02/04/17 11:00am
NICOLE SMITH PHOTO Interior of the Suffolk County Historical Society.

NICOLE SMITH PHOTO Interior of the Suffolk County Historical Society.

“Civil Rights on Long Island” is a new book by Christopher Verga. And, kicking off his January 21 presentation at the Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead, Mr. Verga said he “chose the project” because it involves something that has “fallen through the cracks.” (more…)

01/29/17 8:00am
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has worked to shut down the Indian Point nuclear plant.

“It is a huge step forward in protecting the health and safety of all New Yorkers.”

So said State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. (I-SagHarbor) on the agreement to close the Indian Point nuclear power plants, which sit 30 miles from Times Square, less than 50 miles from western Suffolk and 84 miles from Shelter Island — as the crow flies and radioactivity spreads. (more…)

01/20/17 2:00pm
GAGE SKIDMORE/FLICKR PHOTO

GAGE SKIDMORE/FLICKR PHOTO

Donald Trump, who has been sworn in as president of the United States today, considers the four years he spent at the New York Military Academy (NYMA) pivotal in his life — as does an East End-based doctor who also is a graduate.

Not only did Dr. Allen L. Fein, a clinical assistant professor at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and a specialist as a family physician, go to NYMA, but so did his two older brothers. And his brother, Jared Fein, was in the same graduating class as Mr. Trump. (more…)

01/14/17 3:00pm
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal last week for free tuition at SUNY and CUNY schools has roots going back nearly two centuries in this region, to 1847 and the founding of the Free Academy of the City of New York, which became City College.

It was later dubbed “the poor man’s Harvard.”

It was a highly attractive centerpiece of the presidential campaign last year of U.S. Senator Bernard Sanders (I-Vermont) who was with Mr. Cuomo when he announced his plan. (more…)