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…)

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…)