04/22/18 8:00am
COURTESY ILLUSTRATION

COURTESY ILLUSTRATION

Opposition to the Trump administration’s plan for oil drilling off Long Island has been enormous — and bipartisan. Whether the strong and broad-based opposition will make a difference, as a series of moratoria passed by Congress in recent decades blocking Atlantic oil drilling have done, remains to be seen. (more…)

04/15/18 11:00am
COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

Suffolk County’s visionary Farmland Preservation Program has just achieved a triumph.The state’s Appellate Division last month rejected a ruling by a state Supreme Court justice in 2016 that hamstrung the program.

Conceived by County Executive John V. N. Klein, the program, begun in 1974, is based on the brilliant and then novel idea of purchasing development rights. Farmers are paid the difference between the value of their land in agriculture and what they could get for it if they sold it to a developer. In return, the land is kept in agriculture in perpetuity. (more…)

03/11/18 8:00am
Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo Michael Forbes

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…)