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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation today that will rename a section of the Southern State Parkway in honor of fallen NYPD Det. Steven McDonald. more
After a falling tree limb nearly struck a pedestrian on Rockaway Avenue, the Village of Valley Stream decided to cut down seven rotting ornamental pear trees at the end of May — and the remaining trees, which are also suffering a fungus called “pear rust,” will likely be cut down within one-to-four years, according to Deputy Highway Supervisor Chris Vela. more
In an effort to preserve trees in the village, Valley Stream officials are in the early stages of discussing a new code — based on a similar one in the Village of Malverne — that would prohibit residents from cutting down trees on their property without a permit. more
Masjid Hamza, in Valley Stream, along with hundreds of mosques across the country, will open its doors to the community this weekend in an effort to break social barriers and have an honest discussion about Islam. more
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino last week released a raft of ethics reform proposals that he called the “strongest and most comprehensive” on Long Island. Among his proposals were … more
Ten years ago, Howard T. Herber Middle School teacher Marguerite Izzo found herself in the office of U.S. Sen. Carolyn McCarthy and began recounting her observations stemming from the No Child Left Behind Act. As she was talking, McCarthy yelled for an aide to grab a notebook and start writing. “I couldn’t believe someone cared,” said Izzo, adding that this was the beginning of legislation to involve teachers in writing federal education policy. “The legislation was introduced two or three times, but never got off the ground,” Izzo said. more
Officials voted to award a $1.6 million bid on July 17 to Bay Shore-based Pratt Brothers, Inc., to repair a mile and a half of thoroughfares in the village this year as part of Valley Stream’s road improvement program. more
About 400 parents and community members who believe North and South high schools are overcrowded have submitted a joint letter to the Central High School District Board of Education, urging action against a district policy that they believe allows parents to choose the school their children attend. more
Having worked at the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library since 1979, Mamie Eng has seen it change over the years. “When I started, they were just on the edge of computers, so they were just beginning databases,” she recalled. Now, she said, the entire set of reference books have been replaced by online databases. more
U.S. Rep. Peter King, a Republican from Seaford, endorsed Jack Martins, a Republican from Mineola, for Nassau County executive. King announced his endorsement at a news conference at Massapequa … more
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