Dowling at risk for loss of accreditation

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A nongovernmental agency that accredits institutions of higher learning has warned Dowling College that it must meet a list of 14 required standards or risk losing its accreditation.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education told Dowling on June 26 that it had not complied with three of the 14 accreditation standards.
However, a Middle States spokesman said the commission also found the Oakdale college had made strides in some areas.

Manhattan man dies in Long Island Sound plane crash


A Manhattan man piloting a single-engine experimental plane was killed when his aircraft crashed into Long Island Sound Monday morning, about seven nautical miles — or, about eight miles — north of Mattituck Inlet, officials said.
Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley confirmed pilot Zubair Khan, 41, died in the crash.  Flatley said the victim was the lone person aboard the plane and said his body was recovered from the Sound and was being taken to the Suffolk County medical examiner’s office for identification. Divers from the Mattituck Fire Department recovered the body, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard said the plane crashed at about 8:50 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration said Coast Guard officials informed them that the aircraft was later found “submerged in water” about four miles north of Mattituck.


Cuomo out of MTA Talks

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signaled Monday that he would stay out of the ongoing contract dispute between the MTA and the unions representing 5,400 LIRR workers, even with a crippling strike looming in less than two weeks.
Long Island Rail Road union officials and state lawmakers have urged Cuomo to intervene and help bring a settlement to the four-year-long contract fight, as he did in May with the Transport Workers UnionLocal 100 representing 34,000 transit workers.  But, taking questions from reporters Monday, Cuomo said Congress was better suited to address the stalemate.

Some of LI’s executives took home $377 million

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Two-hundred forty eight of Long Island’s highest-paid executives took home $377 million in total in 2013, according to an analysis of executive compensation complied for Newsday by Standard & Poor’s.
This year’s analysis, which looked at 2013 compensation, showed a wide gap when it comes to executive pay packages on Long Island. Only four executives made more than $10 million for the year, compared to 98 who made between $1 million and $10 million. The bulk of executives on the list made less than $1 million in total compensation: 59 made between $500,000 and $1 million while 85 made less than $500,000.
Pay for Long Island executives also goes far beyond just annual salary, which in this year’s list didn’t top $2 million for anyone in 2013. Compensation packages for executives can consist of salaries, bonuses, restricted stock awards, stock options, non-equity incentive plans, pension plan changes and other miscellaneous items like expense accounts or use of a company car.
Newsday’s list was drawn from Securities and Exchange Commission filings for the fiscal year 2013 and included only executives at public companies that are headquartered on Long Island.