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Immigrants’ rights activists and community organizers drove in a caravan through eastern Long Island Thursday to encourage residents to fill out the 2020 U.S. Census.

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The deadline to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census count is on September 30. That’s a month early, because of a Trump administration decision that’s being fought in federal court. Community groups are hard at work on eastern Long Island to improve participation.

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Suffolk County will allow voters to begin casting ballots early. Some polls will be open on October 24 — 10 days before Election Day. But as of now, Shelter Island voters will need a boat to get a ballot box.

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On Tuesday federal and state environment officials announced more than $2.5 million in grants to local groups to improve the ecosystem of Long Island Sound.

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The winter storm that hit the region brought more than two feet of snow to the East End of Long Island and parts of Southeastern Connecticut.

New York officials say storm cleanup equipment is being moved to Eastern Long Island, where it's needed most.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that about 500 pieces of equipment, including plows, dump trunks, and front end loaders were on their way to Suffolk County from New York City and the mid-Hudson Valley.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said Tuesday it will take a few days to get all that snow cleared out.