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Israel Wants Independent Study of Post Office

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Israel Wants Independent Study of Northport Post Office

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D–Huntington) called for an independent study to be conducted on the impact of any changes to the Northport Post Office during a meeting with USPS officials on Friday. USPS has done its own study, but will not release it to the public. “Northport residents deserve to know how they would be affected should the post office be closed or relocated," said Israel. "I am calling for an independent analysis, so that this information is made available to concerned residents, unlike the results of the study done by USPS. This post office has been an integral part of the fabric of the Northport community, and I will continue fighting to make sure that the assessment process remains transparent and fair. ”

Southampton Takes on Bullying With 3 Forums

The Town of Southampton is bringing attention to the issue of bullying by holding three community forums over the next several weeks. Councilwoman Christine Scalera brought the idea to the floor in partnering with the town's Youth Bureau. "I have heard from many parents whose children have been the subject of bullying, the harm can be life changing for the child or young adult, and a terrible source of anxiety and stress experienced by the entire family,” said Scalera, adding, "I commend the schools that already have addressed this and have programs in place to deal with bullying, but more can always be done.”

Group Raises Funds for Murder Victim's Family

A Huntington organization that helps families of children with cancer is mustering financial support for one of its employees: the girlfriend of murder-victim Julian Pena, who was stabbed to death last week in the parking lot of a Holbrook shopping center. Have A Heart Children’s Cancer Society in Huntington Village is hoping that full paid leave, a $1,000 personal donation from the organization’s executive director, and support from the community will help with expenses for Natali Altenburg and 2 1/2 year old Jaedan -- her son with Pena  -- during "their time of serious need.”

LIPA: Agreement Includes Option to Repower Port Jefferson Plant

The Long Island Power Authority approved a new agreement with National Grid on Tuesday that will extend its existing contract with the British utility company to purchase power for its customers over the next 15 years. The new agreement – called a Power Supply Agreement (PSA) – will replace the existing one that expires in May 2013 that was in effect for the last 15 years.

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