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Officials Raise Awareness & Condemn Price Gouging Coronavirus Supply

Long Island Strong news - Nassau County Executive Office reports “While medical professionals and local officials have been advising that the best way to prevent the COVID-19 Coronavirus is general sanitary practices, we’ve seen a dramatic rise in the price of cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer. Both locally and online, sellers are trying to take advantage of the coronavirus outbreak and sell products that are hard to find on shelves at exorbitant prices,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “Not only are these products grossly overpriced, there is question whether they are authentic and safe. The County is partnering with Federal and State officials to put an end to this unsavory practice. Please report any instances of unfair price increases immediately to the County or the State so we can protect residents…
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Water Disasters – Village Of Northport Agrees to Settle Federal Complaint by Complying with Clean Water Act Requirements

Under the Consent Decree, Northport Will Perform Necessary Inspections and Sampling to Prevent Illicit Discharges from its Storm Sewer System Long Island Strong news - US DOJ Eastern District of NY reports  Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Peter D. Lopez, Regional Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2 (EPA), announced today that the United States filed suit under the Clean Water Act (CWA) against the Village of Northport, New York (Northport) to address illegal and persistent discharges of pollutants and for failure to comply with the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit and EPA’s administrative orders that required Northport to prevent pollutants discharged from its sewer system from entering the waters of the United States.  The parties…
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Armored Car Employee and Two Co-Defendants Sentenced to Prison for Theft of Over $500,000 on Long Island

Long Island Strong news - Department of Justice  Attorney’s Office Eastern District of New York reports Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Alexis Laguerra, Raymond Soto, Jr. and Raymond Soto, Sr. were sentenced by United States District Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein to 30 months, 33 months and 18 months in prison, respectively, for bank larceny in connection with the theft of over $500,000 from an armored car on November 2, 2018 in Valley Stream, New York.  Laguerra was an employee of GardaWorld, the owner of the armored car.  The defendants were also ordered to pay forfeiture of $300,000, and restitution of $510,000 to GardaWorld.  The defendants pleaded guilty in April 2019. Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr.,…
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ICE FIELDS – 23 Arrested on Long Island during Operation SOAR. Sex Offender Alien Removal includes Canada, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, and Portugal Deportations

Long Island Strong news - CENTRAL ISLIP, NY: ICE reports  Officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Long Island, New York, Sub-Office arrested 23 sexual predators during a six-day period ending Nov. 2 on Long Island in an enforcement effort dubbed “Operation SOAR” (Sex Offender Alien Removal). In the course of Operation SOAR, ERO deportation officers apprehended 23 individuals with past criminal convictions ranging from sexual abuse to rape. Several of those arrested are registered sexual offenders. Each taken into custody is currently being detained pending the completion of removal proceedings, criminal prosecution, or removal from the United States. “When we talk about the safety of our communities, it should not be politics, it should be common sense. We arrested nearly two dozen convicted sex offenders…
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Industrial Opioid Disaster – Prescribed to Death

Long Island Strong news - MINEOLA, : Office of the nassau County DA reports –Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas is partnering with The National Safety Council and other regional funders to bring the Council’s opioid memorial to Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City from September to 23-28. Prescribed to Death: A Memorial to the Victims of the Opioid Crisis is free and open to the public from 10 to 9 daily and will be situated in the north court inside the mall. The exhibit puts a face on the worst drug crisis in recorded United States history, personalizing an issue that has been declared a public health emergency. Nassau County is the eighth stop on the memorial’s nationwide tour, and the third stop in New York – the only state to host it multiple times.…
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Climate Strike Cyclonic Formation Bights New York

LONG ISLAND STRONG news Columbia University Resilient Cities and Landscapes joins The Climate Strike 2019 in Red Hook Brooklyn Long Island New York NEW YORK CITY STRONG news New York, NY: Columbia University Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes Thaddeus Pawlowski reports We joined millions of students around the world today demanding action from our leaders on the climate emergency. While we wait for that… we continue to take our own action.  Along with Columbia’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, the McHarg Center at Penn Design, and a growing movement of activist/designers, we are workshopping the Green New Deal, co-creating methods for planning and designing the infrastructure we need today to ensure the future of our planet.   Come stop by our tent tomorrow Saturday, September 21 at the Our Future…
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Historic Occurrences – 1938 Great New England and Long Island Express Hurricane killed 682+ people

ATLANTIC STRONG news - The 1938 New England Hurricane (also referred to as the Great New England Hurricane and Long Island Express) was one of the deadliest and most destructive tropical cyclones to strike Long Island, New York and New England. The storm formed near the coast of Africa on September 9, becoming a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale before making landfall as a Category 3 hurricane on Long Island on September 21. It is estimated that the hurricane killed 682 people, damaged or destroyed more than 57,000 homes, and caused property losses estimated at US$306 million ($ billion in 2017). Damaged trees and buildings were still seen in the affected areas as late as 1951. It remains the most powerful and deadliest hurricane in recorded New England history, eclipsed in landfall intensity perhaps only by the Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635. The storm was centered several hundred miles to…
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Hurricane Dorian Approaches

Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters Washington, 12:31 EDT THE PRESIDENT:  I want to begin today by addressing the heinous shooting that took place on Saturday in Odessa, Texas.  On behalf of all Americans, I’d like to express my deepest sympathies and sorrow for the victims and their families.  We ask God to comfort and heal those who are suffering, and we hope that there will be a full and quick recovery of the injured. Today, we also recognize the courageous actions of local law enforcement.  I can pretty much say, as usual, they were incredible, several of whom were very seriously injured and wounded as they fought to end this monstrous shooting and save lives. I’ve spoken to Attorney General Barr, and we will provide all possible support from the…
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Construction Permits Stop as Additional Gas Pipeline Stalls Over State Land

Long Island Strong news - MELVILLE, NY: National Grid US reports - National Grid’s gas supply in downstate New York, which enables the company to provide service during the coldest months of the year, has reached full capacity. To serve new customers and meet increases in demand, the company must access additional supplies of natural gas. The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE) being developed by Williams is designed to provide the additional capacity required for new gas service load requests in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. “Our ability to provide this additional gas supply depends on New York State and New Jersey’s approval of NESE,” says John Bruckner, President National Grid New York. “Without approval of all permits, requests for additional load simply can’t be processed. To add additional service…
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Center Moriches Man Sentenced to 25 Years to Life in Prison for Murdering Mother in 2017

LONG ISLAND STRONG news - Suffolks County DA report - (RIVERHEAD, ) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the sentencing of a Center Moriches man to 25 years to life in prison for fatally stabbing his mother in 2017. Christopher Storm Harrison, 27, was convicted by a jury on June 7 of Murder in the Second Degree, a class A-1 felony. “Mr. Harrison not only brutally murdered his own mother in the home they shared, but he then took clear steps to try to conceal the crime and avoid taking responsibility,” District Attorney Sini said. “This was a very difficult, tragic case, but Assistant District Attorney Frank Schroeder did an excellent job presenting the facts at trial. Mr. Harrison was rightfully convicted by a jury of…
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ALLEGED MS-13 MEMBER ARRAIGNED FOR 2017 HOMICIDE

LONG ISLAND STRONG news Nassau County District Attorney reports - MINEOLA, – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that an alleged MS-13 member has been arrested for the August 2017 machete murder of Carlos Rivas-Majano, whose body was found in a wooded area along the Meadowbrook Parkway in August 2018. Luis Alejandro Varela, 21, also known as Felon, was arrested yesterday and pleaded not guilty today before Judge Angelo Deligatti to one count of Murder in the Second Degree (an A-I felony). The defendant was remanded and is due back in court July 22. If convicted of the charge the defendant faces a potential maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison. “Luis Alejandro Varela, an alleged MS-13 member, and his co-defendants allegedly lured Carlos Rivas Majano into…
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18 People Indicted for Allegedly Operating a Heroin & Cocaine Distribution Ring Across Western Suffolk County

DA SINI & SCPD: 18 PEOPLE INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY OPERATING A HEROIN & COCAINE DISTRIBUTION RING ACROSS WESTERN SUFFOLK COUNTY Investigation Resulted in Seizure of Kilograms of Narcotics, Seven Illegal Firearms and $83,000 Cash DA Sini Announced Formation of New Special Narcotics Bureau to Target & Prosecute Major Drug Traffickers Suffolk County District Attorney reports (RIVERHEAD, ) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini and the Suffolk County Police Department today announced the unsealing of a 22-count indictment against 18 individuals for allegedly operating a heroin and cocaine distribution ring across western Suffolk County. “This is a unique case in that the entire network, including four major traffickers, were all operating within Suffolk County,” District Attorney Sini said. “This was a widespread network of major traffickers and street-level drug…
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Bloods Gang Member Sentenced to 8 to 24 Years in Prison for Fatal Hit-And-Run in Southampton

Suffolk County District Attorney reports (CENTRAL ISLIP, ) — Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the sentencing of a Bloods street gang member to prison in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in Southampton in April 2018. “This individual is a dangerous gang member and a career criminal,” District Attorney Sini said. “He showed no regard for human life when he callously left the victim to die on the side of the road, and continued throughout this case to show a blatant disregard for the law and for the consequences of his actions. Today’s sentence ensures that he will no longer be a threat to our community’s safety.” Chace Quinn, a/k/a Chase Quinn, 20, of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, pleaded guilty on May 8 to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide,…
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ICE FIELDS ALIEN GOLD – Bail bondswoman sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment for smuggling hundreds into US

NEW YORK CITY STRONG news – New York, NY: Pursuant to an investigation by Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York, Hema Patel, 51, a Texas-based bail bondswoman, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for her role in smuggling hundreds of illegal aliens into the United States. Patel was also ordered to forfeit her Texas residence, two hotels, $ million in bail bonds, $400,000 in cash and 11 gold bars, among other assets. advertisement American Wilderness Finds.  On June 7, 2018, Patel pleaded guilty to alien smuggling for financial gain by fraudulently bonding illegal aliens from immigration custody and causing their release into the United States.“In a classic example of how criminal networks exploit loopholes in our nation’s immigration system to make a profit while threatening the…
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