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Past articles by Anthony:

Nassau DA: Employee stole more than $500G from special needs clients

A Nassau law firm case manager allegedly stole the money by forging the signatures of an attorney trustee involved in handling the trust accounts of seven clients, prosecutors said. → Read More

From rum-smuggling fishermen to famous mobsters: Long Island's big role in Prohibition

Steve Bielenda of Miller Place grew up hearing stories about how the tugboat Lizzie D — which disappeared off the coast of Long Island in 1922 — most likely sunk because it was overloaded with cases o → Read More

Officials: One NYPD officer shot dead, one wounded in NYC

One NYPD officer was killed and another was critically wounded in a shooting in Manhattan on Friday night, the NYPD commissioner said. The officers were shot in Harlem when they responded to a domesti → Read More

Nassau Chief of Detectives Keechant Sewell officially named NYPD commissioner

Keechant Sewell, the NYPD’s incoming commissioner, is "the woman for the job" to drive down crime, further diversify the department and help New York City continue to recover from the coronavirus pand → Read More

3 women of color head the list of top choices for NYPD commissioner, sources say

Three women of color — including a Long Island resident — are on the shortlist to become the New York City Police Department's next top cop, law enforcement sources said. NYPD Chief of Patrol Juanita → Read More

Hempstead woman's remains from 9/11 attacks identified, 20 years later

It had been 20 years since the remains of Dorothy Morgan were lost in the rubble of the World Trade Center, buried under tons of steel and stone at Ground Zero as her family waited. But after painstak → Read More

Report: Stop and frisks fell 93% after '13 settlement

NYPD stop and frisks plunged by 93% in the six years after a federal judge found the practice unconstitutional and racially discriminatory, according to a report released Wednesday. In 2013, city cops → Read More

Shea on vaccine mandate: 'We are going to comply with the order'

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said Tuesday he is fully behind New York City’s mandate aimed at getting all of its employees vaccinated against the coronavirus and will be talking with → Read More

NYPD: Woman's body found in car trunk during Inwood traffic stop

The body of a woman was recovered from the trunk of a car after officers saw four men in Queens carrying and then placing a "large, unknown object" in the trunk early Wednesday morning, the NYPD said. → Read More

Cuomo, de Blasio at odds over NYPD vaccine plan

Officials on Wednesday finally gave the green light for some NYPD officers to get COVID-19 vaccinations but it remained unclear how many cops would get inoculated after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor → Read More

Two NYPD cops from Long Island expected to recover after Queens gunfight

Two NYPD officers were wounded and a suspect was killed in a gunfight in Queens Tuesday that began when the officers accompanied a woman home after she reported a domestic incident, NYPD officials sai → Read More

NYPD: Head count lowest in 10 years

The New York City Police Department continues to lose officers through an accelerating pace of retirements which has driven the department’s head count down to a level it has not seen in a decade, pol → Read More

NYPD honors the department's fallen from the pandemic

On a crisp, sunny autumn morning, the NYPD took time at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan to publicly remember 46 members of the department who died during the coronavirus pandemic. With the depart → Read More

'Mafia cop' Louis Eppolito died in prison, his wife says

Former NYPD detective Louis Eppolito, one of the deadly duo known as the “Mafia Cops” following their convictions for committing murders for the mob in the 1980s and 90s, died in federal prison, his w → Read More

NYPD orders tactical training after Officer Brian Mulkeen's friendly fire death

The new training is aimed at getting officers familiar with how their partners react in a shooting situation, and will kick off next week, officials said. → Read More

'Sentiment meter' finds NYers trust cops but safety still a concern

Widely known as the "sentiment meter," the poll results create what one official described as something similar to a FICO credit score for each neighborhood. → Read More

John Keenan, 'Son of Sam' detective, dies

John Keenan was a veteran of World War II who took part in the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. → Read More

Another fatal overdose linked to chef's death in prostitute case, NYPD says

Police believe they have connected at least one additional fatal drug overdose in the case of a Queens prostitute facing federal drug charges in the deaths of three men, including the Italian chef of → Read More

O'Neill: Decline in arrests, summonses since cop's firing

New York City's top cop acknowledged Wednesday a decline in arrests and summonses in the wake of a police union call for officers to work by the book after the firing of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo i → Read More

Spike in shootings a concern despite crime drop, NYPD chief says

In the face of continuing declines in serious crimes, the NYPD is still grappling with a spike in shootings in parts of Queens and Brooklyn, said the department’s top uniformed commander. Shooting tre → Read More