03/22/15 11:00am
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

The Obama administration’s recent move opening up a vast area of the Atlantic Ocean to our south to oil and gas drilling comes at a curious time.

Right now there’s so much of the stuff being produced in the U.S. that the industry can’t find places to store it. Add to that the fact that gasoline is at the lowest price in years, and the initiative comes despite the impacts along the Gulf of Mexico, still being felt from the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (more…)

03/15/15 11:00am
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

Ben Jones has for decades been on a crusade to get action on tailgating.

Mr. Jones, a paramedic on Shelter Island — and at 92 the oldest paramedic in New York State and probably in the U.S.— notes that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “a stunning 40-percent of all motor vehicle accidents are caused by rear-ending the vehicle in front or swerving and skidding suddenly from side to side to avoid doing so.” (more…)

03/01/15 11:00am
 COURTESY PHOTO |Newly elected US Congressman Lee Zeldin.

COURTESY PHOTO |Newly elected US Congressman Lee Zeldin.

In Lee Zeldin, Eastern Long Island has sent to Congress someone who in just two months in office has become a national figure taking on radical Islam.

The rapid rise to prominence of Mr. Zeldin, Shelter Island’s representative in the House  of Representatives, comes as ISIS conducts beheadings, burns alive a captured Jordanian pilot, abducts and rapes women and carries out other heinous, barbarous acts. (more…)

02/23/15 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The East Hampton Town Board has drafted legislation that would ban helicopters from the airport on summer weekends.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The East Hampton Town Board has drafted legislation that would ban helicopters from the airport on summer weekends.

The new East Hampton Town Board has come up with a strategy to deal with what has become Long Island’s biggest noisemaker — helicopter traffic in and out of the town-owned airport in warm weather months.

The choppers fly loud and low with Shelter Island a doormat for many of their approaches and departures at the airport, just a few air miles south of the Island. The helicopters carry the well-heeled, able to pay $500 for a one-way ticket, between East Hampton and Manhattan.

To folks on the ground, the racket has been insufferable. (more…)