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2nd medical marijuana firm to begin home delivery on li

advertisement | advertise on newsdaymedical marijuana sublingual liquid tincture, vaporizaion oil, courtesy columbia care, new york. (credit: courtesy columbia care, ny) a second medical marijuana company said thursday it plans to expand home delivery to patients in certain counties, including nassau and suffolk.columbia care ny, one of 10 companies licensed to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana in the state, said it would begin home delivery in november to registered patients on long island, as well as staten island. it already offered home delivery...





2 trustees quit poquott village board, citing personal reasons

two poquott village trustees who won their seats last year in a bitterly contested election have resigned halfway through their two-year terms.john mastauskas and michael schaefer each submitted a letter of resignation saying they were leaving their posts because of personal reasons, mayor dolores parrish said in an email to newsday.most popular“the board of trustees are volunteers,” parrish wrote. “it requires a lot of personal time. the trustees who stepped down indicate from the letters sent to the board that this volunteer job required them to sacrifice too much time with family and friends.”see also2015 poquott village payrollchris schleider was appointed this summer to replace mastauskas, who resigned in july. a replacement for schaefer has not been named.schaefer said in an interview wednesday that he resigned about two weeks ago. mastauskas could not be reached for comment thursday.“the conflict with getting things done on the board just became too great of a draw against my family,” schaefer said. “there were so many issues that i thought were a concern. . . . i feel that a full-time trustee needs to be able to address this, and i’m not able to give that amount of energy as a trustee at this time.”advertisement | advertise on newsdaymastauskas, who ran as a write-in candidate, and schaefer defeated three other candidates to win their trustee seats in june 2016.mastauskas was one of four candidates that year — including parrish — who had been rem...





long island woman abandoned as a baby meets her rescuer

when susan mote set out to find her biological parents, she got a new set of relationships and answers — just not the ones she was expecting. mote, 48, of shirley, had been abandoned as a baby in 1968 and knew little about her origins until this week. on wednesday, mote reunited with the teen who found her in bridgeport, connecticut, and family members of his who briefly cared for her in her earliest days.most popular“i never knew what i looked like as a baby. i never knew where i even was. i never knew where my name came from,” mote said thursday. “and it was the most amazingest feeling in the whole world to meet him.”mote took the port jefferson ferry to the bridgeport ferry station on wednesday morning, where she met bob halstead, now 65. the pair embraced as a tearful mote said, “thank you so much.”“it was a wonderful experience,” halstead, of bridgeport, said.susan mote, 48, displays her baby photo at her shirley home on thursday, sept. 21, 2017. photo credit: newsday / thomas a. ferraragrowing up on long island, mote knew she had been adopted at age 1 and her adoptive parents were told that her biological mother may have dropped mote off at a connecticut post office. she had questions but wasn’t compelled to look for answers until she and one of her daughters experienced several health scares a few years ago. advertisement | advertise on newsday“i would look and then i would stop, and then i would look and i would stop,” she said. “i was just l...





suffolk gop lawmakers push to suspend red light cameras

republican county legislators and political candidates pushed thursday for suspension of suffolk county’s red light camera program, saying safety data is skewed because it doesn’t include pedestrian and bicycle accidents.county lawmakers rob trotta, leslie kennedy and tom muratore, along with four gop legislative candidates, held a news conference at the busy intersection of route 25a and miller place road in miller place where one pedestrian and one bicycle death have occurred. they were joined by john luke, whose son, john, 16, was killed in 2015 walking across the road there.most popular“i’m aghast,” said trotta, of fort salonga. “we lost a child here in a pedestrian accident and another in a bike accident, but we wouldn’t even know from the data.”the red light camera program generates $32 million in ticket fines for suffolk county each year.jason elan, spokesman for democratic county executive steve bellone, said trotta, “should be ashamed of himself for lying to the public just to score political points.”politicscrashes at red light camera intersections he said the latest traffic report issued in july showed accidents with injuries decreased overall by five percent in 2015.advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe report also said accidents increased at 46 of 100 red-light camera intersections and rear end collisions rose by 30 percent.elan conceded that accidents involving pedestrians and bikers were dropped from the reports after 2013. administration ...





2nd medical marijuana firm to begin home delivery on li

a second medical marijuana company said thursday it plans to expand home delivery to patients in certain counties, including nassau and suffolk counties.columbia care ny, one of 10 companies licensed to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana in the state, said it would begin home delivery to registered patients on long island, as well as staten island, in november. it already offered home delivery in six upstate counties and will add two more in october.advertisement | advertise on newsday“home delivery provides a way for patients—especially those who are homebound or battling chronic, debilitating illnesses—to receive the medications they need without barriers or burdens of travelling to our dispensaries,” columbia care ny ceo nicholas vita said in a statement. “the resounding success of our delivery service thus far has led us to expand into these additional counties, with the goal of eventually providing access throughout the state to all registered patients and caregivers.”columbia, which already operates a dispensary in riverhead, will become the second medical marijuana to offer home delivery in the downstate region. vireo health announced it april it would offer home delivery in nassau and suffolk counties, as well as brooklyn and queens. a columbia care ny director corey hewitt declined to detail how many patients the company has, or how many already receive home-delivery service in counties where it operates. he said that, for safety reasons, deliveri...





2 trustees quit poquott village board, citing personal reasons

advertisement | advertise on newsdayno one has been named to replace poquott village trustee michael schaefer, who resigned in early september. two poquott village trustees who won their seats last year in a bitterly contested election have resigned halfway through their two-year terms.john mastauskas and michael schaefer each submitted a letter of resignation saying they were leaving their posts because of personal reasons, mayor dolores parrish said in an email to newsday.“the board of trustees are volunteers,” parrish wrote....





long island woman abandoned as a baby meets her rescuer

when susan mote set out to find her biological parents, she got a new set of relationships and answers — just not the ones she was expecting. mote, 48, of shirley, had been abandoned as a baby in 1968 and knew little about her origins until this week. on wednesday, mote reunited with the teen who found her in bridgeport, connecticut, and family members of his who briefly cared for her in her earliest days.most popular“i never knew what i looked like as a baby. i never knew where i even was. i never knew where my name came from,” mote said thursday. “and it was the most amazingest feeling in the whole world to meet him.”mote took the port jefferson ferry to the bridgeport ferry station on wednesday morning, where she met bob halstead, now 65. the pair embraced as a tearful mote said, “thank you so much.”“it was a wonderful experience,” halstead, of bridgeport, said.portrait of susan mote with her baby pictures in her shirley home on the evening of sept. 21, 2017. susan was abandoned by a mailbox when she was a baby and recently reunited with the boy who found her. photo credit: newsday / thomas a. ferraragrowing up on long island, mote knew she had been adopted at age 1 and her adoptive parents were told that her biological mother may have dropped mote off at a connecticut post office. she had questions but wasn’t compelled to look for answers until she and one of her daughters experienced several health scares a few years ago. advertisement | advertise on ...





city councilman calls for yankees to extend netting at yankee stadium after child hit by foul ball

a new york city council member is calling on the yankees to step up to the plate and install more protective netting at yankee stadium after a child was injured by a foul ball during wednesday’s game against the twins.councilman rafael l. espinal jr., a democrat from brooklyn’s 37th district and the chair of the council’s committee on consumer affairs, said in a telephone interview on thursday that it was “a no-brainer” for the yankees to extend the netting in light of recent incidents of fans getting struck by foul balls.latest yankees stories“the yankees have signaled to me it’s something they want to study, to see the logistics and how this would work in their stadium,” said espinal, who introduced legislation in may to require new york city’s baseball stadiums to extend their protective netting and plans to hold a public hearing on oct. 25. “but i think at this point the only study that should be going on is where and when they’re going to put in the netting. i think after [wednesday’s] experience and incident, it’s a no-brainer. we have to do more to protect our fans.”a girl was struck by a line drive down the third-base line hit by todd frazier in the fifth inning of the yankees’ 11-3 victory. the game was halted for several minutes as the child, whose name and age have not been disclosed, was attended to by paramedics. she eventually was carried out of the seating area and transported to newyork-presbyterian/columbia hospital.the girl’s ...





rep. peter king defends daughter in hempstead town board dispute

advertisement | advertise on newsdayrep. peter king, seen on july 3, 2014, criticized hempstead town supervisor anthony santino for a "cowardly attack" on his daughter, a town councilwoman. (credit: james escher ) rep. peter king harshly criticized fellow republican hempstead town supervisor anthony santino on facebook and in emails for a “cowardly attack” on his daughter, a town councilwoman, and his role in the town’s controversy over ethics reform that has rocked the island’s longtime gop stronghold. king, a former hempstead town councilman and nassau county comptroller, has largely stayed...





facebook to release russia ads to congress amid pressure

facebook says the company will provide the contents of 3,000 ads bought by a russian agency to congressional investigators.the move thursday comes as the company has faced growing pressure from members of congress to release the content of the ads. facebook had already released the ads to federal authorities investigating russian interference in the 2016 u.s. presidential election.advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe leaders of the senate intelligence committee have been seeking to bring facebook executives before their committee since the company first revealed the existence of the ads two weeks ago.but critics say facebook should go further. they say the company should tell its users how they might have been influenced by outside meddlers.





ntsb: engineers in lirr and nj transit derailments had sleep apnea

advertisement | advertise on newsdaymore than 100 people were injured when a long island rail road train derailed in atlantic terminal in brooklyn on jan. 4, 2017.  (credit: theodore parisienne) federal investigators have determined that the engineers in two recent, high-profile derailments involving the lirr and nj transit suffered from a sleep disorder, according to newly released public documents.after a nj transit train fatally derailed in hoboken last september and a long island rail road train crashed in atlantic terminal this january, both engineers involved were diagnosed...





sakura in farmingdale to be replaced by steakhouse

after seven years of hibachi flames and sushi rolls, downtown farmingdale’s sakura closed earlier this summer, and a new steakhouse is hot on its heels.benedetto, cynthia and son michael lo manto — who own the village’s vespa italian kitchen & bar — have leased the space at 283 main st. and plan to open harley’s american grille and bar next spring.advertisement | advertise on newsday“it will be more of a classic steakhouse, with chops, seafood, and maybe a few homemade pasta dishes,” said benedetto lo manto, who was considering a few different concepts for the space before settling on a steakhouse.he plans to dry-age steaks on premises, but is still working on the rest of the menu. “downtown farmingdale is flourishing and coming into its own, and there’s really no steakhouse here.”the lo mantos also own spuntino-st. james.restaurantsrecent restaurant closures on long island





rep. peter king defends daughter in hempstead town board dispute

rep. peter king harshly criticized fellow republican hempstead town supervisor anthony santino on facebook and in emails for a “cowardly attack” on his daughter, a town councilwoman, and his role in the town’s controversy over ethics reform that has rocked the island’s longtime gop stronghold. most popularking, a former hempstead town councilman and nassau county comptroller, has largely stayed out of the dispute, previously saying only that he supports his daughter, councilwoman erin king sweeney, who has been pushing to hire an inspector general for the town and been embroiled in a battle with santino over ethics reform that has often included shouting matches on the town board’s dais. but late wednesday night, king’s campaign sent out an 11:30 p.m. email to supporters blasting santino and followed up with a facebook post thursday morning. “santino’s response to erin’s request for an inspector general was to propose a sham ethics package which basically just reaffirmed the status quo,” king wrote on facebook. townshempstead elected officialshempstead town spokesman michael deery said santino would not comment on king’s statement.advertisement | advertise on newsdayking said thursday he would have spoken out sooner if the strife on the board involved any council member other than his daughter. he said he didn’t want his silence to imply he didn’t support his daughter or wasn’t interested in the state of the fractured board.“i was intentionally s...





ntsb: engineers in lirr and nj transit derailments had sleep apnea

advertisement | advertise on newsdaymore than 100 people were injured when a long island rail road train derailed in atlantic terminal in brooklyn on jan. 4, 2017.  (credit: charles eckert) federal investigators have determined that the engineers in two recent, high-profile derailments involving the lirr and nj transit suffered from a sleep disorder, according to newly released public documents.after a nj transit train fatally derailed in hoboken last september and a long island rail road train crashed in atlantic terminal this january, both engineers involved were diagnosed...





3 arrested in skimming-device probe in oceanside, police say

advertisement | advertise on newsdaycostel ionita, 40, left, and popescu constantin, 34, of brooklyn, were charged in connection with placing a skimming device in the ocean financial federal credit union in oceanside on sept. 20, 2017, nassau police said. alexandru panzaru, 29, was also arrested but his photo was not made available. (credit: ncpd) three brooklyn men were arrested and charged with possession of a forgery device after authorities found a skimming device with a pinhole camera attached to a credit union atm in oceanside — and used live surveillance to turn the tables on the trio.costel ionita, 40, alexandru panzaru, 29, and popescu constantin, 34, who have no known addresses, were arrested about 4 p.m. wednesday after...





islip board removes hurdle blocking long-sought soccer complex

a long-awaited soccer complex in central islip is closer to reality.the islip town board voted 5-0 at its board meeting tuesday to allow developer brothers duo 3 llc of hauppauge to convert its payments in lieu -of taxes, or pilot, to a similar program managed by the town’s industrial development agency. most popularthe company is paying islip $75,000 annually in a 40-year lease for a 32-acre parcel of town land on carleton avenue at dpw drive in central islip. the company also is paying the ida $50,000 a year as part of its agreement with the town. both agreements include yearly percentage increases that the ida will collect for suffolk county and local school and special districts.the ida details were the last step for the developer before work can begin on the new soccer complex. brothers duo 3, which also runs two indoor soccer facilities in lindenhurst and hauppauge, hopes to break ground before the end of the year for its $12 million first phase of building, which will be on 20 acres and include four outdoor soccer fields and a 4,000-square-foot administrative building with locker rooms, office space and other facilities, according to project manager john forster.the susa soccer academy is to be the tenant at the soccer complex with programming for children and teenagers, forster said.“susa is very excited to partner with local organizations to help move soccer forward in the community,” he said.at the board meeting, some community members hailed the project as a ...





li town, city payroll spending drops $9m in 2016, records show

advertisement | advertise on newsdaylifeguards are among the employees on town and city payrolls. this lifeguard stand is at west meadow beach in setauket on a late summer evening, aug. 31, 2017. (credit: newsday / john paraskevas) long island’s towns and cities spent nearly $9 million less on overall payroll costs in 2016 than the year before, with overtime payouts decreasing almost $6 million islandwide as well, a newsday analysis of municipal records shows.payroll and overtime spending remained relatively stable in 2016 among long island’s 13 towns and two cities, the review of payroll records from 2011 to last year...





huntington town weighs deer hunting safety guidelines

huntington’s town board is considering legislation to create guidelines aimed at promoting hunter safety, a proposal that brought support and opposition on tuesday.officials said the legislation, sponsored by councilwoman tracey edwards, was written in response to safety concerns raised by residents. the guidelines are consistent with existing state department of environmental conservation regulations, she said.most popularthe board in 2015 voted unanimously to allow bowhunting for deer in the town. residents of asharoken and eatons neck have said overpopulation has made the animals aggressive and a nuisance.edwards said the guidelines could keep hunting safe for everyone.“i think it can make a really big difference because homeowners are looking for some type of guidance from us, and we were glad to provide it,” edwards said. “i was glad to work with the community on both sides of this issue.” hunting opponents applauded the town’s effort but expressed persisting safety concerns. “i have become very concerned because of the possibility that i will be shot, or my cat will be shot, because of the long bowers,” eatons neck resident charlotte koonz said. “i would ask that during hunting season . . . that there be strict regulations. i’m afraid and i don’t like living in fear.”advertisement | advertise on newsdayhunters were largely supportive of the regulations at a public hearing tuesday and offered to assure residents they wouldn’t be shot.joseph wine...





islip board removes hurdle blocking long-sought soccer complex

advertisement | advertise on newsdayvelene gallagher, executive director of the central islip civic council, at the site of the proposed soccer complex on carleton avenue at dpw drive in central islip. (credit: newsday / thomas a. ferrara) a long-awaited soccer complex in central islip is closer to reality.the islip town board voted 5-0 at its board meeting tuesday to allow developer brothers duo 3 llc of hauppauge to convert its payments in lieu -of taxes, or pilot, to a similar program managed by the town’s industrial development agency. the company is paying islip $75,000 annually in a 40-year lease for a 32-acre...





st. anthony's high school assistant principal reflects on 40 years of homecomings

brother joshua dimauro has been in charge of the homecoming celebrations at st. anthony’s high school in south huntington for more than 40 years. but growing up in brooklyn didn’t give him too much experience.“i had no idea what homecoming was,” he said. “we didn’t have homecoming at [bishop ford central catholic high school].”most popularin 1974, he started at st. anthony’s high school — which was an all-boys school in smithtown at the time — as a math teacher. two years later, he was appointed director of student activities, and planning the homecoming celebration and pep rally fell right into his lap.“i had no idea how this was going to work,” he said. “i had no idea what floats were. it depended a lot on the ideas of the kids.”so, dimauro learned as he went along. he picked up on all of it quickly, until he ran into a slight issue.towns138 unforgettable photos of li homecomings 2016“this was an all-boys school,” he said, “and i couldn’t figure out how to get a homecoming queen!”advertisement | advertise on newsdaydimauro decided that he would interview girls from other catholic schools on long island, and they would be in the running for the homecoming queen title alongside a st. anthony’s king. he did this until 1984, when the school relocated to south huntington and became co-ed.the interview process has remained in place to ensure that the election didn't turn into a popularity contest. students cannot run unless their average...