School buses getting red light tickets

The New York State attorney general’s office found that 422 red light camera violations were issued to school bus drivers operating out of companies in Suffolk County in 2016, with 28 drivers being repeat offenders in that year. The Suffolk companies, some of which operate in Nassau County as well, received more than 1,100 red light camera ticket violations over a three-year period, according to the attorney general. Here are details on the 2016 tickets. A similar study of Nassau companies was not done, and a blank cell in the table indicates the data was not available. Six tickets were issued in New York City and are not broken out in the table. You can read more here. This data posted on Oct. 17, 2017.

Company / Subsidiary Red light tickets Repeat tickets Suffolk Nassau
Baumann/Acme 87 4 49 36
   Acme 75 4    
   Baumann 12 0    
Floyd/EEBL 36 3 35 1
   Floyd 19 1    
   EEBL 17 2    
Huntington Coach 96 8 30 65
   HBC 19 2    
   HCC 32 4    
   LLC 45 2    
John Bosch 0 0 0 0
Montauk Bus 20 1 20 0
Suffolk Transportation 55 4 54 1
Trans Group 27 0 27 0
   Educational Bus 26 0    
   Trans Group 1 0    
We Transport/ Town Bus 101 8 49 49
   Towne Bus Corp. 16      
   Towne Bus LLC 24      
   Vans Trans 1      
   We Transport LLC 22      
   We Transport Inc. 37      
   We Transport LLP 1      
Total 422 28 264 152

New Innovations in Stroke Intervention – Newsday

New Innovations in Stroke Intervention

Modern Technology Fuels Advancements in Treatment and Survival Rates.

Today, in the U.S., every 40 seconds someone will experience a stroke. When a stroke occurs, blood flow to the brain ceases, and brain cells—devoid of oxygen—begin to die. Depending on the location and severity, an untreated stroke may cause disability or even death. Understanding how to prevent and treat symptoms of stroke can literally save your life. Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, in collaboration with Newsday HealthLink, offers the following life-saving information for you and your loved ones in the event of a stroke.

1. Know the Signs of Stroke and Act F.A.S.T.

When it comes to Stroke, time is of the essence and knowing the warning signs and acting F.A.S.T. can make all the difference for the patient.

FACE DROOPING — Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven or lopsided? 

ARM WEAKNESS — Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? 

SPEECH DIFFICULTY— Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the person able to correctly repeat the words?

TIME TO CALL 9-1-1 — If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and say, “I think this is a stroke” to help get the person to the hospital immediately. Time is important! Don’t delay, and also note the time when the first symptoms appeared. Emergency responders will want to know.

2. Get to a Hospital Stat

After signs and symptoms are evaluated, a brain CT scan follows to check for bleeding or damage to brain cells. If the patient arrives within 3 to 4.5 hours of symptom onset, tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) the “gold standard” of treatment will be administered intravenously to bust the clot.

3. The Game Changer

Now, aside from tPA, there’s a game-changing method called mechanical thrombectomy which extends the timeframe to treat those suffering more severe stroke symptoms. This endovascular surgical procedure is minimally invasive and allows patients with devastating strokes to return back to their normal functions.

4. How it Works

To remove the brain clot, a catheter is inserted into the groin [A], threaded through the aorta and up to the brain [B]. There, a stent, acting like a fish net, suctions and pulls the clot out allowing blood to flow once again [C]. This advanced treatment can be administered up to six hours after stroke onset and is now performed at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.

Bringing the Future of Stroke Care to the Community

Kimon Bekelis, MD, has recently joined Good Samaritan Hospital and will serve as the Director of the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center. Dr. Bekelis is one of the most prominent researchers in stroke care and treatment in the nation. Under the leadership of Dr. Bekelis, the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center’s neurosurgeons, neurointensivists, neurologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses with extensive training in neurological critical care, and the use of advanced monitoring technology, will provide comprehensive and continuous bedside care to patients during their recovery. Thorough diagnostic evaluation, careful monitoring, and innovative treatment techniques will help the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center team ensure the best possible outcome for each individual patient. For more information, please visit

Written by Marie Wolf. Source: Dr. Kimon Bekelis, Chairman of Neurointerventional Services for Catholic Health Services of Long Island, and Director of the Stroke and Brain Aneurysm Center, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.

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P.C. Richard & Son Celebrates 108 Years – Newsday

P.C. Richard & Son Celebrates 108 Years

P.C. Richard & Son has been family-owned and operated for five generations. The tradition of Honesty, Integrity, and Reliability was started 108 years ago by Pieter Christian Richard (1st generation), upheld by A.J. Richard (2nd generation), Gary Richard (3rd generation), Gregg Richard (4th generation), and Scott Richard (5th generation).

Meet the Family Who Started It All

P.C. Richard & Son’s Peter Richard III, Bonni Richard-Rondinello, Gary Richard, Scott Richard & Gregg Richard – President & CEO.

The P.C. Richard & Son team is humbled and excited to be celebrating their 108th anniversary. Gregg Richard, President & CEO, fondly describes, “Throughout the years, our 2,700 team members have added their personal touch to our company. Everyone plays a role in what makes us great! Everything we do is for the people—our employees and communities—and to continue the legacy of P.C. Richard & Son. We love helping our customers find products that fit their needs and work best for them and their families. Between deliveries, installations, and appliance services, we are knocking on 5,000 customers’ doors each day. We thank our customers, employees, and partners from the bottom of our hearts for making our 108th birthday possible.”

From Hardware to High-Tech – P.C. Richard & Son Through the Years

In 1909, Pieter Christian Richard (“P.C.”) laid the foundation of his family’s hardware store in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, that his son, A.J., the official founder, would later transform into a regional retailer. By the 1920’s, the family hardware store relocated to Ozone Park, Queens. A.J. expanded the inventory to include appliances with clothes irons as the entry product; a turning point for a remarkable business opportunity.

P.C. Richard & Son – In Homes and Hearts for 108 Years and Counting!

In 1924, the family hardware store relocated to Ozone Park, Queens, NY, and A.J. expanded the inventory.

As the nation shifted from gas lighting to electrification in the 1920s, an array of home appliances began to surface. A.J. started to sell them, transforming P.C.’s hardware store into an appliance retailer. Clothes irons were the entry product, and the business later grew to include toasters, mixers, fans, waffle irons, meat grinders, and large appliances like washers and refrigerators. As A.J. once recalled, “The electric iron was the acorn that gave me my start and eventually opened the door to my growth into the electric appliance business.”

A.J. developed the basis of the company motto, “We Service What We Sell,” during the Golden Age of Radio.

In 1929, A.J. began selling Zenith radios in the family’s hardware store. Zenith produced several models of five-tube radios, and A.J. stocked them all! These early radios were quite temperamental, and not many owners knew how to fix them when they had glitches. Factory service on radios and other home electronics was not good at the time, so A.J. made sure to learn the ins and outs of radio technology. He taught himself how to troubleshoot and repair the products he sold, which allowed him to create a distinct reputation for customer service. P.C. Richard & Son quickly became known for standing behind their products, a unique aspect of the company. If a customer’s radio ever suddenly stopped working, they found reassurance in knowing they could call P.C. Richard & Son for help.

P.C. Richard & Son was a pioneer in television, displaying a TV in their Ozone Park showroom throughout World War II.

TVs were introduced at the New York World’s Fair in 1939 and had been manufactured before the start of World War II, but most production was halted until the war was over. Demand was high and TVs were costly. In fact, GE produced a direct-view TV model that cost $600—almost $7,000 in today’s money. Recognizing they were a rare and hot commodity, A.J. decided to mount a 10” GE TV in the window of the Ozone Park showroom for the neighborhood to watch Fight Night boxing matches broadcasted from Madison Square Garden. Huge crowds gathered on the sidewalk, drawing attention to the business.

P.C. Richard & Son has 66 showrooms located in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

The company currently includes three distribution centers, two service centers, and four A.J. Richard Learning Centers. Their online and showroom inventory has grown to be bigger and better than ever. Their growing selection includes categories such as appliances and housewares, TV and video, mattresses and foundations, home furnishings like recliners, home and portable audio, computers and tablets, video games, smart home, car audio, home office, and more. P.C. Richard & Son’s website ( showcases their growing selection of products. Their virtual A.J. Richard Learning Center, filled with informative videos and blogs, was created to share product knowledge and guide customers through their purchase decisions. P.C. Richard & Son showrooms have now incorporated Mattress Galleries with top brands such as Stearns & Foster, Sealy, and Tempur-Pedic at the guaranteed lowest prices, Mobile Installation Centers, Designer Appliance Centers, Mac Computer Centers, and premium television displays. With their high-tech TV walls that are now being installed in all stores, customers can experience TV technologies with easy-to-use demonstrations that highlight features and benefits. Customers can put each model to the test with a tablet interface and quickly switch to a live broadcast with the touch of a button, seeing the differences between televisions in real time. There is no stopping P.C. Richard & Son, and their team celebrates the past 108 years while excitedly looking forward to all the future holds.

Honesty, Integrity, and Reliability – The Core Values of P.C. Richard & Son

The company’s founder, Alfred J. Richard (A.J.), developed a strong reputation for excellent customer service throughout the years and lead the charge in developing P.C. Richard & Son into what it is today. As A.J. often put it, “Richard IS Reliable;” words in which the company still lives by. His values of Honesty, Integrity, and Reliability are forever engraved in the company’s culture, and his legacy lives on.

P.C. Richard & Son’s success is based upon their employees. At the corporate headquarters, team members’ unique backgrounds and talents merge. Working together, developing ideas, and learning from each other is an important part of the business. In their 66 showrooms, knowledgeable and helpful salespeople and managers continuously strive to uphold the key values. They are trained in the company’s A.J. Richard Learning Centers to explain the benefits and features of any appliances or technology their customers are interested in. It is P.C. Richard & Son’s mission to make every customer’s experience a great one.  

P.C. Richard & Son’s 108th Birthday Celebration Continues Through October!

Visit any P.C. Richard & Son showroom for exceptional 108th Birthday Celebration savings throughout the store. 

To find a P.C. Richard & Son location near you, visit

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Polar – 9 Issues That Impact Women’s Health – Newsday

9 Issues That Impact Women’s Health

Today, women lead busy lives with little “me” time and even less time to heed the signs of potential illness. Faced with a daily barrage of healthy living advice, it is sometimes tough to prioritize preventive tips for medical conditions that specifically target females. The following health briefs are offered to help educate women about the signs and symptoms of illness and the importance of regular screening tests.

1. Lupus

This autoimmune disease typically surfaces in women of

This autoimmune disease typically surfaces in women of childbearing ages (early 20s to mid-30s) and can attack multiple organs, including the heart, lungs, kidneys-even your skin. There are no screening tests for Lupus, so seek medical attention immediately if you experience hair loss, rash, fatigue, joint pain or low-grade fever. Blood and urine tests are used to confirm the condition.

2. Breast Health

One in eight women have a lifetime risk

One in eight women have a lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. Nonetheless, it is now the most curable, treatable cancer there is. Typically silent, breast cancer does not always manifest as lumps or pain. It’s detected on imaging studies. Follow preventive guidelines: perform a self-breast exam one week after menstruation, see your OB/GYN for an annual physical, schedule annual mammograms beginning around age 40 (sooner if there’s a family history).

3. Digestive Health

Eat smarter to prevent disease. Boost your fiber

Eat smarter to prevent disease. Boost your fiber intake to 30 grams daily to reduce your risk of conditions like colon cancer, diverticulosis and hemorrhoids. Include fruits, veggies and whole grains in meals and avoid processed meats. Instead, choose whole grain pastas, brown rice, lentils or quinoa. Steer clear of white bread, white rice and pasta. Excessive drinking and smoking also increase your risk for colon cancer. Get screened by age 50 (age 40 if there’s a family history or you are African American).

4. Menopause

The timeframe, symptoms and complaints may differ among

The timeframe, symptoms and complaints may differ among women, but physicians say a female has officially reached menopause when she has not had a period for a full year-typically around age 51. Prior to this, women experience perimenopause, the stage in which decreasing estrogen levels cause irregular bleeding patterns, hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, thinning hair and vaginal dryness. To manage symptoms, dress in layers, avoid triggers like caffeine, spicy foods, alcohol and stress.

5. Urinary Incontinence/Overactive Bladder

It's common, but many are embarrassed to discuss

It’s common, but many are embarrassed to discuss it. However it can impact quality of life. Urinary incontinence affects women of childbearing age as well as pre/post-menopausal women. The biggest culprit is too much caffeine. Pregnancy, hormonal changes, aging, spicy foods and alcohol are also contributing factors. Incontinence can be remedied with medication, Botox injections into the bladder or sacral nerve electrical stimulation. Kegel exercises and reduced fluid intake may be helpful as well.

6. Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are common but can carry real

Varicose veins are common but can carry real health risks. If blood flow through the valves in the veins backs up and can’t reach the heart (venous insufficiency) it can induce clotting, leg swelling, discoloration and ultimately, a fragile breakdown of veins. Family history, pregnancy and standing for long periods of time increases your risk. Early detection is key. If spider/varicose veins surface, see a vascular surgeon for ultrasound testing. Compression stockings can help improve blood flow.

7. Fragility Fractures

In the post-menopausal stage of life, bones weaken

In the post-menopausal stage of life, bones weaken and women become prone to fragility fractures. These are low energy injuries to the wrist, hip and spine occurring during normal activity that typically should not cause a fracture. Risk factors include a family history of falls, low BMI (body mass index), smoking, and drinking excessively. A healthy diet and weight-bearing exercises may help increase bone strength.

8. Stroke

A stroke, or brain attack can kill. High

A stroke, or brain attack can kill. High blood pressure that is uncontrolled puts you at the greatest risk. Other risk factors include the presence of diabetes, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), smoking, which can cause clots, high cholesterol and a family history of aneurysms. If you have multiple risk factors, see your doctor every three to six months. Otherwise, schedule an annual physical. For information on stroke recovery, go to

9. Obesity, Diabetes and Weight Loss

Obesity is a life threatening issue that can

Obesity is a life threatening issue that can induce Metabolic Syndrome-a group of risk factors including coronary heart disease, renal failure, high blood pressure and diabetes. Weight loss diets alone typically fail those who are obese (more than 100 pounds overweight with a BMI greater than 30). However, there is a new, non-surgical procedure called Intragastric Balloon performed without the need for anesthesia or incisions.

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Assets seized in New York in 2016 in criminal cases

Law enforcement authorities reported receiving more than $28 million in assets in 2016 seized as the result of state criminal proceedings and another $2.6 million in federal cases. These assets are used in a variety of ways, according to the state, including “funding investigations and prosecutions, reimbursing agencies for the purchase of contraband during the course of an investigation, and paying restitution.” Some of the assets are given to the state Office of Victim Services and others to the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. You can read more here.

Here are details on the value of assets seized in 2016. Click on the charts for details, and see the table below for all the data. Posted on Sept. 29, 2017.

LI ranks high in state seizures . . .

In 2016, the district attorneys in Nassau and Suffolk together accounted for nearly 40 percent of the $28 million in assets seized in criminal cases under state laws. They ranked second and third, respectively, in the state, behind asset-rich Manhattan (New York County). Here are the top 10 authorities.

. . . and in federal cases. . .

Of the seven authorities that seized assets under federal statutes, Long Island’s two district attorneys accounted for nearly 80 percent of the $2.6 million gathered statewide in federal criminal cases. They ranked first and second statewide in this category.

. . . as well as in seizing automobiles

The two counties combined got nearly two-thirds of all the cars seized in the state, 91 out of 139. They ranked first and third in this category.

The details for 2016 asset seizures

Authority Assets under state law Assets under federal law Vehicles
Bronx County DA   $143,288.08  
Broome County DA $29,607.00    
Chautauqua County DA $50,860.65   1
Cheektowaga Police Dept.   $110,707.82 2
Chenango County DA $3,460.00    
Clinton County DA $12,369.00   2
Cortland County DA $4,250.00   1
Dutchess County DA $300,527.00    
Erie County DA $236,917.73 $150,059.47 2
Fulton County DA $29,921.27    
Jefferson County DA $22,521.85    
Kings County DA $40,796.50    
Montgomery County DA $57,913.83    
Nassau County DA $7,162,376.21 $357,647.57 78
New York County DA $13,664,105.59    
Niagara County DA $56,311.97    
NYC Special Narcotics Prosecutor $380,049.16    
Oneida County DA $34,815.80    
Onondaga County DA $7,934.00    
Orange County DA $179,358.63   4
Orleans County DA $3,007.00    
Otsego County DA $25,333.00    
Putnam County DA $53,170.70   23
Queens County DA $1,334,245.01    
Rennselaer County DA $68,742.38    
Saratoga County DA $11,191.91    
Schuyler County DA $77,467.10    
Seneca County DA $20,650.00   11
Suffolk County DA $4,112,444.61 $1,781,275.46 13
Warren County DA $143,269.88 $24,500.00 2
Washington County DA $15,554.00    
Wayne County DA $2,495.00    
Westchester County DA $308,034.57 $121,335.66

Where the money goes

Here is how the money seized in 2016 was distributed to the district attorney, police agencies and drug programs. Funds were not necessarily allocated in the year they were distributed. In the bar chart, small amounts of money to reimburse for purchases of contraband were included in the “police” category but left separate in the table below.

Claiming Authority Nassau County DA Suffolk County DA Statewide
To general funds for investigations $2,502,073.31 $1,224,106.67 $8,908,632.41
To drug treatment programs $2,223,944.58 $1,088,094.89 $6,816,398.70
To district attorney’s office $1,043,929.44 $569,468.79 $7,381,483.21
To general fund for prosecutions $834,167.10 $408,035.63 $2,972,606.62
To police agencies $348,011.44 $189,727.95 $4,588,117.16
Paid for damages/restitution $161,600.21 $505,636.68 $3,750,027.29
Reimbursement for contraband purchase $3,409.79 $20,924.00 $30,410.79

Source: New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

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Mapping the Long Island 2017 primary election

Long Islanders went to the polls on Sept. 12 to vote in party primaries for local offices. In Nassau, they chose Laura Curran over George Maragos, 79 percent to 21 percent in unofficial tallies, for the Democratic nomination for county executive. Democrats also picked Jack Schnirman over Ama Yawson, 57 percent to 43 percent, for county comptroller. Here are district results in those two races; click on any shape for details. Percentages are based on total votes cast for the two candidates and do not include absentee ballots. Districts that tied or saw no voting are colored yellow.

District winners, with % of vote, for county executive

  • Curran up to 65%
  • Curran up to 90%
  • Curran over 90%
  • Maragos up to 65%
  • Maragos up to 90%
  • Maragos over 90%

District winners, with % of vote, for county comptroller

  • Schnirman up to 65%
  • Schnirman up to 90%
  • Schnirman over 90%
  • Yawson up to 65%
  • Yawson up to 90%
  • Yawson over 90%

Long Island income, poverty and health insurance

Estimates of the median household income on Long Island rose in 2016, to $105,870 in Nassau and $92,933 in Suffolk, while the percentage of Long Islanders who did not have health insurance fell and the percentage of Long Islanders living below the poverty line remained essentially flat. Those were all according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey released on Sept. 14, 2017. The charts below illustrate the three measures. The income figure is the point at which half the households have higher income and half have lower, and the figures going back to 2012 are adjusted for inflation. The national median is $59,059.

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How Suffolk voted in sheriff’s primary

Larry Zacarese scored an upset victory over Phil Boyle in the Republican primary for Suffolk County sheriff Tuesday, according to unofficial results provided by the Suffolk County Board of Elections. Zacarese had 12,323 votes to Boyle’s 9,586 in a count that did not include absentee ballots. This map shows the results by election district. Click on any shape for details. Any you can read more about the sheriff’s race here.

Primary results

  • Zacarese
  • Zacarese by 15%+
  • Boyle
  • Boyle by 15%+
  • Tie

How Smithtown voted in the primary

Separated by a handful of votes, with a few hundred absentee ballots not yet counted, Smithtown GOP candidates Edward Wehrheim and incumbent Patrick Vecchio are locked in a battle for their party’s nomination for town supervisor. Here are the unofficial votes broken down by election district in the town.

Primary results

  • Wehrheim
  • Wehrheim by 15%+
  • Vecchio
  • Vecchio by 15%+
  • Tie

Long Island’s union membership

Union membership on Long Island stands below the level from before the Great Recession, with a falloff of younger workers seen as contributing to the situation, according to a report from Hofstra University. This chart and table detail estimates of membership by age — with declines in the three youngest groups — and the chart and table below show estimates for the overall trends. Read more about the union membership report.

2004-6 Employment Members Rate
16-24 157,906 14,237 9
25-34 230,428 64,088 27.8
35-44 340,900 93,833 27.5
45-54 291,311 83,346 28.6
55-64 172,254 53,776 31.2
65 & up 63,320 8,170 12.9
Total 1,256,119 317,450 25.3
16-24 160,485 13,401 8.4
25-34 227,269 58,276 25.6
35-44 309,085 78,374 25.4
45-54 302,103 93,701 31
55-64 186,100 48,187 25.9
65 & up 48,267 8,985 18.6
Total 1,233,310 300,924 24.4
2014-16 Employment Members Rate
16-24 142,359 13,997 9.8
25-34 198,722 48,314 24.3
35-44 274,261 81,195 29.6
45-54 299,631 90,881 30.3
55-64 246,470 53,867 21.9
65 & up 76,063 14,614 19.2
Total 1,237,506 302,868 24.5

Overall union membership

Total union membership, broken down between public and private sector on Long Island, in New York City, and nationwide. Each bar represents the total for the combination of private and public sector members. For details, click on either segment of a bar.

Long Island 2004 – 2006 2008 – 2010 2014 – 2016
Total 317,450 300,924 302,868
   Public sector 190,834 180,555 168,274
   Private sector 126,617 115,756 134,594
Total employment (in thousands) 1,256 1,233 1,237
Union as % of total employment 25% 24% 24%
New York City 2004 – 2006 2008 – 2010 2014 – 2016
Total 856,334 800,884 875,985
   Public sector 352,926 366,040 335,306
   Private sector 503,408 427,894 540,679
Total employment (in thousands) 3,185 3,338 3,532
Union as % of total employment 27% 24% 25%
Nationwide 2004 – 2006 2008 – 2010 2014 – 2016
Union Members/employment (estimated) 2004 – 2006 2008 – 2010 2014 – 2016
Total (in thousands) 15,505 15,379 14,605
   Public sector 7,358 7,783 7,187
   Private sector 8,146 7,595 7,448
Total employment (in thousands) 125,893 125,980 133,785
Union as % of total employment 12% 12% 11%

Source: “The State of New York Unions 2017” Hofstra University’s Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy. Charts built using amCharts; tables using Tableizer.