Lawmakers trying to save Plum Island

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Lawmakers from New York and Connecticut have asked congressional leaders to halt the sale of Plum Island, the spit of land off Orient Point that houses a U.S. Homeland Security Department laboratory.
Congress voted in 2008 to replace the high-security livestock disease lab on Plum Island with a new facility in Manhattan, Kansas. Federal law requires the government to sell Plum Island to the highest bidder to help offset the cost of the new lab.
Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) were the lead authors of a June 30 letter urging leaders of the House and Senate appropriations committees to allow the government to keep and preserve the 840-acre island.

Lindsay Lohan suing game maker

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Actress Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of the popular “Grand Theft Auto” video game. 

In the suit filed yesterday in state Supreme Court in New York, the Long Island native claims Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games used her as the basis for the character Lacey Jonas in “Grand Theft Auto Five.”  The character is vapid, self-centered and hounded by the paparazzi. 

The suit says Jonas looks like Lohan, sounds like Lohan, and even borrows outfits from her clothing line. 

PSEG has a plan to reduce energy use

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PSEG-Long Island is rolling out what it calls “Utility two-point-oh,” a plan to help Long Islanders reduce energy use. 

The 200-million-dollar plan was filed this week with state regulators. The plan calls for retrofitting hospitals and apartment buildings, using controllable thermostats to reduce energy during peak periods, and the installation of solar energy equipment for businesses.

The utility also says it will continue to freeze rates until 2016. 

MTA and unions to meet next week

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The MTA and the eight unions threatening a July 20th Long Island Railroad strike have agreed to meet next Wednesday with the National Mediation Board. 

Both sides met last Friday with no success.  The unions are seeking what two Presidential Emergency Boards recommended: 17-percent raises over six years.  The MTA is offering the raises, but over seven years.  They also want a reduced benefits package for new employees.