06/19/16 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota

COURTESY PHOTO | Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota

Suffolk County, which has known frequent governmental scandals through the decades, may or may not see a new and far-reaching one erupt.

Meanwhile, some are charging that a rush to judgement is underway. (more…)

06/05/16 8:00am
WALT WHITMAN

WALT WHITMAN

The most famous native of Suffolk County is Walt Whitman and much of the poet’s work was closely tied to his birthplace. “Starting from the fish-shape Paumanok, where I was born,” he wrote in “Leaves of Grass.”

He always referred to Long Island by its Native American name. From here, he wrote, “I strike up a New World.” (more…)

05/29/16 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Massive wind turbines out at sea could be a clean solution to Long Island's energy needs.

COURTESY PHOTO | Massive wind turbines out at sea could be a clean solution to Long Island’s energy needs.

A line of speakers testified last week at a state-sponsored hearing at the Suffolk County Center in Riverside on a plan that would have 50 percent of the electricity used in New York in 2030 come from renewable power. (more…)

05/22/16 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Long Island's power company

COURTESY PHOTO | Long Island’s power company

PSEG, a Newark, New Jersey-based utility, was foisted on Long Island to be the utility on the island by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

His father, Governor Mario Cuomo, had undermined the idea of Long Island having a democratically-run public power entity determining its energy future — a Long Island Power Authority. After LIPA was created in 1985, he cancelled LIPA trustees elections — central to the LIPA vision — and instead directed they be appointed by the governor, the Assembly speaker and Senate majority leader.

Topping things off, in 2013 Andrew Cuomo had LIPA decimated in favor of PSEG. (more…)

05/07/16 8:00am
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

With money corrupting the democratic process becoming a major issue in the United States, Suffolk Legislator Rob Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) has introduced a bill to limit campaign contributions from county contractors and public employee unions.

The latter would include police unions, which have become big players in Suffolk politics by providing large campaign contributions. Mr. Trotta, a member of the Suffolk County Police Department for 25 years, ties this to pay increases Suffolk police have received. (more…)