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Jul 09, 2014

Suffolk won't get $10.9M savings through prescription plan

The Bellone administration says $10.9 million in savings projected in the 2014 budget from the county's new prescription administrator will not materialize this year. The shortfall was disclosed in documents last month associated with the county's $7...

Jul 07, 2014

Filler: Protect the futures of students not unions

The teacher tenure war thats been simmering across the nation for years has really begun to boil over, and the latest hot spot is Philadelphia. Soon, hopefully, the unassailable privilege of long-serving teachers to keep their jobs no matter how poor... #Pennsylvania #Wall Street Journal

Jul 05, 2014

Audits: 6 LI school districts built surpluses, burdened taxpayers

Recent state audits have found that six Long Island school districts built up millions of dollars in cash surpluses over multiple years -- a pattern that state examiners said has placed unnecessary burdens on taxpayers. One of those districts, New Hy... #Thomas DiNapoli #Nassau County, NY #Suffolk County, NY #Central Islip, NY #Cutchogue, NY #Floral Park, NY #Garden City Park, NY #Long Island, NY #Mattituck, NY #New Hyde Park, NY #North Bellmore, NY

Jul 06, 2014

Lionel Hollins brings solid basketball resume to his Nets job

What the Nets are getting in Lionel Hollins is a man who has been around the basketball block enough to know what's around the corner. That includes successfully dealing with hypertension in a high-stress business. At a blood-pressure awareness semin... #National Basketball Association #Utah #Nevada #Rudy Gay #Western Conference #Los Angeles Clippers #Brooklyn Nets #Minnesota Timberwolves #Lionel Hollins #Los Angeles Lakers #Detroit Pistons #Denver Nuggets #Memphis Grizzlies #Montana Grizzlies (basketball) #ASU Sun Devils (basketball)

Jun 30, 2014

State lawmakers drove agenda as session closed

More so than in any recent year, state legislators drove the homestretch of the 2014 legislative session. From medical marijuana to anti-heroin measures to teacher-evaluation adjustments, the high-profile issues that dominated the last week of busine... #Andrew Cuomo #U.S. Democratic Party #U.S. Republican Party #Richard Gottfried #Diane Savino #Jeff Klein #Rob Astorino

Jun 27, 2014

East Quogue school officials kept no time sheets for some staffers, state audit reports

East Quogue school officials kept no time sheets for more than one-third of their staff, so they lacked assurance that employees were only paid for time actually worked, a state audit reported. The recent audit by the state comptroller's office concl... #East Quogue, NY #Southampton, NY #Westhampton Beach, NY

Jun 23, 2014

White House, business organizations call for renewal of Export-Import Bank

The White House and influential business organizations called for renewal of the Export-Import Bank on Monday, one day after newly elected House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California said the agency should be phased out. The bank's existence i... #California #Kevin McCarthy #U.S. Republican Party #John Boehner #Peter King #Chris Collins (politician) #New York (state) #Michael Grimm #Chris P. Gibson

Jun 22, 2014

TV drama tax credit helps put UK in the global game

US and British channels follow Game of Thrones lead in taking advantage of new rules encouraging big-budget local shoots John Shiban is an Emmy-nominated US scriptwriter and producer who has worked on The X Files and Breaking Bad. But, as of this wee... #Georgia #United Kingdom #Starz

Jun 22, 2014

TV drama tax credit helps put UK in the global game

US and British channels follow Game of Thrones lead in taking advantage of new rules encouraging big-budget local shoots John Shiban is an Emmy-nominated US scriptwriter and producer who has worked on The X Files and Breaking Bad. But, as of this wee... #Georgia #United Kingdom #Starz

Jun 23, 2014

Patricia Godek, North Babylon superintendent, to retire

North Babylon School Superintendent Patricia Godek has announced that she will retire Dec. 31, bringing to a close a 40-year career in education. Godek has led the district for three and a half years as it adopted new Common Core standards and weathe... #Georgia #United Kingdom #Starz