Pete Raab – Thanksgiving Baskets

November 16, 2009

Members from the UJA-Federation of New York were down at the F-E-G-S Health and Human Services System in Copiague, handing out the first of over 150 specially made baskets to support those in need this Thanksgiving. The baskets are full of various items that have been donated over the last few weeks. These items consist of anything that someone might need to creat a Thanksgiving meal for their family. Everything from stuffing, corn, mashed potatoes, turkeys, and even items for clean up such as paper towels were piled into the baskets by volunteers both young and older.

We talked to some of those receiving the baskets as they could not express enough as to how grateful they are to be receiving these gifts. These are families that are struggling to support their families during the holidays, and the baskets served as a sign of hope. It was inspiring to see the results of the effort put forth by the UJA-Federation, and by the diversity of the volunteers who gave their time.

Watch the full story on Cablevision channel 18 @7pm or Fios1 @10:45pm.



Crime rates decreasing in Suffolk County

November 12, 2009

The other day I covered a story about a steady decrease in overall crime within the past 5 years in Suffolk County. These stats were surprising to me, and to some Suffolk residents, because crime rates usually increase when there’s a bad economy. Steve Levy, the county exec and  police commissioner Richard Dormer, say there has been a 12% drop in aggravated assault and a 10% reduction in robberies in just the past year alone.

They also say about 150 gang members were arrested this past year and over 100 more officers are patrolling the streets of Suffolk County since Levy took office.

Although these stats are surprising, I’m not complaining!

Dana Arschin

Thank a Veteran! It’s Veteran’s Day.

November 11, 2009

Today is Veteran’s Day and people went to Eisenhower Park to pay their respects. Although a quite somber day at the park, people were appreciative of their freedom that the Veteran’s have given to us. I was happy to see that there were children there seeing the monuments and there were families too. People should be thankful for the people who served our country, because without them, we might not be a freedom country we are today. Watch LI News Tonight on channel 18 at 7:00pm for cablevision subscribers and on Verizon Fios 1 at 10:45pm for those with Verizon service.

Nicole Purcell

Greg Velazquez Veterans day

November 11, 2009

Today I covered a veterans day story at Eisenhower state park it was a tranquil scene with the flags blowing in the wind. The story gave us a chance to talk to some Veterans from different wars and learn what they think about Veterans day. The park it self features memorials to every major war and most recently a 9/11 memorial was added. By adding new memorials and keep the park in good condition people will never forget the sacrifices of the men and women in arms so we can have our freedom. Today is veterans day so find a veteran or a member of the armed forces and say thanks for my freedom.

Pete Raab – Thanksgiving Prep

November 6, 2009

Well Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and there’s plenty of preparation ahead for those brave enough to host a house full of hungry relatives and friends. But don’t run in fear quite yet. The cooks at the DeSeversky Center on NYIT’s Old Westbury campus have many helpful tips and dish ideas that you don’t want to miss out on.

The kitchen of the DeSeversky Center was filled with an abundance of various smells and traditional Thanksgiving dishes, but the cooks also added their own unique ideas into the mix. However, food wasn’t the only thing, as we also received information as to what type of wine should be served with the feast.

Make sure to watch LI News Tonight during the up and coming weeks, as this three-part series maybe just what you need to kick-start the chef inside you.

Cablevision channel 18 @ 7pm and Fios1 @ 10:45pm.

Let’s talk election recap

November 4, 2009

Starting off with Nassau County Executive… at this time it is undecided. It has been nothing but a close race between Tom Suozzi and Edward Mangano for the position and it has been close with only a few hundred votes.

On the other hand, Kathleen Rice held her position as the Nassau County District Attorney and one Long Islander is happy that she was re-elected because she thinks shes a good DA.

There were a lot of candidates that were re-elected such as Nassau County Controller, Maureen O’Connell, Hempstead supervisor, Kate Murray, and North Hempstead supervisor, Jon Kaimen.

There were also a few newly elected candidates such as, Robert Troiano for 2nd district for Nassau, Thomas Cilmi for the 10th district seat in Suffolk, and also former LI News Tonight reporter, Trish Bergin, was elected to the Islip Town Board.

Starting in January, the balance of power in the Nassau Legislature will return to the GOP since there were more Republicans elected.

Tune into LI News Tonight on Cablevision ch. 18 @ 7pm and FIOS ch.1 @ 10:45pm

Nicole Purcell

Greg Velazquez Banquet for homecare

November 4, 2009

Today I shot an award ceremony for people who assist thoes who can no longer take care of them selfs. The story was held at a country club in woodbury and featured a news anchor from news 12 as the key note speaker. The event was very intresting and gave respect for the people that give up their time to help thoes in need