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New York Legislature weighing pet sale ban

To combat animal abuse in “puppy mills,” the New York State Legislature last year proposed a ban on selling dogs, cats and rabbits at local stores, which at times have been accused of obtaining their animals from the so-called “pet farms.” Last month, the bill passed one committee in the Senate, signaling it is moving forward, but some pet industry experts question whether the stores are to blame for the problem. Puppy mills are places of intense breeding where unsanitary conditions often preva

Hofstra University, the latest college with students fighting for minimum wage and employee…

On Wednesday March 4, the newly formed Hofstra Student Workers Coalition (HSWC) held a forum in order to discuss problems that student employees have encountered at Hofstra University. Many of their concerns are centered around the legal question of how student workers are categorized under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) and the New York Department of Labor and the wage disparity across the state of New York. Anyone considered an “employee” is required to receive the federal minimum wage,

Opioid Addiction on Long Island Series

This was a collective project that actually won the Press Club of Long Island's Robert W. Greene Public Service Award, Small Market and the Fair Media Council's Folio Award for a Continuing News Story. These are the other stories in the series.

Who’s to blame for the opioid crisis, and are opioids now under-prescribed?

Pharmaceutical companies have been blamed and punished for the opioid epidemic for years, but they are not entirely at fault, according to experts. Physicians and pharmacies also played their parts. “The doctor is illegally writing scripts,” New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, the Health Committee chair, said. “The drug manufacturer may be hiding information about the negative effects of a drug or may be improperly making it. And then the pharmacy may be either knowingly, or grossly neglige

Children and the opioid crisis

Editor’s note: Part four in a series. Certain names within this story have been changed to protect their identities. James McHugh started using marijuana, alcohol, and cigarettes with his older brother and friends when he was 12 years old, and at 26, he still has not given up these habits. Dropping out of school in 10th grade in 2009, he left his mother’s home at 15 to work odd jobs throughout his teenage years to support himself, and his drug use. He wasn’t interested in school, and he wanted

Opioids after surgery

The risks of taking painkillers and how to prevent addiction if a doctor prescribes them Part three in an ongoing series on opioid addiction on Long Island. Pain management can be difficult to handle after surgery. Doctors prescribe opioids to relieve patients’ pain, but the patient is responsible for taking the right dose. That can, at times, lead to addiction — even death. Opioids are powerful drugs that decrease pain, but are highly addictive as well. A deadly overdose is common if opioids

Making sure opioid addicts get the treatment they desperately need

Part two in an ongoing series on opioid addiction on Long Island. In Nassau County alone, nearly 200 people died from opioid-related overdoses in both 2017 and 2018. “The issue is that the epidemic is a little bigger than they thought it could get… and it’s hard to get people care,” said Dan Boylan, who has been the director at Phoenix House’s residential treatment center in Wainscott, in East Hampton, for a decade. Boylan, who has worked in drug treatment since 1996, spoke about a frequently

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New Hyde Park-Garden City Park schools try a novel approach to recess

New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Union Free District schools have started to hold recess before lunch to give students the chance to play, burn off energy, and return to the lunchroom and classroom more focused and calm, according to Superintendent Jennier Morrison. At an Oct. 21 meeting, Morrison reported the success of this change, a result of a suggestion by the President of the School Board Patricia Rudd and further research. “When we would have our lunch and we would try to get all of the k

Garden City residents anxious about $48 M water filtration project

The Garden City Board of Trustees discussed a $48 million water filtration system at their meeting on Oct. 3 that will affect many concerned citizens and their water bills. New York state discovered recently that the water on Long Island contains emerging contaminants that they believe are necessary to filter out as soon as they possibly can. This project is a response to water regulations the state has put in place in order to combat this issue. “They [the state] are looking to impose these re

New York state moving ahead with offshore wind farms

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority hosted the fifth of seven open houses on Sept. 19 to explain the economic opportunities that offshore wind farms will bring to Long Island. At Long Beach City Hall, officials presented two new wind power projects, Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind, that they said would revolutionize the clean energy market and provide new jobs in the state in the coming years. According to NYSERDA’s offshore wind team, the new projects will produce 9,000 m