President Obama invited to Selden

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Suffolk Community College president Shaun McKay is asking President Barack Obama to come to the Selden campus this fall to learn how the state’s largest community college is leading the way to help grow a prosperous middle class for the next generation.
McKay said he decided to invite the president Monday after listening to Obama’s weekend radio address where he talked about higher education as “surest ticket to the middle class,” where graduates average $28,000 more a year than those with a high school diploma.

Another Leandra’s Law arrest

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A Brooklyn man has been arrested for Leandra’s Law DWI after crashing his van with a ten-year-old boy in the vehicle.

Enrique Matute faces felony DWI after the Sunday morning accident.   State Police say Matute, who had eight passengers in the car including the boy, struck another car as he was making a u-turn on County Road 39. 

Under Leandra’s Law, driving drunk with anyone younger than 15-year-old in the car is automatically a felony.   

Islip officials want to help homeowners following record rain

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Islip officials are urging residents to allow inspectors into their homes to view any flood damage caused by last week’s historic storm.

Officials say they have created a map of potential problem spots based on flood maps and calls from homeowners, and are knocking on doors to make sure everything is ok. They are especially concerned with flood water damaging electrical meters and wiring. 

All inspectors will have town-issued badges and identification. 

Motorcyclist critical in Centereach crash


Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives are investigating a crash that critically injured a motorcyclist who drove into the back of a pick-up in Lake Grove this morning.

Mark Ammirati was traveling westbound on Middle Country Road, approaching the intersection at Hawkins Avenue, when he crashed his 1998 Yamaha motorcycle into the back of a 2000 Toyota pick-up truck that was stopped at a red light.  Ammirati, 49, of Selden, suffered serious injuries to both legs and was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital.  The driver of the pick-up truck was not injured.

Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks and the investigation is continuing.  Detectives are asking anyone with information on this incident to contact the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452.