Jets release Cromartie

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The New York Jets are moving on without cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

The Jets are releasing him after four years with the organization.  He was due to make a five-million-dollar bonus later this week.  Cromartie posted 38 tackles and three interceptions last season. He had 160 tackles and 13 picks with New York.

Cromartie has only missed one game in his entire eight-year career with the Chargers and Jets.

Suffolk sued by environmental groups

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NEWSDAY REPORTING THAT Environmental groups have sued Suffolk for diverting almost $33 million from its Drinking Water Protection Program to balance the county’s budget.
The money from a voter-approved quarter-percent sales tax increase was sold to the public first in 1987 and approved five times by voters, most recently in 2007, as a way to protect drinking water and stabilize sewer district rates, according to the lawsuit.
Instead, the redirected money, which comes from the sewer stabilization portion of the sales tax, was a one-time way to cover operating expenses in the county budget. The move was approved by Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone and the Suffolk County Legislature.
The Pine Barrens Society and Long Island Environmental Voters Forum filed the lawsuit  in Riverhead against the county, Bellone and the legislature.
Bellone, who has made water quality a top priority of his administration’s agenda this year, is negotiating with environmental groups to guarantee that the money is repaid.
County officials said a plan to eventually pay money back into the fund could be reached as soon as Monday.


Is Jackson coming back to the Knicks?

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Phil Jackson may be heading back to the New York Knicks.

The “Daily News” says Jackson could answer the team’s offer of joining the front office to run the team’s basketball operations today.  ESPN reported team president Steve Mills originally reached out to Jackson to become the new head coach of the Knicks, but Jackson declined the offer.

Jackson played 10 seasons with New York from 1967 to 1978.

Schumer cracks down on e cigarettes

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New York’s senior senator is cracking down on e-cigarette companies, saying they must stop marketing their products to children.

Senator Chuck Schumer says companies are appealing directly to kids by adding flavors to the products like bubble gum and cotton candy and leaving the word “cigarette” out of the name and calling them ‘e-hookahs” or “vape pens.” Schumer announced Sunday he is pushing legislation in the Senate that would put an end to such advertising.

Schumer’s action comes in light of a recently released study showing that kids who smoke e-cigarettes are seven times more likely to eventually smoke normal cigarettes that those who do not smoke e-cigarettes.

Busted for stealing money for sick kids


A Babylon man is due in court in Central Islip today after he allegedly stole money intended for a children’s hospital.

“News 12” reports Thomas Campion was caught on surveillance video stealing from a donation jar at the Flag Beverage store in Lindenhurst. The jar contained donated money for Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.

Campion has been charged with petit larceny.

Bayshore man arrested in Central Islip stabbing


Suffolk County Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the stabbing death last night of a Central Islip man.

Third Precinct police officers responded to 7 Pinewood Ave. after a 911 caller reported that people were yelling at that location. When officers arrived, they found Carlos Velasquez, 40, lying in the street with a stab wound to the torso. He was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he died.

Witnesses identified Wilfredo Flores of 50 Jensen Road, Bay Shore as the assailant and held him until police arrived. Flores, 28, was arrested and has been charged with Manslaughter 1st Degree.

Flores is being held at the Third Precinct and will be arraigned today at First District Court in Central I