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Get in Shape With Weekend Workout

Don’t get lazy this winter! With sometimes bitter cold temperatures, it’s hard to stay on track, but now is a perfect time to stay in shape before the warmer months arrive. Try some of these awesome workouts to keep that beach body all year long. Check with your physician before starting any workout routine.

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Long Island 2016 graduations

Long Island 2016 graduations

Meet LI's top 143 students in 2016


Meet LI's top 143 students in 2016

See which valedictorians are bound for the Ivy League, who is staying on Long Island, who will major in STEM-related fields, and who is still undecided.

Meet the 2016 salutatorians


Meet the 2016 salutatorians

What does the future hold for these top students?

Long Island's Class of 2016


Long Island's Class of 2016

See class lists from every Long Island high school.

LI's Extraordinary Seniors


LI's Extraordinary Seniors

Meet 16 of the brightest stars of the Class of 2016.

LI senior superlatives through the years


LI senior superlatives through the years

Which famous comedian was voted class clown?

LI Class of 2016 college commitments


LI Class of 2016 college commitments

Where are LI's top athletes heading next year?

17 celebrities who were valedictorians


17 celebrities who were valedictorians

Smart actors, singers, models and more.

Where are 2006's valedictorians now?

Looking back

Where are 2006's valedictorians now?

See how the past 10 years have treated these valedictorians.

Famous LI alumni


Famous LI alumni

Who are the most famous grads from your high school?

Celebrity superlatives


Celebrity superlatives

What movie stars were voted Least Likely to Succeed?

2016 graduation ceremonies

Graduation Day 2016

2016 graduation ceremonies

See the Class of 2016 get their diplomas and embark on the next chapter.

Share your #LISummer Shots

Having a blast this summer? Whether you’re on vacation or having a fantastic staycation, we want to see your Summer Shots! The best ones could show up on air! So send a photo and share it with us via Twitter all summer long with #LISummer. Or share them here, and be sure to include your name. (Captions were submitted by readers who shared their photos.)

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Long Island’s class of 2016

Long Island has 39,910 high school seniors preparing to graduate in the coming weeks. Select a school from the list below to see the senior class there and to leave a congratulatory message for any individual in the comments.

Amityville Memorial High School Babylon Junior Senior High School Baldwin Senior High School Bay Shore High School Bayport / Blue Point High School Bellport High School Bethpage High School Brentwood High School Bridgehampton School Sanford H. Calhoun High School Carle Place Middle Senior High School Center Moriches High School Centereach High School Central Islip High School Chaminade High School Cold Spring Harbor Junior Senior High School Commack High School Comsewogue High School Connetquot Senior High School Crescent School Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School Deer Park High School Division Ave High School Earl L. Vandermeulen High School East Hampton High School East Islip High School East Meadow High School East Rockaway Junior Senior High School Eastport-South Manor Junior Senior High School Elmont Memorial Junior Senior High School Elwood – John Glenn High School Farmingdale Senior High School Fishers Island School Floral Park Memorial Junior Senior High School Freeport High School Friends Academy Garden City Senior High School General Douglas MacArthur High School George W Hewlett High School Glen Cove High School Great Neck South High School Greenport High School H. Frank Carey High School Half Hollow Hills High School East Half Hollow Hills High School West Hampton Bays High School Harborfields High School Hauppauge High School Hebrew Academy of Five Towns Hebrew Academy of Nassau County – Uniondale Hempstead High School Henry Viscardi School Herricks High School Hicksville High School Holy Trinity Diocesan High School Huntington High School Island Trees High School Islip High School Jericho Senior High School JL Miller – Great Neck North High School John F Kennedy High School Kellenberg Memorial High School Kings Park High School Knox School Long Island Lutheran High School Lawrence High School Lawrence Woodmere Academy Lindenhurst Senior High School Locust Valley High School Long Beach High School Longwood High School Lynbrook High School Malverne High School Manhasset Senior High School Massapequa High School Mattituck Junior Senior High School W.C. Mepham High School Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School Mill Neck Manor School For Deaf Miller Place High School Mineola High School Mount Sinai High School New Hyde Park Memorial Junior Senior High School Newfield High School North Babylon High School North Shore Hebrew Academy High School North Shore High School Northport High School Our Lady of Mercy Academy Our Savior New American School Oyster Bay High School Patchogue-Medford Senior High School Paul D Schreiber High School Pierson Middle High School Plainedge High School Plainview-Old Bethpage – JFK High School Portledge School Rambam Mesivta Riverhead High School Rocky Point High School Roosevelt High School Roslyn High School Ross Upper School Sachem High School East Sachem High School North Sacred Heart Academy Sayville High School Schechter School of Long Island School 7 Oceanside High School Seaford High School Sewanhaka High School Shalhevet High School for Girls Shelter Island School Shoreham-Wading River High School Smithtown Christian School Smithtown High School – East Smithtown High School – West South Side High School Southampton High School Southold Junior Senior High School St. Anthony’s High School St. Dominic High School St. John The Baptist High School St. Mary’s High School Stella K Abraham Girls High School Stony Brook School Syosset High School Uniondale Senior High School Upper Room Christian School Valley Stream Central High School Valley Stream Christian Academy Valley Stream North JSHS Valley Stream South JSHS Village School Vincent Smith School W T Clarke Senior High School Waldorf School of Garden City Walt Whitman High School Walter G O’Connell High School Wantagh High School Ward Melville Senior High School West Babylon Senior High School West Hempstead High School West Islip Senior High School Westbury High School Westhampton Beach High School Wheatley School William Floyd High School Wyandanch Memorial High School

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The abuse of heroin and opioid painkillers is devastating families and communities.

Telling your personal story about this epidemic can help all of us better understand the toll the crisis is taking on all age groups, income levels and areas.

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Chris Weidman. The fighter and the father

Chris Weidman The fighter and the father

Explore the professional and personal lives of the former UFC champion from Long Island through this parallel video experience ahead of his title shot at UFC 199 against Luke Rockhold on June 4 in Los Angeles.

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Credits: Jeffrey Basinger, Anthony Carrozzo, Matthew Cassella, Robert Cassidy, Mark La Monica, TC McCarthy, Arnold Miller

News 12’s Long Island Summer Series 2016

It’s time to enjoy the sun, the sand and so much more! Long Island Summer means awesome adventures and fantastic food. Our morning team heads out across Nassau and Suffolk to highlight some great places to spend your summer days or nights. And if we missed your favorite thing to do on Long Island during the summer, take a photo and share it with us via Twitter with #LISummer.

Summer Shots

Funday Monday

Tasty Tuesday

Wild Wednesday

Hometown Showdown Winners


Food Truck Friday

Weekend Workouts

Hamptons Hotspots

East End Guide

Numbers & Links

Daily Summer Quizzes

Towns overestimate building permit fees

Municipal budget officials across Long Island overestimated revenue from building permits and fees in the past two years, creating hundreds of thousands of dollars in shortfalls, a Newsday analysis has found.

Development project delays, lawsuits, environmental issues and a slowdown in the post-Sandy building boom delayed payments that town and city budgets had counted on.

Building permit revenue projections in 2014 fell short by roughly $2.6 million in six towns and cities, Newsday’s analysis of Long Island’s 13 towns and two cities found. North Hempstead’s $800,000 shortfall was the biggest, followed by Islip’s $782,000 gap. Last year, five municipalities missed revenue projections by a total of almost $1.9 million, led by Islip’s $1.3 million and followed by Riverhead’s $258,000.

Towns that did not meet their building permits projected revenue in 2014

Six Long Island towns and cities missed their projected revenue in 2014. Select any bar for details.

Towns that did not meet their building permits projected revenue in 2015

Five Long Island municipalities missed their projected revenue in 2015. Select any bar for details.

As a result, money from other areas had to be moved around to cover the permit revenue holes in general budgets. Some towns made up for the deficits by exceeding revenue projections in other budget line items, or bounced back in the next year when the delayed construction started.

The revenue shortfalls come after an Islandwide building boom in 2013, the year after superstorm Sandy led to widespread rebuilding and repair projects.

Towns without building-fee budget gaps exceeded their revenue projections by budgeting conservatively. Others continued to see high revenue related to continued post-Sandy rebuilding and repairs.

In Riverhead, the discovery of a buried pipe at the site of a proposed apartment complex extended the town’s review process and delayed construction. In other areas, litigation postponed residential projects, including piazza-style apartments around a public square in downtown Glen Cove and the rezoning of a dairy farm for age-restricted condominiums in Elwood.

“Some of these projects are anticipated, and for whatever reason they don’t make it to the table,” said North Hempstead Planning Commissioner Michael Levine. “We’re always up against meeting the number.”

Figuring out how much commercial building project revenue to budget can be a guessing game, officials said.

Developers meet with municipal planners during the summer to pitch projects ranging from small efforts such as a mental health facility on a former Grumman Corp. site in Riverhead where military aircraft was built and tested to more ambitious proposals such as the first hotel to be built in Port Washington. Based on the proposals’ timelines, budget officials set projections for the following year when developers must line up contractors, draw up site plans, gain approval from several land-use boards, and secure interest rates for construction loans.

“You talk to developers and test the temperatures of developers, and we look to see what their time frames are,” Glen Cove Building Department Director Richard Summa said. The city recorded a $143,000 building permit revenue shortfall in 2014.

But those plans can be delayed by a municipality’s demands or broader economic conditions, officials said. Opposition from residents and concerns from public safety officials also can lead to a lengthy review.

“It’s not uncommon to have surprises,” said Jefferson Murphree (in photo above), Riverhead’s building and planning administrator. The tough part about projecting the revenue “is not knowing when a project is going to get approved by a planning board or town board,” he said.

In 2014, Huntington Town missed its building permit revenue projection by more than $473,000. Smithtown recorded a $392,000 shortfall.

Last year, Riverhead had a $258,000 shortfall, and Huntington had $151,000 in missed revenue. North Hempstead posted a $100,000 shortfall in 2015 after missing the projection by $800,000 in 2014.

Long Beach surpassed its revenue projection by more than $250,000 in the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Hempstead Town exceeded its budget by nearly $2 million that year, and by $3 million in 2015. Town of Oyster Bay officials attributed a $1.3 million surplus in 2014 and a $600,000 surplus in 2015 to increased Sandy-related building applications.

Islip officials, however, overestimated the effect Sandy applications would have on revenue for 2014. The town, which posted a $782,000 shortfall in 2014, recorded a $1.3 million shortfall in 2015.

On the East End, where residential building and renovations regularly outpace much of the rest of the Island, Southampton exceeded its $2.2 million projection by nearly $953,000 in 2014. East Hampton took in $481,000 more than the $875,000 budget.

LI towns’ building permit collections 2014

The bar indicates by how much towns did or did not meet their projected building permit revenue. Select any bar for details.

LI towns’ building permit collections 2015

The bar indicates by how much towns did or did not meet their projected building permit revenue. Select any bar for details.

Budgeting for residential building is a challenge because of its unpredictability, officials said.

“It’s relying on individual projects, individual homeowners to do something. You’re at the whim then of the individual homeowner’s financial situation,” said Mitchell Pally, chief executive of the Long Island Builders Institute, an Islandia trade association representing builders, developers, and remodelers.

In North Hempstead, building officials lost $1.2 million in 2014 revenue to a town law exempting homeowners from a penalty that would have quadrupled fees for repairing code violations. Building officials said the amnesty was designed to encourage residents to address old violations.

Delays in commercial development projects accounted for the majority of the shortfalls officials said.

In Huntington, residents sued to reverse the rezoning for the Seasons at Elwood, a 256-unit complex for 55 and older approved in August 2014. The lawsuit failed, but the developer is still waiting for the town board’s site plan approval, officials said.

A proposal to demolish the FedEx and TV55 headquarters in Melville, to be replaced by a six-floor retail and commercial building, has lingered since 2011 because of concerns from the Melville Fire Department over access for emergency vehicles. Permits have yet to be issued for construction, town officials said.

“You allot a certain amount of time for them to get their financing in place,” Huntington Planning Director Tony Aloisio said. Often, he added, “the construction doesn’t occur on the timetable they project to you.”

In Riverhead, four projects expected to be constructed in 2015 were delayed to this year, but the revenue was built into last year’s budget. They include renovating the facade of Tanger 1, a section of the popular outlet mall in Riverhead, and the construction of Peconic Care at the Enterprise Park at Calverton, known as EPCAL, where Grumman Corp. had built and tested military aircraft.

Developers of the Peconic Care property had to manage clearing and drainage issues, and gain access to River Road. A U.S. Navy property blocked access to the road, and developers opted to build on another parcel of land they owned to create a direct route to River Road, Murphree said.

A 48-unit affordable housing complex in downtown Riverhead, which offers priority to artists displaced by superstorm Sandy, was held up by a lengthy review period, officials said. The developers for Peconic Crossing needed permits from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and to conform with the town’s architectural requirements for the downtown corridor.

A “hidden surprise” was the discovery of an underground pipe during a town site inspection, Murphree said. After talks with town officials, developer Conifer Realty offered to replace the storm drain pipe and install a filtration system to protect the river, Murphree said.

Glen Cove city officials cited delays in two projects as being a major part of budget shortfalls: The Piazza in the city’s downtown and, another housing project, The Mews. Developers of The Mews projected constructing six of the nine planned buildings by 2015, building department director Summa said, but they built five. Construction on The Piazza project has yet to start after lawsuits from the neighboring Village of Sea Cliff and the current owner of the site.

“You always have to be very conservative in the numbers you put out there, lots of things can happen between thinking about a development project and actually developing a project,” Pally said.

LI towns building permit revenue details

The amount in red shows by how much that town missed its projected building permit revenue.
MunicipalityThe difference between projected and actual revenue 2014 The difference between projected and actual revenue 2015
North Hempstead – $801,404.00 -$100,117.65
Hempstead $1,957,664.06 $3,040,832.00
Oyster Bay $1,373,589.00 $594,071.00
Glen Cove – $143,000.00 -$10,000.00
Long Beach $250,717.52 $398,816.00
Brookhaven $12,757.00 $146,276.00
Islip -$782,113.87 -$1,368,056.00
Huntington -$473,257.00 -$151,534.00
Smithtown -$392,534.00 $100,008.00
East Hampton $481,135.00 $465,722.00
Riverhead -$2,723.00 -$258,132.00
Shelter Island $41,843.05 $73,111.55
Southampton $953,377.00 $389,352.00
Southold $92,705.00 $68,227.00
Babylon $269,388.67 $744,666.48

Charts by Ann Choi; Photo above of a Hilton planned in Port Washington, courtesy of Paul Amoruso

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What would you ask an American Muslim

What would you ask an American Muslim?

As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan started, the nation mourned the loss of Muhammad Ali, a convert who had become the most well-known Muslim in America. Just two days after Ali was buried, the nation was confronted by the horrific tragedy in Orlando, where a shooter — apparently inspired by ISIS — killed 49 and wounded 53.

Along with fasting and worship, Muslims on Long Island and around the country will also deal with questions about their place in American society, as well as negative rhetoric mixed with statements of support.

This is an opportunity to break down barriers: What question would you ask a Muslim Long Islander? And if you’re Muslim, what do you wish your neighbors knew about you or your faith?

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