Articles by Colleen Long

Homeland Security Balks at State Laws on Immigrant Drivers’ Licenses, Data Sharing

The acting secretary of Homeland Security is taking aim at new laws in New York, New Jersey and other states that allow immigrants to get driver’s licenses without proof they are in the U.S. legally, and restrict data sharing with …

FEMA Gave Private Contractor Personal Data on 2.3 Million Hurricane, Wildfire Survivors

The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday. The Homeland Security …

FEMA Chief Long to Keep Job, Repay Government for Car Misuse

The head of the federal disaster response agency used government vehicles without proper authorization, but will not lose his job over it, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Friday. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator William “Brock” Long had been under …

NTSB Releases Results of Investigation Into 2015 New York Train Crash

Federal safety investigators said Tuesday they can’t determine why an SUV ended up in the path of an oncoming commuter train, causing a crash that killed six people at a rail crossing in suburban New York in 2015. Detailing the …

Tragic London Fire Raises Questions About ‘Stay Put’ High-Rise Safety Rule

A catastrophic blaze at a London apartment tower has brought new scrutiny to a long-accepted, counterintuitive rule for people in tall buildings: If the blaze breaks out elsewhere in the structure, don’t automatically run for the stairs. Stay put and …

New York City House Fire Kills 5, Including Children

Investigators are scouring for clues about what sparked a fast-moving New York City house fire that killed five people, including two young boys and two teenage girls. The fire broke out Sunday afternoon, on a street full of single-family homes …

Plunging Temperatures in Northeast Lead to Icy Conditions Following Storm

Concerns about falling temperatures and icy conditions on roads and sidewalks across the Northeast followed a late-season storm that plastered the region with sleet and snow. Tuesday’s powerful nor’easter paralyzed much of the Washington-to-Boston corridor, but fell short of the …

NYPD to Track Potential Problem Officers With New Database

The New York Police Department is trying to root out its problem officers and monitor patterns of potential misbehavior by creating a database that combines information from several city agencies on lawsuits, misconduct complaints, internal probes and such seemingly mundane …

NYC Blast Probe Highlights Problem of Stealing Gas

It was a run-of-the-mill complaint — a smell of gas — with a troubling explanation: Someone had improperly tapped into a Manhattan building’s gas line, and it was leaking. The issue was quickly resolved. But seven months later, authorities suspect …

Doctor Recovers From Ebola, Leaves New York City Hospital

A Doctors Without Borders physician who was declared free of Ebola said Tuesday he was living proof that early detection and isolation can stop the spread of the deadly virus, and he called for a better focus at the center …