Business owner Jeffery Capazzi has seen Long Island’s opioid crisis up close among his workers. “We had certain people being sent to rehab,” said Capazzi, president of the Jobin Organization, a Hauppauge construction company, which makes and installs wall panels. “We’ve had people that we’ve lost through overdoses.” Greg Demetriou, president and chief executive of marketing company Lorraine Gregory Communications in Edgewood, said he and his staff were devastated when the granddaughter of a worker died of an overdose last year. A childhood friend of one of the company’s graphic designers also died of an overdose last year. “When such news is received it puts a heaviness in the air,” Demetriou said. “Even those not directly affected feel devastated for their co-workers.” The opioid crisis is taking a toll on Long Island’s companies, executives and experts say. … [Read more...] about Opioid epidemic takes a toll on Long Island’s businesses and workers
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They were crowned king and queen in their proms of yesteryear. But, what are they up to these days? Let's follow up with some of the past prom kings and queens of Long Island high schools. If you would like to be considered for this series, email [email protected] North Babylon's Michael DellaUniversita Back in 1997, Michael DellaUniversita was crowned junior prom king at North Babylon High School. When graduation rolled around, it was time to turn the page -- he ditched the crown for a law degree. DellaUniversita studied at Hofstra University and is now a personal injury attorney, working in Ronkonkoma. "I loved Babylon," he said. "I loved football. We won the championship senior year, and that was everything to me. I can't remember having a bad day back in high school... Everything I was taught there and everything I did there led me to where I am today." Division Avenue's Gary Harding Six weeks away from Division Avenue High School's junior prom, Gary Harding … [Read more...] about Long Island prom kings and queens: Where are they now?
The race is on for Brooklyn's next top federal prosecutor. The angling started even before Friday, when President Trump axed Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Robert Capers and 45 other U.S. Attorneys appointed by the Obama Administration. Capers' Manhattan counterpart, Preet Bharara, was also shown the door in the prosecutor purge. Big-time prosecutors and defense lawyers are potential candidates for the high-profile Brooklyn job. The office handles everything from violent street crime to complex financial swindles. And since 9/11, no other federal prosecutor's office has tackled more terrorism cases. Loretta Lynch led the office twice before becoming Obama's attorney general in 2015. "They're all very talented and all would be outstanding U.S. Attorneys," Rep. Dan Donovan (R-Staten Island) said of the candidates who have approached him. Joan Illuzzi, a veteran Manhattan prosecutor and one-time Staten Island District Attorney candidate, has expressed an interest, … [Read more...] about Heavy hitters compete to be next Brooklyn U.S. Attorney after Robert Capers’ firing
They were eight friends with bright futures celebrating a bride-to-be — until an alleged drunken driver smashed into their limousine, killing four and devastating their Long Island communities. Brittney Schulman, 23, and Lauren Baruch, 24, both of Smithtown; Stephanie Belli, 23, of Kings Park, and Amy Grabina, 23, of Commack, were leaving Vineyard 48 winery on the North Fork of Long Island when Steven Romeo rammed his red pickup truck into their stretch ride, the Southhold Town Police Department said Sunday. Steve Romeo (L), pleaded not guilty to DWI. Elizabeth Miller (R), Suffolk County assistant district attorney with the Vehicular Crimes Bureau speaks to the media on Sunday. An Instagram photo Grabina posted Saturday before the late afternoon wreck in Cutchogue showed her sipping a drink in a black dress along with the caption, “wine not.” "She was a beautiful girl. Had her whole future ahead of her," … [Read more...] about Long Island limousine crash victims were best pals with bright futures; accused drunken driver pleads not guilty to DWI
The $1 million bond for an alleged drunken driver in a grisly wreck that killed four young women was dramatically slashed Thursday to $100,000 — or $50,000 cash. The reduction followed an appeal by the lawyer for suspect Steven Romeo, raising the possibility of his release just after a third victim of the horrifying weekend crash was remembered at a crowded funeral. Romeo, 55, remained hospitalized at Eastern Long Island Hospital with injuries that included a broken nose. The Peconic resident was due for a Friday court appearance that was instead postponed until Sept. 18. His attorney, Daniel O’Brien, did not return a call for comment on the drastic reduction in bail. Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota plans a Friday briefing on the investigation. Romeo — whose previous bail options included a $500,000 cash payment — has pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated. Officials have not … [Read more...] about Bond for DWI suspect in Long Island limo wreck reduced as crash victim Brittney Schulman mourned at funeral
It’s the final day of a grueling two-week press tour and Chris Algieri is getting a bit testy. It’s Sept. 6, and he’s sitting in the backseat of a green Chevy Suburban as his dad chauffeurs him and his nephews to a local parade. He’s the grand marshal. The normally cool 30-year-old seems to be starting to fray at the edges, straining a bit under the demand of the mounting media requests. Since his upset win of Ruslan Provodnikov on June 14 to capture the WBO junior welterweight title, everyone, it seems, wants a piece of Chris Algieri. He’s dashing, well-groomed, and still relatively anonymous. He’s a fitness nut with a closet that is some sort of homage to Sonny Crockett from “Miami Vice.” He’s remarkably self-assured. And on Nov. 22 in Macao, China, he will face Manny Pacquiao on HBO Pay-Per-View for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title. An HBO film crew shows up at his 14-room home in Huntington, L.I. where … [Read more...] about Long Island boxer Chris Algieri has movie star looks and brains, but does he have what it takes to make it?
Cops have arrested a Long Island man who they say shouted racial epithets at and pummeled the woman who brought down NBA billionaire bigot Donald Sterling. Dominick Diorio, 40, of Old Bethpage, was charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment. He and an accomplice jumped V. Stiviano outside the Gansevoort Hotel on Ninth Ave. in the Meatpacking District at 6:40 p.m. on Sunday, police said. Diorio, identified through surveillance video and then by Stiviano in a lineup, surrendered to cops Monday, according to officials and Mac Nehoray, Stiviano’s attorney. He and his friend were apparently drunk when they began harassing Stiviano, 31, as she dined — sans her trademark visor — near the hotel, cops said. The men followed her outside and hurled slurs as they punched her in the head and face, officials and her attorney said. “As Ms. Stiviano was getting inside a cab, one of the assailants punched her … [Read more...] about Long Island man who allegedly punched V. Stiviano in the face, hurled N-word arrested by NYPD
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — Dozens of victims of severe brain injuries had their identities stolen by a man who worked at the New York center where they were treated, a prosecutor said Monday. The suspect then filed phony tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service and in at least two states, pocketing over $200,000 in refunds. Benjamin Achampong, 30, was charged with grand larceny, identity theft and other crimes in a 48-count indictment, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. Achampong pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday and was being held on $50,000 bail. His attorney, Michael Alber, declined to comment on whether his client would post bail and said he did not want to comment on the specific allegations. In addition to the charges against Achampong in New York, Spota said he is suspected of using the same victims’ Social Security numbers and other identification to obtain $30,000 in refunds in New Jersey, though charges have yet to be filed there. … [Read more...] about Health center worker stole identities of patients with severe brain injuries, filed fake tax returns to get refunds: officials
MULLENS, W. Va. - Joe Hill is a chain-smoking barber with protruding ears, black glasses and almost no hair of his own. He’s been snipping and trimming for 61 years here, in a one-chair shop in a mostly boarded-up downtown, the drab linoleum floor strewn with hair and cigarette butts, his banter delivered in a thick mountain twang, never to be interrupted by the ringing of a phone. “Why do I need a phone?” Hill says, smiling. “I just stick my head out the door and yell.” Just the other day, Joe Hill got a visit from an old friend, a spry, 94-year-old man who isn’t merely a revered figure amid the serpentine roads and steep-sided mountains of southern West Virginia, but the de facto patriarch of the new New York Knicks. Mike D’Antoni may have made the Phoenix Suns the best show in basketball, and made seven-seconds-or-less a basketball battle cry. He wasn’t the first fast-break-loving coach in the family, though, not by seven … [Read more...] about Mike D’Antoni’s long trip from small West Virginia town to Knicks
It's a glorious spring day in this urban oasis, this sprawling park in the middle of a fashionable neighborhood filled with sturdy brick homes and chic shops. Tommy Urbanski and his wife Kathy hold hands as they stroll around the lake. The sun feels good on their bare arms. The small children who play near the elegant old boathouse make them smile. Every bump in the cement makes Urbanski feel like someone is poking him in the side with a screwdriver. But he's learned to live with pain, and pain can't ruin this perfect moment. Urbanski, a former professional wrestler from Commack, L.I., grimaces every time his wheelchair hits a crack in the sidewalk. His ribs haven't completely healed since he was shot Feb. 19 at an NBA All-Star Game party, after a brawl Las Vegas police say was started by Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones. The trip to Washington Park is the first time he's been off intravenous painkillers for any extended period of time since a bullet ripped into … [Read more...] about The long road home