J.D. Allen

Assistant News Director

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's assistant news director. Formerly WAMC’s Berkshire bureau chief, he has reported for public radio stations, including bylines with WSHU, WNYC, WBUR, WNPR and NPR. J.D. has reported on healthcare and small businesses for "Long Island Business News" and real estate and land-use for The Express News Group newspapers. He's an adjunct at Stony Brook University's School of Journalism. J.D. holds a B.A. in journalism and sociology from Stony Brook University and an M.S. in communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

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The Hope for Youth family services organization is opening an emergency youth shelter on Tuesday morning in Suffolk County to help address the growing number of runaway and homeless children on Long Island.  

Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Suffolk County lawmakers are considering a plan to allow Suffolk County Community College to use an adjacent county-owned property for a tax-free startup zone.

Frank Franklin II / AP

Earlier this year, the American Lung Association gave Suffolk County an ‘F’ in air quality. Michael Seilback, vice president of public policy and communications with the American Lung Association of the Northeast, says it’s mostly due to the amount of cars on the road.

Mike Balsamo / AP

Suffolk County lawmakers want District Attorney Thomas Spota to appear before the legislature next week to address allegations against his office.

New York Police Department / AP

A new Suffolk County law prohibits the manufacturing and sale of the synthetic drugs known as K2 and bath salts. New York State already has a ban on those drugs, but Suffolk County’s law goes further by banning all strains of it. Supporters hope the tighter ban will help stop it from being sold in the county.  

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