WSHU News Reports

Stony Brook University School of Journalism has partnered with WSHU Public Radio Group, an NPR member station, to provide internship opportunities for its students and deliver more local news to Long Island listeners as part of the station’s new Long Island News Bureau.

Here are their latest stories.

Pine Beetle Eradication Plan Will Restore Devastated LI Parks

Vinny Ball | WSHU
Suffolk County officials have unveiled their updated plan to limit the spread of southern pine beetles and to restore areas they’ve devastated.

Long Island JCC To Offer LGBTQ Summer Camp

Jay Shah | WSHU
A week-long LGBTQ summer day camp will launch in August on Long Island. The pilot program is for kids ages 12 – 18 and will run for a week.

Why Don’t Our Teachers Look Like Their Students?

Eric Schmid | WSHU
Teacher diversity is a problem throughout America, and it can hurt students.

14 States Suing EPA Over Methane Emissions

WSHU Public Radio | Jay Shah
New York and several states from New England have filed a lawsuit against the EPA and its administrator, Scott Pruitt, for not doing enough to combat methane pollution.

Cuomo Backs Bill To Extend Gun Purchase Waiting Period

Vincent Ball | WSHU Public Radio
Under current law, anyone who wants to buy a firearm in New York must undergo a background check that only takes a few minutes. Once they pass, they are able to purchase a gun immediately.

Overdose Maps Provide Real-Time Intelligence in Opioid Fight

Jay Shah | WSHU Public Radio
The Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program will track where overdoses are reported by first responders.

Sexual Harassment Bills To Protect Suffolk County Employees

Rebekah Sherry | WSHU Public Radio
Two new bills are meant to protect county employees from sexual harassment and discrimination.

Cuomo Tax Plan Would Offset Loss Of Federal Deductions

Jay Shah | WSHU Public Radio
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced two proposals to help New Yorkers get around federal tax changes

Affordable Housing Project To Aid Homeless Vets On Long Island

Jay Shah | WSHU Public Radio
Veterans groups and government officials broke ground on an affordable housing project for homeless veterans and their families on Long Island.

Suffolk Legislature Seeks Greater Control Over Asset Forfeiture Program

Ronny Reyes | WSHU Public Radio
The motion comes after a report that forfeiture funds paid for $3.25 million in bonuses to the Suffolk DA’s office.

Peconic Land Trust Works To Preserve Indian Rock

Ronny Reyes | WSHU Public Radio
When Noah Hallock built his farmstead in the 1700s, he did so near a massive boulder that stood over 30 feet high and less than a quarter of a mile from Long Island Sound. A Long Island conservation group now hopes to purchase the land.

Poll: Police Commissioner Sini Leads Suffolk D.A. Race

Nicola Shannon | WSHU Public Radio
The poll found that 46 percent of residents favored Sini, a Democrat, while 32 percent chose the Republican Perini. But the poll also found Suffolk residents don’t seem to know much about either of them.

Catholic Diocese Creates Compensation Fund For Clergy Abuse Victims

Nicola Shannon | WSHU Public Radio
Victims who accept the compensation must agree not to pursue legal action against the diocese.

Schumer Pushes Hard Against Trump Tax Proposal

Ronny Reyes | WSHU Public Radio
Schumer said the President’s plan would hurt thousands of Long Islanders.

Suffolk County Approves Dredging Plan, Angering Environmentalists

Jay Shah | WSHU Public Radio
The EPA’s decision allows Connecticut to dump dredging waste into an eastern Long Island Sound site.

New York To Spend $10 Million On Shellfish Restoration

WSHU Public Radio
Cuomo’s plan would seed 179 million clams and oysters in five sanctuaries on both the North and South Shores of Long Island.

Brutal Gang Murders Draw Federal Attention

WSHU Public Radio
This is the latest in a series of gang-related deaths that began in September with the murder of two teenage girls. Four more bodies were discovered since – all suspected to be killed at the hands of MS-13.

Sessions Cites Long Island Gang Violence In Case For Immigration Reform

Alicia Bermudez | WSHU Public Radio
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions specifically cited gang violence on Long Island as he called for enhanced border security and immigration reform.

Riverhead Hopes To Revive Aerospace Industry

Ronny Reyes | WSHU Public Radio
The Town of Riverhead has struck a deal with Luminati Aerospace to sell the last acres of Enterprise Park at Calverton for $40 million.

Oyster Bay Approves Remediation Well To Combat Toxic Plume

Jay Shah | WSHU Public Radio
The plume of toxic chemicals from the former Northrop Grumman plant on Long Island has slowly seeped into the ground over the past 60 years.

Stony Brook News – April 23, 2018

Journalism students in the advanced broadcast class (JRN 371) produce their eleventh news show of the Spring ’18 semester which includes: A burglary in the Staller Center, a painting event for transfer students, a jazz understanding event on campus, a recap of Seawolves Sports and this week's weather.



Long Island hearing filled with opposition to proposed offshore drilling

The Osprey
Nearly 30 environmentalists and 11 public officials in Smithtown spoke in opposition to the Trump administration proposal to drill for oil off of Long Island’s coast at a hearing on Feb. 14.

Ex-boxer opens Cuban restaurant in Huntington

Daniel Gatta | More Than Bagels
Professional boxer Alan Gotay hung up his gloves to pursue a career in the food industry. On Wednesday, April 19, Gotay’s very own Cuban restaurant, Babalu NY, opened in Huntington.

Long Island Musicians Impacted By Streaming

Guneet Singh | Find The Beat
Streaming has grown in popularity among consumers, but poses an issue for artists who are paid very little for their music.

Sports Reporting initiative a home run for students

Christopher Cameron
Benefiting from a wealth of experience and a diverse selection of skills on offer, the Sports Reporting class has given students an outlet to pursue their passions, and has inspired the newest broadcast news show in the School of Journalism.

Annual Spring Car Show takes over Belmont Racetrack

Yingzi Dong | The Osprey
On Sunday April 9, thousands of people gathered to enjoy the annual Spring Car Show and Swap Meet at Belmont Racetrack, held by Long Island Cars.