GOP health effort on hold indefinitely


The Republican push to repeal ObamaCare is officially on ice.

Now the question is when — if ever — the GOP will try again.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) insisted Tuesday that Republicans “haven’t given up on changing the American health care system.” Yet he made clear that, for now, they are moving on to other priorities.

“Where we go from here is tax reform,” McConnell said.

It’s a sobering moment for the GOP.

After seven years of campaign promises, the Senate on Tuesday gave up on a last-gasp ObamaCare repeal bill from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.).

The decision effectively ended any chance Republicans had of repealing ObamaCare this year, and potentially before the 2018...| read more ››

Suspected gang members arrested


Three known gang members and one associate were arrested in Shirley during a traffic stop, the Suffolk County Police Department announced last week. The incident occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 12 in the late evening hours.

According to SCPD commissioner Timothy Sini, members of the department’s elite Firearms Suppression Team were conducting surveillance in the Bellport area when they spotted a 2015 Dodge Durango driving erratically. The officers followed the vehicle to Victory Avenue in Shirley, where they then attempted to make a traffic stop. As the officers approached the car, the driver took off, prompting a brief chase. The perpetrators ultimately turned onto Candido Avenue, a dead-end street, turned around and headed right for the officers. “The driver of...| read more ››

Babylon Town has lowest average municipal pay, records show


The Town of Babylon paid its employees less on average in 2016 than any other town or city on Long Island, payroll data shows.

Babylon workers last year had an average salary of $23,180, which was 38 percent less than the Islandwide average of $37,664 for employees of Long Island’s 13 towns and two cities, according to a Newsday analysis of data from Babylon and other municipalities.

Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer defended the lower pay, saying it stems from local socio-economic conditions.

"We’re a middle-class, blue-collar town, and the salaries of our town employees reflect” that, he said.

“We wish we could pay everybody more, but unfortunately we know the limits of the taxpayers,” Schaffer added, calling the town wages...| read more ››

Cuomo orders agencies: Don’t ask about immigration status


ALBANY — State agencies including the State Police won’t be allowed to ask a person about his or her immigration status in most cases, under an executive order issued by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Friday.

Police won’t be able to ask whether a person is in the United States illegally when a person contacts police as a victim of a crime, is a witness or is seeking assistance, according to the order.

State agencies also won’t be able to ask about immigration status unless the law requires it or the information is needed to provide benefits or services.

The executive order is the latest effort by the Democratic governor to combat a crackdown on illegal immigration by the administration of...| read more ››

Edwards wins primary for Huntington supervisor


The risky decision by Huntington Councilwoman Tracey Edwards (D) to run for town supervisor rather than seek re-election to the town board has paid off so far following her primary night victory Sept. 12.

Edwards beat challenger and Centerport resident Darryl St. George (D), 3,482 votes to 1,664 votes, in the primary to become the Huntington Democratic Party candidate for town supervisor, based on the unofficial election results posted Sept. 13 by the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

Winning more than 60 percent of the overall vote, Edwards is already looking forward to the general election.

“I am ecstatic,” Edwards said. “You are always a little nervous, of course. But I was ecstatic to receive the confidence of the Democratic...| read more ››