Some of the news from around Long Island this week.
LIRR Workers Accused of Copper Theft
15 Long Island Rail Road employees and two others were indicted Friday after conspiring to steal more than $250,000 worth of copper wire belonging to the LIRR, according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. The men were charged with various crimes, including: conspiracy, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and theft of services.
As the Port Washington School District works on the 2013-14 budget in a struggling economy and in the face of state mandates, the school board is looking at creating new sources of revenue. “As we go forward in tax cap challenge environment, we need to come up with a large amount of money from other sources than tax receipts,” said Alan Baer, a school board member. Possibilities to consider include advertising around the turf field and naming rights, Baer said. Other ideas include approaching “graduates of Schreiber who have gone on to do wonderful, prosperous things,” and corporations that donate equipment, Baer noted.
It's looking as if the Heartland Business Center in Brentwood will get a new 10-year extension on its tax break in the Town of Islip, while developer Jerry Wolkoff continues to push forward his plan to build a village on the former Pilgrim State Psychiatric Hospital site. According to Newsday, Islip Industrial Development Agency head Bill Mannix said the board will likely approve the extension at its Feb. 12 meeting.
A Torah scroll that Five Towns residents helped write will be unveiled this Sunday at the Chabad of Hewlett. "This is an historic event of unity and joy," said Rabbi Nochem Tenenboim. "On Sunday, we celebrate this momentous occasion of the completion at our new and expanded Chabad House on Franklin Avenue."
The Catholic Health Services Caregivers Fund has made a donation of $1,000 to the parish of St. Joseph Church in Babylon Village, presenting a check to help Hurricane Sandy victims. CHS President and Chief Executive Officer Richard J.J. Sullivan, Jr., who also chairs the CHS Caregivers Fund, presented a check for $1,000 to St. Joseph’s pastor, Rev. Monsignor Christopher Heller.