Long Island News

A home in Riverhead, N.Y. on the north shore of Long Island.
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Reports from Terry Sheridan, Jay ShahDesiree D'Iorio and the Long Island News Bureau staff, in collaboration with Stony Brook University's School of Journalism; WSHU's Charles Lane; and Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio

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Suffolk County Police Department

Suffolk County Police have identified the partial remains of a woman who was found along Ocean Parkway on Long Island almost a decade ago.

They discovered the remains while they searched for a different missing woman who was last seen near Gilgo Beach. 

The remains identified Friday are of Valerie Mack. Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart says she worked as an escort in Pennsylvania before she died.

Mary Altaffer / AP

Long Island officials are helping restaurants and small businesses recover from the economic shutdown.

Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order that allows businesses to deny entry to customers who aren’t wearing a mask. He says it’s intended to improve public health and reduce fights.

Jessica Hill / AP

Advocates for LGBT people say the federal government has so far ignored its responsibility to collect data on the sexual orientation of COVID-19 patients. 

New Data Suggest Renters Among Most At-Risk For Unemployment

May 28, 2020
John Minchillo / AP

Recovery from the pandemic in New York means helping the many thousands of people who have lost their jobs, including low-income renters.