Did Trump’s speech meet your expectations?


Did President Trump’s speech meet your expectations?

President Donald Trump delivered his first speech to Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, where he addressed overhauling health care, increasing defense spending and investing $1 trillion in infrastructure upgrades. If you’re a Trump supporter, did he say anything that surprised you or that you did not like? Or if you’re not a Trump supporter, did he say anything that changed your mind or that you liked?

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Education trends: Long Island vs. New York State

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s report on statistics and trends in New York school systems offers a look at how Long Island schools stack up against eight peer regions around the state.

“By examining regional comparisons and trends in school district revenues, expenditures and student demographics, we can better inform the decisions of state lawmakers, education stakeholders and taxpayers,” DiNapoli said.

In general, the report shows that Long Island relies most on property taxes, spends more per pupil, graduates the highest percentage of students, ranks highest for proportion of students with limited English proficiency, and ranks lowest for reports of violent incidents and possession of weapons.

Here’s a look at how Long Island compares with the eight other regions in New York state, excluding New York City, for the 2014-2015 school year.

Property tax revenues

Total state school district revenues in 2014-15 were $37.7 billion; the funds come from federal and state aid, STAR revenues, and local revenue in the form of property taxes, all of which vary by region. Long Island
leads the state in percent of total school revenue that comes from property taxes.


Of Long Island’s $11.7B in school revenues come from property taxes, the most in the state


Statewide average


Of school revenues in “North Country” come from property taxes, the lowest in the state

Per-pupil spending

The Long Island, Mid-Hudson Valley and Capital District regions tend to be the wealthier areas statewide, based on both property and income wealth per pupil, the report said. Statewide, the median school district expenditure per pupil in 2014-15 was $22,658. The report also notes regional cost differences. With that adjustment taken into account, Long Island’s per-pupil spending is second lowest in the state.

Where the money goes

Of Long Island’s $11.71 billion in total spending in 2014-15, a majority ($6.6 billion, or 56.3%) went toward instructional spending, slightly higher than the statewide average of 53.6%. Here’s a breakdown of LI’s total expenditures:

Topping the charts

According to DiNapoli’s office, Long Island led the nine regions in:

Highest graduation rate, 90%, and lowest dropout rate, 1.2%

Graduates who plan to attend a four-year college, 60%

Most students with limited English proficiency, 7%

Fewest high-need students: 8.5% in poverty, 30% eligible for free lunch

School safety, 0.8 incidents per 1,000 students

Fewest buildings considered poor or unsatisfactory, 2%

Dwindling numbers

Total enrollment in the nine regions has fallen since the previous study 10 years earlier, though total enrollment on Long Island has dropped at a less dramatic pace on Long Island.


Is Trump’s travel order good for America?


Is Trump’s new travel order good for America?

President Donald Trump signed a new version of his travel ban that:

– Bars new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries. The revised travel order leaves Iraq off the list of banned countries but still affects would-be visitors from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya.

– Specifies that a 90-day ban on people from the six countries does not apply to those who already have valid visas or people with U.S. green cards.

– Shuts down the U.S. refugee program for 120 days.

– Religious minorities from those six countries, such as Christians, will not be prioritized.

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The Politics of Corruption: Gerard Terry

Ex-North Hempstead Town Democratic Leader Gerard Terry

Gerard Terry

Convicted of: Felony tax fraud (state), tax evasion (federal)

Charges: Tax fraud (state); tax evasion (federal)

Gerard Terry, the former North Hempstead Democratic Party leader, was charged in April and August 2016 with tax fraud after Nassau prosecutors said he compiled more than $1.4 million in tax debts while receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in government work. He also was charged federally in February 2017 and pleaded not guilty. He resigned or was terminated from multiple public positions. In September 2017, Terry pleaded guilty in Nassau County to fourth-degree felony tax fraud. The judge set a sentencing hearing for November 2017. Terry pleaded guilty in October 2017 in federal court to tax evasion. He is scheduled to be sentenced in that case in February 2018.

The latest on the Terry case

Oct. 18, 2017: North Hempstead candidates cite ethics concerns at election debate
Oct. 14, 2017: Over 100 Nassau politicians also have family in government
Oct. 12, 2017: Gerard Terry pleads guilty to tax evasion
Sept. 25, 2017: Gerard Terry, ex-town Dem leader, pleads guilty to tax fraud
Sept. 25, 2017: Brown: Nassau towns suddenly embrace ethics reform
Aug. 15, 2017: Gerard Terry makes court appearance on tax evasion charges
May 28, 2017: 9 North Hempstead employees miss disclosure deadline
April 17: 2017: Feds and defense say talks ongoing to resolve Gerard Terry tax case
April 1: 2017: Several investigations of Long Island public officials underway
March 1: 2017: North Hempstead officials OK revisions to town’s ethics policy
Feb. 6: 2017: Did Terry get help to hide his taxes?
Feb. 2, 2017: Agency releases ex-party chair after tax evasion arrest
Jan. 31, 2017: Gerard Terry charged by Feds with tax evasion, officials say
Sept. 27, 2016: Gerard Terry, ex-Dem leader, indicted on tax fraud charges
June 7, 2016: Concetta Terry leaves job as deputy North Hempstead town clerk
May 13, 2016: North Hempstead Ethics Board cites the town’s deputy clerk
April 27, 2016: Gerard Terry’s tax fraud case put off
April 27, 2016: North Hempstead mulls banning workers from supervising relatives
April 13, 2016: Gerard Terry arraignment leads to Nassau Sheriff’s investigation
April 13, 2016: Brown: Gerard Terry tax case reaches beyond his own issues
April 12, 2016: Gerard Terry, ex-North Hempstead Dem leader, arrested, DA says
March 28, 2016: North Hempstead Town plugs ethics holes
March 23, 2016: North Hempstead passes broad ethics reforms, promises more
Feb. 28, 2016: North Hempstead seeks new zoning attorney to replace Gerard Terry
Sept. 27, 2016: Gerard Terry, ex-Dem leader, indicted on tax fraud charges
Feb. 27, 2016: Gerard Terry case leads N. Hempstead to enforce 25-year-old law
Feb. 18, 2016: Concetta Terry, deputy town clerk, under review by ethics board
Feb. 15, 2016: Letter: A tale of two town scandals
Feb. 9, 2016: North Hempstead Democrats back replacement for Gerard Terry
Feb. 8, 2016: Brown: Gerard Terry case shows intersection politics and patronage
Feb. 4, 2016: Gerard Terry’s contract with Roosevelt Library terminated
Feb. 2, 2016: Gerard Terry, embattled town Dem chairman, quits Board of Elections post
Feb. 1, 2016: Gerard Terry to resign as North Hempstead Democratic leader
Jan. 31, 2016: Dem chair has 6 government jobs, $1.4M tax debt

Other LI officials charged with abuse of power


Long Island Marathon 2017: Sign up for instant runner results

The RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend races are set to take place on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Sign up now to get an email alert for anyone running in the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K or 1 mile race. When they cross the finish line, you’ll get a message from raceresults@run-li.com with their results. Just fill out the form below.

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The Politics of Corruption: Dean Skelos

Ex-State Senator Dean Skelos

Dean Skelos

Charges: Conspiracy to commit extortion under color of official right; conspiracy to commit honest services fraud; extortion under color of official right; solicitation of bribes and gratuities

Dean Skelos, former Republican State Senate majority leader, was convicted in December 2015 of using his power to help his son, Adam, get jobs and payments from businesses. Federal prosecutors said the senator pressured three companies to give jobs, fees and benefits worth $300,000 to Adam, doing favors in Albany for the companies in return. He also intervened with Nassau County to help one of them on a contract, prosecutors said. His son was indicted on the same charges. In May 2016, Skelos was sentenced to 5 years, and his son was sentenced to 6½. In September 2017, an appeals court overturned the convictions. A retrial is set for June 2018.

The latest on the Skelos case

Nov. 1, 2017: Vacating of Skelos conviction prompts finger-pointing
Oct. 31, 2017: Retrial date set for Skelos corruption charges
Sept. 27, 2017: Will Skelos’ overturned conviction affect Mangano, Venditto?
Sept. 26, 2017: Editorial: After Skelos and Silver rulings, keep up quest for Albany honesty
Sept. 26, 2017: Appeals court overturns Dean Skelos conviction
Aug. 7, 2017: Dean Skelos lawyers cite Silver reversal in appeal
July 7, 2017: Anthony Bonomo, Skelos trial witness, ousted from company
May 8, 2017: Ex-Republican leader Dean Skelos deserves new trial, lawyer says
May 18, 2017: Charles Lavine: Don’t use campaign funds for criminal defense
March 25, 2017: Brown: Nassau Republicans need to act on contract reforms
March 25, 2017: Brown: Nassau Republicans need to act on contract reforms
March 23, 2017: Contractors bypass Nassau disclosure law
Dec. 28, 2016: Skelos, Silver postscript: LI firms face lobbying fines
Oct. 27, 2016: Judge questions insurer’s refusal to pay in Adam Skelos case
Aug. 4, 2016: Skelos, son to stay out of prison pending appeal
July 28, 2016: Dean Skelos formally disbarred after corruption conviction
July 15, 2016: Skelos, Silver have hefty campaign cash to pay legal bills
June 16, 2016: State corruption deal would take away convicted pols’ pensions
June 7, 2016: Editorial: Albany should cast a wide net in pension-stripping bill
May 12, 2016: Skelos sentenced to 5 years in corruption; son gets 6 1/2
April 27, 2016: Dean Skelos: $500,000 fine in corruption case ‘unwarranted’
April 15, 2016: Dean Skelos judge questions legality of increasing fine; rejects bid for new trial
April 4, 2016: Dean Skelos, son Adam should face stiff sentences
April 4: 2016: Letter: Dean Skelos’ plea was pathetic
March 27, 2016: Pols among writers of 184 letters on Dean Skelos’ behalf
March 23, 2016: Adam Skelos asks for ‘mercy’ in sentencing memo
March 14, 2016: Dean Skelos’ sentencing postponed until April by judge
Feb. 25, 2016: Letter: Pensions for convicts is beyond troubling
Feb. 17, 2016: Dean Skelos, convicted of corruption, gets $95G state pension
Feb. 4, 2016: Dean Skelos, son get postponement in sentencing on corruption conviction
Jan. 26, 2016: Dean Skelos, son Adam, seek new trial, or acquittal of federal corruption charges
Jan. 15, 2016: Dean Skelos spent $762G on legal defense, records show
Dec. 30, 2015: Dean Skelos’ seat sparks political battling
Dec. 29, 2015: Ex. Sen-Dean Skelos files for pension 11 days after conviction, officials say
Dec. 21, 2015: Dean Skelos park in Rockville Centre subject of name-change effort
May 31, 2015: Most Nassau contracts like the one in Skelos probe don’t go to lowest bidder, records show

Other LI officials charged with abuse of power


360 View: Toy Fair 2017 at Javits Center


360 View: Toy Fair 2017 at Javits Center

Companies exhibit the toys and games hitting stores this year at the114th North American International Toy Fair.

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The 114th North American International Toy Fair continued on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at the Javits Center in Manhattan. About 1,000 companies exhibited the toys and games that should be hitting the store shelves this fall and during the holiday season. Credit: Newsday/ Chris Ware

Newsday puts you at the center of the action with a YouTube 360-degree video experience. Look around by dragging your mouse on your computer, swiping your mobile screen or tilting your mobile device right, left, up or down.

Note: On mobile devices, the 360-degree video experience can be viewed only in the YouTube app.