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Brookhaven officials say they are planning to swear in the winner of an unresolved town council race as soon as today, shortly after Suffolk County officials certify the election. Democrat Connie Kepert won by four votes after the final 13 votes were counted.

Check out the story and follow tweets for live updates.

Six cited for selling cigars to minors

Suffolk police issued field appearance tickets to six people on Thursday for selling cigars to minors at businesses in Bay Shore, Brentwood and West Islip, according to a department news release.

The release states that the Third Precinct "conducted an initiative into the sale of cigars to underage patrons."

The following people were charged with unlawfully dealing with a minor second degree:

• Rajib Dey, 27, employed by Citgo, 1050 Udall Road, Bay Shore

• Laig Sheikh, 44, employed by BP, 1672 Fifth Ave., Bay Shore

• Harpeet Singh, 27, employed by Express Gas, 1034 Islip Ave., Brentwood

• Marghoobul Haque, 43, employed by Valero, 1692 Union Blvd., Bay Shore

• Marcos Pinto, 54, owner of Lucy and Marcos Deli, 87 Brook Ave., Bay Shore

• Ceren Akkaya, 18, employed by Delta Gas, 305 Union Blvd., West Islip

On the Agenda

These local meetings will be taking place today and next week.

SHELTER ISLAND. PUBLIC HEARINGS. The Shelter Island Town Board holds 10 public hearings this afternoon on applications involving shoreline protection or bulkhead replacement, mooring permits and more. The board meets at 4:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Check Mitchell Freedman’s Twitter updates @eastwatch.

LONG BEACH. RETIREMENT BENEFITS. The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday will discuss changing requirements for managers’ retirement benefits. The 7 p.m. meeting is at City Hall, 1 W. Chester St. Check Patrick Whittle’s Twitter updates @pxwhittle.

SMITHTOWN. TOWN BOARD. The Smithtown Town Board meets Thursday at 7 p.m. in the town board room, second floor, Town Hall, 99 W. Main St., Smithtown. Check for updates.

BAY SHORE. SCHOOL BOARD. The Bay Shore Board of Education is expected to discuss the budget for the 2014-15 school year Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Bay Shore High School’s Little Theater, 155 Third Ave. Check Sarah Armaghan’s Twitter updates @ArmaghanS.

Today's cover story:  Fiscal Squeeze

Two Long Island school districts -- Bay Shore and Sachem -- are among a statewide group grappling with significant financial pressures, the state comptroller's office reported Thursday. The first-ever report by the agency identifies an additional 14 districts across Nassau and Suffolk counties that face greater-than-average fiscal challenges.


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

HOTEL BANKRUPTCY: The owner of the nearly century old Thatched Cottage catering hall in Centerport has filed for bankruptcy protection, but has assured clients that events at the popular wedding venue will take place.

LEGAL BATTLE IN HOFSTRA STUDENT SHOOTING: The mother of a Hofstra student who died in a police shooting wants a judge to order authorities to disclose which Nassau County officer fired the bullet that accidentally killed her daughter, Andrea Rebello.

PLUMBER CHARGED WITH CHURCH THEFT: A plumber from Bay Shore was arrested and charged with grand larceny after he stole a solid-brass tabernacle -- a locked box -- from a Uniondale church where he was making repairs to a boiler, police said.

TEEN BATTLES CROHN'S WITH CELEBRITY ART: Commack’s Keri Dolan had to give up her passion, acting, after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. But she didn’t let it stop her from finding a new creative outlet -- drawing portraits. She started using art as therapy, and that has morphed into an online fundraiser.


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