Pete Bigelow Autoblog.com Aug 26th 2014
A speed-camera program in one Long Island county issued almost 40,000 tickets over the past month. They're all being expunged.
A malfunction with the cameras caused them to cite motorists who didn't deserve the citations, according to Edward Mangano, Nassau County's top executive. As a result, the county plans to dismiss more than $2.4-million worth of tickets. Motorists who already have paid their citations will receive refunds.
"I don't have a high confidence level that the cameras were operating at statutory levels," Mangano tells Newsday. "So we are declaring amnesty with all tickets issued this summer."
Six cameras responsible for the improper citations are located in school zones. Problems arose because the speed limit changes between 25 miles per hour and 40 mph, depending on whether the schools are in session. In some cases, motorists simply were not aware summer school was in session. In others, the cameras recorded violations
Doreen Delatch of Bethpage, NY, told WABC-TV she received 11 tickets from the cameras, and that they all arrived in her mailbox on the same day earlier this month...MORE + VIDEO (Autoblog.com)
Barbara Vergetis Lundin FierceEnergy.com August 26, 2014
PowerUp Long Island, a partnership between state energy agencies and local utilities to support further development and deployment of clean and renewable energy sources in the region, has just launched. The new initiative is designed to advance the region's already significant progress in integrating clean energy technologies to create efficient, reliable and affordable energy systems for Long Island's communities.
"Through this new partnership between the state and the region's utilities, we are expanding reliable and efficient energy programs with a focus on clean technology -- a strategy that will lead to a stronger and safer system," said New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in a statement. "This is an example of how we are building back better than before, and I look forward to the brighter future that PowerUp Long Island will bring to the region."
As part of the PowerUp Long Island initiative, coordinated by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and New York Power Authority (NYPA), the state and their utility partners are already coordinating and actively working on a number of projects and proposals across Long Island to create an efficient clean energy system, deploy distributed resources and manage demand across Long Island...MORE (FierceEnergy.com)
State Of Emergency Declared, Dozens Of Drivers Rescued From Flooded Roads CBS NY August 13,2104
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Multiple local government agencies on Long Island declared states of emergency Wednesday after a storm dumped nearly an entire summer’s worth of rain, causing major flooding in some spots that stranded motorists and snarled the morning commute.
From Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning, Islip got more than 13 inches of rain, more than the normal total for June, July and August of 11.75 inches, said Joe Pollina of the National Weather Service.
More than 5 inches of it fell in just a one-hour period, from 5 to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Pollina said. Holbrook got nearly 11 inches.
A state of emergency was declared in Suffolk County, where county Executive Steve Bellone called the weather Wednesday morning a “storm of historic proportions...MORE (CBS NY)
August 12, 2014 NewsLI.com
(Long Island, NY) The Nassau County Police Department is asking the public’s assistance in locating, Ralph Sarenco, of Hamden, New York who on August 10, 2014 was en-route to a residence in Nassau County and has not arrived.
According to the report, Sarenco is being considered a missing vulnerable adult with early onset dementia. He was last believed to be in the Nassau County area and was driving a red 1998 GMC Sierra pickup truck with NY registration BHG-3533. Ralph is traveling with his beagle dog and may appear confused and need medical attention...MORE (newsli.com)
Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan Gizmodo August 2014
It's been several months since we last checked in with New York City's perennially delayed, incredibly expensive infrastructural wonder: The East Side Access project, a plan to build a new station beneath Grand Central station that will connect Manhattan and Queens. Deep below the city, work continues—and now, the MTA has given us an update.
Back in March, the MTA told Gizmodo about the process of building out the huge tunnels that will one day shuttle hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers deep below the city. Back then, the bored tunnels were still just holes in the bedrock of Manhattan, cluttered with tools and machinery. But as a new set of updated photos from the MTA illustrates, work is coming along on the long-delayed project, which will extend the Long Island Rail Road into Manhattan:
The new photos show us plenty of what's going on inside the deep caverns below Manhattan, which are now being lined with concrete and outfitted with all of the infrastructure that will make it functional—from waterproofing to electrical systems...MORE+ Photos (Gizmodo.com)
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — You’ve probably seen them in the waters off of Long Island and were not sure what they were. Bay houses, some of them over a hundred years old, are seeing their numbers dwindle.
From the busy parkways in the distance the structures look like weather-beaten shacks, impossibly floating on the marshes.
As CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, the artifacts of history are approachable only by boat.
“This is a way of life. It’s not just a house on a marsh land, you’re talking about generations of fishermen and duck hunters that have called these marsh lands part of our regional identity,” L.I. Traditions executive director, Nancy Solomon said...MORE (CBS NY)
13WHAM.com August 3, 2014
Amagansett, N.Y. (AP) -- A scientist says a dead shark that washed up on the beach on Long Island was a great white.
The 4-foot shark was found on the beach at Amagansett on Tuesday.
The carcass was dissected Thursday under the direction of the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service...MORE (13wham.com)