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lirr: faulty fix to reduce platform ‘gap’ now under repair

plates that were installed at the doorway of most electric lirr train are shown on thursday, feb. 22, 2018, in mineola. photo credit: howard schnapp replacing thousands of faulty train door threshold plates meant to shrink dangerous gaps at station platforms, and spending $1.8 million to resolve an amtrak dispute delaying installation of wheel-repair equipment are parts of the long island rail road’s bid to improve failing performance in recent months, lirr officials said. railroad president patrick nowakowski, in laying out his performance...





suffolk top cop nominee: i’ll build on department’s record

suffolk county executive steve bellone has nominated geraldine hart, the corruption-busting head of the fbi's long island office, as the next suffolk county police commissioner on thursday, feb. 22, 2018. suffolk police commissioner-designee geraldine hart said thursday she will “build on” what she described as the department’s recent success in combating gangs and the opioid scourge that have collectively killed hundreds of people on long island. hart, 50, of sea cliff, the senior supervisory resident agent in the long island office of the fbi, announced no new initiatives thursday as she...





former mangano aide rob walker indicted on federal charges

rob walker, a former republican state assemblyman from hicksville who served as chief deputy to former nassau county executive edward mangano, was indicted on federal charges of obstructing justice and lying to fbi agents on thursday, feb. 22, 2018. rob walker, who served as chief deputy to former nassau county executive edward mangano, has been indicted on federal charges weeks before his former boss’ corruption trial starts.walker, 43, a republican and former state assemblyman from hicksville, surrendered thursday to federal officials at u.s. district court in central islip before pleading not guilty to obstructing justice and lying...





lirr: faulty fix to reduce platform ‘gap’ now under repair

plates that were installed at the doorway of most electric lirr train are shown on thursday, feb. 22, 2018, in mineola. photo credit: howard schnapp by alfonso a. [email protected] @alfonsoreports updated february 22, 2018 6:01 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailreplacing thousands of faulty train door threshold plates meant to shrink dangerous gaps at station platforms, and spending $1.8 million to resolve an amtrak dispute delaying installation of wheel-repair equipment are parts of the long island rail road’s bid to improve failing performance in recent months, lirr officials said. railroad president patrick nowakowski, in laying out his performance improvement plan on tuesday to reverse the railroad’s recent service problems, revealed that one key problem to be addressed involves corrosion on “threshold plates” installed in recent years at the doorways on most of the railroad’s fleet of electric trains. the plates aimed to reduce the size of the gap between train doors and station platforms. unfortunately, nowakowski said, the material selected by the train car builder for the plates — aluminum — was different from the stainless-steel train car bodies, resulting in galvanic corrosion due to the dissimilar metals. salt and melted snow during recent winters worsened the problem, causing the plates to expand, heater circuits to short out, and train doors to become misaligned from their running tracks.“they’re crack...





suffolk county exec announces fbi chief as pick for top cop

suffolk county executive steve bellone has nominated geraldine hart, the corruption-busting head of the fbi's long island office, as the next suffolk county police commissioner on thursday, feb. 22, 2018.  (credit: news 12 long island) by nicole [email protected] @nicolefuller updated february 22, 2018 1:26 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailsuffolk county executive steve bellone has nominated geraldine hart, the corruption-busting head of the fbi’s long island office, as the next suffolk county police commissioner. bellone said thursday that hart is expected to join the police department in mid-april. suffolk county police chief stuart cameron will serve as acting police commissioner until then.hart, a 21-year-veteran of the fbi, would be the first woman to hold the commissioner post in the department’s 58-year history if approved by lawmakers, officials said. “my main mission is to keep suffolk county as safe as it can be to raise a family here, and to keep the priorities that are in place, which are stemming the tides of opioids, gangs, particularly ms-13 and of course any sort of active shooter, terrorist situation,” hart said in an interview wednesday.hart, 50, a sea cliff resident, will transition out of the fbi over the next two months and is expected to begin as acting police commissioner in mid-april when bellone will forward her nomination to the suffolk county legislature. bellone said he chose hart because of her ...





former mangano aide rob walker indicted on federal charges

rob walker, a former republican state assemblyman from hicksville who served as chief deputy to former nassau county executive edward mangano, was indicted on federal charges of obstructing justice and lying to fbi agents on thursday, feb. 22, 2018.  (credit: jessica rotkiewicz) by bridget murphy and andrew [email protected], [email protected] @bybridgetmurphy updated february 22, 2018 7:09 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailrob walker, who served as chief deputy to former nassau county executive edward mangano, has been indicted on federal charges weeks before his former boss’ corruption trial starts.walker, 43, a republican and former state assemblyman from hicksville, surrendered thursday to federal officials at u.s. district court in central islip before pleading not guilty to obstructing justice and lying to fbi agents.his indictment comes more than two years after he confirmed while testifying in the corruption trial of former state senate majority leader dean skelos that federal prosecutors were probing his role in county contracts that went to political campaign contributors. the u.s. attorney’s office described walker’s felony charges as the result of an ongoing federal investigation into whether nassau public officials have taken money from county contractors and if those parties then tried to conceal their actions.walker ignored questions when arriving at the courthouse at 9 a.m. thursday, and again after a noo...





cumberland farms, quickchek opening bigger gas stations on li

cumberland farms in smithtown on feb. 21, 2018. photo credit: raychel brightman by tory n. [email protected] @toryparrish1 updated february 22, 2018 12:47 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailcumberland farms wants customers to step away from their cars.that’s the only way today’s retailers that sell fuel can compete — by attracting customers into bigger convenience stores to buy food and other items that have higher profit margins than gas, experts say. on feb. 28 cumberland farms will open a 4,378-square-foot store in lake ronkonkoma with a fast-casual restaurant, three self-service food-ordering kiosks and 12 fueling stations. “i think it was just trying to take it to the next level . . . we wanted to be known as a convenience store that sells gas rather than a gas station that sells food inside,” said bryan pierce, spokesman for the westborough, massachusetts-based chain of 560 gas stations.next month quickchek, a whitehouse, new jersey-based chain of 154 convenience stores, will open its fifth store in a new prototype, “the fresh convenience market,” in copiague — its first location on long island with the new concept.the copiague store will be 6,929 square feet and have 16 fueling stations.while cumberland farms, quickchek and some other gas retailers are building bigger stores, that trend has not caught on on long island as much as it has in other places.“there are big costs to be involved in long island for gasolin...





cumberland farms, quickchek opening bigger gas stations on li

cumberland farms in smithtown on feb. 21, 2018. photo credit: raychel brightman cumberland farms wants customers to step away from their cars.that’s the only way today’s retailers that sell fuel can compete — by attracting customers into bigger convenience stores to buy food and other items that have higher profit margins than gas, experts say. on feb. 28 cumberland farms will open a 4,378-square-foot store in lake ronkonkoma with a fast-casual restaurant, three...





cumberland farms, quickchek opening bigger gas stations on li

cumberland farms in smithtown on feb. 21, 2018. photo credit: raychel brightman cumberland farms wants customers to step away from their cars.that’s the only way today’s retailers that sell fuel can compete — by attracting customers into bigger convenience stores to buy food and other items that have higher profit margins than gas, experts say. on feb. 28, cumberland farms will open a 4,378-square-foot store in lake ronkonkoma with a fast-casual restaurant, three...





north hempstead knew of troiano’s debts but took no action

robert troiano, former senior policy adviser for the town of north hempstead, first revealed his income tax liens to the town in 2017, despite years of unpaid taxes while on the town payroll. photo credit: barry sloan officials in the town of north hempstead knew in may 2017 that former senior policy adviser robert troiano had debts totaling at least $800,000 but did not take corrective measures, according to documents obtained by newsday.newsday reported in january that county records show that troiano, 64, of westbury, amassed $81,533 in federal income tax liens between 2010 and 2014, and a $749,264...





suffolk county exec wants local fbi chief for top cop

geraldine hart was named the new suffolk county police commissioner nominee on wednesday, feb. 21, 2018. suffolk county executive steve bellone is selecting geraldine hart, the corruption-busting head of the fbi’s long island office, as the next suffolk county police commissioner. hart, a 21-year-veteran of the fbi, would be the first woman to hold the commissioner post in the department’s 58-year history if approved by lawmakers, officials said. “my main mission is to keep suffolk county...





cartoon shows aaron feis, other shooting victims in heaven

"hero's welcome," by canadian artist pia guerra, depicts former long islander aaron feis, a football coach who died in last week's florida high school shooting, meeting other victims of gun violence in heaven. photo credit: pia guerra by craig [email protected] @scraigo updated february 21, 2018 9:07 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailonce again, the story of aaron feis — the former long islander killed protecting children during the recent school shooting — has broken our hearts.this time, it’s an artist’s vision of whom the burly assistant football coach would meet in the hereafter.the cartoon of feis, “hero’s welcome,” shows him being greeted in heaven by a crowd of mostly children. it has gone viral on social media and stirred another round of emotions about what happened to feis, other school shooting victims and this country.canadian artist pia guerra, 46, said she was inspired by the reports that feis had lost his life when he jumped in front of bullets intended for children at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida. in the drawing, feis is led into heaven by a smiling, freckle-faced girl.“come on mister feis! so many of us want to meet you,” the girl says to him.feis looks upon a crowd of children and a few adults, representing those killed in school shootings.get the breaking news newsletter!get the latest breaking news as it happens.by clicking sign up, you agree to our privacy polic...





suffolk county exec wants local fbi chief for top cop

geraldine hart was named the new suffolk county police commissioner nominee on wednesday, feb. 21, 2018.  (credit: jessica rotkiewicz) by nicole [email protected] @nicolefuller updated february 21, 2018 11:26 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailsuffolk county executive steve bellone is selecting geraldine hart, the corruption-busting head of the fbi’s long island office, as the next suffolk county police commissioner. hart, a 21-year-veteran of the fbi, would be the first woman to hold the commissioner post in the department’s 58-year history if approved by lawmakers, officials said. “my main mission is to keep suffolk county as safe as it can be to raise a family here, and to keep the priorities that are in place, which are stemming the tides of opioids, gangs, particularly ms-13 and of course any sort of active shooter, terrorist situation,” hart said in an interview wednesday.hart, 50, a sea cliff resident, will transition out of the fbi over the next two months and is expected to begin as acting police commissioner in mid-april when bellone will forward her nomination to the suffolk county legislature. bellone said he chose hart because of her long law enforcement career — specifically her experience heading the long island gang task force, with its concentration on ms-13 — and the outsider perspective she’ll bring. “despite the fact that she’s worked closely with the suffolk county police department, with our lea...





cartoon shows aaron feis, other shooting victims in heaven

"hero's welcome," by canadian artist pia guerra, depicts former long islander aaron feis, a football coach who died in last week's florida high school shooting, meeting other victims of gun violence in heaven. photo credit: pia guerra by craig [email protected] @scraigo updated february 21, 2018 9:07 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailonce again, the story of aaron feis — the former long islander killed protecting children during the recent school shooting — has broken our hearts.this time, it’s an artist’s vision of whom the burly assistant football coach would meet in the hereafter.the cartoon of feis, “hero’s welcome,” shows him being greeted in heaven by a crowd of mostly children. it has gone viral on social media and stirred another round of emotions about what happened to feis, other school shooting victims and this country.canadian artist pia guerra, 46, said she was inspired by the reports that feis had lost his life when he jumped in front of bullets intended for children at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida. in the drawing, feis is led into heaven by a smiling, freckle-faced girl.“come on mister feis! so many of us want to meet you,” the girl says to him.feis looks upon a crowd of children and a few adults, representing those killed in school shootings.get the breaking news newsletter!get the latest breaking news as it happens.by clicking sign up, you agree to our privacy polic...





cumberland farms, quickchek opening bigger gas stations on li

cumberland farms in smithtown on feb. 21, 2018. photo credit: raychel brightman by tory n. [email protected] @toryparrish1 updated february 21, 2018 7:44 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailcumberland farms wants customers to step away from their cars.that’s the only way today’s retailers that sell fuel can compete — by attracting customers into bigger convenience stores to buy food and other items that have higher profit margins than gas, experts say. on feb. 28, cumberland farms will open a 4,378-square-foot store in lake ronkonkoma with a fast-casual restaurant, three self-service food-ordering kiosks and 12 fueling stations. “i think it was just trying to take it to the next level . . . we wanted to be known as a convenience store that sells gas rather than a gas station that sells food inside,” said bryan pierce, spokesman for the westborough, massachusetts-based chain of 560 gas stations.next month, quickchek, a whitehouse, new jersey-based chain of 154 convenience stores, will open its fifth store in a new prototype, “the fresh convenience market,” in copiague — its first location on long island with the new concept.the copiague store will be 6,929 square feet and have 16 fueling stations.while cumberland farms, quickchek and some other gas retailers are building bigger stores, that trend has not caught on on long island as much as it has in other places.“there are big costs to be involved in long island for gasoli...





north hempstead knew of troiano’s debts but took no action

robert troiano, former senior policy adviser for the town of north hempstead, first revealed his income tax liens to the town in 2017, despite years of unpaid taxes while on the town payroll. photo credit: barry sloan by christine [email protected] @chrisychung updated february 21, 2018 8:37 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailofficials in the town of north hempstead knew in may 2017 that former senior policy adviser robert troiano had debts totaling at least $800,000 but did not take corrective measures, according to documents obtained by newsday.newsday reported in january that county records show that troiano, 64, of westbury, amassed $81,533 in federal income tax liens between 2010 and 2014, and a $749,264 lien against a house he owns that is facing foreclosure. troiano said wednesday that he has since paid off all liens and that a home in foreclosure is in contract with a private buyer.the first time troiano revealed his income tax liens to the town was in 2017, despite years of unpaid taxes while employed by north hempstead. he listed a federal tax lien on a financial disclosure form filed with the town in may, which was reviewed by the town’s independent board of ethics, town officials said. the amount troiano listed was redacted from documents newsday obtained.town officials said wednesday that they are looking at further strengthening town policies and procedures.“the issues raised regarding troiano’s undisclosed tax liens ...





suffolk county exec wants local fbi chief for top cop

geraldine hart, the head of the fbi's long island office, has been nominated by suffolk county executive steve bellone as the new police commissiner. photo credit: jessica rotkiewicz by nicole [email protected] @nicolefuller updated february 21, 2018 10:08 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailsuffolk county executive steve bellone is selecting geraldine hart, the corruption-busting head of the fbi’s long island office, as the next suffolk county police commissioner. hart, a 21-year-veteran of the fbi, would be the first woman to hold the commissioner post in the department’s 58-year history if approved by lawmakers, officials said. “my main mission is to keep suffolk county as safe as it can be, to raise a family here, and to keep the priorities that are in place, which are stemming the tides of opioids, gangs, particialy ms-13 and of course any sort of active shooter, terrorist situation,” hart said in an interview wednesday.hart, 50, a sea cliff resident, will transition out of the fbi over the next two months and is expected to begin as acting police commissioner in mid-april when bellone will forward her nomination to the suffolk county legislature. bellone said he chose hart because of her long law enforcement career — specifically her experience heading the long island gang task force, with its concentration on ms-13 — and the outsider perspective she’ll bring. “despite the fact that she’s worked closely with the su...





numc cost purge reaches $2.28 million

nassau university medical center is seen on november 14, 2011. photo credit: newsday / alejandra villa by celeste [email protected] february 21, 2018 4:53 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailan additional $614,000 in salary and contract spending were eliminated wednesday at the nassau university medical center, bringing the two-day purge of costs deemed unnecessary for hospital operations to more than $2.28 million.at the direction of the hospital board chairman, numc president victor politi terminated two highly paid appointees, who had worked previously for former republican county executive edward mangano. politi also will not renew a $250,000 annual contract for a mineola marketing firm.george tsunis, chairman of the board of the nassau health care corp., or nuhealth, which runs the east meadow hospital and associated facilities, said the jobs and contract were not needed and will not be replaced.“this is in furtherance of the ongoing work of right sizing the administration and bureaucracy, eliminating any unnecessary expenses and prioritizing spending on items that directly impact the quality of care for nassau residents,” tsunis said.“i think we’re sending a loud and clear message: game over.”tsunis was appointed chairman of the nuhealth board three weeks ago by county executive laura curran, a democrat who replaced mangano in january. during her campaign, curran had complained about patronage hiring at numc and its l...





cartoon shows aaron feis, other shooting victims in heaven

"hero's welcome," by canadian artist pia guerra, depicts former long islander aaron feis, a football coach who died in last week's florida high school shooting, meeting other victims of gun violence in heaven. photo credit: pia guerra by craig [email protected] @scraigo updated february 21, 2018 6:31 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailonce again, the story of aaron feis — the former long islander killed protecting children during the recent school shooting — has broken our hearts.this time, it’s an artist’s vision of who the burly assistant football coach would meet in the hereafter.the cartoon of feis, entitled “hero’s welcome,” shows him being greeted in heaven by a crowd of mostly children. it has gone viral on social media and stirred another round of emotions about what happened to feis, the school shooting victims and this country.artist pia guerra, 46, said she was inspired by the reports that feis had lost his life when he jumped in front of bullets intended for children at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida. in the drawing, feis is led into heaven by a smiling, freckle-faced girl.“come on mister feis! so many of us want to meet you,” the girl says to him.feis looks upon a crowd of children and a few adults, representing those killed in school shootings.get the breaking news newsletter!get the latest breaking news as it happens.by clicking sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.?...





developers settle nassau coliseum lawsuit

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