02/06/16 9:00am
BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO

BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO

“We need to look with an overall perspective of how toxic chemicals affect everything — not just one nuisance,” Suffolk Legislator Sarah Anker (D-Mt. Sinai) said.

Ms. Anker has been a minority voice on the Suffolk County Legislature regarding an especially toxic chemical called methoprene that the Suffolk Division of Vector Control has been using widely and enthusiastically to kill mosquitoes. States, including neighboring Connecticut, and municipalities all over the United States have banned the use of methoprene. (more…)

01/27/16 2:00pm
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

The Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, launched in the 1960s as the key organization in the county to engage in what was then called the War on Poverty, remains alive and well.

It’s still a leader in Suffolk in not just dealing with poverty, a continuing, serious problem in the county, but with a myriad of other economic and social problems as well. (more…)

01/17/16 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Riverhead Courthouse where a suit against BNL will be heard..

REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Riverhead Courthouse where a suit against BNL will be heard..

Next month, a 20-year-old class action lawsuit charging Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) with contaminating neighborhoods adjacent to its sprawling campus will be heard again in New York State Supreme Court in Riverhead. (more…)

01/09/16 8:00am
Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr.

Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr.

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (D-Sag Harbor) has been steadfastly monitoring the prices charged for gasoline on Long Island and elsewhere in New York State. He’s found a “rigged pricing system” with the oil industry charging whatever it can get away with depending on the area. (more…)

01/02/16 8:00am
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

2015 marked the 45th year of the Suffolk County Legislature’s existence, which continued its tradition of passing pioneering laws.

Through the years the Legislature has regularly approved what were first-in-the-state and even first-in-the-nation measures. (more…)