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Ratner, Wang Tapped To Help County Solve Coliseum Conundrum

Written by Rich Forestano Tuesday, 20 November 2012 16:36

Renaissance Downtown chosen as master developer

The owner who decided to move the New York Islanders off Long Island once its lease expires in June 2015 may play a role in filling the potential void left by the teams’ departure. County Executive Edward P. Mangano, developer Bruce Ratner, Isles owner Charles Wang and Don Monti of Renaissance Downtown think they have a plan in place to solve the developmental conundrum that is the Hub, which includes Nassau Coliseum.

The group announced a strategic “Reuse Plan” on Tuesday, Nov. 20 that reportedly will transform the Coliseum within the first half of 2013. Others have tried and failed where Ratner is venturing and the 77-acre site in Uniondale could become barren in three years once Wang departs for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

 

Lacrosse Benefit Held After Sandy

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00

Mission was clear: Kids playing for kids

As the sun set on a picture perfect Sunday and the lights came on at Tully Park, children from New Hyde Park, Floral Park, Franklin Square, Roosevelt and Oceanside took to the lacrosse field to play the game they love. From a spectator’s view it looked like any other game, but this night was different. On this night they were playing for a cause.

Just over two weeks ago Hurricane Sandy pounded the East Coast and left Long Island in state of destruction. Some lost power while others lost everything. When Eric Rudd from Long Island Park Lacrosse called Pete McClean from the New Hyde Park PAL Lacrosse the mission was clear “Kids playing for kids.”

 

What’s Next For Embattled LIPA?

Written by Ronald Scaglia Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00

COO resigns amidst calls for major change

In the first domino to fall in the aftermath of the public’s frustration with the efforts of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to restore power to its customers following Hurricane Sandy, chief operating officer (COO) Michael D. Hervey has resigned his position effective Dec. 31.

“Mike has provided 12 years of valuable service to LIPA, including taking on the responsibility to perform the functions of CEO of the organization over the past two years,” said Chairman of the Long Island Power Authority Howard E. Steinberg. “Mike has played a leadership role in connection with the planned structural changes at LIPA going forward which will result in better service and accountability to LIPA’s customers in the years ahead.”

 

Alleged Cop Killer Indicted On Three Counts Of First-Degree Murder

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00

Darrell Fuller remanded in court until November 19

The man charged with killing a Nassau County Emergency Services officer and a Brooklyn man Tuesday, Oct. 23 was indicted on Monday, Nov. 5. Darrell Fuller, 33, of Queens, is expected to be arraigned on Nov. 19 in front of Nassau County Court Judge Jerald Carter, according to the New York State Unified Court System website.

According to the indictment obtained by Anton Newspapers, Fuller was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, killing Officer Arthur Lopez after he responded to an accident where Fuller was present in Queens, which led to the defendant fleeing the scene to the Belmont Racetrack exit on the Cross Island Parkway. Police said Fuller shot Lopez after he approached the vehicle and then Raymond Facey, 58, a man Fuller carjacked after fleeing the scene.

 

All Hands On Deck For TNH During, After Sandy

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 09 November 2012 00:00

Supervisor profiles towns’ storm solutions and preparedness

Long Island was hit in 2011 with a hurricane, dubbed Irene. One year later, her distant cousin, Sandy smacked the Northeast, wreaking havoc on parts of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. The island dealt with high winds, downed trees and wires as well as floods that changed the face of the south shore.

The Town of North Hempstead, specifically the heavily wooded areas, had trees that were nearly 70 years old, ripped from their roots and plunged into homes and street corners. In a conference call with reporters, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman detailed municipal initiatives in place to help residents and updated certain areas of concern like road clearance and the Nor’easter that was expected to hit the area this week.

 

Gas Station Frenzy Enrages Residents

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 09 November 2012 00:00

West Hempstead gas station showcases long lines, excruciating wait at the pumps

Liquid gold, fuel, petrol…juice. These are just some of the many names that people from NASCAR to Nassau use to describe the propellant that powers millions of cars. However before, during and after Hurricane Sandy, a once in a lifetime storm that rocked the Northeast last week, getting gas went from a routine trip to the pump to an automobile conga line.

Whether it was the wee hours of the morning, a late trek or drive at night, residents were out in full force to grab a drip for their generator or fill up their vehicle. Some dealt with the wait while others were less than patient.

 

Election Results

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:11

(Unofficial Results)
* winner

U.S. President:
* Barack Obama (D)
Mitt Romney (R)

 

Police Apprehends Wanted Man In Cop Killing

Written by Rich Forestano Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:17

Officer, motorist shot just off Cross Island Parkway near Belmont Racetrack

Just days after Nassau County mourned the loss of a fallen police officer due to an accident on the Long Island Expressway, another brave soul’s life was cut too short.

Nassau County Police reported Tuesday, Oct. 23 that authorities apprehended the gunman responsible for the murder of Officer Arthur Lopez, 29, of Nassau Emergency Service Unit, just on the Nassau/Queens border, a stone’s throw from Belmont Racetrack. Darrell Fuller, 33, was arrested near the corner of 173rd Street and 111th Avenue in Queens, authorities stated, where he reportedly was suffering from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

 

The Birth Of A Question

Written by Rich Forestano Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:05

Presidential debate questioner, Mineola worker talks about Libya, Debate 2012 and whom he may vote for

One question, depending on its thoroughness, weight and response could make or break the person who answers it. Whether it’s during a press conference on a drug bust, while standing in line at the supermarket or in front of millions of people on television, a question can create something.

Kerry Ladka knew the importance of a question, and when his name was called he was ready, but after the response, he wanted to know more…much more.

 

Smooth Road Ahead For Jericho Turnpike

Written by Marilou Giammona Friday, 26 October 2012 00:00

NYSDOT rehabilitation project on course for 2013 completion

A major Floral Park artery is in the midst of getting new life pumped into it. The 6.3-mile stretch of Jericho Turnpike that runs from the New York City line in Bellerose to Glen Cove Road is undergoing a New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) overhaul. The project went to construction in August and is on track, said Floral Park Mayor Thomas Tweedy at the board of trustees meeting on Tuesday, Oct.16, but its political roots in Floral Park date back to the early 1980s.

“When my father, Walter J. Tomecki, ran for Floral Park mayor and trustee for Floral Park in the early 1980s, his platform included advocacy for the reconstruction and beautification of Jericho Turnpike,” said Trustee Mary-Grace Tomecki. “Before he passed on, I promised him that I would finish what he started. Having been part of the early discussions with the New York State Department of Transportation when I was first elected in 2007 and then, the scoping hearings in 2008, the realization of this project carries special meaning for me. It is the culmination of my father’s vision for the North End, a revitalized gateway to the Village of Floral Park that is welcoming and safe for both pedestrians and cars. It is a vision that has been developed and advocated for by many Floral Park mayors and trustees for more than a quarter of a century.”

 

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