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Bill Cosby’s new show cancelled


Bill Cosby’s sitcom for NBC has been dropped, the network has confirmed, although it has yet to offer an official comment.

The end was expected — Cosby has been reeling from allegations that he raped women over a period of decades. In the wake of those allegations, talk show appearances have been canceled, while Netflix late Tuesday pulled a Cosby special.

Tax hike approved in Islip

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Islip’s Town Council approved a $134.4 million budget for 2015 this week — increasing taxes by 5.8 percent — after an amended budget was submitted by a councilman right before the vote took place.
Toward the end of Tuesday’s meeting — after the room had cleared out following a heated public hearing over possible restrictions on keeping backyard roosters — Councilman Steve Flotteron offered the amendment that would raise property taxes by $25.71 for the average homeowner.
Supervisor Tom Croci, who was elected to the 3rd District State Senate seat earlier this month, weeks ago proposed a $130.5 million budget with a zero-percent tax increase

Drones over Kennedy

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The FBI and the FAA are investigating three reports of drones flying too close to jetliners approaching Kennedy Airport this week.

Officials say a JetBlue pilot spotted an unmanned drone flying at about 400 feet as the plane was crossing from Nassau County into New York City yesterday.

Sunday night pilots of a Virgin Atlantic and Delta flight reported a drone flying at close to three-thousand feet over Nassau County about ten miles from the airport. All the planes landed safely.

Our hospitals tops in the nation


Five Long Island hospitals are named among the top 45 performing hospitals in the nation.

Three Catholic Health Services hospitals are on the list compiled by The Joint Commission, a national accrediting organization for hospitals. St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Center and Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip are recognized as top performers.

South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside and Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in West Brentwood are also on the list.

Islanders continue to roll

Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Islanders

Brock Nelson logged a goal and an assist as the Islanders roughed up the Lightning 5-2.

Cal Clutterbuck, Mikhail Grabovski and Ryan Strome all scored in the second period for the Isles, who have won six of their last seven.  Casey Cizikas also scored and Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves in the victory.

Alex Killorn and Ondrej Palat had the goals for Tampa, which had won its previous two. Evgeni Nabokov made 31 saves in the loss.

Three caught fleeing home invasion

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Three people are under arrest after fleeing the scene of a robbery on Long Island and crashing their car into a livery cab.

Cops say 22-year-old Arlene Morel started off the heist by knocking on the door of a Mineola home yesterday afternoon. A 41-year-old man she knew answered and he was then ambushed by two other men, Malik Taylor and Mark Coleman, who began kicking and punching him. The trio then took the man’s safe and fled in a black Audi.

Responding cops trailed the car onto the Long Island Expressway, and the car crashed after they got off the highway. Cops then arrested the group on various robbery, conspiracy, and grand larceny charges.

Fare increase for LIRR commuters announced


Long Island Rail Road commuters will pay from $7 to $19 more for their monthly ticket under the MTA’s latest fare and toll hike plan, according to new agency figures.

Under the new fares that would take effect in March, all monthly and weekly tickets would go up by no more than 4.25 percent, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Great Neck commuters would see their monthly pass rise by $10, to $252 from $242. Hicksville commuters would pay $287 monthly — $11 more than they do now. And Ronkonkoma commuters would pay $377 a month, an increase of $14

Funding for take home weapons in Suffolk vetoed

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The Suffolk County Legislature Tuesday sustained County Executive Steve Bellone’s veto of a budget amendment that would have funded take-home guns for county correction officers.  When Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) raised the veto on the agenda, no one — Republican or Democrat — made a motion to override the measure.

Two weeks ago, the legislature had unanimously approved a $115,000 amendment to Bellone’s $2.89 billion budget for 2015 to fund the purchase of 200 handguns for correction officers, most of whom do not carry weapons on the job inside the county jails.

Apology not accepted

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Jonathan Thompson apologized in a Riverhead courtroom Monday for the brutal beating death of 4-year-old Adonis Reed, but the boy’s family said they would never accept his words. Instead, they called him a “monster” and vowed to ensure he’d never be free again.

Thompson was sentenced Monday morning in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead to 15 years to life on a charge of second-degree murder as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

Skelos to lead State Senate again

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Sen. Dean Skelos was re-elected by his peers Monday to lead the State Senate and indicated that a pay raise for lawmakers is one of the possible subjects of a special session before New Year’s Day.

“That’s one of the issues that are out there,” said Skelos, about a pay raise after emerging from a closed-door GOP conference where he once again was designated Senate Republican leader. “I have said I’m in favor of a pay raise on numerous occasions,” adding it’s been 16 years since lawmakers’ last pay hike.

Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) said there have been no official pay-raise talks with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan)