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Syosset Week in Review: May 6-12

Molestation accusations, Syosset school budget, and a police car fire this week in Syosset.

Topic of the week: Rusty Torres Child Molestation Accusations

Former New York Yankees outfielder and North Massapequa resident Rosendo "Rusty" Torres has been charged in connection with a sex abuse case involving an 8-year old girl.

Ex-Yankee Rosendo "Rusty" Torres made incriminating statements to police that led to felony charges of child molestation, court documents and police said.

On a beautiful spring afternoon that would have been idyllic for playing baseball, former Yankee Rusty Torres was holed up behind closed doors Wednesday.

Rusty Torres, accused of molesting an 8-year-old girl in Plainview on two occasions, spent 10 years working in his position for the Town of Oyster Bay and coached thousands of Long Island children, town officials and police said.

This week in school news:

Syosset residents gave their final input on the 2012-13 school district budget before the community vote on May 15. Two Board of Education nominees, a PTA council president, and a concerned citizen stood in front of the board at the budget hearing at South Woods Middle School offering praise, asking questions, and giving warnings for the future.

Syosset High School was ranked one of the top high schools in New York State in the latest U.S. News and World Report Tuesday. Syosset came in at No. 27 out of 1,165 high schools in New York State and No. 160 in the United States.

This week in police and fire news:

An officer was driving near the Syosset Fire Department at 12:11 a.m. on Monday when he smelled smoke in his vehicle, said police. The officer pulled over at fire headquarters on Cold Spring Road.

Four new burglaries were reported in the area in the past week. In Syosset, a Panasonic system was taken from a Fams Court home.

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