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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a coastal Flood Advisory...which is in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday. * Locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...2 to 3 ft above astronomical tides in the morning. * Timing...minor coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide. * Impacts...minor flooding along portions of the immediate coastline. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Monday morning... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......827 am......9.6-10.0/1.8-2.2....none....... Stamford CT..........749 am......9.4.9.8/1.6-2.0.....Minor...... Bridgeport CT........746 am......8.8-9.2/1.5-1.9.....Minor...... New Haven CT.........745 am......8.2-8.6/1.5-1.9.....None....... Old Field NY.........748 am......8.6-9.0/1.3-1.7.....None....... Glen Cove NY.........822 am......9.2-9.8/1.6-1.9.....None....... , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... ...Dense fog advisory is cancelled... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a High Wind Warning...which is in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday. The dense fog advisory has been cancelled. The high wind watch is no longer in effect. * Winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts 60 to 70 mph. The strongest winds are expected across Long Island...and especially in areas with eastern exposure. * Timing...winds could begin gusting as high as 45 mph just before daybreak Monday. The strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon and evening. * High wind impacts...damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Numerous power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult...especially for high profile vehicles and on elevated roadway and bridges. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. , "Storm Warning" The combination of low level moisture and light winds have resulted in areas of fog across the tri-state area. Visibilities have fallen to a mile, with some isolated locations falling to a half mile or less. If driving...slow down...use your headlights...and leave plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you. 911 am EST sun Jan 22 2017 The combination of low level moisture and light winds have resulted in areas of fog across the tri-state area. Visibilities have fallen to a mile, with some isolated locations falling to a half mile or less. If driving...slow down...use your headlights...and leave plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you. -- Sunday Jan.22 17,11:00 AM

Senate Passes the Criminal Street Gang Act

The bill makes participating in gang related activity a felony.

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Senator Lee M. Zeldin of Shirley announced Friday the Senate passed the Criminal Street Gang Act. Zeldin and Senator Martin Golden sponsored the bill in hopes of putting a dent in gang violence. The bill was inspired by community activists in Brentwood and Central Islip, family members affected by violence, and state and local officials who held peaceful rallies these last few weeks.
 
“The threat of gang violence in some of New York’s communities is constant and pervasive, plaguing entire communities. It jeopardizes public safety, threatens the security of our citizens and wreaks havoc on affected families,” said Senator Zeldin. “The State has an express responsibility to protect the public against such destructive criminal activity and this bill aims to do just that.”
 
The bill makes felons out of anyone participating in criminal street gang offenses, the acceptance of benefits or proceeds of gang activity, and the solicitation or recruitment of a person for involvement in a criminal street gang. It also creates anti-crime programs through the State Education Department by establishing a fund to educators so students can gain self values, self-esteem, knowledge, and the skills necessary to stay off the streets.
 
Also with such high rates of recidivism, Zeldin hopes this bill will show inmates the dangers of being in a gang. More importantly it will provide support services to help them get out safely.
 
“Too many New York families have been shattered by gang violence. Over the past couple of weeks, I have seen, first-hand, the tremendous pain criminal gang activity can cause, not only on the family members of the victims, but to an entire community. Enough is enough,” Said Zeldin. “I am incredibly proud of the comprehensive statutory framework we have created with this legislation, and I want to thank Senator Golden for his work on this bill as well as all of the community leaders whose passion and determination helped drive its passage.”
 
[Source: Senator Zeldin Press Release]