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LI Now Live: Jan. 8, 2014 Live

Welcome to the LI Now live post for Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.

We're wrapping up today's post, but below, you'll find a round-up of the day's top stories and tweets from Newsday and its team of reporters. These local meetings will be taking place later tonight.

PORT WASHINGTON: A meeting will be held at the Harbor Links golf course to discuss a proposed solar array at the landfills in Port Washington. The meeting is at 7:30 at 1 Fairway Dr. Check Jennifer Barrios’ coverage at newsday.com.

ISLAND PARK: APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT. The Island Park Chamber of Commerce hosts its general meeting tonight Wednesday at 7 at the South Shore Jewish Center, 191 Long Beach Rd. John Vitale is to release plans to build 85 luxury rental town house apartments at the site of the former Paddy McGee’s and Coyote Grill restaurants on Barnum Island. Both properties were damaged during Sandy. Vitale owns the property. Follow Aisha al-Muslim’s Twitter updates @AishaAlMuslim.

BAY SHORE: SCHOOL AID. The Bay Shore Union Free School District school board will discuss the Gap Elimination Adjustment at its workshop on Wednesday night at 7:15 at the high school. Public school officials across Long Island have been fighting the state law in recent months over the formula they say has cost Suffolk and Nassau public schools $1 billion in state aid over the past three years. Follow Sarah Armaghan’s Twitter updates @Armaghans




New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo is delivering his 2014 State of the State Address. Check out the live coverage.






In an exclusive interview with Newsday, U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy announced that after 17 years in Congress, she will be stepping down after her current term ends, citing health issues.




The Suffolk County Water Authority reports the following water main breaks.

LINDENHURST. Verona Parkway, south of Montauk Highway.
WEST BABYLON. Vanderbilt Avenue, south of Beverly Road.
WEST ISLIP. Bay Shore Avenue and Bellmore Street intersection.
WEST ISLIP. Norma Avenue, near Bellmore Street.

Residents in these affected areas could experience no water service, low water pressure or discolored water as water service is shutdown while crews make the necessary repairs, according to SCWA.


Traffic and weather


The cold spell continues Wednesday with a high of 25 degrees and a windchill as low as -4. The National Weather Service reported another record-low temperature of 7 degrees Wednesday at 7 a.m. at Long Island MacArthur Airport, the second consecutive day for a low-temperature benchmark. But a warming trend is just around the corner.

Pothole repair is the cause of two lane closures on the westbound Long Island Expressway between Exit 69 and Exit 64 (Rt. 112) and on the eastbound side, two lane closures between Exit 64 and Exit 69 in Suffolk County.

Headlines

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

Sen. Charles Schumer calls on the federal government to release $35 million in home heating aid.

The New York City Council unanimously elected Melissa Mark-Viverito as its next speaker -- the city's most powerful legislative post.

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, one year after no players met the requirements for election.

Nassau County police and Crime Stoppers are trying to determine who shot a man to death in Hempstead early New Year's Day.

A Riverhead woman is charged with leaving the scene of an accident after allegedly hitting three people with her vehicle early Wednesday outside a Flanders home, police said.

During his inauguration speech Tuesday, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine announced a plan to introduce a resolution to create a pension contribution fund to reduce millions in rising pension costs.

Today's cover story looks at the $3.375 million settlement Martin Tankleff, the former Belle Terre man who served 17 years in prison after he was convicted of killing his parents, received from his false-imprisonment lawsuit against New York State.

by tara.conry


In education news, 50 high school seniors across Long Island took semifinalist honors Wednesday morning in the national Intel Science Talent Search competition -- one-sixth of the 300 honorees named nationwide.

The cover story of the "Our Towns" section looked at the Village of Westbury's decision to let the Avanti nightclub stay open longer on weekends, settling a monthslong dispute between village officials and the Post Avenue venue. 

by tara.conry


Top tweets


Here's a round-up of tweets from Newsday and its reporters.




















You said it

See what fellow Long Islanders tweeted about today.








On the Agenda

These local meetings will be taking place today.

PORT WASHINGTON: A meeting will be held tonight at the Harbor Links golf course to discuss a proposed solar array at the landfills in Port Washington. The meeting is at 7:30 at 1 Fairway Dr. Check Jennifer Barrios’ coverage at newsday.com.

ISLAND PARK: APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT. The Island Park Chamber of Commerce hosts its general meeting tonight Wednesday at 7 at the South Shore Jewish Center, 191 Long Beach Rd. John Vitale is to release plans to build 85 luxury rental town house apartments at the site of the former Paddy McGee’s and Coyote Grill restaurants on Barnum Island. Both properties were damaged during Sandy. Vitale owns the property. Follow Aisha al-Muslim’s Twitter updates @AishaAlMuslim.

BAY SHORE: SCHOOL AID. The Bay Shore Union Free School District school board will discuss the Gap Elimination Adjustment at its workshop on Wednesday night at 7:15 at the high school. Public school officials across Long Island have been fighting the state law in recent months over the formula they say has cost Suffolk and Nassau public schools $1 billion in state aid over the past three years. Follow Sarah Armaghan’s Twitter updates @Armaghans

Time capsule

A look inside Newsday's archives. 

Sgt. John O'Dougherty's grandson was only 4 1/2 months old when the Valley Stream man met the child for the first time on Jan. 7, 2009 at the armory in Bay Shore. Today, the boy is 5. This week marks the 5th anniversary of the emotional homecoming of the "Fighting 69th." 

After 10 months away in the badlands of Afghanistan, 83 members of the New York Army National Guard's 69th Infantry Regiment returned home to family, friends and fellow soldiers, marking an end to the unit's deployment to Afghanistan. Read the full story, originally published on Jan. 8, 2009.

Photo credit: CHARLES ECKERT | Their wait almost over, loved ones stand ready. (Jan. 7, 2009) 
by tara.conry



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