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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation today that will rename a section of the Southern State Parkway in honor of fallen NYPD Det. Steven McDonald. more
Two weeks ago, Chief Michael Vogt of the West Hempstead Fire Department had heard that his department was approved for a FEMA grant. “We knew we were approved for a grant, but we didn’t know how much or what it was for,” said Vogt. He soon found out, however, that the department would be receiving $228,572 to purchase much-needed self-contained breathing apparatus — known in the fire industry as SCBA. It is the largest grant ever received in the department’s history. more
An acre and a half of property at 764 Hempstead Ave. in West Hempstead was purchased by “Theodore Gaeta and wife” in 1948, according to county records, and their house had stood on it for nearly 70 years. more
Marine veteran James Brooks, 58, was one of eight men who had settled in what was supposed to be a temporary home for veterans on Woodfield Road in West Hempstead when he and his housemates received notice last year that they needed to vacate. “They want everybody to move out,” Brooks said. “So everyone began scrambling, trying to find a place to live.” more
For Karl Riesterer, a West Hempstead resident for many decades, holding onto old friendships is a priority. And each year for the past 13 years, he makes that fact known when he opens his Southold home to host a West Hempstead High School reunion for some of the people he grew up with. “Many of the ‘kids’ are around 80 years old,” said Riesterer. “The group is getting smaller each year, but they come from around the country and spend time visiting old friends and family still living on Long Island.” more
Ten students — eight from Elmont Memorial High School and two from Hempstead High — recently took part in Hofstra University’s annual High School Summer Journalism Institute, led by … more
Ten years ago, Howard T. Herber Middle School teacher Marguerite Izzo found herself in the office of U.S. Sen. Carolyn McCarthy and began recounting her observations stemming from the No Child Left Behind Act. As she was talking, McCarthy yelled for an aide to grab a notebook and start writing. “I couldn’t believe someone cared,” said Izzo, adding that this was the beginning of legislation to involve teachers in writing federal education policy. “The legislation was introduced two or three times, but never got off the ground,” Izzo said. more
U.S. Rep. Peter King, a Republican from Seaford, endorsed Jack Martins, a Republican from Mineola, for Nassau County executive. King announced his endorsement at a news conference at Massapequa … more
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Kulbir Singh, 53, owner of three gas stations in Nassau County, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to three counts of third degree grand larceny upon his failure to report about $1 million in state sales tax, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced. more
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