“Save Montauk” — “No More Army Corps”
These were some of the signs as widespread opposition greeted the Army Corps of Engineers project to put “geotubes” at taxpayers’ expense of $8.9 million on the beach at Montauk.
With the start of the Montauk work, there was civil disobedience by protesters seeking to stop bulldozers and arrests. And there was a multitude of complaints at an East Hampton Town Board meeting drawing 250 people. (more…)
It was an off-year election in 2015 which carried an important message in Suffolk County: big-moneyed political intervention by special interests didn’t work here. READ
Vandana Shiva, a giant in the environmental field, came to the East End last month.
Ms. Shiva came to speak about her battle against the drive by the chemical industry, led by Monsanto, to radically limit what has been a diversity in seeds, to mix the genes of different species to create genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and to otherwise “industrialize agriculture” at a huge cost to life and the earth. (more…)
Women have made some progress in achieving elective office on Long Island — but not nearly enough.
The under-representation of women in governments on Long Island and in representing the island on the state and federal levels is documented in a just-issued report by the Women’s Center at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury, where I teach. (more…)
For many years there have been hot political issues involving police in Suffolk County.
The most recent controversy is the loss of the Republican Party line for incumbent Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter after a campaign by a “super-PAC” set up by the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association.
Mr. Walter says that the Suffolk PBA spent $125,000 to knock him off the GOP ticket in a move to have the Suffolk County Police Department take over the Riverhead Town Police Department, an idea he opposes. (more…)