09/24/16 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.

East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell was speaking the other day with satisfaction about the town’s plan to have 100 percent of its electricity come from renewable energy — safe, clean, green power — by 2020. That’s just four years away.

After the East Hampton Town Board in 2014 unanimously adopted a resolution to have all the town’s electricity come from renewable sources, Mr. Cantwell said: “Making the switch to clean energy is just the right thing to do, both for the environment and for keeping more money in the local economy and creating jobs here.”

At East Hampton Town Hall recently he said: “We’re doing it!” (more…)

09/18/16 8:00am
COURTESY GRAPHIC Results of a poll taken by the town’s Green Options Advisory Committee asking Shelter Islanders about a Suffolk County-wide ban on single use, plastic bags

COURTESY GRAPHIC Results of a poll taken by the town’s Green Options Advisory Committee asking Shelter Islanders about a Suffolk County-wide ban on single use, plastic bags

A majority of the Suffolk County Legislature last week followed the path of New York City in approving a measure imposing a 5-cent charge by retailers for a single-use plastic or paper bag . The county chose the 5-cent option rather than following several Suffolk towns and villages that have passed laws flatly banning single-use plastic bags. (more…)

09/11/16 8:00am
 FILE PHOTO | Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley)

FILE PHOTO | Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley)

Will what is being called the “Trump Factor” — a negative view of the Republican candidate for president that could affect GOP candidates down the ballot — impact Congressman Lee Zeldin’s (R-Shirley) reelection bid? (more…)

09/04/16 4:00pm
JEN NUZZO PHOTO Westbound on the Long Island Expressway.

JEN NUZZO PHOTO Westbound on the Long Island Expressway.

Driving on Shelter Island is a pleasure. But off the Island and on what has been called “Long Island’s Main Street,” a.k.a the Long Island Expressway, it’s truly another world.

Andrea Kalkstein Lieberman was driving east on the LIE, approaching Manorville on Sunday, August 21, in the left-hand lane, when, she said, “three cars cut in front of me, zoomed around me so fast and sped off weaving around cars.”

She said the three cars seemed to be playing “cat and mouse,” and gauged their speed at 90 miles per hour. (more…)

08/27/16 3:00pm
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

I tell my journalism students the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was the best thing to come along for journalists since the typewriter. For nearly 40 years in my investigative reporting course at SUNY Old Westbury, I teach the history and use of FOIA.

In fact, not just journalists, but anybody can utilize FOIA. It opens a window on what government does — what these days is called “transparency” — and is a treasure for democracy. (more…)