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TROPICAL STORM WARNING IN EFFECT A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours * LOCATIONS AFFECTED - Huntington - Smithtown - Port Jefferson * WIND - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Tropical Storm force wind - Peak Wind Forecast: 40-50 mph with gusts to 70 mph - Window for Tropical Storm force winds: Tuesday afternoon until Tuesday evening - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 58 to 73 mph - The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Plan for dangerous wind of equivalent strong tropical storm force. - PREPARE: Remaining efforts to protect life and property should be completed as soon as possible. Prepare for significant wind damage. - ACT: Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles. - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over. - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable. - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines. * STORM SURGE - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Localized storm surge possible - Peak Storm Surge Inundation: The potential for up to 2 feet above ground somewhere within surge prone areas - Window of concern: Tuesday afternoon until early Wednesday morning - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for storm surge flooding greater than 1 foot above ground - The storm surge threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Plan for storm surge flooding greater than 1 foot above ground. - PREPARE: Complete preparations for storm surge flooding, especially in low-lying vulnerable areas, before conditions become unsafe. - ACT: Leave immediately if evacuation orders are given for your area. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low lying spots, or in areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore. - Sections of near shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the road. - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings. * FLOODING RAIN - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 1-3 inches, with locally higher amounts - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for moderate flooding rain - The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for moderate flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are possible. - PREPARE: Consider protective actions if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding. - ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take action may result in serious injury or loss of life. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and may overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may overflow. - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures. * TORNADO - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for a few tornadoes - The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for a few tornadoes. - PREPARE: If your shelter is particularly vulnerable to tornadoes, prepare to relocate to safe shelter before hazardous weather arrives. - ACT: If a tornado warning is issued, be ready to shelter quickly. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions. - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings. * FOR MORE INFORMATION: - http://scoem.suffolkcountyny.gov - https://weather.gov/nyc - https://ready.gov/hurricanes

TEAM MURRAY KICKS OFF 2011 CAMPAIGN WITH EMPHASIS ON FREEZING TOWN TAXES AND HELPING PEOPLE

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Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the entire "Team Murray" slate of Republicantown officials who are on the ballot this fall are kicking off a campaigncentered around freezing all town taxes and helping the people ...

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HEMPSTEAD, NY - Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the entire "Team Murray" slate of Republicantown officials who are on the ballot this fall are kicking off a campaign centered around freezing all town taxes and helping the people who call America'slargest township home. Team Murray consists of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilwoman Angie Cullin,Councilman James Darcy, Councilman Ed Ambrosino, Town Clerk Mark Bonilla and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin.

"I am pleased to be working with my colleagues on 'TeamMurray' to freeze all town taxes in 2012 while maintaining a full array of town services," stated Murray."Our forthright and accountable budgeting practices have earned our township the highest Wall Street credit ratings available and multiple top awards from the Independent Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)."

Top Credit Ratings & Sound Fiscal Policies Save Taxpayers $
Earning top-notch Wall Street credit ratings and employingsound fiscal policies are important; however, the benefits of these prioritiesto taxpayers are what residents really care about. As a result of superior credit ratings, Hempstead Town officials have reduced its debt service by $2.4 million in its 2011 budget. Further evidenceof fiscal restraint lies in the fact that Hempstead Townhas reduced its work force size by 6% over the last decade.

Hempstead Town is living within its means, holding the line on taxes in its 2012 budget, because residents deserve fiscal responsibility from their government leaders," stated Darcy.

Value for Your Tax Dollar
The Town of Hempstead provides the lion's share of local services, yet the town only accountsfor approximately nine cents (9 ¢)of each tax dollar (less than one cent [1 ¢] of every tax dollar forvillage residents).

"When you consider all of the services Hempstead Townprovides, we are the best value for your tax dollar," said Cullin.

Building the Economy, Creating Jobs
Other governments have slashed major projects as a result of budgetary strife. Kate Murray and the "Murray Team" have put forth animpressive $50 million "Improve Hempstead" capital upgrade program that is improving roadways, repairing marine bulkheads and upgrading otherinfrastructure while creating jobs and investing in our region's economy. Atthe same time, Hempstead's rock-solid finances have attracted major financial investment from private sector developers. One major development project alone features a $100 million direct investment and the creation of over 600 permanent jobs as the result of a 330,000 square foot construction project in the heart of our county.

"The officials in our town recognize the importance of funding projects that will improve communities and create jobs," commented Ambrosino. "Our rock solid fiscal condition is attracting private development, helping our region's economic recovery."

Helping People, Providing Needed Services
"Team Murray"is providing life-enhancing services that help neighbors throughout ourtownship. Building affordable homes, revitalizing local downtowns and rebuilding local parks are creating a quality-of-life experience that is the envy of other municipalities. A career services center that has placed 15,000 workers in one year, combined with the procurement of over $4 million in federal grant monies for clean energy projects, is helping workers and expanding high tech/clean energy employment opportunities. Providing seniors with social, recreation, entertainment and nutrition services is helping mature residents who want to remain in the communities in which they've raised families. The imminent construction of the ANCHOR Program building for children with special needs is at the very heart of Hempstead Town's priorities. Expanded recycling initiatives, the build-out of Long Island's first alternate energy park and the completion of a fueling station for hydrogen vehicles ensures that we will leave a prosperous environmental legacy for our children. Protecting the quality of life enjoyed by residents is high on the priority list for "Team Murray." Passing what has been called the toughest cell tower law, which has stemmed the push of wireless communications giants to site unneeded cell towers in local residential neighborhoods, is just one of many initiatives that is protecting our town's suburban character. Replacing community blight such as West Hempstead's Courtesy Hotel with vibrantand innovative development is part of Hempstead's renaissance. More community enhancement initiatives are on the "Team Murray"agenda.

Team Murray- Freezing Taxes, Helping People
"I am proud to be part of a team that is holding the line on taxes in 2012, while offering a full complement of life-enhancing services for residents and protecting our quality of life," concluded Murray. "On Tuesday, November 8th, please support the Murray Team...we're freezing taxes and helping people."

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