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LI Now Live: Dec. 19, 2013 Live

Welcome to the LI Now live post for Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

We're wrapping up today's live post, but here's a round-up of the top stories Newsday reporters were working on this Thursday. Tonight, Newsday will be covering the following meetings. 

EAST HAMPTON The East Hampton Town Board is set to meet at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 159 Pantigo Rd. Check Mitchell Freedman’s Twitter updates @eastwatch.

ISLIP The Islip Town Board is meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 655 Main St. The panel is holding a public hearing to discuss a proposed construction project at a former town Department of Public Works depot at 100 Carleton Ave. in East Islip. The town planning board has recommended zoning changes for the parcel. Check Sophia Chang’s Twitter updates @schangnewsday.

GARDEN CITY Garden City Village's board will meet at 8 p.m. at Garden City Village Hall, 351 Stewart Ave. The board will vote on the proposed sale of a vacant 39,000-square-feet property north of Franklin Court, known as County Property, and authorizing the mayor to execute a deed to Franklin Mews Group, LLC. Read Aisha Al-Muslim's Twitter updates @AishaAlMuslim.

Here are some local events happening tonight. To browse through more, visit here.

Charles Dickens’ holiday classic "A Christmas Carol" will be performed tonight in Port Washington. More here

The Cultural Arts Playhouse in Roslyn Heights presents the musical "In the Heights" tonight. Details here.


Updates


Newsday's Mackenzie Issler is in Northport for the unveiling of a newly renovated American Legion hall, which is now more accessible to older veterans. Follow her tweets below.





Newsday's Sarah Armaghan is in Islandia today, where six veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars from across Long Island are receiving the keys to their deeply discounted new homes in a subdivision constructed in the village exclusively for returning veterans. 
Follow her tweets.


The Nassau County Legislature will be holding its last meeting of the year today at 1 p.m. The meeting will include public hearings on the following:

by tara.conry

Download the full agenda here and follow Newsday's Robert Brodsky for updates @BrodskyRobert 


Trending

The most-read local stories on newsday.com as of noon include a fatal crash on the Southern State Parkway, a jewelry-stealing housekeeper and an altered Christmas carol that angered one Kings Park resident (and prompted a lively discussion among Newsday commenters.)

As of noon, these were the top 7 stories below.

Cops: Monisha Jacob, 19, killed in Southern crash 

Police: Driver runs over cops foot, gets arrested 

Cops: House cleaner stole $35G in jewelry

Cops: School bus crash shuts part of Route 347 

Kings Park parent: Altered Silent Night lyrics insulting    

Ailing Bay Shore girls wish comes true 

Syosset man indicted in alleged kickback scheme 


Traffic


There is long-term road construction work taking place on Ocean Parkway westbound after Robert Moses Causeway and to Wantagh Parkway in Jones Beach

Construction work is taking place on the Robert Moses Causeway (southbound and northbound) between the Southern State Pkwy in West Islip and Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore.

Construction work is taking place on the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway between Hempstead Turnpike and Rt-105 in Seaford.

Earlier this morning, in Nassau County, two lanes were closed on the eastbound Long Island Expressway between Exit 44 (Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway) and Exit 46 (Sunnyside Boulevard.) There was stop-and-go traffic from Exit 43. As of 2:30 p.m., there is no eastbound traffic, as evident by this photo taken by Informny.com's traffic cam.

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There is construction work on NY-25A westbound after Glen Cove Road in Greenvale and before Rt-101/Port Washington Boulevard in Manhasset.

In New Hyde Park, there is construction work on westbound NY Rt-25 (Jericho Turnpike/Middle Country Road/Main Street) at Herricks Road and near the Nassau-Queens County line in Floral Park.

A two car-accident that blocked the westbound left lane of the Northern State Parkway near Exit31A earlier this morning has been cleared.

An two-vehicle accident involving a school bus that blocked two eastbound lanes on NY-347 near Southern Boulevard in Nesconset has been cleared. Newsday reports that Suffolk County Police said there were no children aboard the bus when it crashed — and said initial indications were that there were no injuries

An accident on the westbound Long Island Expressway between Exit 40 and Exit 39 in Old Westbury has been cleared.


Weather

It's partly cloudy today and breezy this morning. The high this afternoon will be 45 degrees with winds at 10 to 15 mph. This evening will be overcast, then partly cloudy, with a low of 37 degrees and 5 to 10 mph winds.


Headlines



Here's a look at today's top local stories.

The cover story for today's paper explores New York's police privacy law, which has kept the public in the dark about acts of misconduct, even crimes, committed by police officers entrusted with safeguarding Long Island’s communities.

by tara.conry

The cover story for today's "Our Towns" section looks at the efforts of a charity in Southold that is recruiting families for an in-home teaching program for impoverished parents with young children.

by tara.conry

A Suffolk County police officer sustained broken bones when a drunken driver ran over his foot Tuesday night after a brief pursuit on Sunrise Highway, police said. More on this story here.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vetoed a controversial bill that would have transferred the state's Freeport Armory to a local nonprofit that planned to use it for programs for at-risk youths. Read on.

Nassau's recently appointed interim police commissioner Wednesday indicated interest in keeping the commissioner post, though County Executive Edward Mangano has said he's looking for an outsider. Full story here.

Here's a look at the top local stories Newsday and its reporters are tweeting about this morning.






















Check back for more updates.

On the Agenda

These local meetings will be taking place today.

EAST HAMPTON The East Hampton Town Board is set to meet at 7 tonight at Town Hall, 159 Pantigo Rd. Check Mitchell Freedman’s Twitter updates @eastwatch.

ISLIP The Islip Town Board is scheduled to meet tonight at 7:30 at Town Hall, 655 Main St. The panel is holding a public hearing to discuss a proposed construction project at a former town Department of Public Works depot at 100 Carleton Ave. in East Islip. The town planning board has recommended zoning changes for the parcel. Check Sophia Chang’s Twitter updates @schangnewsday.

GARDEN CITY Garden City Village's board will meet tonight at 8 in the Garden City Village Hall, 351 Stewart Ave. The board will vote on the proposed sale of a vacant 39,000-square-feet property north of Franklin Court, known as County Property, and authorizing the mayor to execute a deed to Franklin Mews Group, LLC. Read Aisha Al-Muslim's Twitter updates @AishaAlMuslim.

GLEN COVE The City Council meets Monday at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall, 9 Glen Street. The meeting is the last of the year and the last before Mayor-elect Reginald Spinello replaces Mayor Ralph Suozzi. Check Bill Bleyer’s Twitter updates: @BillBleyer.

NASSAU The Nassau County Legislature will be holding its last meeting of the year today at 1 p.m.. Follow Newsday's Robert Brodsky for updates: @BrodskyRobert


Time Capsule

From Newsday’s archives.

Madison Square Garden was expected to be packed on Dec. 19, 1995. It was 18 years ago today that three-time NBA Coach of the Year Pat Riley returned to MSG for the first time since leaving the New York Knicks only now he was on the other end of the court, coaching the Miami Heat. Check out the story Newsday published on the morning of the anticipated showdown.


Photo credit: Paul J. Bereswill | Knicks coach Pat Riley on the sideline at Madison Square Garden. (May 10, 1992) 
by tara.conry

Local Events

Here's a look at a few events happening on Long Island today. To browse more, visit here.

Charles Dickens’ holiday classic "A Christmas Carol" will be performed tonight in Port Washington. More here

"Downton Abbey" fans might enjoy viewing this exhibit  today in Southampton, which documents the fashions, activities and lifestyles of the Downton Abbey community between 1900 and 1920.

The Cultural Arts Playhouse in Roslyn Heights presents the musical "In the Heights" tonight. Details here.


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