Missing Riverhead woman found dead


Suffolk County police are investigating the death of an elderly Riverhead woman who went missing last Thursday while walking her dog.

The body of Jean Taber was found yesterday in a heavily-wooded area of the Pine Barrens Preserve just a few miles from her home.  Her faithful cocker spaniel was sitting by her side.  The 82-year-old woman suffered from mild dementia and bipolar disorder.

The cause of death has not yet been determined.

Nassau law makers vote on wage freeze

Nassau lawmakers are expected to vote TODAY on agreements that would end a three-year wage freeze for county workers, even as state approval of a key measure to cover the deals’ costs remains uncertain.
The county legislature’s Rules Committee will consider memorandums of agreement between County Executive Edward Mangano and the Police Benevolent Association, Civil Service Employees Association, Detectives Association and Superior Officers Association. The correction officers union has yet to reach a deal.
If the committee approves them, the full legislature is scheduled to hold a special meeting TODAY on the pacts, which reinstate cost-of-living raises and “step” increases for length of service that have been frozen since early 2011. They would set lower salary scales and begin health care contributions for future hires.

PSEG Long Island costs to rise

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Long Island ratepayers, already on the hook for $263.5 million in unfunded pension and related costs tied to LIPA parting ways with National Grid, face $401 million in similar future costs for PSEG Long Island workers.
The Long Island Power Authority’s recently released 2013 audited financial statement noted that LIPA may seek recovery of those unfunded costs through rates in the future, although not until 2016 at the earliest.


Cops and fireman don’t mix on ice

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Apparently even New York’s finest can let a little team rivalry get out of hand.

A massive brawl erupted between the NYPD and FDNY during a charity hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum last night. The fight happened during the second period, when the teams were tied three to three. A YouTube video of the incident shows hockey sticks and gloves littering the ice. “Newsday” reports the video gained more than 55-thousand hits by Sunday evening.

Jeter’s final home opener


All eyes will be on shortstop Derek Jeter today when the New York Yankees play their first home game of the year.

Jeter will be playing in his final home opener before hanging up his spikes at the end of the season.  Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera will throw out the ceremonial first pitches to Jeter and Jorge Posada.  The game’s first pitch will be at 1:05 this afternoon as the three-and-three Yankees send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound.

The Bombers started the season on the road losing two of three in Houston, before taking two of three north of the boarder in Toronto over the weekend.