s westbound side, just west of Exit 43, Fifth Avenue, at about 12:36 p.m. when her car was struck, police said.
A flatbed tow truck had pulled up in front of the victim’s vehicle, police said, when a Chevy Caprice, driven by Raymond Reinhardt, 51, ran into the back of Ortiz’s car.