Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo | Michael Forbes
Former Suffolk Congressman Michael F. Forbes has written a strong article published in the The Kansas City Star on February 23, headlined, “I switched parties and lost my Congressional seat over the gun issue. Two decades later, what has changed?” (more…)
I was thrilled to be informed last week that I’ve been honored as “Environmentalist of the Year” by the Long Island Sierra Club. As a professor of journalism at SUNY/College at Old Westbury, I’ve taught Environmental Journalism for decades and spend several classes in presentations about John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club. (more…)
KARL GROSSMAN PHOTO Environmentalists and public officials in Suffolk County would rather see wind farm development, above, rather than oil drilling off the Atlantic shores.
It was a case of offshore oil drilling deja vu for me, having broken the story about the oil industry seeking to drill in the offshore Atlantic, including off Long Island, nearly 50 years ago.
But this time around, offshore drilling would be completely unnecessary with the U.S. awash in petroleum — $2.50-a-gallon gas — and oil drilling in the sea 10 times more costly than drilling on land. Plus, renewable energy, led by solar and wind, is now well-developed and cheaper than fossil fuels. (more…)
A decision last month by a state Supreme Court justice that Nassau County was imposing an “illegal tax” on commercial property owners is seen by Suffolk.
Legislator Rob Trotta as “absolutely” a sign that a lawsuit brought against increased real property fees charged by Suffolk County will also win out. (more…)
KARL GROSSMAN PHOTO Wind farm development was a key story in 2017.
As 2017 comes to an end, three major events stand out this pastyear in Suffolk County: the election results of last month, the indictment of long-time Suffolk District Attorney Tom Spota and the beginnings of offshore wind development.
It was an important election here for women and a breakthrough for African-Americans with Errol Toulon, Jr. elected as sheriff, becoming the first black to win a (non-judicial) countywide post. (more…)