Jay Shah

Long Island Bureau Chief

Jay Shah is a radio journalist who spends his time covering all things Long Island. He has reported on agriculture and infrastructure for Nashville Public Radio and worked as a mentor for Syrian citizen journalists with Paper Airplanes.

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Long Island Begins 'Smart Reopening'

May 28, 2020
Darron Cummings / AP

Long Island is now in phase one of reopening its economy. That leaves New York City the last area still on pause due to the pandemic.

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Long Island will start to reopen parts of its economy this week after the region reported a declining number of deaths due to coronavirus. It’s part of a statewide economic phase-in plan.

Jae C. Hong / AP

Funding for a support program that provides counseling to veterans and their families was restored after it was originally excluded in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal this year.

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A judge in New York has lifted a temporary restraining order against the Shinnecock Indian Nation that had prevented the tribe from finishing work on a second billboard along Sunrise Highway.

Lance Gumbs, the tribe’s vice chairman, says the billboards have become a valuable source of revenue.

“This was a victory for the nation. This is one of our first economic development projects that would bring real revenue into the nation.”

The tribe has worked with local officials to spread health and sanitation awareness using the billboards during the pandemic.

John Minchillo / AP

The New York State Department of Labor has updated its online process to meet the large backlog of unemployment claims. Nearly 28,000 Long Islanders filed new claims last week.