FEMA is coming to town

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A federal storm damage assessment team is set to visit Suffolk County Wednesday to inspect homes and businesses slammed one week ago by torrential rains that flooded basements and highways from Babylon to Rocky Point, officials said Tuesday.
The inspection is expected to help determine whether the towns hardest hit by the storm — Islip, Brookhaven and Babylon — will be declared a disaster area, making them eligible for federal financial aid, officials said.
Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are scheduled to meet Suffolk County and town officials Wednesday to examine multiple sites damaged by the storm, which dumped a state-record 13.57 inches of rain in less than 24 hours at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma

LI Music Hall of Fame gala tickets to go on sale

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Thought the Billy Joel tickets went fast for his show at The Paramount last year? Just wait until the tickets go on sale Wednesday for this year’s Long Island Music Hall of Fame gala.
Though Joel isn’t officially part of the gala, his core band from the ‘70s and ‘80s – including drummer Liberty DeVitto, who sued Joel over royalties in 2009, and the late Doug Stegmeyer, his longtime bassist and backing vocalist – is set to be inducted at the biennial gala scheduled for Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington, according to sources close to the event.
Joel told Newsday through his spokeswoman that he will not be able to attend the event because he will be out of the country that night.
An official announcement about the Long Island Hall of Fame induction is expected Wednesday, along with ticketing information.


Suffolk County commissioner pleads guilty

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The Suffolk County Information Technology Commissioner who resigned yesterday will not be going to jail. 

Donald Rodgers of Centereach pleaded guilty yesterday and was sentenced on two misdemeanors.  One involves the county’s bid last year for a multimillion dollar software deal with Microsoft. The other involves his failure to disclose ownership of a computer consulting company, Red Dog Design, and income he earned from in 2012. 

His attorney says Rodgers made mistakes and today is taking responsibility for the errors he made. 

Islanders sold

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Not long after the New York Islanders move to Brooklyn they should have a new owner.

The team says it is being sold to a group led by Jon Ledecky, a former co-owner of the Washington Capitals.  London-based investor Scott Malkin will have a minority interest. Terms of the deal were not announced. But current owner Charles Wang will stay on as a majority stock holder for two years.  After that, the new group will take over.