Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The prospects of blizzard-like conditions slamming Long Island Friday just got even likelier.The National Weather Service Thursday afternoon issued a blizzard warning for all of Long Island beginning 6 a.m. Friday until 1 p.m. Saturday.The weather service also upped its predictions of snow accumulation in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties, noting that both could see more than one foot of snow.Meteorologists predicted Nassau could get blanketed with 10 to 14 inches, while Suffolk could be hit with 10 to 15 inches.The powerful winter storm is expected to also bring winds of 20 to 40 mph, plus gusts of up to 60 mph.On top of the heavy snow predictions, the national weather service is also calling for temperatures Friday night to fall into the 20s.The strongest winds and heaviest snowfall will occur Friday evening into Saturday morning, the NWS said.The potential blizzard also makes driving dangerous, with the storm possibly spawning whiteout conditions. The weather service warned residents not to drive, but if people must travel “have a survival kit with you.”The NWS also issued a coastal flood warning for both counties, noting that waves could reach up to 13 feet in Suffolk.Widespread flooding of vulnerable shore roads and basements is also expected, meteorologists said, adding, “numerous road closures may be needed.”National Grid, which will be leading storm response over the Long Island Power Authority, said Thursday that the storm could knock out power to more than 100,000 customers.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island has a rainy and slightly warmer forecast for the week ahead before clearing up and cooling down by the weekend.Monday is expected to hit a high of 44 under mostly sunny skies with the same weather on tap for Tuesday before a chance of up to an inch rain moves in afternoon and after sundown, according to the National Weather Service.Wednesday is forecast to hit a high of 51 with the chance of up to an additional half inch of rain during the day through the night. The chance of showers persists Thursday as the temperatures hit 47.Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be sunny with highs in the low 40s and dipping below freezing at night.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An eastbound Long Island Rail Road fatally train stuck a person on the tracks in Saint James on Monday morning.The victim was hit shortly after 11 a.m. by the 10:05 a.m. train from Hicksville due in Port Jefferson at 11:10 a.m., according to the LIRR.The train was cancelled and service was temporarily suspended in both directions on the Port Jefferson Branch while MTA Police investigators are on the scene.The identity of the victim was not immediately available.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), second from left, met with community leaders at the Brentwood Public Library on Thursday, May 30, 2013 (Photo courtesy of the Long Island Civic Engagement Table)Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) suggested Thursday that federal legislation requiring background checks for gun purchases nationwide would help stem deadly violence such as the three fatal shootings in Central Islip this week.Long Island’s lone Republican congressman was responding to a question from Tyzier King, a resident of that community, who asked how the veteran lawmaker could address the murders during a town hall meeting at the Brentwood Public Library, where King also shared his views on immigration, terrorism and the economy.“Most of the crimes committed with guns in New York are committed with guns that are from out of state, where other states have virtually no background checks or little background checks,” said King. “Having a background check in no way infringes on the Second Amendment.”Gun Control Debate Ricochets on Long IslandA groundswell has been forming to reintroduce new gun control measures in Congress after a background check bill failed in the U.S. Senate in April. But, getting the most attention of late has been an immigration reform bill being negotiated—an idea King told LI’s largest immigrant community he supports, as long as it also adds border security.“After the last mass immigration legalization on [LI]of 20,000 Salvadoran war refugees, a study found a 40 percent increase in earnings by the newly documented and a direct contribution in increased state and federal taxes paid by the formerly undocumented,” said Pat Young, an immigration attorney and program director of the Central American Refugee Center who served as one of the panelists. “These individuals also shifted towards homeownership and became citizens in large numbers.”A member of The Muslim Center of Long Island in Bay Shore—the largest mosque on LI—said the congregation is concerned about the Muslim radicalization hearings that King held, hate crimes they have suffered and Islamophobia.King defended the hearings he held when he was chairman of the Homeland Security Committee as “fair and objective,” said Muslims aren’t victimized by hate crime perpetrators more than other religious groups and said he is willing to meet with Islamic community leaders.The nonprofit Long Island Civic Engagement Table and Islip chapter of the NAACP organized the meet-and-greet for King to get to know the Bay Shore, Brentwood and Central Islip communities that he absorbed during redistricting last year.The congressman noted that he’s discussed the recent Central Islip murders with Suffolk County police, who he said suspect gang involvement in the first two slayings. Homicide Squad detectives have said the third fatal shooting does not appear to be linked to the first two.Pastor Roderick Pearson, president of the Islip chapter of the NAACP, who lead an invocation to open the meeting and the benediction to close it, asked the about 200 people in attendance to join hands and pray together for peace in the community.“There are three families mourning,” Pearson said. “We may not agree on every issue, but…I ask that we the people seek justice and love in one another.”
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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 20-year-old Huntington Station man reportedly died after being hit by two vehicles in central Florida’s Orange County this week.John Bosco was crossing U.S. Highway 192 near the corner of Orange Lake Highway when he was struck by two vehicles shortly after midnight Tuesday, Florida Highway Patrol troopers told the Orlando Sentinel.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. One of the drivers suffered minor injuries.Police are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The brutal murders of four males, including three teenagers, found in a wooded area in Central Islip April 12 represents the largest mass slaying on Long Island since the so-called “Medford Massacre” on Father’s Day six years ago.Suffolk County police Wednesday night discovered four mangled bodies—one 16 year old, two 18 year olds and one 20 year old—in the woods adjacent to the Central Islip Recreation Center on Clayton Street. The brutal way the four young men died is “consistent” with the modus operandi of the extremely violent MS-13 gang, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini said.The apparent gang slayings came six months after six victims of gang violence were found dead in a span of five weeks in Brentwood. Two of those victims—best friends Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16—were apparently together when they were killed.Sini confirmed that the male victims in the latest incident were all killed together, though it’s unclear how they were connected. The last time that number of people were murdered simultaneously on Long Island was allegedly in June 2011, when David Laffer, a former solider and a drug addict, gunned down four people during a robbery at a drug store in Medford. Laffer and his wife, Melinda Brady, each pleaded guilty. Laffer is serving consecutive life sentences, and his wife was sentenced to 25 years in prison for her role in the robbery and driving the getaway car.The disturbing slaughter at Haven Drugs pharmacy rocked the region, prompting an outpouring of support for the victims’ families.When Laffer walked into the pharmacy, he intended to rob the store for prescription painkillers to feed his addiction, prosecutors said at the time. In the process, he fatally shot the pharmacist, a 17-year-old clerk, and two shoppers who tragically walked in on the holdup.Killed in the hydrocodone massacre were 45-year-old pharmacist Raymond Ferguson of Centereach, and his 17-year-old assistant, Jennifer Mejia of Each Patchogue. Laffer then turned his gun on 33-year-old Jaime Taccetta, a mother of two and bride-to-be from Farmingville, and 71-year-old Byron Sheffield of Medford, who was picking up medication for his wife of nearly 50 years.Underscoring the heartache of the victims’ families, Taccetta’s grandmother told the court in November 2011: “There will be no Christmas this year…because David Laffer and Melinda Brady needed drugs.”Now, six years later, families of the victims of violence in Central Islip have to cope with burying their loved ones and making sense of their brutal murder.Since the Medford pharmacy slayings, there have been occasions in which four or more people have died in the same event, but those cases involved vehicle crashes. A shooting in Wyandanch in June 2015 claimed three lives.Between 2011 and 2015, 115 homicides occurred in Nassau County and 136 in Suffolk County, according to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice.To help solve the Central Islip park slayings, the Suffolk Police have offered a $25,000 “fast cash reward” for anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest. They ask people to call 800-220-TIPS; all calls will remain confidential, police say.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sandbar in Cold Spring Harbor is the latest in the Lessing family of restaurants featuring the culinary creations of Executive Chef Guy Reuge, who is noted for rallying Mirabelle at Three Village Inn in Stony Brook.The restaurant is decorated with high-eaved ceilings, a gas fireplace and nautical décor, and a wall separating the bar and the dining area. Sandbar’s extensive wine list featuring both new and old world selection is extensive and starts at $50.The three of us shared four appetizers – vivid smoked trout with horseradish aioli served over farro salad; tantalizing tomato braised octopus, laden with shaved fennel salad in a tomato vinaigrette; heavenly tuna crudo; and full-flavored duck tacos (jalapeno omitted). Each was tastefully presented. Appetizers are priced from $8-$20.The next course was the pasta special – bucatini dancing in a seafood tomato sauce seasoned with herbs, the tender veal osso bucco, and Long Island duck duo – a seared breast and confit leg, bursting out from the accompaniment of tagine, dates and mint. Mains are priced from $22-$42.Don’t skip dessert, all priced at $11 each. You wouldn’t think that the climax to a wonderful meal would be milk and cookies, but three of us were able to share this heavenly ending.Sandbar, 55 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor, 631-498-6188. Open daily for lunch and dinner including special Sunday brunch menu.Chefs on the runJoe Gannascoli, who played mobster Vito Spatafore in The Sopranos, has been surprising guests by preparing spaghetti carbonara with a Parmesan wheel tableside at the Matteo’s Trattoria & Bar in both Roslyn and Huntington.The LakeHouseThis gem was a sweet 65-seat treasure on Lawrence Lake until last year, when it moved to Maple Avenue in Bay Shore with stunning views of the Great South Bay.It offers perfect settings, on the outdoor patio in the summer or by a warm fireplace in the winter. We were with a group of 10 on a recent visit. Our first view after getting a peek at the lights on the bay was of an impressive entry with live music from a talented piano player, whose selections ran through hits from most eras. We enjoyed the music, which wasn’t too loud to drown out our dinner conversation.Dinner began with a complimentary tasting of shrimp with avocado-red pepper aioli served over a cucumber. We would have liked the tasting to be available as a full order.The grilled octopus salad was prepared with the smoky taste of chorizo with a chickpea puree and clementines and a drizzle of sherry vinegar that had been aged. We also enjoyed the tasty large chunks of clams, shiitake mushrooms and applewood bacon with a drizzle of chive oil that made up the Little Neck clam chowder.The organic farm (to table) green salad had candy beets and goat cheese gently bathed with a blood orange vinaigrette. Also at our table was the appetizer of fresh cavatelli with tender braised Berkshire pork shank ragu, porcini and ricotta; and yellowfin tuna tartare served over cucumber with crispy potato chips. Appetizers run from $10-17.The second act featured tender venison done medium rare and pepper crusted, accompanied by crispy mustard spaetzle, cabbage braised in raspberry beer, parsnip puree and a cognac jus. Another star was a decadent medium-rare duck breast and crisped leg confit with pistachio pomegranate glaze, costarring an apricot pilaf. Also on our table was a dish of fleshy scallops served on cannellini bean puree with juicy charred cherry tomatoes, and spinach draped in a garlic mussel broth.Next was a melt-in-your-mouth porkchop with green apple, yam, onion gratin made with blue cheese and caramelized onion, and a cranberry mustard, maple bacon vinaigrette. The chicken had a stuffing of brioche, prosciutto and mushrooms, honey-glazed onions and a Madeira pan gravy. The salmon was served with babyred beets and French lentils, a celery root purée, and a sauce of pinot noir butter. Entrees run from $29-$41.For our final act, we sampled the soufflé, pear tart and baked Alaska. On out next visit we will be sure to try the warm cinnamon doughnuts. Desserts are $11.LakeHouse, 135 Maple Ave., Bay Shore, 631-666-0995. Open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, Sunday brunch. Reopening for lunch on April 1.Jeff Wurst is a practicing attorney. Vera is a retired schoolteacher. Both love Long Island food and wine and are delighted to share their discoveries with you. Contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Every breaking wave on the shore,Tells the next one ‘there’ll be one more.’”The lyrics of U2’s new hit, Every Breaking Wave, are amazingly parallel to the trend in credit union CEO retirements. We read about them every day in the news. And tomorrow there will be (at least!) one more.Just looking at recent members of the CUES Board, we see retirements. Last year Lary McCants, CCD, CCE, former president/CEO of $865 million IBM Southeast Employees’ Credit Union, Boca Raton, Fla., retired, and we anticipate the retirement of Dale Schumacher, president/CEO of $228 million Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union, Tampa, Fla., later this year.The waves of CEO retirement are clearly crashing on the shores of CU land, and may continue to do so through 2018. Whether credit unions remain poised to succeed in their marketplaces depends a lot on whether we have sufficiently prepared successors for the outgoing CEOs.Right now boards that expect to be hiring a new CEO in the near term have an obligation to make sure they’re creating the largest possible pool from which to draw candidates for the top job. After all, they’re spending their members’ money on this new hire. At the time of a core processing conversion, more than one vendor’s system would be considered, right?Without question, boards need to plan for a national search that looks both inside and outside the industry for candidates that match the visions they have for their credit unions. They also need to make sure they’re readying leaders coming up in their own shops. If enough credit unions do so, boards will have significantly more opportunities to hire a new CEO from within their own organizations or—dare I say it—from another credit union.There are numerous examples of excellent credit union CEOs being hired in from banks, so I’m not putting that option aside. But when a credit union doesn’t have to look far to find just the right match for its new CEO, it can get someone who comes already steeped in the credit union philosophy and way of thinking.At CUES’ CEO Institute, we see first hand that credit union directors and current CEOs are on board with this idea. That’s because they are sending their executives from marketing, finance, operations, technology and human resources to this top-tier education program. Graduates from all of these disciplines have gone on to become CEOs. What CEO Institute does so well is giving rising stars from specific areas of a credit union a big picture view of the entire business—a view the CEO definitely needs. (To help credit unions ready more executives, CUES has added an August CEO Institute I again this year, since the spring class is already sold out.)While CEO Institute prepares future CEOs in the areas of organizational design down to leveraging their individual strengths, other CUES programs continue to prepare current and aspiring credit unions CEOs about specific trends they’ll be facing if they get the nod for the top job. As you read this column, I’m attending CUES’ Apple Pay, MCX & Beyond: Your Mobile Pay Strategy in Dallas, where attendees are being given tools for developing a long-range payments strategy based on current market information. CUES also will debut the CUES School of Payments in May in Chicago, and CUES School of IT Leadership in September in San Antonio.Those of us in the CU industry don’t have to pick up a conch shell to hear the ocean. The waves of CEO retirements are breaking all around us. Who should your credit union be preparing to be a candidate for the top leadership slot? Maybe it’s you. 49SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Charles Fagan Charles E. “Chuck” Fagan, III is President and CEO of PSCU, a credit union service organization that leverages the cooperative model to better serve credit unions and their members through … Web: www.pscu.com Details
by: Bo McDonaldAt YMC, much of 2014 was spent investing in our newly created digital media team. It started with one person in March of 2014, and as of February 2nd we’ll have two full time team members dedicated to everything digital for YMC clients with our VP of Marketing leading the team. Digital marketing is more than Facebook and Twitter at YMC. As credit unions put an emphasis on appealing to and reaching out to younger members we understand that you need to go fishing where the fish are. The marketing plans for our clients in 2015 look different from 2014. Don’t read this as us chasing the shiny new objects in the technology world. We’re simply utilizing the new media opportunities to reach members where they are. Yes, Facebook and Twitter are part of the equation. But so are Pandora, Google Remarketing Network, email and other digital platforms.If you’re still on the fence about looking at new opportunities to include in your 2015 marketing plan, check out this article from Adweek. Some of the trends in digital marketing from last week are pretty eye opening. Here’s just a few of the stats you can read more about in that article. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr