Charles Lane

Senior reporter for Long Island

Charles is a radio reporter, story teller, Excel ninja, database grasshopper and loves to FOIL records. He's worked for NPR, Deutche Welle, Radio Netherlands, Soundprint, Penthouse, the Religion News Service and the Catholic World Report. He's won three SPJ Public Service Awards, a National Murrow and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. He once did 8Gs in a stunt plane, caught a 10-foot wave (briefly) and dove 40 meters on a single breath. Charles is extraordinarily friendly so don't hesitate to contact.

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A theme in this year’s midterm elections is progressive women challenging entrenched Republicans. That’s what’s happening in Long Island’s 2nd Congressional District. Liuba Grechen Shirley is taking on thirteen-term incumbent Peter King. 

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In the town of Islip, New York, voting is done at-large, which means there aren't any districts. The whole town, which is primarily white, votes for all the elected officials together, making it difficult for Latino voters to get representation in city government. So, they're suing.

Mike Groll / AP

New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says local governments can raise property taxes by no more than two percent next year. But inflation is running higher than two percent, and municipalities face the potential threat of cuts in federal funding too.

Mark Schiefelbein / AP

Long Island and Connecticut will see a drop in gross domestic product thanks to President Trump’s trade war with China. That’s according to data analyzed by Moody’s Analytics.

Susan Walsh / AP

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has launched a lobbying campaign criticizing President Donald Trump’s tariffs on international trade. Over the weekend, Canada imposed retaliatory tariffs on aluminum. New York exports about half a billion dollars in aluminum. But so far, manufacturers in the region are sanguine about a trade war.