07/26/15 8:00am
KATHERINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | A mute swan mother with her cygnets.

KATHERINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | A mute swan mother with her cygnets.

Lunch at The Dory on the Island has been brightened for my wife and me by the sight of swans gliding on Chase Creek. If the the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has its way, that sight might be a thing of the past. (more…)

06/21/15 8:00am
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

The Suffolk County Legislature has done again what it’s known for — passing ground-breaking legislation. This time it’s the “Toxic Free Toys Act.”

Finally people are waking up to the outrage of toys containing poisons sold in Suffolk and all over the United States. It’s equally outrageous that the federal government has been doing little about this. As for the toy industry, they simply have no shame. Fred Locker, counsel for the Safe to Play Coalition, representing toy manufacturers, told the Suffolk Legislature on June 2: “The question I have to ask is ‘why?’ Why enact a law that is unnecessary?” (more…)

06/07/15 8:00am

 

KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

“Yet another summer of unrelenting, health-threatening aircraft noise?”

That was the heading of a statement from the Quiet Skies Coalition as Long Island’s biggest contributor to noise pollution ratcheted  up again — helicopter traffic in and out of East Hampton’s airport. (more…)