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New Town Law Could Spur Lawsuits

poleThe Town of North Hempstead is on the cusp of adopting legislation regarding so-called dual poles that could land it with lawsuits.

The town has been holding public hearings on the proposed law, which would require public utilities to remove any “decommissioned” utility poles from roadways, leaving just new poles in place. It comes after PSEG LI put up 210, 80- and 85-foot poles this year, next to older 40- and 45-foot poles, as part of an initiative to improve power reliability.

While wording in town media releases confines the proposed dual pole legislation to town roads, where the town has authority, Supervisor Judi Bosworth says the law “covers the entire Town of North Hempstead,” including roads that are governed by the state, the county and villages. [Read more...]

Flower Hill Traffic Advisory

detourMotorists are advised that a single travel lane on westbound NY Route 25A/Northern Blvd. will be closed between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, August 25 to 27 in Flower Hill in the Town of North Hempstead, Nassau County.  One of two travel lanes will be closed between Middle Neck Road and NY Route 101/Searingtown Road-Port Washington Blvd.  These daytime closures are needed to perform pavement repairs to maintain the safety of motorists.  Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes or they will experience delays.  Those who cannot use alternate routes are reminded to drive carefully through the work zone for their safety as well as for the safety of the highway work crew.   [Read more...]

Port Realty Firm Settles Bias Suit

biasLLR Realty LLC of Port Washington has reached a $165,000 settlement with ERASE Racism, a Syosset-based nonprofit advocating racial equality, over a fair housing lawsuit filed last summer against Town House Apartments of Mineola.

According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court, ERASE Racism reached out to the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) in Manhattan, which sent white and African American “test” renters to the 74-unit apartment complex in Mineola from August to October 2012.
Settlement documents say that on three separate occasions, black testers were quoted higher rents or told rooms were being renovated/unavailable. Attempts to reach Building Superintendent Jorge Agudelo were unavailing. [Read more...]

1 Dead In Manorhaven Boat Explosion

expOne man is dead and another was injured when a boat exploded at Manhasset Bay Marina in Manorhaven Wednesday afternoon.

According to detectives, two male occupants along with two male employees were fueling a 33-foot Carver motor boat, when an explosion occurred, setting the boat and the dock on fire.

Police say one male victim, who was hurled into the water due to the explosion, sustained fatal injuries. Police confirmed the man’s identity Thursday as Robert J. Hogan, 74 of Port Washington.

A third male employee came running to their aid and managed to push the boat away from the dock, setting it adrift.

“A dock boy at the fuel station jumped into the water to save an elderly man,” said Debbie Pedeschi, who witnessed the explosion.

This victim suffered burns on his arms and face and was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

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Pedestrian Struck, Killed In Port

A pedestrian crossing the street in Port Washington was struck and killed by a vehicle on August 15.

Police say at 11:57 p.m., 49-year-old Donald Mooney of Lynbrook was walking across Main Street east of South Bayles Avenue from the north to the south side, when he was struck by a dark-colored vehicle in the eastbound lane.  [Read more...]

Port Fire Mayhem, Then Eerie Calm

The remnants of the garage at 10 Prospect Ave., where Michael MacNeill is believed to have died after he used gasoline and/or propane to blow the structure up.

The remnants of the garage at 10 Prospect Ave., where Michael MacNeill is believed to have died after he used gasoline and/or propane to blow the structure up.

It was a night of chaos on Aug. 5, with more onlookers than firemen and police turning out.

That was the scene as Port Washington had one of the biggest blazes in recent history, with a garage on Prospect Avenue exploding and destroying the house behind it, killing one man and sending flames over 100 feet into the air.

“There was a big crowd of people as far away as Town Dock (which is about two blocks away) and I was concerned because I thought a gas main may have blown,” said Steve Kaplan, Office of Emergency Manager for Port North.

More Pictures From The Scene Of The Port Washington Explosion

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Body Identified In Port Fire

The Homicide Squad has identified the body of the man found in the Port Washington house fire last week as Michael MacNeill, 48 of Port Washington. He was identified by the Medical Examiner through DNA.

Port Washington Police Blotter July / August

port-policeOn July 11, at 29 N. Plandome Rd., after being involved in a motor vehicle accident, a Port Washington man was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated.

July 15, at 101 Campus Dr., five broken windows were reported at this location.

July 18, at 23 Marino Ave., a burglary was reported at the location. [Read more...]

Ominous Post Months Before Blaze

1The man found dead after Tuesday’s explosion and fire on Prospect Avenue in Port Washington was Michael MacNeill, the estranged husband of the home’s resident, neighbors said Thursday.

And his Facebook page gives a chilling foretelling of what his fate would be. In a posting dated Dec. 14, MacNeill wrote” “If you’re going to go out with a bang, might as well do it right with 25 gallons of gas and 40 lbs of propane.” [Read more...]

Update: Port House Explosion

The sheer ferocity of the blaze astonishes these two kids.

The sheer ferocity of the blaze astonishes these two kids.

Port Washington had one of the biggest blazes in recent history Tuesday night, when a garage on Prospect Avenue exploded and destroyed the house behind it, killing one man and sending flames over 50 feet into the air.

A law enforcement source said the dead man has been identified, but they are not yet releasing his name.

The explosion was heard as far as a mile away, causing a five alarm fire that saw between 150 and 200 firefighters respond from area 23 departments.

Watch Explosion Aftermath Video Here

“It appears the fire started in the garage and spread to the house behind it,” Port Washington Fire Department First Assistant Chief Brian Waterson told The Port News.

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