'Lionhearted' Wantagh boy fights rare form of cancer

A 5-year-old Wantagh boy fighting an aggressive form of terminal cancer appears to have the heart of a lion. The Levittown Fire Department, along with Santa Claus, gathered at Luis Mendez III’s house on Dec. 21 to grant his Christmas wish to see Santa at home.

Sen. Brooks takes reins of vets panel

Long Islanders will move into key committee chairmanships in the State Senate next week, as Democrats prepare to take control of the chamber for only the third time in the past 50 years.

Seaford teams bowling strikes behind stars

Seaford High School’s girls and boys bowling teams are capitalizing on the success of their respective captains, 16-year-old junior Paige Donovan and 17-year-old senior Max Pedone.

Islanders bring holiday cheer to NUMC

Every December, hockey players for the New York Islanders visit hospitals throughout the tri-state area to spread cheer and give gifts to children who are spending the holiday season away from home. …

Comptroller slams administrator in audit

Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman released an audit on Dec. 20 that was sharply critical of the county Office of the Public Administrator and its former administrator.

Editorial

Challenges ahead for Democratic Senate

As New York Democrats look ahead to two years of majority control of the State Senate — and the Assembly and the governor’s mansion — they should also remember the past and learn from their predecessors’ mistakes.

Scott Brinton

Trump’s border wall math doesn’t add up

At least the federal government’s Santa tracker remained after a partial government shutdown last week, forced by President Trump’s stubborn insistence that Congress allocate $5 billion in funding for his wall to separate the United States and Mexico.

Randi Kreiss

Shut the door on 2018. Nail that sucker shut.

We aren’t so much leaping into the New Year as we are fleeing the old one.