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LI unemployment rate drops to 4.8%

newsday.com — Long Island's unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent in September, the lowest for the month since 2007, state Labor Department data released Tuesday afternoon show. The rate fell from September 2013's 5.9 percent.

Residents angry with Huntington Station violence take on town hall

newsday.com — Hundreds of angry Huntington Station residents, prompted by the stabbing death of a high school senior nearly two weeks ago, marched to Huntington Town Hall Tuesday, where an overflow crowd booed County Executive Steve Bellone and heckled police Chief James Burke. Maggie Rosales, 18, was killed Oct.
Oct 21, 2014

Residents angry with Huntington Station violence take on #Suffolk police, town officials -- via @taniaelopez nwsdy.li/1yhKgYX

Oct 21, 2014

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Soldier dad returns from Afghanistan, surprises daughter in pumpkin patch

newsday.com — The only thing better than picking out the perfect pumpkin: picking up your daughter who hasn't seen you in months. Levi Kaplan, a soldier who had been serving in Afghanistan for 10 months, gave his daughter the surprise of a lifetime last week. Luckily, Kaplan's wife, Meg Kaplan, got it all on camera.

Meryl Streep films new movie 'Ricki and the Flash' at Long Island MacArthur Airport

newsday.com — Meryl Streep was at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma last Friday to film her new movie "Ricki and the Flash," Sony Pictures Entertainment has confirmed. Written by Diablo Cody ("Juno") and directed by Jonathan Demme ("Something Wild"), the film stars Streep as an aging rock star trying to reconnect with her children.
Oct 21, 2014

Meryl Streep films new movie 'Ricki and the Flash' at Long Island MacArthur Airport: Meryl Streep was at Long ... nwsdy.li/1raLPDl

Eight Long Island students named regional finalists in 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology

newsday.com — Eight Long Island students have been named regional finalists in the prestigious national Siemens science research competition. The students are among 97 regional finalists nationwide who will advance to the next round of the 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, where they will vie for one of the most prestigious science honors awarded to high school students.
Oct 21, 2014

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Oct 21, 2014

RT @Newsday: 8 LI students have been named regional finalists in the national Siemens science research competition nwsdy.li/10jFVJV

Report: MTA's $15B funding gap could spur fare, toll hikes

newsday.com — The state's chief fiscal watchdog Tuesday warned that a $15 billion shortfall in Metropolitan Transportation Authority capital funding could lead to further fare and toll hikes. In his annual report on the MTA's financial outlook, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli suggested that the agency borrowing billions of dollars, as it has done before, to finance its proposed $32 billion 2015-2019 capital plan could lead to larger-than-planned fare hikes.

Six companies coming to LI for START-UP NY tax breaks

newsday.com — Six small businesses have been accepted into the START-UP NY tax free zone at Stony Brook University in return for promises to create 90 jobs and invest more than $3 million, officials said Tuesday. The companies, all of which are technology startups and manufacturers, are the first local participants in the START-UP NY program launched last year by Gov.

NY amends post-Prohibition law to encourage alcohol sales

newsday.com — ALBANY _ New York wants to help get you your next drink. A bill signed into law by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Tuesday amends state policy that has regulated alcoholic beverages for decades. Under the amended law, New York will also officially promote the growing beer, wine and liquor industries in New York.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @GormleyAlbany: NY's official policy now is to promote alcohol sales by amending a post-Prohibition law that regulates alcohol. nwsdy.li/1t4ajTz

Oct 21, 2014

NY's official policy now is to promote alcohol sales by amending a post-Prohibition law that regulates alcohol. nwsdy.li/1t4ajTz

Plenty of blame to go around in Islanders' ugly loss

newsday.com — There was no sugarcoating the Islanders' play Tuesday night. The four straight wins to open this season had them feeling confident, but the defensive-zone breakdowns and ugly goaltending in the second period of a 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs were eerily reminiscent of seasons gone by.
Oct 21, 2014

Plenty of blame to go around in Islanders' ugly loss nwsdy.li/1vKqupB

Rob Astorino announces 'empowerment and opportunity' plan

newsday.com — Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino joined supporters in the South Bronx Tuesday to unveil a five-point "empowerment and opportunity plan" to tighten access to food stamps and create tougher gun penalties. Astorino, the Westchester County executive, is running against Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in the Nov. 4 election.

3 statewide propositions to go before voters

newsday.com — ALBANY -- Voters on Election Day will decide on a hotly contested proposal to limit state legislators' power to draw election districts that protect incumbents, as well as whether to borrow $2 billion to upgrade computers in schools. A third referendum question on Nov.

Judge rejects Congressmen Michael Grimm's bid to know Long Island assembly candidate's role in indictment

newsday.com — A Brooklyn federal judge Tuesday rejected U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm's bid to find out more about the role a Long Island state Assembly candidate played in this year's indictment of the Staten Island congressman on tax evasion charges.

Injured Travis Hamonic plays for Islanders

newsday.com — Travis Hamonic and Lubomir Visnovsky skated Tuesday morning with the rest of the Islanders, but only Hamonic made it into the lineup Tuesday night. Hamonic left the ice in pain after just a few minutes of practice on Monday with an undisclosed problem, but was confident he would play Tuesday night after testing things out.

Shinnecocks change tribal constitution allowing felons to run for council

newsday.com — The Shinnecock Indian Nation this month voted to amend its tribal constitution to allow members who have been convicted of a felony to run for its council of trustees, with certain restrictions. The measure was advanced as one that recognized the tribe's forgiving nature, though some said it should have been more restrictive.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @candiceruud: The Shinnecocks changed their tribal constitution to allow felons to run for council: nwsdy.li/1Fz18iS

Nassau delays contract with hauler

newsday.com — Nassau County lawmakers this week delayed consideration of a contract with a local debris hauler after discovering reports of the firm owner's arrest on environmental charges -- but court documents show he ultimately was cleared. The Legislature's Rules Committee had been scheduled to vote Monday on a blanket purchase order the county has with Liotta Bros.
Oct 21, 2014

Nassau delays contract w/ hauler, but @paullarocco "found court records showing that all charges ... were dismissed." nwsdy.li/1FyVyNo

Injured Andrea Bargnani might not be ready for Knicks' opener

newsday.com — GREENBURGH, N.Y. - As Derek Fisher experiments with different lineup configurations in advance of next week's regular-season opener, the lingering absence of Andrea Bargnani has added an untimely wrinkle into the plans of the Knicks coach. Bargnani missed another practice Tuesday because of his hamstring injury and hasn't played a game since the Oct.
Oct 21, 2014

Injured Andrea Bargnani might not be ready for Knicks' opener nwsdy.li/1tbFv2S

Hempstead officials expect up to 150 students at transition school

newsday.com — Hempstead district officials said they expect up to 150 students, including recent Central American immigrants who advocates and relatives said have been turned away from schools for weeks, to be in classes at a Main Street facility by week's end. The first students are to report at 8 a.m.
Oct 21, 2014

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