Long Island

Cuomo breaks ground on LIRR Third Track

After about seven decades of wishful thinking, the LIRR Third Track became a reality as Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially broke ground on the $2.6 billon expansion Wednesday on Long Island. The Third Track initiative consists of 50 projects that will modernize 9.8 miles along the railroad's Main...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 10:37am

LIRR evaluating service expansion to Belmont Park for Islanders

While fans cannot wait for the New York Islanders to make their long-awaited return to Long Island in 2021, how to expand LIRR service to the team’s forthcoming Belmont Park home is still in question. Answers, however, are expected to come by the end of September, Newsday reported. As the...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 10:43am

Some immigrant children separated from families at border sheltered on Long Island: Report

A handful of the nearly 2,000 immigrant children who have been separated from their families at the border due to the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance policy” on illegal crossings are being housed in a shelter on Long Island, Newsday reported. For about a month, eight...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 2:39pm

Old Tappan Zee Bridge to become artificial reef off Long Island

For more than 60 years, the original Tappan Zee Bridge served as a connector over a New York waterway, and now parts of the still-being-demolished structure are heading under the surface to become part of an artificial reef off Long Island. Starting this week, concrete and steel from the original...

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 11:17am

3 killed in Florida school shooting had local ties

Three of the victims killed in the Florida school shooting on Wednesday had ties to New York and New Jersey, reports said. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland left 17 dead, including geography teacher Scott Beigel and football coach Aaron Feis, who both died trying to...

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 11:16am

Bridge reconstruction on LIE/GCP reaches final phase: Cuomo

The $58 million reconstruction of three bridges at the interchange of the Long Island Expressway and Grand Central Parkway has been completed, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday. The work began in the spring of 2015 and included highway improvements on the LIE between GCP and College Point...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 12:18pm

Cuomo, de Blasio declare emergencies amid snowstorm

As the New York City metro region — and much of the East Coast — is being battered by the season’s first major snowstorm, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for the downstate region south of Westchester, which includes the city, as well as Long Island. “...

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 12:07pm

Buses to sub for LIRR trains between Ronkonkoma and Greenport Dec. 12

Buses will substitute for Long Island Rail Road trains between Ronkonkoma and Greenport on Tuesday, Dec. 12, the MTA announced Monday. The one-day change is due to switch replacement work at Mill Road in Peconic that will take the main track between the two stations out of service after the 5:30 a...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 4:21pm

Canine Companions for Independence offers a new leash on life

Kevin Schmidt approaches the entrance to Canine Companions for Independence in his motorized chair. Before he can reach out to press the button to open the front door, his assistance dog Kip does it with his nose.  The nearly 4-year-old golden retriever/yellow Lab mix knows 40-odd commands,...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 5:02am

Here’s what to expect on LIRR, subways this weekend

Any Long Islander who takes the Ronkonkoma Branch of the Long Island Rail Road and plans to head home in the wee hours of Saturday morning may want to listen up. Due to the MTA’s Double Track Project, buses will substitute for LIRR trains in both directions between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma...

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:33am

Long Island teen dies in freak accident with log during football practice

Tragedy struck a Long Island high school just weeks before the new school year when a football player was killed by a log during a team-building exercise on Thursday. Junior Joshua Mileto and four other players were holding a 10-foot-log above their heads during an off-season session at Sachem...

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 11:52am

Meet Pender, Philadelphia’s newest (and most adorable) therapist

After a lifetime of wanting a dog of her own, Philadelphia recreation therapist Liz Decina not only just got her wish, she also gained a new coworker at the same exact time. Last week, Decina and 2-year-old black Lab-retriever mix Pender graduated from Canine Companions for Independence on New...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 5:00am

In New York, Trump to use gang violence to press for deportations

President Donald Trump will travel on Friday to a New York community shocked by a recent spate of graphic gang murders to highlight his efforts to stop illegal immigration and boost deportations. Trump's trip to Long Island gives the president an opportunity to showcase some progress on his...

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 9:08am

Stalled LIRR train strands passengers, causes delays into Penn Station

Hundreds of city-bound passengers were trapped in a tunnel leading to Penn Station when their Long Island Rail Road train stalled during Thursday morning’s rush-hour commute. The train, which originated in Port Washington, lost power just as it entered the East River tunnel around 7 a.m.,...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 9:54am

‘Crooked Hillary’ returns as a short-lived exit on Long Island highway

“Crooked Hillary” is one of President Donald Trump’s favorite ways to refer to his Democratic presidential opponent Hillary Clinton.    Along with “Killary,” which came into existence over the Benghazi scandal that many held then-Secretary of State Clinton...

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 12:02pm

Fire Island beach-hopping goes cashless this season

The thousands of beachgoers who are set to flock to Fire Island this summer will be able to go from beach to beach cash-free thanks to a new mobile app. Unveiled Wednesday, Fire Island mTickets will allow Fire Island Water Taxi customers to buy advance tickets via credit card for the first time...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 4:02pm

Riders sue MTA and LIRR; agencies announce service changes for Amtrak Penn Station repairs

Days after New Jersey Transit announced its service change schedule for this summer’s Amtrak repair work at Penn Station, the MTA followed suit — and fed-up commuters filed a suit. A class-action lawsuit filed by Meredith Jacobs and Fred Lee in Nassau County against the MTA and...

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 2:16pm

Man arrested for 2 Manhattan rapes while at Long Island courthouse for child porn, lewdness cases: DA

A Long Island man was arrested for raping two women in Manhattan while he was at the Nassau County Supreme Court for public lewdness and child pornography possession cases on Thursday, officials said. Cameron McDermott, who was arrested in Hempstead in January for allegedly possessing child...

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 12:00pm

25 years after infamous Buttafuoco shooting, ‘Long Island Lolita’ Amy Fisher returns home

“Long Island Lolita” Amy Fisher has resurfaced, 25 years to the day after she became a media sensation for the gunshot heard ’round the world in which she severely injured the wife of her 18-years-older lover, Joey Buttafuoco, the New York Post reported. On May 19, 1992, the then...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 3:41pm

Amtrak to hire private company to manage Penn Station concourse

Amtrak said on Thursday that it plans to hire a private company to manage the concourse-level areas it controls in New York's outdated and overcrowded Penn Station. Amtrak will create a new development entity tasked with selecting a management firm for its concourse areas, President Wick...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:26pm