Long Island Pays Tribute to Victims, Heroes on 9/11 Anniversary

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dozens attend a 9/11 memorial service in Hauppague on Wednesday to remember those who perished 12 years ago.Memorial services were held all across Long Island Wednesday to remember the more than 400 Nassau and Suffolk County residents who were among 3,000 people killed on Sept. 11, 2001.The 12th anniversary of the attacks brought out an outpouring of emotion, as elected officials, law enforcement and families honored those who perished.In Hauppauge, a bell tolled 177 times as an emotional Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone read the names of each Suffolk resident who died at the World Trade Center.“For us, today is about all of the names that we see on this memorial,” Bellone said, pointing to the 9/11 memorial garden behind him where all 177 names are etched in glass. “We will never forget them.”Bellone held a one-minute moment of silence at 8:45 a.m., the moment the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center, and then again at 9:03 a.m., when the South Tower was struck.The county executive was visibly upset as he slowly read off each name, pausing several times as he honored the victims.“They were part of the fabric of our communities,” Bellone said.Suffolk County Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services Commissioner Joseph Williams, a retired New York City firefighter, called Wednesday a “very solemn day,” because it brought back memories of friends who gave up their lives to charge into the burning buildings.“It’s a very sad day for me,” he said following the service. “It’s so important to remember what happened that day.”“We can never forget that as a country, the same way we never forget Pearl Harbor or anything like that,” he said. “We have to keep that memory going, we need to pass it on to the next generation to let them know exactly what happened that day.”Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber, who along with Williams placed a red, white and blue wreath on the memorial site. He acknowledged that the emotional scars still have yet to fade.“It’s a tremendous loss to the community as a whole and in addition to law enforcement and firefighters and EMS people who lost their lives in a senseless act,” Webber said afterward. “And all of us lost friends and relatives so it’s that much more meaningful when you can personalize it.”In Westbury, members of the Islamic Center of Long Island, the mosque that has played an important role in building bridges with the local community amid backlash following the attacks, joined other religious leaders to donate nearly 4,000 items of food to St. Brigid’s church to aid the needy.“It’s a day for reflection,” Habeeb Ahmed, chairman of the ICLi, told the Press. “If human beings do not behave, sometimes they go out of control and do evil things and this is not good for humanity. When we do mark these anniversaries, it gives us people who are left to reflect upon what has happened and to see that these things don’t happen again to any community, to any nation.”Rev. Mark Lukens of Bethany Congregational Church in East Rockaway, noted that it was important for people of difference faiths to come together for one common purpose on the anniversary of the attacks.“The only hope for any of us is if we reach out to one another and begin to embrace each other, to learn about each other, and to build new bridges so that this kind of thing is not repeated on any level,” he said.The Happaugue service was one of several being held all across Nassau and Suffolk through the evening.“Today, we stand together and remember the pain of those who lost mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, wives, husbands, sons, daughters, friends and family,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. “We also remember the brave men and women who charged into burning buildings and charred rubble to save the lives of the innocent. We renew our faith in democracy and the unbeatable American spirit that cannot be defeated by cowardly acts of terrorism.”last_img read more

Island Park Home Invasion Victim Tied Up, Shot

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are investigating an Island Park home invasion in which two masked gunmen shot a man they had tied up along with a woman on Wednesday night.The man and woman were inside the man’s Industrial Place home on Barnum Island when two men armed with handguns tied up the victims using zip ties and demanded money and jewelry at 10:15 p.m., police said.One of the gunmen then fired a shot, hitting the man in his leg, police said. The victim was later treated at the scene.The assailants fled in the victim’s vehicle with cash and jewelry.  Police recovered the vehicle nearby.The suspects were described as 20-30 years old, medium height and build. They were wearing black ski masks, blue jeans and dark jackets. They were last seen running northbound on Audubon Boulevard.Fourth Squad detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Valley Stream Music Teacher Charged With Rape of Teen Girl

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Yoel GonzalezA guitar teacher from Valley Stream has been arrested for the statutory rape of an underage teen girl after Nassau County police said they learned about the two-year sexual relationship.Yoel Gonzalez, 27, was charged Thursday with third-degree rape and criminal sexual act.Police said Gonzalez was 24 years old when he initiated a sexual relationship with the then-15-year-old girl in 2011, two years after they first met when she was 13 and taking lessons from Gonzalez when he worked at Bracco Music Center.The two began to socialize outside of the music shop and Gonzalez continued to tutor the victim privately in her home after he no longer worked at the shop, police said.Authorities began investigating Gonzalez after “information regarding their relationship surfaced,” police said in a news release.Gonzalez will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.Special Victims Squad detectives ask any other possible victims of the suspect to call them at 516-573-4022.last_img read more

Riverhead Robbers Brutally Beat Homeless Man

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Robbers likely armed with a tree branch beat a homeless man so brutally that the victim suffered a fractured skull and possible internal injuries near downtown Riverhead over the weekend, authorities said.Riverhead Town Police officers responded to a report of a man found bleeding heavily from the head on the side of BP Gas Station on West Main Street shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday, police said.Investigators found that the 33-year-old victim had been attacked on the nearby Long Island Rail Road tracks behind the Long Island Ice and Fuel Plant, where he was robbed of $400 cash, police said.Two or three assailants repeatedly struck him in the head with an unknown object that police suspect might be a tree branch, authorities said.He was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he was admitted to the critical care unit for treatment of his injuries.Riverhead town police detectives ask that anyone with information about the case call them at 631-727-4500 ext. 332.last_img read more

Cops Searching Lake Ronkonkoma Recover Kayak, But Man Still Missing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The kayak belonging to a man who went missing in Lake Ronkonkoma Thursday afternoon has been recovered, police said, but the search for the kayaker will have to continue Saturday after authorities suspended the operation for the day. A Suffolk County police spokeswoman didn’t know when or where the kayak was recovered. She said the search will resume again Saturday, but it was unclear what time police would head back into the water. Police have been searching Lake Ronkonkoma since a 911 caller reported a distressed kayaker in the lake around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. The man was calling for help, witnesses told police. Good Samaritans attempted to help but eventually lost sight of him, police said. The search was suspended Thursday due to darkness. It resumed again Friday morning. The police spokeswoman added Friday that authorities “believe” they have the identity of the person they’re looking for. Police have yet to publicly identify the kayaker. Officers from the Suffolk County Marine Bureau, Emergency Service Section, Aviation Section and Parks police have been involved in the search. Several fire departments have also assisted.last_img read more

Flanders Armed Home Invasion Trio Sought

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Southampton Town Police are investigating an armed home invasion in which three men robbed a Flanders resident after unsuccessfully trying to kick in the door of a second home nearby.The trio was armed with a box cutter, a silver handgun and a shotgun when they stole cash from a Flanders Road homeowner before they fled the scene at 1:10 a.m., police said.Two minutes after the Flanders Road victim had called 911, police received a call that a trio matching that description had tried to kick in the door of an Albany Avenue home before they fled the scene empty handed, police said. Investigators believe that the Albany Avenue incident may have occurred first.Police searched the area but could not find the suspects, who all wore hooded sweatshirts and concealed their faces. The victim was not injured.Southampton Town Police detectives are continuing the investigation. They ask anyone with information on this incident to call them at 631- 728-5000 or the Crime Tips Hotline at 631-728-3454. Additionally, tips can now be left in e-mail form at crimetips@southamptontownny.gov . All tips will be kept confidential.last_img read more

14 Long Island Stereotypes Through The Eyes Of A Queens Chick

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Danielle EspositoI’ll preface this article by saying I’m a chick from Queens who loves Long Island. I’m partial to Queens, we are a very loyal breed, and to this day I still feel pretty bad ass when I say I have grown up in the best, most culturally diverse and food-centric borough (sorry, L.I., but our pizza and bagel joints will win in any food duel), but I’ll admit that I’ve enjoyed a long love affair with the Island.As a Queens native, I’ve definitely viewed Long Island in all sorts of ways growing up—and as a lot of my family currently lives on the Island (shout out Wantagh), I can resoundingly say that a lot of these remain true, at least in the eyes of us Queens folk, and in a totally loving way.Without further ado, here are my (and some fellow Queens friends’) 14 Long Island Stereotypes:1. Long Islanders can’t parallel park.Truth be told I can’t blame most of you. I’ve heard on more than one occasion that “I haven’t had to parallel park since my road test” from my L.I. friends and family, but it still makes me laugh when a Long Island friend comes to visit me and I get that frantic phone call that they need help parking their car on my block—and rest assured, I’ll get it right—on the first try.2. White BMWs! White BMWs everywhere!As I know this to only be a half-truth now, growing up we did always picture Long Island as a sparkly alien land where all teenaged girls received white bimmers on their sixteenth birthdays. Although this might not reign true for everybody, I bet you still know someone who got one!3. Speaking of sixteenth birthdays, what’s up with Sweet Sixteens?Personally I feel that Long Island invented this crazy ritual of overly extravagant Sweet Sixteens. Or was it that terrible MTV show? Regardless, having a mini-wedding for your sixteenth birthday still makes no sense — although I will admit I did attend approximately 678 of them in high school, back when reggae music was a thing.4. Long Islanders really like to hang out in malls.Like after school, or when they’re cutting school, or on the weekends, and especially in the summer. Mainly in the food court. Sometimes whilst walking around with an iced Starbucks Frappuccino (extra whip, extra caramel, no coffee).5. Lacrosse.I still don’t get lacrosse, but Long Islanders sure do.6. Long Islanders are scared of coming to Queens (and NEVER wear jewelry on the subway!).This one makes me sad, but I’ve definitely heard it on way more than one occasion. If you come to visit me, don’t worry, you’re safe. We actually have trees, and sidewalks, and really cute puppies. Subways are a means of transportation and it’s definitely a faster way to get from neighborhood to neighborhood. You shouldn’t be scared of them. In fact, I’ve participated in some amazingly fun dance parties on subways before—seriously, a band was playing music on the 3 train on New Year’s Eve 2013 and IT. WAS. AWESOME.7. If a group of 10 Long Island girls goes out on the town, at least three will end up crying (and they really like to yell “WOOOO!”).I’ve seen a lot of crying drunk Long Island girls before. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen a lot of crying drunk Queens girls before, too. But the ratio is like 264:3. I don’t think I have to describe the latter; you guys are just really excitable—not necessarily a bad thing.8. Long Island bars are always in strip malls.You guys really do have a lot of strip malls. They’re cool and all—but why are there so many? And isn’t it weird drinking while squeezed between a vet’s office and a nail salon?9. Brunch.“Yaaaaaassss. Put on your best 6-inch heels, Kelly, we are going to BRUNCH!”10. Shorts and slippers and polo shirts, bro.A Long Island man’s casual outfit of choice.11. Long Islanders have very unique beer pong abilities.We’ll give you that—but your house rules tend to be unnecessarily intricate.12. Everybody is some percentage of Italian.You can also get into heated debates on whether that red stuff on meatballs is called sauce or gravy. Pick your battles? This one is worth it. And don’t forget, “We eat pizza on Fridays.”13. Long Islanders love diners.No argument here.Work from Home with InteleTravel14. Long Islanders have so much room.Seriously. Or maybe I’ve just lived in the confines of New York City for too long—regardless, whenever we come here we can’t believe how much room you have. You guys also have actual backyards—and POOLS. Your Queens friends will be coming over all summer. We’ll bring meat for the barbeque.Listen, I love Long Island. In fact, I very happily and consciously pursued finding a career on the Island. Trekking into the city (The City = Manhattan) was just not something I wanted to do any more, and I’ve found the people who reside on this Island aren’t so alien after all. I’ll keep my roots planted in my borough, but I do love heading out here each day. And even though I still feel a slight separation in the way Long Islanders do things (or maybe I’ve just had too many 40 oz on stoops in my time), I find the differences endearing.At the end of the day, Queens and Long Island are really just like two arch enemies who secretly both love each other deep down. Frenemies, if you will.I’ll make fun of you all day but don’t worry, I’ve got your back when Jersey butts in.last_img read more

Court Rejects Bid to Re-do Appeal of Ex-NCPD Commander’s Conviction

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The highest court in New York State has denied a motion requesting a re-do of arguments in an appeal of a former Nassau County police commander’s conviction for covering up a burglary.The ruling Tuesday came three months after the state Court of Appeals upheld a lower appeals court’s prior confirmation of a Nassau jury’s 2013 verdict convicting William Flanagan, the ex-Nassau police second deputy commissioner, of misconduct and conspiracy.“A jury convicted William Flanagan of official misconduct and that conviction has been upheld all the way to the state’s highest court,” Nassau County District Attorney Madaline Singas said. “I commend our investigators and prosecutors for their outstanding work holding this defendant accountable for the criminal betrayal of the trust placed in him as Deputy Police Commissioner.”Prosecutors have said Flanagan helped quash a burglary committed by Zachary Parker, the son of his friend, Gary Parker, who volunteered for and donated to the nonprofit Nassau County Police Foundation. Zachary, who was a Nassau police Ambulance Bureau intern at the time, had stolen thousands of dollars worth of electronics from his alma mater, John F. Kennedy High School, shortly before his ’09 graduation, authorities have said.Parker wasn’t arrested for the theft despite school officials repeatedly insisting that they wanted to press charges. The theft and cover-up were the subject of a ’11 Press expose, which sparked an investigation by the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.Parker was subsequently convicted of burglary, sentenced to prison after violating his probation, and has since been released.Flanagan was among three former police officials charged in the cover-up. John Hunter, the retired Deputy Chief of Patrol, and Det. Sgt. Alan Sharpe both pleaded guilty to misconduct and were sentenced to probation in connection with the case. They were spared jail time in exchange for their pleas.Judge Mark Cohen—a Suffolk judge brought in after two Nassau judges recused themselves from the case—had sentenced Flanagan to 60 days in jail, but execution of that term had been repeatedly stayed pending the appeal. Cohen also sentenced Flanagan to five months of probation.After the February ruling, Flangan began serving his jail term and was released March 31, jail officials said. He served his time at Suffolk County jail in Riverhead because of his ties to Nassau.His attorney, Donna Aldea, declined to comment.last_img read more

Coram Home Invasion Victim Pistol-whipped

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Coram last week in which the victim was pistol-whipped, authorities said.Two men armed with handguns forced their way into an Idaho Court home, demanded money from the victim, who they forced onto the floor and hit in the back of the head with the gun at 12:25 p.m. Sunday, April 30, police said.The gunmen fled with cash and the victim was treated for his injury at Stony Brook University Hospital.There were neither any arrests nor descriptions of the suspects. Detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img

Online story telling and the mission of a credit union

first_imgWe are often asked to help new clients craft a thoughtful content strategy that will resonate with Credit Union members and potential new members, and most often there’s one common suggestion… Tell Your CU’s Story!Authentic storytelling is an essential part of connecting emotionally with people online, and for Credit Unions it’s no different. This emotional connection is what will then spur people to action. But your branding and strategy must alighn with your message and it’s all got to be REAL!Your Branding & Your StorySo let’s start with the basics… is your online branding in order and consistent with your story? Graphics must be polished and consistent, with a clear Call-to-Action (CTA). And these visual cues must relate back to your larger mission and the story you are trying to communicate.So, if you decide to highlight real world testimonials for your 3rd Quarter marketing message, make sure that your graphics also highlight those same stories. Find members who are willing to share their experiences with your CU, and then show them at work, home or play, featuring some key words they’ve shared about the benefits they’ve received banking with you.It’s ineffective and unauthentic to hawk a generic car loan promo while also featuring this kind of testimonial messaging. Weave it all in together. It will be more real and less overbearing. Have a member talk about how much money your CU saved them with a car buying service on a used car or the auto loan they got to pay for it! This will work MUCH better!Your Mission & Your StoryAnother problem we run into a lot with new clients is that they often think just being active online, and particularly just posting on their CU’s social media accounts, will lead to progress. Unfortunately, that’s NOT always the case. If getting lots of ‘likes’ on Facebook is your definition of progress, then yes, you’ll probably be making some headway.But the mission of a Credit Union is to serve members, so we try to emphasize more concrete ROI metrics, like new member growth, new loan applications, and website traffic, as well as other online engagement with members. All of which indicate progress toward the larger mission, serving more members.Sharing real events and member experiences better communicates the value of your products and services to your members and potential new members. When someone is online, particularly on social media, your message is competing with the MOST emotional content in that person’s life! This person’s Facebook newsfeed is filled with posts by friends, family and other loved ones.So, to compete in that sphere, your content needs to fit into this space NOT stand out like a blatant advertisement. This is why emotion and storytelling works so well! If you can find a few members who are willing to share their real experiences working with your CU, this is the BEST way to gain the trust of your online audience. These personal stories will fit in with the other content on the social media platform and also resonate with the individuals you are targeting.Your Advertising & Your StoryOne last point that we must make is that there is a very big difference between advertising and more authentic marketing. The “Branches and Broadcast” strategy of CU advertising past is just that, in the past. In today’s inbound marketing environment people are out there online, searching for what they want, WAY before they set foot inside your brick and mortar location.It’s a CUs job to make sure that members find your services when they are looking for them, and they are looking ONLINE. A few website banners or some nice graphics on signage isn’t going to get the job done! CU’s have got to keep up with the times and think outside the box.We recommend staying top-of-mind with members even when they are NOT in the market for a loan or credit card. This will often involve interacting for interacting’s sake. Sometimes the value of a smile or a laugh is just that, it’s a non-financial impact that builds rapport and trust with your audience. Though it’s not easily measureable, it will humanize your brand and will likely bring someone back for future conversions.You will need to walk a fine line of attracting rather than annoying your audience online, and this can be tricky. Continuously evaluating your content and assessing what works and what doesn’t work is important to this process. You won’t get it all right, all of the time, so remain humble and be ready to change things up when they are not working. These best online marketing strategies are in constant flux and ever evolving.For more from Social Stairway on Credit Union Social Media and Email Marketing please visit our website (http://socialstairway.com/)or contact us today at info@socialstairway.com! We would love to hear from you! 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Meredith Olmstead Meredith Olmstead is the CEO and Founder of FI GROW Solutions, which provides Digital Marketing & Sales services to Community Financial Institutions. With experience working with FIs in markets of … Web: www.figrow.com Detailslast_img read more