Local News for Farmingville, Holbrook, Holtsville, Lake Grove, and Lake Ronkonkoma
(The Center Square) – New York state lawmakers this week passed a bill to extend a moratorium on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite Republicans issuing concerns that the measure may do more harm than good. Read more from OnSachem News.
(The Center Square) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the most significant easing of COVID-restrictions since the pandemic began. Read more from OnSachem News.
LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Rite Aid announced on Friday it is now administering the COVID-19 vaccine at every store, with or without an advance appointment. Within Sachem, Rite Aid is located near Kohl’s on Hawkins Avenue in Lake Ronkonkoma. Rite Aid also has stores nearby in Medford, Sayville, Selden, Smithtown, and West Patchogue. Read more from OnSachem News.
(The Center Square) – The Cuomo administration reportedly held up New York health officials from reporting the true COVID-19 death toll attributable to nursing homes for at least five months. That’s according to a bombshell report published by The New York Times on Wednesday. Read more from OnSachem News.
SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY — Mandatory COVID-19 testing for high-risk high school sports is no longer required, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced as he detailed updated guidance from the Department of Health Services. Read more from OnSachem News.
LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Sachem Schools experienced a significant drop in the rate of new COVID-19 positives during the past week, reporting the fewest infections since November. Read more from OnSachem News.
(The Center Square) – A bill passed by the New York state lawmakers on Tuesday that seeks to prevent workers from being exposed to airborne diseases is now headed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but while labor advocates hailed its passage, business groups fear it will harm small businesses across the state. Read more from OnSachem News.
(The Center Square) – New York small business owners have endured quite an ordeal over the past 13 months thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought about emergency regulations that either closed or restricted their operations and forced them to lay off workers. Read more from OnSachem News.
FARMINGVILLE, NY — Sachem Central School District reported 65 additional COVID-19 infections over the latest 10-day reporting period between April 7 and 16. Across the district's 10 school buildings, 41% of the new positives came from just one school — Sachem High School East in Farmingville. Meanwhile, Sachem's superintendent said the district must quarantine a greater number of middle and high school students for any positive case. Read more from OnSachem News.
(The Center Square) – New York state collected $3 billion more in tax revenue than anticipated during the 2020-21 fiscal year, according to Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Read more from OnSachem News.
(The Center Square) – Republicans in the New York Assembly said on Thursday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s move to push back the curfew for bars and restaurants to midnight is a welcome change, it’s not nearly enough for businesses that have endured several challenges over the past year. Read more from OnSachem News.
(The Center Square) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that people who want to dine out can do so a little later starting next week. Read more from OnSachem News.
LONG ISLAND, NY — PSEG Long Island announced Tuesday funding for the Outdoor Spaces program has been renewed for a limited time. Over $2 million in grants and discounts were provided last year to help more than 1,000 local businesses and organizations meet the ever-evolving challenges of COVID-19. Read more from OnSachem News.
(The Center Square) – New York is one of the states hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and ranks 13th on WalletHub’s list of states most exposed economically. Read more from OnSachem News.
(The Center Square) – The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning Tuesday advising Americans and their healthcare providers to discontinue using the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after reports of health complications. Read more from OnSachem News.
LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Sachem Schools along with other high schools, colleges, and universities in New York state could enjoy larger — but still limited — graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021, as the pandemic adversely affects commencements for the second consecutive year. Read more from OnSachem News.
(The Center Square) – A provision in the recently passed $212 billion New York state budget will give thousands of dollars to undocumented immigrants and others excluded from COVID-19 assistance programs. Billed as the Excluded Worker Program, the $2.1 billion measure is seen as an important economic development initiative by some, but others see it as just a wasteful handout. Read more from OnSachem News.
LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Sachem Schools reached a pandemic milestone this week no one wants to celebrate. The district hit the 1,000-mark for COVID-19 infections since schools reopened last September, with over 20% of those virus cases reported during the past month. Read more from OnSachem News.
LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Upon students returning to classes following the weeklong spring recess, Sachem Central School District reported 50 COVID-19 infections over 10 days from March 27 to April 5. Read more from OnSachem News.
SELDEN, NY — Dozens of senior citizens received COVID-19 vaccinations thanks to the help of Suffolk County Legislator Nick Caracappa, R-Selden, of the 4th District and Belle Mead Compounding Pharmacy in East Setauket. Read more from OnSachem News.
LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Over seven days leading into spring recess, Sachem Central School District reported another 64 COVID-19 infections affecting students, teachers, and staff. Sachem High School North in Lake Ronkonkoma had 22 new positives, the most among new cases at each of the district's 15 schools. Read more from OnSachem News.
(The Center Square) – New York state Senate Republicans offered Wednesday an amendment that would have eliminated the income tax liability on a portion of unemployment benefits residents received last year. However, Democrats voted against the proposal. Read more from OnSachem News.
FARMINGVILLE, NY — Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine has announced the Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau’s INTERFACE Program is holding an emergency food drive to help residents in need affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more from OnSachem News.
(The Center Square) – New York state has announced the establishment of a digital app residents can use to offer proof of a coronavirus vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test. Read more from OnSachem News.
HOLBROOK, NY — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning Tuesday, March 30, at 8 a.m., all New Yorkers 30 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Beginning April 6, universal eligibility goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Read more from OnSachem News.
(The Center Square) – Red states are leading economic growth in the U.S., a new report by the U. S. Commerce Department shows, with South Dakota, Texas and Utah reporting the highest growth. However, blue state New York came in far lower. Read more from OnSachem News.
(The Center Square) – As the time draws closer for New York to pass its fiscal year budget, the state’s dining establishments are urging lawmakers not to forget about them. Read more from OnSachem News.
- Lake Ronkonkoma man, 29, killed after FedEx truck hit his crashed car on LIE: Suffolk Police
- New York lawmakers move to once again extend ban on evictions
- Only about 10 percent of New York hospitals get top grade in safety report
- New Yorks joins New Jersey, Connecticut in plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions
- COVID-19 vaccines now at every Rite Aid for online and walk-in appointments
- Dramatic increase in New York's census numbers compared to estimates draws concern from onlookers
- Analysis: Repealing cap on SALT deductions would increase disparities in New York
- Sachem High School East hosts museum walk displaying world cultures
- DiNapoli: New York budget draws on $26.7 billion from new revenue sources
- Report: Cuomo administration ordered health officials not to release nursing home death toll numbers