The Politics of Corruption: Christopher McPartland

Suffolk County District Attorney Chief Aide Christopher McPartland

Christopher McPartland

Charges: Conspiracy to tamper with witnesses and obstruct an official proceeding; witness tampering and obstruction of an official proceeding; obstruction of justice; accessory after the fact to the deprivation of John Doe’s civil rights

Christopher McPartland, one of Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota’s chief aides, who ran the office’s political corruption unit, was indicted along with Spota in October 2017 on federal charges related to allegations the two were involved in a cover-up of ex-Suffolk Police Chief James Burke’s assault of a suspect. McPartland pleaded not guilty to the charges. A spokesman for the district attorney’s office said McPartland since has been reassigned “to duties unrelated to his former responsibilities.”

Other LI officials charged with abuse of power


Long Island unemployment levels for October

The overall unemployment rate on Long Island for October 2017 was 4.1 percent, matching the rate from October 2016, according to data from the state’s Department of Labor. Valley Stream saw the largest increase in Nassau County, rising to 4.6 from the 4.3 rate in October 2016. Riverhead during that period rose to 4.3 from 4.1.

Freeport had the highest rate on the Island, 4.8 percent, which was down 0.1 percentage points from last year. New York City had a rate of 4.9 percent while the state had a rate of 4.6 percent, according to the labor department. Click on the bar chart for details, or check on the tables below. And you can read more here.

Local jobless rates for October

Details on the monthly unemployment rates

October 2017 Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate (%)
Nassau-Suffolk 1,484,200 1,423,000 61,200 4.1
Nassau County 703,500 675,200 28,300 4.0
Freeport Village 22,800 21,700 1,100 4.8
Glen Cove City 14,100 13,600 500 3.5
Hempstead Town 401,100 384,200 16,900 4.2
Hempstead Village 27,500 26,200 1,300 4.7
Long Beach City 19,700 18,900 700 3.7
North Hempstead Town 113,300 109,100 4,100 3.7
Oyster Bay Town 155,400 149,400 6,100 3.9
Rockville Centre Village 12,200 11,700 500 4.2
Valley Stream Village 19,800 18,900 900 4.6
Suffolk County 780,700 747,800 32,900 4.2
Babylon Town 112,200 107,100 5,100 4.5
Brookhaven Town 255,200 244,300 10,900 4.3
Huntington Town 104,900 100,800 4,100 3.9
Islip Town 179,500 171,900 7,600 4.2
Lindenhurst Village 15,400 14,700 700 4.3
Riverhead Town 16,100 15,400 700 4.3
Smithtown Town 60,300 58,000 2,400 3.9
Southampton Town 29,000 27,900 1,100 3.8
New York City 4,251,500 4,043,200 208,300 4.9
New York State 9,712,100 9,262,900 449,200 4.6
September 2017 Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate (%)
Nassau-Suffolk 1,493,400 1,430,500 63,000 4.2
Nassau County 708,100 678,700 29,400 4.1
Freeport Village 22,800 21,800 1,100 4.6
Glen Cove City 14,200 13,600 500 3.8
Hempstead Town 403,600 386,200 17,400 4.3
Hempstead Village 27,700 26,400 1,400 4.9
Long Beach City 19,800 19,000 800 3.9
North Hempstead Town 114,100 109,700 4,400 3.9
Oyster Bay Town 156,400 150,100 6,200 4.0
Rockville Centre Village 12,200 11,700 500 4.2
Valley Stream Village 19,900 19,000 900 4.6
Suffolk County 785,400 751,700 33,600 4.3
Babylon Town 113,100 107,700 5,400 4.7
Brookhaven Town 256,700 245,600 11,100 4.3
Huntington Town 105,600 101,300 4,300 4.0
Islip Town 180,600 172,800 7,800 4.3
Lindenhurst Village 15,500 14,800 700 4.6
Riverhead Town 16,200 15,400 700 4.4
Smithtown Town 60,700 58,300 2,500 4.0
Southampton Town 29,100 28,000 1,100 3.8
New York City 4,258,100 4,045,300 212,700 5.0
New York State 9,738,500 9,277,500 461,000 4.7
October 2016 Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate (%)
Nassau-Suffolk 1,467,100 1,407,500 59,700 4.1
Nassau County 695,200 667,800 27,300 3.9
Freeport Village 22,500 21,400 1,100 4.9
Glen Cove City 13,900 13,400 500 3.6
Hempstead Town 396,300 380,000 16,300 4.1
Hempstead Village 27,200 25,900 1,300 4.8
Long Beach City 19,500 18,700 800 3.9
North Hempstead Town 112,100 108,000 4,100 3.7
Oyster Bay Town 153,400 147,700 5,700 3.7
Rockville Centre Village 12,000 11,500 500 4.0
Valley Stream Village 19,500 18,700 800 4.3
Suffolk County 772,000 739,600 32,300 4.2
Babylon Town 111,100 106,000 5,200 4.6
Brookhaven Town 252,400 241,600 10,800 4.3
Huntington Town 103,600 99,700 3,900 3.8
Islip Town 177,400 170,000 7,400 4.2
Lindenhurst Village 15,200 14,600 700 4.3
Riverhead Town 15,900 15,200 700 4.1
Smithtown Town 59,600 57,300 2,300 3.8
Southampton Town 28,700 27,600 1,100 4.0
New York City 4,138,400 3,921,200 217,200 5.2
New York State 9,548,000 9,092,900 455,100 4.8

Nassau tax assessments: How even some winners lost out

Since Nassau County’s assessment system overhaul began, thousands of homes each year have been granted what are essentially automatic assessment reductions by the county’s Assessment Review Commission. Thousands of other homes, though, are excluded from the overhaul component that leads to the automatic reductions, called Carry Forward.

A Newsday investigation published earlier this year exposed a shift of $1.7 billion in taxes from property owners who won assessment challenges filed since the overhaul began in 2010 to those who did not, revealing what effectively have become two systems of taxation that are separate and unequal.

But Newsday’s ongoing probe of the overhaul has also uncovered disparate treatment even among those who did challenge regularly.

Thousands of homes have been deemed ineligible for essentially automatic assessment reductions of 5 to 9 percent each year granted under the largely unknown overhaul component called Carry Forward because they failed to meet changing criteria that have not been made public.

The excluded properties most frequently end up with smaller reductions or none at all, which often results in them having years of higher assessments and smaller tax savings than they otherwise would have had.

The chart below shows how much typical homeowners saved from 2010 to 2015, depending on when they first appealed their assessment during the overhaul.

Note: Savings amounts listed in the chart exclude tax firm fees Newsday calculated at 45 percent of first-year tax savings even though most large firms charge 50 percent. Newsday defined the “typical” homeowner as one whose savings and fees were in the middle or median of each group.

Long Island job levels in October

The total, non-farm sector job count on Long Island rose by 4,200 to more than 1.35 million in October 2017 compared with a year earlier, according to the state’s Labor Department. Leading the increases were the private educational and health services sector, which rose by 9,900, and leisure and hospitality, which rose by 1,500 compared with October 2016. The professional and business-services sector lost the most jobs, down 3,000, while manufacturing lost 2,300 jobs. Click on the trend lines below for details on the 10 sectors going back to 1990. To eliminate some of the lines, click on the sector name in the color key. The table below gives details for the 2017 and 2016 levels, and you can read more about the employment trends here.

Jobs in the 10 sectors on Long Island

More detailed breakdown of 2017 vs. 2016

Industry            (job levels in thousands) Oct. 2017 Oct. 2016 Pct Year
TOTAL NONFARM 1,351.0 1,346.8 0.3%
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,151.4 1,147.3 0.4%
Total Goods Producing 148.0 150.5 -1.7%
   Construction, Natural Resources, Mining 77.9 78.1 -0.3%
         Specialty Trade Contractors 56.7 54.6 3.8%
   Manufacturing 70.1 72.4 -3.2%
      Durable Goods 38.3 40.3 -5.0%
      Non-Durable Goods 31.8 32.1 -0.9%
Total Service Providing 1,203.0 1,196.3 0.6%
Total Private Service-Providing 1,003.4 996.8 0.7%
   Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 276.9 279.7 -1.0%
      Wholesale Trade 71.0 71.5 -0.7%
         Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 34.1 34.4 -0.9%
         Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 27.2 27.1 0.4%
      Retail Trade 160.2 165.0 -2.9%
         Building Material and Garden Equipment 13.0 13.0 0.0%
         Food and Beverage Stores 36.7 36.6 0.3%
            Grocery Stores 30.2 30.3 -0.3%
         Health and Personal Care Stores 13.4 13.3 0.8%
         Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores 18.0 19.2 -6.3%
         General Merchandise Stores 27.4 26.9 1.9%
            Department Stores 20.8 20.8 0.0%
      Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities 45.7 43.2 5.8%
         Utilities 4.8 4.8 0.0%
         Transportation and Warehousing 40.9 38.4 6.5%
            Couriers and Messengers 5.5 5.6 -1.8%
   Information 18.9 19.3 -2.1%
         Broadcasting (except Internet) 1.0 1.0 0.0%
         Telecommunications 8.8 8.7 1.1%
   Financial Activities 71.9 71.2 1.0%
      Finance and Insurance 53.9 52.6 2.5%
         Credit Intermediation and Related Activities 20.6 20.4 1.0%
            Depository Credit Intermediation 11.7 11.6 0.9%
         Insurance Carriers and Related Activities 26.1 26.7 -2.2%
      Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 18.0 18.6 -3.2%
         Real Estate 14.3 14.1 1.4%
   Professional and Business Services 176.5 179.5 -1.7%
      Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 82.3 81.1 1.5%
            Legal Services 17.5 18.5 -5.4%
            Accounting, Tax Prep., Bookkpng., & Payroll Svcs. 14.3 13.8 3.6%
      Management of Companies and Enterprises 16.4 16.3 0.6%
      Admin. & Supp. and Waste Manage. & Remed. Svcs. 77.8 82.1 -5.2%
   Education and Health Services 274.9 265.0 3.7%
      Educational Services 43.8 42.8 2.3%
      Health Care and Social Assistance 231.1 222.2 4.0%
         Ambulatory Health Care Services 91.3 87.6 4.2%
         Hospitals 66.9 64.3 4.0%
         Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 35.4 33.8 4.7%
         Social Assistance 37.5 36.5 2.7%
   Leisure and Hospitality 124.8 123.3 1.2%
      Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 24.9 22.4 11.2%
         Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries 18.6 17.0 9.4%
      Accommodation and Food Services 99.9 100.9 -1.0%
         Food Services and Drinking Places 94.1 95.8 -1.8%
   Other Services 59.5 58.8 1.2%
         Personal and Laundry Services 24.0 23.3 3.0%
Government 199.6 199.5 0.1%
   Federal Government 15.9 16.2 -1.9%
   State Government 25.5 25.4 0.4%
      State Government Education 14.1 13.6 3.7%
      State Government Hospitals 1.3 1.4 -7.1%
   Local Government 158.2 157.9 0.2%
      Local Government Education 106.4 105.6 0.8%
      Local Government Hospitals 2.9 2.9 0.0%

Long Island veterans: A look at our population

Saturday is Veterans Day, a holiday that traces its root to Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. It became an annual observance in 1926 and a national holiday in 1938. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars.

There were an estimated 18.5 million military veterans living in the United States in 2016, about 7.4 percent of the population, according to the latest figures from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Of the 18.5 million nationwide, it is estimated that more than 112,000 live on Long Island; approximately 45,148 in Nassau County and 66,867 in Suffolk County. Here are the numbers who served during conflicts:

Long Island veterans and the periods when they served

The Census classifies anyone who served from August 1990 to present as being in the Gulf War although they break out from the period anyone who served after September 2001. The little lines at the top of each bar chart represent the margin of error in the Census figures, which are derived from surveys and which represent the government’s best estimate.

Where they live across the nation

Three states had a million or more veterans in 2016, according to the Census: California (1.6 million), Texas (1.5 million) and Florida (1.4 million). New York State is sixth, after Pennsylvania and Ohio, with an estimate of 723,000 veterans, or 4.7 percent of the population.

Long Island’s veterans are older than the nation’s as a whole

Suffolk, and especially Nassau, have higher percentages of veterans in the older age groups.

Part of that age discrepancy is reflected in the fact that, at 10.4 percent, Nassau County has more than double the percentage of World War II veterans in its overall veteran population compared to the United States, of which 4.2 percent of veterans served during World War II. In Suffolk County, 6.7 percent of veterans served in World War II. Both counties’ percentage of Korean War veterans also surpassed that of the nation’s 8.9 percent, with 14.6 percent in Nassau and 13.3 percent in Suffolk.

Veterans have higher median income; fewer are below poverty line

Long Island’s veterans tend to have a higher median income than non-veteran civilians, which is a trend consistent with national statistics. Veterans in Nassau and Suffolk are both less likely to fall below the poverty level than the average veteran in the United States.

Veterans have disabilities at a higher rate than the overall public

Veterans in Nassau County are three times as likely — and Suffolk County’s veterans are more than twice as likely — to have a disability than non-veterans.

Male and female

The pie charts shows the breakdown for Long Island. The percentages of female veterans in both counties have increased slightly since 2006 but still remain below the national percentage of 8.6 percent of total veterans, or 1.8 million women.

JavaScript charts via amCharts.

How Long Island Voted

Here are the unofficial results for all the races in each Long Island election district, made available by the Nassau and Suffolk election boards. Click an election district to see how much of the vote each candidate received. Search your address to see the elections you were eligible to vote in. This data was posted on Nov. 8, 2017.

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Margin of victory
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* “Other” includes candidates who did not win more districts than the top four candidates.

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

10 Steps for Healthy Aging

Living a healthy lifestyle becomes even more important for better aging. The things we do to keep body and heart healthy—nutritious diet, physical activity, and social connections – also can help promote brain health and wellness. Here are 10 steps for successful aging:

1. Eat Well

Adopt a low-fat diet high on fruits and veggies, like strawberries, blueberries and broccoli. Take daily vitamins. Limit intake of red meats, fried and processed foods, salt and sugar.

2. Stay Active

Brisk walking benefits brain health, while aerobics can boost your heart rate, and weight training builds strength and flexibility.

3. Learn New Things

Pick up a new hobby like playing tennis, learn to speak a foreign language, try a cooking class, or something you haven’t done before.

4. Get Enough Sleep

At least 7 to 9 hours is a good night’s rest. Insomnia or sleep apnea can have serious physical effects and negatively affect memory and thinking.

5. Mind Your Meds

Medication can affect everyone differently, especially as you age. A medication that didn’t trigger side effects in the past can suddenly cause an abnormal reaction. Talk to your doctor about all medications, whether over-the-counter or prescriptions.

6. Stop Smoking and Limit Alcohol

Smoking can increase the risk of other serious illnesses, while too much alcohol can impair judgment and cause accidents, including falls, broken bones, and car crashes.

7. Stay Connected

Invite friends and family over for a meal, board games, or just to hang out. Maintaining an active social life is important for mental health and keeping a positive attitude.

8. Know Your Blood Pressure

If your blood pressure is high, get it under control under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

9. See Your Doctor

Maintain checkups. Health screenings are key to managing chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. Speak with your physician about any concerns or questions you have about your health.

10. Get a Memory Screening

Our brains need regular checkups, just as other parts of our bodies do. A memory screening is a quick, easy, non-invasive exam for our brains. Talk to your doctor about getting a screening as part of your annual wellness exam or call the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at 866-232-8484.

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Long Island: Our Story

Long Island: Our Story

Two decades ago, Newsday began publishing the first pages of “Long Island: Our Story,” our celebrated 273-part series that told the history of this island we call home, from the Ice Age to the Space Age.
Now, 20 years later, we’re proud to once again share this remarkable story with a new generation of Long Islanders.

Chapter 1 of Long Island: Our Story is available here.

Oyster Bay campaign spending passes $1M mark

The campaign committees for the Republican and Democratic candidates for town supervisor in Oyster Bay, along with the two party committees in the town, have spent $1,094,773.92 so far on the election, more than twice what was spent in 2015. Here is a breakdown based on data from the New York State Board of Elections. The 2017 figure is not final; candidates are required to submit at least one more set of spending records that is not due until after the election. Figures for the January reports in 2015 and 2017 only include expenditures from that month, to keep the comparison fair. Read more about the campaign spending here.

 2015 John Venditto (R) John Mangelli (D) Town Republican Committee Town Democratic Committee
January Periodic $0 $0 $1,337.99 $49.90
July Periodic $52,598.27 $0 $66,529.95 $2,790.91
32 Day Pre General Election $71,790.65 $0 $37,340.99 $1,841.38
11 Day Pre General Election $14,330.26 $901.50 $54,787.77 $14,784.85
27 Day Post General Election $162,406.50 $8,393.55 $10,404.65 $19,623.20
TOTAL $301,125.68 $9,295.05 $170,401.35 $39,090.24
 2017 Joseph Saladino* (R) Marc Herman (D) Town Republican Committee Town Democratic Committee
January Periodic $468.37 $0.0 $5,037.01 $0
July Periodic $40,520.22 $4,446.96 $61,732.20 $16,806.25
32 Day Pre Primary $0 $0 $0 $22,709.33
11 Day Pre Primary $0 $0 $0 $20,012.60
10 Day Post Primary $0 $0 $0 $50,519.35
32 Day Pre General Election $89,345.22 $35,297.70 $29,610.52 $25,577.28
11 Day Pre General Election $396,942.40 $136,993.50 $12,840.08 $145,914.93
TOTAL $527,276.21 $176,738.16 $109,219.81 $281,539.74

*January expenses for Saladino are from his Assembly campaign committee.

COLLEGE FINANCING 101 – Understanding and Affording College Tuition

COLLEGE FINANCING 101 – Understanding and Affording College Tuition

For parents of college-bound students, understanding how to finance tuition has become an education unto itself. To clarify the options and help simplify the process, Newsday conducted an in-depth seminar to help educate parents and students on financing a college education. The hour-long seminar was held at the Newsday corporate headquarters in Melville, New York.

Experts in admissions and financial aid, New York State loans and grants, as well loan officers from our sponsor, Island Federal Credit Union, provided important information every incoming freshman and their parents should know. With a program so rich in useful content, Newsday and Island Federal Credit Union wanted to bring College Financing 101 to the broader public.

Here, you will find a series of video tutorials on financing a college education for the 2018-2019 school year. You will also find a list of important links and resources to continue your education in college financing.


College Financing 101: The Cliff Notes Overview, Larry Dunn, Senior Director of Sales & Marketing, Island Federal Credit Union

This video, introduced by Larry Dunn, Senior Director of Marketing & Sales for Island Federal Credit Union provides a “Cliff Notes” version of the hour-long College Financing 101 seminar for Long Island parents and students. It top-lines the purpose of the seminar, introduces the panel of speakers and offers a synopsis of each of their topics and talks. Best viewed in tandem with the other topic-specific video segments.

Supplemental Financing and Scholarships—Timothy Aaraas, Director of Retail Lending, Island Federal Credit Union

Financing a college education is top of mind for any high school student or parent of a high school student. As the Director of Lending for Island Federal Credit Union, Tim will discuss credit union loan options and their Student Choice partner that can help families afford the “gap” between federal loan options and the actual cost of tuition, as well as alternate means of supplemental financing such as Home Equity Lines Of Credit. In addition, Tim will talk specifically about Island Federal Credit Union’s long-standing scholarship program that defines the credit union’s philosophy of “people helping people” by offering $50,000 to help meet rising college costs and ease the burden on Long Island families. Since 1992, Island Federal Credit Union has given away 294 scholarships totaling $540,000 dollars to deserving students. In 2018, Island Federal Credit Union will award eleven scholarships, 3 at the $10,000 level and 8 at $2,500 each.

Understanding and Applying for the New York State Excelsior Scholarship Program—Diane Kazanecki-Kempter, Director of Student Financial Services, SUNY Farmingdale

2017 marked the first year of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship, a first-of-its-kind in the nation program, to provide tuition-free education at New York’s public colleges and universities. As Director of Financial Aid at SUNY Farmingdale, Ms. Kazanecki-Kempter will discuss requirements and eligibility, and advise parents and students how – and when – to fill out the forms. Ms. Kazanecki-Kempter will also share her experiences to help scholarship seeking seniors avoid common pitfalls, and how to maintain this tuition-free program throughout a four-year college term.

Getting the Most from Your School/Guidance Counseling Office—Barbara Donnellan Ed.D Coordinator of Guidance, Lindenhurst Public Schools

In this informative session, Dr. Donnellan will discuss, through her experience and anecdotes, how parents and high school seniors should work with their school guidance counseling office to understand and approach the college admission process. More importantly, Dr. Donnellan will speak to the mindset and approach to financing a college education, and urge parents to handle the process as they would any other large purchase: with forethought, knowledge and a clear understanding of the process.

Thank You to Our Sponsor

Island Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, full-service financial institution, providing affordable banking products and services to Long Islanders. For over 60 years, Island Federal Credit Union has offered their members better value and service for their everyday banking, enabling them to achieve their dreams by helping them to purchase a home, send their kids to college, and afford a comfortable retirement.

Founded in 1955, Island Federal Credit Union has grown to be among the top performing credit unions in New York State with over $1.3 billion in assets, serving more than 38,000 members. Island Federal Credit Union’s successful track record can be attributed to consistently delivering the best rates, no hidden fees, and exceptional service to its members.

Island Federal Credit Union is a proud sponsor of Newsday Brand360’s College Financing 101 event. Please take note of the following websites for more information about financing a college education:

Island Federal Credit Union – Island Federal Credit Union

Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) – 

Contact the Scholarship Unit via email at or call 888-697-4372

Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) –

Tap on the Web Application –

New York State Excelsior –

View Newsday’s 2017 College Admission & STEAM Guide 

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