Wage freeze end for Nassau Correction officers

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An agreement was reached this week between the Corrections Officers Benevolent Association and the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, ending a three-year wage freeze.  The agreement comes with some concessions from members of the workers’ union.
COBA leaders say those concessions include work rules and shift changes that will help reduce overtime for the union’s almost 900 members. They’ve also agreed on a new hiring plan, which extends the amount of time it takes for officers to reach top pay.  NIFA ordered the wage freeze in March 2011, leaving many hires during that timeframe with the same pay over the past several years.
The Nassau County Legislature must approve the agreement. News 12 was told the approval could come as early as Monday.  Union leaders hope the deal passes without hiccups and secures the future for their members as well. They say the agreement won’t allow NIFA to refreeze wages until 2018.

Summer Safety tips coming

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Police Chief of Department James Burke will share summer safety tips, demonstrate the dangers of fireworks and highlight the police department’s stepped up DWI and BWI enforcement efforts for the Fourth of July holiday at a press conference on July 1 at the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank.
Officials will remind residents of the dangers of illegal fireworks and offer tips including pool and beach safety to ensure members of the public have a safe Fourth of July.
Suffolk Police will deploy additional patrols during the Fourth of July holiday to target drivers and boaters under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Police officers throughout the county will also be aggressively investigating and arresting those who unlawfully possess, sell or use fireworks.
Police officials will show the destructive force of fireworks by blowing up a car at the press conference.

Ousted LIRR president still on the payroll

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A deal is keeping ousted Long Island Railroad President Helena Williams on the payroll. 

“Newsday” reports she agreed not to pursue an age and gender discrimination case against the railroad in exchange for being retained as a special advisor to Chief Financial Officer Robert Foran.  She is also assisting the man who replaced her as president, Patrick Nowakowski. 

Under the deal, Williams reportedly will continue to collect her nearly 250-thousand-dollar salary through November, when she will reach the 30 years of service she needs to qualify for a full New York State pension. 

Stabbing in Huntington Station

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Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the stabbing death of a man Saturday night in Huntington Station.

Second Precinct police officers responded to the rear of 14-19 New York Avenue in Huntington Station last night at 9:38 p.m. after a 911 caller reported that a 38-year-old man had been stabbed at that location. When officers arrived, they found Luis Ramos-Rodriguez lying on the ground with a stab wound.

Ramos-Rodriguez, of Huntington Station, was taken by Huntington Community First Aid Squad to Huntington Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation is continuing and an autopsy will be conducted by the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this incident to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

LaBeouf arrested on Broadway

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Actor Shia LaBeouf is under arrest after he brought some real-life drama to Broadway. 

Police say the “Transformers” star was smoking, yelling and being disruptive inside Studio 54 last night during a performance of “Cabaret.”  Police escorted him out of the theater during intermission.  He has been charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. 

The 28-year-old has a history of odd behavior that has gotten him in trouble in the past. 

Fed’s want to send unaccompanied immigrant kids to Bethpage

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The former Grumman Corporation facility may become a detention center to house unaccompanied immigrant children. 

“Newsday” reports the Department of Health and Human Services is considering the Bethpage complex as one of five possible places in the state to house children who have come to the U.S. illegally.  The consideration is being met with its share of criticism. 

“News 12” reports Congressman Peter King, Congressman Steve Israel and Nassau Executive Ed Mangano have all voiced their opposition to the idea. 

No more SAT or ACT requirements for Hofstra


Hofstra University is doing away with SAT and ACT requirements. 

“Newsday” reports university representatives say the testing will be optional for all entering undergraduates starting fall of 2015.   International and home-schooled students will still be required to take the admissions tests. 

Several other private four-year schools across the country have already taken up the “test-optional approach.”  

Man flees crash leaving injured passenger


A Hampton Bays man allegedly crashed his car and fled, leaving a female passenger trapped inside.
Police say the car went off Montauk Highway and hit a utility pole and tree in East Quogue at around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday.  Rescuers found the woman seriously injured in the car. Police then located the driver not far from the accident.
Edward Triggs has been charged with numerous crimes, including drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Walsh suspended

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Edward Walsh, chairman of the Suffolk County Conservative Party, was suspended Wednesday for 30 days without pay from his job as a lieutenant in the county’s sheriff’s department, sheriff chief of staff Michael Sharkey said.
Sharkey declined to say what prompted Walsh’s suspension, but said Sheriff Vincent DeMarco’s investigation into whether correction employees billed the county for time they didn’t work is ongoing. Newsday has reported that Walsh was among at least three sheriff’s employees who are under investigation.
A decision is pending on whether to bring departmental charges against Walsh to terminate him, according to a source with knowledge of the inquiry. The internal affairs investigation will be forwarded to Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota’s office, the source said.

Healthy vending machines in Suffolk

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is unveiling new “junk-food-free” vending machines. 

The machines have been installed at Brentwood-Sonderling High School, and meet the new guidelines issued by the U.S. Agriculture Department.  Sugary soft drinks have been replaced by flavored water, and chips and candy have been replaced by granola bars and popcorn. 

Under the guidelines, set to go into effect on July 1st, no snack can have more than 200 calories.