Good Samaritan Hospital celebrates veterans in their workforce

Good Samaritan Hospital celebrates veterans in their workforce

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SUFFERN — A hospital in Suffern is honoring employees of the facility who are veterans.

Good Samaritan Hospital has around 50 employees that served their country in various wars. They represent different branches of the military and, working in the same hospital, occupy different fields from doctors, to nurses and food service.

“I’m glad to take care of any patient but when you take care of somebody who has basically made the ultimate sacrifice in giving their lives for their country it does make you feel very good, very special,” says Mill Etienne a Navy veteran from the War in Afghanistan.

Veterans working at the hospital say it allows them to serve their community and their country.

“I just wanted to be with them and to do what I can to return some of the things that have been given to me,” says Bernard Appel, 86, an Air Force veteran of Vietnam who volunteers at Good Samaritin Hospital.

Voters on Long Island rage on Twitter about no ‘I Voted’ stickers

Voters on Long Island rage on Twitter about no ‘I Voted’ stickers

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YAPHANK — Suffolk County did not handout “I voted” stickers to voters this election, a decision made by Board of Elections Commissioner LaLota that has voters tweeting negatively.

“Money is tight in Suffolk County these days and we’re trying to pinch every penny that we can. When there are extra funds, we need to do the things that are most important first. I hope that voters would understand that stickers are very discretionary,” says Comm. LaLota.

With 960 thousand voters in the county, and at two cents a sticker, he estimates it would cost taxpayers about $20 thousand.

“I appreciate people’s feedback and I think there are many reasons to vote. First off, we have plenty of ballots at each polling place, the parking is adequate, and the lines have not been long. So the board of elections has done its duty to ensure that the environment is proper for voters to vote,” says Comm. LaLota.

Town leaders look to ban trucks from a country road in Piscataway

Town leaders look to ban trucks from a country road in Piscataway

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PISCATAWAY — Town leaders are looking to ban commercial trucks that they say cause traffic and quality of life issues for people living along River Road near Piscataway.

Trucks have been using the country road to get to Interstate 287 for decades and township, along with state officials, say that is ending.

“As long as there was no alternative way for trucks to go they couldn’t institute this ban and now that Route 18 has been finished and because of the efforts of Sen. Menendez and Congressman Pallone, the money was there for the DOT project to get this over the finish line,” says Mayor Brian Wahler.

Officials say the ban has taken advocacy, planning, and patience.

“The mayor has been working on this for years and he’s amazing in trying to bring all of the levels of government together to make this happen,” says Rep. Frank Pallone.

Residents of River Road say the trucks have posed a major safety concern and generate a lot of late night noise.

“You can’t get any sleep. We have to run a machine in our bedroom just to try and cap the noise it’s still very, very noisy,” says Warren Zimmerman, a Piscataway resident.

The township needs to pass one final ordinance in order to ban all trucks weighing more than 10 tons from driving along river road.

Officials are hoping for the change to take effect on Feb. 1 of 2019.

Democratic candidates and advocates call to preserve gun control

Democratic candidates and advocates call to preserve gun control

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MINEOLA — Democratic candidates for New York State are calling for action against more than a dozen GOP Senators have signed onto legislation that would repeal The Safe Act on Long Island.

Linda Beigel Schulman spoke on behalf of her son, Scott Beigel, who was killed trying to shield his students from bullets at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. She stood with fellow gun control advocates, Sen. John Brooks, and state senate candidates Anna Kaplan and Jim Gaughran.

“In the last week, we saw 11 innocent souls taken from gun violence. We saw across this nation—bombs, being sent through the mail,” says Sen. Brooks.

The Safe Act outlines a number of firearms regulations including background checks on gun purchases and increased penalties for people who use illegal guns.

Of the 32 Republicans in the New York State senate, 20 co-sponsor the bill to repeal the Safe Act, including Thomas Croci and Phil Boyle, who both represent Long Island.

Stony Brook University moves ahead with cancer research

Stony Brook University moves ahead with cancer research

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STONY BROOK — Stony Brook University received a new building critical to cancer research and care called the Mart Center.

Dr. Yusuf Hannun, director of the cancer center at Stony Brook Univ. says, “The Landscape of cancer treatment, diagnosis and prevention are all changing because the research that we do today will inform the clinical trials we do tomorrow.”

The $194 million building is part of the $423 million expansion of the Stony Brook’s medicine campus.
The building is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, a welcoming atmosphere for patients, and they now have more than doubled their research space.

“We will be recruiting more faculty, students, fellows, cancer investigators and more cancer physicians in general,” says Dr. Hannun.

The building for intensive research will lead to a greater understanding of cancer with better outcomes for patients.

“Most of us believe this is an obligation also because if we don’t do this now nothing will change in the future,” says Dr. Hannun.