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Hero cops save infant in Huntington Station

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A Huntington Station family is very grateful after a couple of Suffolk County police officers came to the rescue when their baby stopped breathing.

“Newsday” reports Officers Michael Lavrovsky and Joseph Reilly responded to a call at a First Avenue home yesterday afternoon, where they found the five-month-old boy turning blue. He and his twin were being watched by a nanny, who said he started vomiting and aspirating on formula when she was giving him a bath.

The officers gave back blows to the baby and administered oxygen while rushing him to an area hospital, where a doctor was able to fully clear his throat. The baby was in stable condition last night.

Two Rookie cops from Long Island attacked

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Two rookie NYPD officers from Long Island are injured, one critically, following an ax attack in Queens.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says four cops were posing for a photo at 162nd Street in downtown Jamaica when 32-year-old Zale Thompson ran up to them, and without saying a word, started swinging the ax. Thompson was shot dead by the two other officers.

Officer Kenneth Healey was struck in the head and was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where he underwent surgery. He is listed in critical but stable condition. Officer Joseph Meeker and a female bystander who was accidentally shot when the other two officers opened fire on Thompson, are in stable condition.

Police believe Thompson might have been inspired by terrorist attacks overseas.

First Ebola case in New York


The New York area has its first diagnosed case of Ebola.

Craig Spencer was hospitalized yesterday, after he called 911 and reported he was experiencing Ebola-like symptoms. A 33-year-old physician who works for Doctors Without Borders, Spencer had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea and returned to the U.S. through JFK airport last Friday.

He is in isolation at Bellevue Hospital. Health officials say his fiancee and two friends, who had close contact with Spencer, are all quarantined.

Enrollment process for immigrants to be evaluated state wide


The state attorney general’s office and state Education Department, citing children’s constitutional rights, will review school district enrollment procedures for immigrant students — some of whom have been turned away from public schools on Long Island for weeks, told there is no room and not enough teachers for them.
The “joint compliance review” will begin with Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester counties, which, according to the attorney general’s office, have the largest numbers of unaccompanied minors and undocumented youth in the state.
Its first phase will focus on districts that had the largest influx of unaccompanied minors — those 17 and younger who entered the United States illegally this year, many of them fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.
Districts have until Nov. 13 to hand over to the attorney general’s office the number of unaccompanied minors in their schools, the number of students who were denied enrollment between June 1 and Oct. 22, and the average time frame children had to wait to attend classes, among other data.

Poverty up in Town of Babylon

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Family poverty in the Town of Babylon rose between 2010 and 2013, according to Census Bureau estimates released last month.
Between 3,000 and 5,000 Babylon families were living in poverty last year — about 8 percent of families in the town. The bureau estimated that the family poverty rate was between 2 percent and 4.4 percent in 2010.
Babylon was the only Long Island town for which data was reported by the bureau where the rise in the family poverty rate from 2010 to 2013 was statistically significant. The federal poverty level for a family of four last year was a household income of less than $23,834

President Clinton campaigns for Bishop

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Incumbent Tim Bishop is getting some help from a prominent Democrat as he seeks a seventh term in the First Congressional District.

Former President Bill Clinton campaigned for him at Stony Brook University last night. Clinton emphasized Bishop’s track record for getting things done and his efforts in protecting Long Island’s environment.

The latest Newsday-News 12 poll gives Bishop a ten-point lead over his challenger, Republican State Senator Lee Zeldin.

Race for Governor has one and only scheduled debate

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All four candidates for governor of New York debated in Buffalo last night but most of the fireworks came from the major party candidates.

Governor Andrew Cuomo pounded away at Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, repeatedly calling him too ultraconservative for the state. Astorino shot back, blasting the governor for disbanding the anti-corruption Moreland Commission. He even predicted Cuomo may be indicted after Election Day for witness tampering and obstruction of justice.

Cuomo defended his record on tax cuts and economic development while going after Astorino for his leadership in the highest taxed county in the country. Libertarian candidate Michael McDermott and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins also delivered a few political jabs.

Father son team busted for embezzlement

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A Long Island father and son who operate a nonprofit organization that provides drug treatment to tens of thousands of New York City residents were indicted Wednesday in the Bronx on charges of embezzling from Medicaid, the publicly funded insurance program for the poor.
Alan Brand, 64, and his son, Jason Brand, 35, both of Melville, are accused of using the nonprofit group Narco Freedom, based in the Bronx, and other companies they own to siphon money that was intended to pay for patient care, according to State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Prosecutors said the men used the money to support a “lavish” lifestyle that included condos in Florida, a 1969 Corvette, a 2013 Tesla, and a 2002 Jaguar.

Northport-East Northport teachers at contract impasse

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The teachers union has declared an impasse in contract talks with the Northport-East Northport School Board, and the two sides are headed to mediation.  The parties are discussing which mediator to use, and the timing for talks will be contingent on the mediator’s schedule.

An Oct. 15 report from the state comptroller found the district overestimated spending by $39 million during a five-year period, and revenue exceeded spending by nearly $13 million.
The report upset community members, and members of the United Teachers of Northport said it spurred them to make bigger demands for the 2014-15 contract.

School goes into lockdown

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A weapon found at an Amityville middle school triggered a temporary lockdown Tuesday morning.  Suffolk police say a school security guard saw a 14-year-old boy trying to get into Edmund W. Miles Middle School with a BB gun.

A spokeswoman for the district says that student never made it into the building, and police were called. The teen was eventually released to his father. In a statement, the district superintendent said, “The lockdown was lifted in less than an hour. At no time were there any threats made to students or staff.”
No charges are expected to be filed.