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Welcome to LI Now's daily live post for Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.

We're wrapping up today's post, but there are four different meetings taking place tonight.
 
  • The Brookhaven Town Board meets at 5 p.m. at Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville. Main items of business are reconciling the books for 2013 with last-minute budget transfers. Check Carl MacGowan’s Twitter updates @CarlMacGowan.
  • Hempstead Village’s board meets today at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall, at 99 Nichols Ct. Read Aisha Al-Muslim’s Twitter updates @AishaAlMuslim.
  • The Long Beach City Council meets tonight at 7 at Long Beach City Hall, 1 West Chester St. Check Patrick Whittle’s Twitter updates @pxwhittle.
  •  The Kings Park Board of Education will hold its last board meeting this year tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Kings Park High School, 200 Route 25A, Kings Park. Read Lauren R. Harrison's Twitter updates @LaurenHarrisonR
Newsday's LI Now blog will be live again Wednesday morning. Be sure to check back for traffic and weather alerts, breaking news, top stories and other information you need to get through your day.




  • The Suffolk County Legislature on Tuesday voted unanimously for an agreement between police and federal officials to overhaul police practices in minority communities. Check out the story here.
  • A search of the Great South Bay for a man who State Police said jumped from the northbound main span of the Robert Moses Causeway Bridge was suspended midmorning Tuesday because of weather conditions.
  • Two accidents were reported around 1:30 p.m. -- one on the westbound Southern State Parkway near Exit 28A and another on Stony Brook Road between Oxhead Road and Highway 25A.
  • An accident that blocked traffic in the southbound left lane of the Sagtikos Parkway near Exit S3 (Pinear Drive) has been cleared, as of 1:27 p.m.
  • Newsday's Laura Figueroa attended a press conference in Bay Shore this morning where Alzheimer's patients New York AARP officials and Long Island senior advocates called for increased funding for senior at-home caregiving programs. Story to come.

See how much snow has fallen across Long Island, as of 11 a.m.

by tara.conry


    A broken rail west of the Mineola train station has been causing delays on the Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma branches of the Long Island Railroad throughout the morning and into the afternoon. An LIRR official said the situation was reported at 7:15 a.m. and that crews were making emergency repairs. As of 11:22 a.m.the MTA's website was still reporting delayed served on these three branches, but the official said the situation shouldn't impact evening. Newsday's Brittany Wait stopped by the Ronkonkoma station. View her tweets in the slideshow below.

Patricia Washington, of Ridge, and her nieces and nephews wait for the westbound train to take them to school in #Jamaica - she won't drive in #lisnow
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  • The big story this morning is also the weather, with light snow falling  -- just in time for the morning commute -- and 1 to 4 inches expected today. Find out the conditions on the roads and rails, and make sure to share your photos using #LISnow on Twitter and Instagram. We're pulling your pictures into a photo gallery.


The snow is falling and already sticking outside Newsday's office in Melville #lisnow #linow
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Headlines

Here's a look at today's top stories.
    • In reaction to the controversy swelling over the state Education Department's push to impose the Common Core academic standards, Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said Monday that she will appoint a subcommittee of five Regents to review the process and report back. Get the full story here.

    • Newsday's cover stories today include new safety measures for the Long Island Railroad in reaction to the fatal Dec. 1 Metro-North train derailment and a change for the Nassau County Police Department. 

    by tara.conry
    • St. James resident Adam Goldgell, a chef at Reel restaurant in East Rockaway, made it to the finale of this Food Network show.




    • Search teams are combing an area of Great South Bay early Tuesday after State Police said a man reportedly jumped from the main span of the Robert Moses Causeway Bridge. Find out more about the search here.


    • The lead story for the "Our Towns" section is about a vote that will take place Tuesday night in Smithtown regarding a proposed assisted-living facility that includes a sewage-treatment plant. More on that here.

    by tara.conry

    • A certified public accountant from Seaford faces arraignment Tuesday in Riverhead on charges he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from two elderly clients, as well as $427,000 from a rural cemetery association in Huntington, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. Here's the full story.


    • A Kings Point man has been arrested and charged in connection with what police called "an ongoing scheme" to rent houses -- and not pay rent. Here's the details.




    On the agenda

    BROOKHAVEN
    TOWN BOARD. The Brookhaven Town Board meets at 5 p.m. at Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville. Main items of business are reconciling the books for 2013 with last-minute budget transfers. Check Carl MacGowan’s Twitter updates @CarlMacGowan.

    HEMPSTEAD VILLAGE
    BOARD MEETING. Hempstead Village’s board meets today at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall, at 99 Nichols Ct. Read Aisha Al-Muslim’s Twitter updates @AishaAlMuslim.

    LONG BEACH
    The Long Beach City Council meets tonight at 7 at Long Beach City Hall, 1 West Chester St. Check Patrick Whittle’s Twitter updates @pxwhittle.

    KINGS PARK
    SCHOOL BOARD. The Kings Park Board of Education will hold its last board meeting this year tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Kings Park High School, 200 Route 25A, Kings Park. Read Lauren R. Harrison's Twitter updates @LaurenHarrisonR

    Local Events

    • The Northport-East Northport Community Theatre is holding auditions tonight (and tomorrow) at 7 p.m. for "Les Miserables" the musical. More information here.
    • The Girl Scouts of Suffok County present the Holiday Light Show in Bayport tonight. Drive through a mile-long wooded trail filled with light displays, take photos with Santa and explore the “Hall of Trees." Details here.
    • The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center in Bridgehampton is hosting a one-hour full snow moon hike tonight, starting at 6 p.m. More information here.
    • Former Speaker of the House and New York Times best selling author Newt Gingrich will speak about and sign copies of his new book, "Breakout," at Book Revue in Huntington tonight. More information here
    • Search for more local events here.

    Time Capsule

    • On this day, 15 years ago, the U.S. House of Representatives was expected to begin the process of impeaching President Bill ClintonBut with the country launching air strikes against Iraq, House Republicans met in closed session the day before and decided to postpone the vote, pending military events overseas. Read the story Newsday published on Dec. 17, 1998 here.


    by tara.conry

    • Today also marks the 279th birthday of Mastic native William Floyd, one of only four New Yorkers to sign the Declaration of Independence. Students and staff in the William Floyd School District will celebrate Floyd's life and legacy at each of its buildings in Mastic and Shirley area throughout the day, culminating with an event at the community library. 
    In this portrait of William Floyd, you can see his Mastic home in the background. (July 28, 2010) Photo Credit: Colleen Harrington
     
    by tara.conry


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