Charles D. "Chuck" Lavine (born August 14, 1947) represents District 13 in the New York State Assembly, which comprises communities located in and around Nassau County. Lavine is a member of the democratic party and serves as chair of the Committee on Ethics and Guidance, co-chair of the New York State Legislative Ethics Commission and is a member of the committees on Codes, Health, Higher Education, Insurance, Judiciary, and Social Services.
In 2014, Lavine sponsored legislation to authorize Speed Cameras to be installed in Nassau County school districts. He also voted to bring red-light traffic cameras to Nassau County. Charles Lavine on Wikipedia
Justin Elliott & Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica, and Laura Sullivan, NPR
October 29, 2014:
In 2012, two massive storms pounded the United States, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, hungry or without power for days and weeks.
Americans did what they so often do after disasters. They sent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Red Cross, confident their money would ease the suffering left behind by Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac. They believed the charity was up to the job.
They were wrong.
The Red Cross botched key elements of its mission after Sandy and Isaac, leaving behind a trail of unmet needs and acrimony, according to an investigation by ProPublica and NPR. The charity’s shortcomings were detailed in confidential reports and internal emails, as well as accounts from current and former disaster relief specialists.
What’s more, Red Cross officials at national headquarters in Washington, D.C. compounded the charity’s inability to provide relief by “diverting assets for public relations purposes,” as one internal report puts it. Distribution of relief supplies, the report said, was “politically driven.”
During Isaac, Red Cross supervisors ordered dozens of trucks usually deployed to deliver aid to be driven around nearly empty instead, “just to be seen,” one of the drivers, Jim Dunham, recalls...MORE (ProPublica.org)
Long Island, NY - November 2, 2014 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that stricter laws to crack down on texting while driving among young and inexperienced motorists go into effect today.
Under the law, new and young drivers convicted of texting-while-driving will have their license suspended for 120 days on the first offense, and revoked for a year if convicted of a second or subsequent offense within six months of reissuance of the license. Click Here for Full Press Release
Karl Grossman: Long Island is known for, among other things, beautiful beaches, the site of the first “mass-produced” suburb in the U.S, the resort areas of the East End, notably the Hamptons and peaceful Shelter Island, and for farmland that allows Suffolk County to remain the top farming county in New York State in yearly produce. But Long Island isn’t sufficiently recognized for its major role in the American Revolution.
A symposium to be held in two weeks at the Long Island Museum titled “Long Island in the American Revolution: The Seat of Action,” should help to fill that gap.
Speakers at the event on Saturday, November 15 will include John Staudt, a Hofstra University history professor discussing “A State of Wretchedness: Suffolk County, New York in the Revolution” and Natalie Naylor, a Hofstra professor emerita and past director of the Long Island Studies Institute, author of “Women in Long Island’s Past.”...MORE (timesreview.com)
Andrew Eichenholz: When fans walk through the doors directly behind section 218 and 117 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the surroundings may not seem like much. Fans only have one more season of that very experience before the team heads to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for the 2015-2016 season.
42 is a number associated with greatness in sports. From Jackie Robinson, one of the most influential athletes of all time to the likes of basketball player James Worthy, nothing bad is associated with those digits. The same holds on Long Island, as 42 miniature steps down towards the ice from those very doors bring fans to arguably one of the coolest sights in sports.
Arriving at 6:20 p.m. for a 7:00 p.m. game rewards the early birds with the sight of a lion. Not quite literally, but as the lines of the New York Islanders stood idle around the blue line, masks protecting their image from their view, one thing stood out. Skating circles around backup goalie Chad Johnson, who was warming up for his start against the Dallas Stars, was a player projecting an image of strength for Long Island’s team...MORE (eyesonisles.com)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Drivers, start your nostalgia.
The fadeaway of the suburban Islanders has begun, with a mixture of love and angst on display in those faded Nystrom 23 jerseys.
The formerly great franchise is in transition, in ownership and in home base. Some franchises vanish suddenly in the off-season, like the Colts being spirited out of Baltimore one snowy night in March 1984, but the Islanders are doing it publicly, in slow motion, with 41 home games this season.
You’ve likely driven past legendary scientist Nikola Tesla’s lab in Shoreham many times in the past. And it’s even more likely you’ve never set foot on the lab’s grounds.
You can change all that from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25.
The laboratory, which is being rebuilt into a museum, learning center and business incubator, will open to the public for those three hours that afternoon, when a group of up to 30 Tesla car owners from the mid-Atlantic region are expected to visit and volunteer in cleanup efforts.
Event organizers have billed it as the first time the public has ever been allowed to tour the historic lab’s grounds located off Route 25A at the end of Tesla Street...MORE (SuffolkTimes.com)
A giant whale washed up on a Long Island beach last week sporting bite marks “bigger than a Chihuaha,” wildlife officials said.
The 58-foot fin whale was found this week in Riverhead, New York, missing post of its skin and showing advanced signs of decomposition. But officials also noted that the whale had giant bite marks on its body.
Wildlife officials said the bite marks likely came from something enormous in the sea.
The bite marks were “indicating that large sea animals, possibly a shark, had fed on the carcass post-mortem,” said Kim Durham of the Riverhead Foundation...MORE (Inquisitr.com)