12/30/2011 – Police kill man in Nassau today (And, update on police killing in Suffolk)

Kimberly Wilder writes: I hope that the public stays watchful of incidents where police kill citizens. It is so important to all of our rights and safety, that our government strives to exact justice through the courts, not on the streets. Of course, we should not immediately blame police, as they have difficult jobs. And, […]

E. Coli Contamination Warning North Valley Stream, Elmont, Franklin Square, Garden City, Stewart Manor, Floral Park, & New Hyde Park water

Update! As of Friday evening, the “boil water” alert has been lifted. See The Water Authority of Western Nassau County website: here. A boil-water order has been issued in parts of Nassau County where E. coli bacteria was found in water. Residents in North Valley Stream, Elmont, Franklin Square, Garden City, Stewart Manor, Floral Park, […]

Fed Appeals Ct Upholds Injunction Against Unconstitutional Oyster Bay Anti-Day Laborers Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today upheld a preliminary injunction barring enforcement of an ordinance in Oyster Bay, Long Island that violates day laborers’ core constitutional right to free speech. As a result of the ruling, day laborers whose livelihoods were threatened because of the ordinance can continue to exercise their First Amendment rights […]

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Aug 11th, etc. in Nassau

[KW writes: Yuck! Stupidity! These chemicals are unnecessary. Even on the county’s own announcement you can see the pitfalls and problems. If pregnant women need to stay indoors from 7pm to morning, that is a serious problem! Who are they kidding that people will follow all precautions to try to steer clear of their game […]

LI Press: 50 Most Powerful Long Islanders

The 50 most influential Long Islanders of 2010. 8th Annual Power List. As published at Long Island Press newspaper. With community activists, community leaders, and plain old politicians from Nassau County and Suffolk County.

2010 LI School District Vote: Early Returns

Early returns for Long Island school budget votes. As of 11:36pm, Newsday reports that 10 districts have had their budgets fail so far: Westbury, Port Jefferson, W. Hempstead, Elwood, Herricks, Garden City, Levittown, E. Rockaway, West Babylon, Wyandanch.

Middlepond by Mark Yodice

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TepPI9hmi8] Yes, that a Bic Pen tucked into the fretboard. Mark Yodice http://www.myspace.com/markyodice plays his song “Middlepond” at the PeaceSmiths 2009 Dinner/Concert. http://www.peacesmiths.org The event was hosted by Sonny Meadows. Video by Wilderside Media (Ian and Kimberly Wilder) http://www.onthewilderside.com

Some snow reports from Long Island and North Babylon

Nemo 2013: A few photos from Long Island during the Nemo snowstorm are at our Flickr: here. __________ Update: Friday February 26, 2010 at 12:35PM.  You found our old post from an old snow.  But yes, it’s snowing again on LI.  Still snowing.  Pretty cold too.  The car doors have frozen up. We’re tired of […]

Update: Mangano/Suozzi recount in Nassau

Update, Dec 1st: Suozzi concedes to Mangano. Democrat incumbent defeated by challenger. Story: here. _______________________________________________________________________ Thanks to the Times Union, New York state political blog, for the link. (Excerpt from) The New York Times Vote Recount in Nassau Approaches Completion By Angela Macropoulos / November 29, 2009 MINEOLA, N.Y. — Nearly three weeks after Election […]

Nassau County, LI: Republican challenger Mangano leads Democratic Party incumbent Suozzi

November 29th update: As per The New York Times: As of Wednesday [November 25], with all but a handful of the ballots counted, Mr. Suozzi trailed by 217 votes November 17th Update: As per this story at Long Island Press: “Mangano took the lead last week by 497 votes following a re-canvassing of voting machines. […]

This Land Is Your Land: A Long Island sing-a-long

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQtK9vMCWGo] Wednesday night I went to an excellent program put on by an alliance of Long Island peace groups. The event is The Great South Bay Forum, held at the Bar Harbor, Massapequa Library (There is more than one library in Massapequa! So, careful with the GPS programming!) The program included a showing of some […]

Tensions between Gov Paterson and AG Cuomo over Jay Jacobs pick

(excerpt from) NY Daily News Attorney General Cuomo steaming over Gov. Paterson’s state Dem pick by Elizabeth Benjamin Tensions between Gov. Paterson and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo have reached frosty new levels with the recent pick of a state Democratic boss. Paterson tapped Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs to replace June O’Neill, a veteran […]

Is Nassau Dem Boss headed for statewide?

KW: Newsday reports that NY Governor David Paterson has tapped Jay Jacobs, Nassau County Democratic Chairman, to be the Chair of the State Democratic Committee. The vote would happen in the fall. I find this humorous and resonant. Governor Paterson has a history of being friends with Republicans such as Joe Bruno, and Governor Paterson […]

2009: Report on school district vote in Long Island

Update for 2010: Some results and link to 2010 Newsday info is at onthewilderside: here. _______________ For 2009…Newsday reports that all but 3 districts pass budgets. Article is here: Patchogue-Medford, Shoreham-Wading River budgets defeated Full results from Newsday are: here