05/01/16 8:00am
BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Saving our most precious natural resource continues to be a battle.

BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Saving our most precious natural resource continues to be a battle.

In an effort to reduce the amount of nitrogen getting into bays and other water bodies and to protect groundwater, Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay (D-Holbrook) has introduced a measure aimed at reducing the application of fertilizer. (more…)

04/09/16 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Jane Richards  picking up garbage at Mashomack  a year ago as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. More than 180 plastic pieces were collected, many from plastic bags.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Jane Richards picking up garbage at Mashomack a year ago as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. More than 180 plastic pieces were collected, many from plastic bags.

There could be a vote by the Suffolk County Legislature next week on a bill to ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags county-wide.

Such a prohibition already exists in various towns and villages in Suffolk, including Sag Harbor, Sagaponack, Quogue, Patchogue and both the villages and towns of East Hampton and Southampton, and has been enacted by governments around the country and world.

A ban has been under consideration on Shelter Island. (more…)

04/02/16 8:00am
PHOTO: IM FREE IMAGES/STOCK |

PHOTO: IM FREE IMAGES/STOCK |

A bill authored by State Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), who represents Shelter Island, that would ban Internet sales of various academic documents, including term papers and essays, was approved by the State Senate on March 2. It’s a welcome intervention into the Wild West of the web. The measure is now being considered by the State Assembly. (more…)

03/27/16 8:00am
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

Suffolk County government remains in financial difficulty.

At the start of this year, Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone declared a “state of fiscal emergency” for county government for the fifth straight year. Mr. Bellone directed county departments to set aside 10 percent of planned expenditures in many accounts and gave himself control of hiring over other countywide elected officials. (more…)