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JUDGET RULES NIFA's 3-YEAR WAGE FREEZE LEGAL. A state court judge declared Wednesday that Nassau's financial control board has the authority to suspend all pay increases for county employees, rejecting union arguments that a 3-year-old wage freeze is illegal.

ADECCO TO MOVE MELVILLE HQ TO FLORIDA, 200 JOBS LOST. Staffing giant Adecco will consolidate its North America headquarters in Florida by year's end, displacing more than 200 Melville workers, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday.

HARLEM EXPLOSION LEAVES 6 DEAD, 9 MISSING, OFFICIALS SAY. Six people were killed and 62 injured in the East Harlem explosion that leveled two buildings Wednesday, and the search continues for nine occupants who are unaccounted for, city officials said.


TOUGHER TESTING FOR NEW TEACHER CANDIDATES. New candidates for teaching jobs in New York State, starting in May, must submit 20-minute videos of themselves working successfully in classrooms with groups of students as part of professional certification requirements approved by the state Board of Regents.

GLEN COVE OFFICIALS CHOOSE VERIZON CABLE. The Glen Cove City Council plans to award Verizon a cable franchise, despite complaints by existing provider Cablevision that the newcomer's contract provides less service to customers and less money to the city.

THREE CANDIDATES VIE FOR TWO SEATS. Three candidates are vying for two trustee seats in Head of the Harbor. Incumbent Judith Ogden and newcomer Gordon Van Vechten are running as a team on the Village Party line. Newcomer Theresa O'Brien will face them on the Box Party line.

FOUR CANDIDATES VIE FOR TWO SEATS. Munsey Park, which last year had its first contested election in two decades, faces another one next week, with incumbents Susan Auriemma and Jennifer Noone, and challengers John Lippmann and Eileen Cuneo, running for two trustee seats.

NORTH HEMPSTEAD RUSHES TO COMPLETE UNFINISHED PROJECTS. The North Hempstead Town Board Tuesday night pushed through $17M in bonds for 18 lingering capital projects to take advantage of expiring grants and get a jump on summer construction.



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LIers have a lot of options when they want a beer. Neighborhood speakeasies are a staple and area breweries provide unique choices. But what do LIers drink? Newsday decided to ask.

Emily Hanrahan, 21, of Islip, said her favorite beer is Bud Light. 


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Nassau and Suffolk counties have distinct identities, and the people who live in each area have special knowledge that ties them to their counties. Check out Newsday's photo gallery of examples culled from our social media followers and staff. Send your suggestions to litowns@newsday.com.

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