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LI Now: Jan. 2, 2014 Live

Welcome to the LI Now live post for Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Good morning, Long Islanders. Here's the latest local happenings.

Developing

  • Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and other town officials took the oath of office this morning. The event featured "American Idol" finalist and Merrick resident Robbie Rosen. View Newsday reporter Aisha Al-Muslim's tweets below or follow her on Twitter at @AishaAlMuslim.





















  • Mangano also announced this morning, according to News12, that all Nassau County parks will close today at 3 p.m.

Traffic and weather 

A light dusting of snow has already blanketed Long Island this morning, leading to several accidents and a slow morning commute. Avoid the following roadways:

One westbound lane of the Long Island Expressway in Queens near Exit 32 (Little Neck Pkwy) to the Cross Island Parkway remains closed due to an accident investigation. More on this here.

The snowfall is a precursor to what's to come. The National Weather Service is predicting that Long Island could see as much as 8 to 10 inches by Friday morning with the heaviest accumulations in eastern Suffolk. A blizzard warning is in effect from 6 p.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday.

School closings: The West Hempstead and Glen Cove school districts cancelled classes Thursday. Farmingdale State College also cancelled afternoon and evening classes and activities for Thursday, and all classes for Friday.  Get the latest school closings information.

Top headlines

Not surprisingly, the approaching blizzard is today's cover story. Find out what local and state officials are doing to prepare for the storm and how it could impact your commute.


by tara.conry


The cover story for the "Our Towns" section of today's Newsday discusses a potential shift for the Smithtown Town Board as former Suffolk County Legis. Lynne C. Nowick joins the male-dominated panel, replacing Kevin Malloy. 
 

by tara.conry

Newsday tweets

Here's what Newsday and its staff are tweeting about today.









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