Suffolk County health officials say West Nile virus has been detected in four mosquito samples and in two dead birds.
No humans have tested positive for West Nile this year, but Suffolk County health commissioner James Tomarken is urging residents to cooperate with efforts to contain the virus.
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.
Most of those who are infected experience mild or no symptoms, but some develop symptoms including fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.
In rare cases the virus can be fatal.
Health officials are urging Suffolk County residents to eliminate stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed.
Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale has been ousted and replaced after an investigation by the district attorney. The investigation was over a report that Dale told cops to pull over a county bus and arrest a witness involved in an election year dispute, according to Newsday.
Police have cited a Long Island woman for allegedly neglecting her two dogs, authorities said. A Suffolk County cop and an SPCA worker on Wednesday responded to a 911 call to the Deer Park home of Sharon Martinez, 55, where they found two pit bulls, Nina and Papa, severely emaciated and chained to a tree in the back yard, police said.