12/10/17 3:00pm

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The Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection will hold a meeting next week to consider a “Draft Groundwater Management Plan.” It’s a massive — 321 pages — and major element involving what I’ve been writing about in this space for the past two weeks: the water crisis. (more…)

11/29/17 12:00pm
BEVERELA WALZ Scallopers on Coecles Harbor.

BEVERELA WALZ Scallopers on Coecles Harbor.

Sewage treatment plants all over Long Island are discharging wastewater into bays, creeks, rivers, the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound. This reduces the quantity of our freshwater supply, which comes from the underground water table. (more…)

11/25/17 3:00pm
PETER REICH PHOTO A water-colored dawn.

PETER REICH PHOTO A water-colored dawn.

Suffolk County government has, at long last, embraced the “advanced” wastewater treatment systems that remove substantial amounts of nitrogen that leach from traditional cesspools. (more…)

11/19/17 8:00am
TIMES REVIEW PHOTO Laura Jens-Smith

TIMES REVIEW PHOTO Laura Jens-Smith

In Suffolk County — and all over the United States — last week’s election saw great victories for women to enter government. There were many breakthroughs.

Laura Jens-Smith, for example, was elected supervisor of the Town of Riverhead, the first woman elected supervisor of Riverhead since the town was founded 225 years ago. (more…)

11/11/17 11:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Helicopters at the East Hampton airport.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Helicopters at the East Hampton airport.

Good for democracy.

That’s the significance of the legislation authored by State Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) signed into law last week by Governor Andrew Cuomo providing that if any future East Hampton Town Board wants a Federal Aviation Administration grant running 10 years or more, it would have to be approved by the voters. (more…)