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Lee Genser has taken on drug kingpins in court and revived overdose victims in the streets. He has dashed out the door c...
05/25/2020
A man's roles as prosecutor and paramedic converge in new ways during pandemic

Lee Genser has taken on drug kingpins in court and revived overdose victims in the streets. He has dashed out the door countless times to answer ambulance calls dressed in a business shirt, tie and bunker pants.

“To be a paramedic during a pandemic should be a full-time job as it is, right? But to do that and do the work he does as an assistant DA is really incredible,” Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas said in an interview.

“Many of those people who showed up and did their duty and served with honor lost their lives. We honor that service.”
05/25/2020
Cuomo: Families of fallen front-line workers need benefits

“Many of those people who showed up and did their duty and served with honor lost their lives. We honor that service.”

Families of front-line workers who died of COVID-19 during the pandemic should receive death benefits, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday. He also called on the federal government to provide hazard pay

Get ready for a clash between health measures and privacy rights when employees begin returning to a workplace where the...
05/25/2020
Expect more coronavirus monitoring at work, experts warn

Get ready for a clash between health measures and privacy rights when employees begin returning to a workplace where their every single move could be tracked.

Temperature scans, immunity badges, a “bio passport,” and even smartphone apps that record all the steps you take are just some of the tools technology companies are gearing up.

A video posted on Reddit Saturday depicts a crowd standing shoulder to shoulder and music playing. Staffers do not appea...
05/25/2020
Cuomo aide: Crowd at LI bar 'stupid' for not wearing masks

A video posted on Reddit Saturday depicts a crowd standing shoulder to shoulder and music playing. Staffers do not appear to separate the dozens of guests, and the video's unnamed narrator shouts "everybody's so thirsty, let's go."

The governor's top aide on Sunday criticized video that showed people crowding into a Patchogue bar, with none of the guests appearing to be wearing face coverings. "From what I understand, the photos

Shoppers drive along the row on a one-way route, ordering items along the way to be picked up and paid for at the end — ...
05/25/2020
Smith Haven Mall launches drive-through farmers market

Shoppers drive along the row on a one-way route, ordering items along the way to be picked up and paid for at the end — and never leaving their cars.

"For now, it's an interesting thing, but I think it might evolve into a different kind of market where people can walk through and stretch their legs," Drachtman said.

The chickens are five and a half months old, just about the age they would have started laying eggs, the farm owner said...
05/25/2020
Dozens of chickens stolen from Southold farm, police say

The chickens are five and a half months old, just about the age they would have started laying eggs, the farm owner said.

“We spent a lot of money buying them, we spent a lot of money feeding them and raising them and building a house for them and now they’re gone,” the farm owner said.

A year ago, a Suffolk County judge threw out Bush’s conviction for a 1975 Bellport murder that he did not commit. After ...
05/25/2020
Keith Bush reflects on year since he was cleared of murder charge

A year ago, a Suffolk County judge threw out Bush’s conviction for a 1975 Bellport murder that he did not commit. After spending 33 years behind bars, Bush endured another decade trying to clear his name.

Feeling isolated and alone, living locked down in a confined space, is a haunting experience that innocent man Keith Bush knows all too well.

Although the religious leaders agree that their buildings are an essential part of their congregants’ spiritual practice...
05/24/2020
LI houses of worship call for phased-in reopening

Although the religious leaders agree that their buildings are an essential part of their congregants’ spiritual practice, they feel strongly that it is too soon to reopen and urge their worshippers to pray at home.

Some Long Island religious leaders disagree with President Donald Trump’s call to reopen churches and other houses of worship this weekend.

05/24/2020

Has coronavirus cut you off from family overseas?

We are looking to talk to Long Islanders who have family members living abroad.

Would you normally be planning a trip to visit family or a native country, but can’t because of the pandemic? Are your kids not going to see their cousins this summer? Do you have family in Italy, China or other countries you've stayed in touch with during the height of the pandemic there?

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The head of advancement and operations said the school — where annual tuition ranges from $22,700 to $45,000 per student...
05/24/2020
NYC residents escaping virus may boost East End school enrollment

The head of advancement and operations said the school — where annual tuition ranges from $22,700 to $45,000 per student, not including boarding — experienced an enrollment bump when people decided to leave the city after 9/11.

“I think parents are trying to wait until the last minute because they are hoping they can go back to the city,” she said.

Final construction of a system to remove contaminants in the soil is set to begin as early as Tuesday, officials said.
05/24/2020
Removal of pollutants from Bethpage ballfield to begin

Final construction of a system to remove contaminants in the soil is set to begin as early as Tuesday, officials said.

This month marks 18 years since the field was closed upon discovery of toxic industrial compounds, decades after Grumman had donated the land to Oyster Bay town.

Professional sports teams can begin training as of Sunday, Cuomo said. Return-to-play plans for the various leagues are ...
05/24/2020
Cuomo visits Jones Beach, announces opening of professional sports camps

Professional sports teams can begin training as of Sunday, Cuomo said. Return-to-play plans for the various leagues are being crafted, but none have been made official.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo visited Jones Beach on Sunday and encouraged New Yorkers to enjoy Memorial Day but not ignore important social distancing rules to continue to stem the spread of COVID-19. "We are

In Nassau in the week that ended April 4, 72% of health center patients tested positive, compared with 52% countywide.
05/24/2020
Virus testing at county clinics shows higher infection rates

In Nassau in the week that ended April 4, 72% of health center patients tested positive, compared with 52% countywide.

In Suffolk in the week ending March 21, 41% of those tested at county clinics were positive, compared with 22% of residents tested countywide.

Pool store owners and builders said that they are getting an unprecedented amount of requests from those looking to eith...
05/24/2020
'Pools are the new toilet paper': Pandemic spurs homeowners to install backyard pools

Pool store owners and builders said that they are getting an unprecedented amount of requests from those looking to either buy an above-ground pool or have an in-ground pool constructed in their yard.

With vacations canceled and public pools and beaches likely closed or restricted this summer due to COVID-19, Long Islanders are creating their own vacation spots in their backyards, buying up pools and accessories in record numbers.

Ross Coleman, owner of Coleman Country Day Camp in Merrick, called the decision “heart-wrenching” and the toughest one h...
05/24/2020
LI summer camps begin canceling sessions, while many hold out hope

Ross Coleman, owner of Coleman Country Day Camp in Merrick, called the decision “heart-wrenching” and the toughest one he’s ever made. “It’s very emotional, clearly,” he said.

At least three major day camps on Long Island have made the decision not to open this summer, with owners saying that with all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, they don’t feel confident they will

The Morales sisters wrapped up their senior year with a side-by-side accomplishment: Gianna was named valedictorian at F...
05/23/2020
(Almost) identical GPAs for LI identical twins

The Morales sisters wrapped up their senior year with a side-by-side accomplishment: Gianna was named valedictorian at Farmingdale High School and her identical twin Rebecca was salutatorian.

Gianna Morales says the best part of having an identical twin sister is that “you’re never really alone, anywhere.” “You have a built-in best friend basically,” says her sister, Rebecca Morales. The F

After a beekeeper arrived at the property to retrieve the swarm, he suited up and used a high-powered retriever to suck ...
05/23/2020
Bee swarm makes itself at home outside 300-year-old house

After a beekeeper arrived at the property to retrieve the swarm, he suited up and used a high-powered retriever to suck an estimated 25,000 bees into a container. “To a non-beekeeper, 10 bees is too many,” he said.

A cluster of tens of thousands of honeybees was captured from a large shrub near a centuries-old house.

1. Tune into the Bethpage Air Show (virtually)2. Head out on an East End day trip3. Satisfy your summer sweet tooth4. Ta...
05/23/2020
5 LI summer traditions you can still experience this year

1. Tune into the Bethpage Air Show (virtually)
2. Head out on an East End day trip
3. Satisfy your summer sweet tooth
4. Take in the sun at your favorite beach
5. See a movie under the stars

The beaches are opening, the Blue Angels are flying and you’re firing up that grill.

Memorial Day weekend is meant for great food, drinks and company. This year, things will look a bit different, though. B...
05/23/2020
16 LI restaurants offering BBQ kits for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend is meant for great food, drinks and company. This year, things will look a bit different, though. But you’re still able to get somewhat of the same experience this holiday in your own backyard with one of these grilling kits.

Get somewhat of the same experience this holiday, but in your own backyard with one of these kits offered at restaurants and caterers.

If you're going to the beach this weekend, bring your bikinis and sunscreen but don’t forget your face masks, police say...
05/23/2020
LI police: Bring your bikini and sunscreen but don't forget your mask

If you're going to the beach this weekend, bring your bikinis and sunscreen but don’t forget your face masks, police say, as cops will be enforcing the governor’s executive orders directing people to stay six feet apart and to wear face covering in public.

Long Islanders can expect to see a huge police presence at beaches, parks and other recreation areas this Memorial Day weekend, including drones and helicopters in the skies and cops driving through t

Dr. Punita Ponda says she has seen “patients who had been to the emergency room multiple times because they were having ...
05/23/2020
Is it allergies or coronavirus? Symptoms can overlap

Dr. Punita Ponda says she has seen “patients who had been to the emergency room multiple times because they were having what they thought were COVID symptoms … They finally came to us and we figured out it wasn’t COVID, it was allergies."

Allergy sufferers this spring pollen season have more than a stuffy nose and red eyes to worry about.

“It’s critically important for people to realize that Memorial Day could be a wonderful commemorative day or it could un...
05/23/2020
Planning to venture out this weekend? Plan carefully, health experts warn

“It’s critically important for people to realize that Memorial Day could be a wonderful commemorative day or it could unfortunately be the day that we recur and go back if we aren’t careful," a doctor said.

Don't be so eager to party this weekend that you forget vital social distancing rules.

Vehicle entrance fees will not be collected Memorial Day weekend at state parks, where officials expect parking lots at ...
05/23/2020
These LI beaches are open for Memorial Day weekend

Vehicle entrance fees will not be collected Memorial Day weekend at state parks, where officials expect parking lots at the most popular beaches to fill by noon.

Several beaches are officially opening for the season, following strict new state guidelines.

Ferry companies have made efforts to reassure anxious customers by requiring the wearing of face coverings and cleaning ...
05/23/2020
Fire Island ferry companies bracing for rough summer

Ferry companies have made efforts to reassure anxious customers by requiring the wearing of face coverings and cleaning boats from stem to stern, but ridership and revenue are down by about half.

Ferry owners are not sure what to expect this weekend.

Gov. Cuomo dropped the state’s absolute ban on gatherings of any size Friday, issuing an executive order saying up to 10...
05/23/2020
New York eases ban on gatherings

Gov. Cuomo dropped the state’s absolute ban on gatherings of any size Friday, issuing an executive order saying up to 10 people are now allowed to be together as long as they abide by other social distancing guidelines adopted during the coronavirus pandemic.

The order, issued on the eve of the Memorial Day weekend, represents one of the biggest steps yet the state has taken to loosen rules adopted in March that have barred anyone but essential workers from getting together unless they live in the same household.

Some private early education schools and summer camps have had to return thousands of dollars in tuition to parents due ...
05/22/2020
Day cares say some summer programs could shut down for good

Some private early education schools and summer camps have had to return thousands of dollars in tuition to parents due to the shut down.

Though schools won’t be opening for in-person summer school, a decision on summer camps had not been made.

Boardwalk fries and frozen slushies to go will be fodder for some beachgoers as concessions at popular stretches of sand...
05/22/2020
3 LI beach concessions opening this weekend

Boardwalk fries and frozen slushies to go will be fodder for some beachgoers as concessions at popular stretches of sand reopen with limited service for Memorial Day weekend.

There will be no seating, but food and drinks to take back to the sand.

Basketball practices may not allow passing. Tennis practices may not allow players to hit together. Volleyball practices...
05/22/2020
High school sports could look very different upon return

Basketball practices may not allow passing. Tennis practices may not allow players to hit together. Volleyball practices may not allow play at the net.

Nationally issued guidelines advises that high school sports return in three phases.

The Suffolk County Police Department announced Friday it has positively identified a woman whose remains were found in M...
05/22/2020
Suffolk police says it has identified Gilgo Beach victim

The Suffolk County Police Department announced Friday it has positively identified a woman whose remains were found in Manorville in 2000 and on Gilgo Beach in 2011.

The Suffolk County Police Department said the identity would be revealed "in the near future."

Long Island can expect to start reopening its local economy next week, if deaths continue to decline and the region is a...
05/22/2020
Cuomo: Long Island on track to start reopening next week, as coronavirus deaths decline

Long Island can expect to start reopening its local economy next week, if deaths continue to decline and the region is able to build up its corps of contact tracers in time, Gov. Cuomo said.

The Long Island and Mid-Hudson regions of New York can expect to start reopening their local economies next week, if deaths continue to decline and the regions are able to build up their corps of cont

The businesses were deemed "essential" and include everything from construction firms to job-placement services to vapin...
05/22/2020
At least 671 LI companies received waivers to open

The businesses were deemed "essential" and include everything from construction firms to job-placement services to vaping shops to pet groomers.

The businesses received the waivers in March and April, allowing them to operate.

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