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LIRR-MTA Talks Break Down, Strike Scheduled

July 15, 2014
By Beth Borzone

Talks between LIRR labor unions and MTA broke down today and the unions are preparing for a strike, according to a prepared statement by Anthony Simon, General Chairman, SMART and key spokesman for the unions.

“I regret to report that negotiations have collapsed with MTA, and all eight unions are now proceeding with strike plans for July 20,” Simon’s statement said.

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MTA and Unions Meet with Mediation Board July 8

July 4, 2014
By Stephanie West


Long Island, NY - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced that it intends to participate in talks with LIRR unions next Tuesday July 8th that have been scheduled by the National Mediation Board.

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LIRR Unions Set the Record Straight, Talks Resume Monday

July 14, 2014
By Beth Borzone

Long Island - LIRR union leaders and MTA officials head back to the bargaining table on Monday, in an effort to avoid a strike that could occur on July 20th if the two sides do not come to an agreement.

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Hempstead LI Teachers Protest Cuts

July 3, 2014
By Beth Borzone

Hempstead, NY – June 24 - Approximately 200 teachers and community members rallied on Peninsula Boulevard outside a Hempstead School District building to protest the sudden decision by the Hempstead Board of Education to cut 47 teachers.   Teachers and community members were skeptical of Board claims that there is not enough money and were angry that they were locked out of a Board of Education meeting where they hoped to express their concerns about the board’s decision.

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Unions to Prendergast:  “We Need You at the Table!”

July 9, 2014
By Beth Borzone

Long Island, NY - At 5:54a.m. on Tuesday, Dean DeVita tweeted out to his followers, “Meeting with MTA today hoping to avoid a strike NCFO is ready to work thru the nite for settlement,” but the discussions into the wee hours never manifested.  By early afternoon, they were done, and DeVita sent out another, more somber tweet:  “Talks broke down really never started no future meetings set looks like a strike.”

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July 2, 2014
By Stephanie West


Suffolk County Police Detective Sergeant Terrance Hoffman pleaded guilty to taking $465,647 in illegal pension payments from the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System.

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