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Long Island's high school Class of 2017 graduated at a rate of 89.5 percent Nassau County, up slightly, and 88.4 percent in Suffolk County, down slightly, according to figures released by the State Education Department.Four of the 26 school districts that New York State considers fiscally stressed are on Long Island.Nearly 250,000 teachers and administrators statewide, excluding in New York City, were paid ,852,056,522.93 during the 2016-2017 school year, according to data reported to the New York State Teachers Retirement System obtained under the state's Freedom of Information Act.That amounts to an average of ,512.95 per member of the retirement system, an increase of 3.7 percent from the year before.
Long Island is home to 46 of the 300 high school students nationwide who reached the scholars level of the Regeneron Science Talent Search for 2018. Cuomo’s proposed budget, direct aid to municipalities would remain unchanged for the seventh straight year.
Long Island authorities reported issuing 70,199 active handgun permits as of late 2017 and early 2018, a 5.6 percent increase over the numbers they reported in July 2016.
The information was obtained from the Nassau and Suffolk County police and the Suffolk Sheriff's Office through requests under the state's Freedom of Information Law.
There were an estimated 18.5 million military veterans living in the United States in 2016, and it is estimated that more than 112,000 live on Long Island; approximately 45,148 in Nassau and 66,867 in Suffolk.
See district-level voting results for dozens of elections held on Long Island in November 2017, along with the results of elections in previous years.
There are more than 100 current or former elected office holders, high-level appointees and political club leaders with government jobs in Nassau County who have had at least one family member on a public payroll since 2015. More than 150,000 retired educators in the state were eligible to be paid collectively more than $558 million a month during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017, according to data from the state's Teacher Retirement System.