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01/29/18 10:00am
Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) right, with Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine Friday at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead.

COURTESY PHOTO Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) right, with Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine Friday at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead.

Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) was joined by other East End officials for a press conference Friday denouncing the U.S. Department of the Interior’s plan to make 90 percent of the nation’s outer continental shelf open to oil and gas drilling. (more…)

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12/20/17 10:00am
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO

It’s not the outright ban on plastic bags that some officials had sought in the past, but come Jan. 1, a bill that Suffolk County passed in 2016 will take effect — and you’ll pay a nickel for every non-reusable paper or plastic shopping bag provided by a store. Shoppers can avoid the fee by bringing their own reusable bags. (more…)

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09/14/16 2:00pm
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO

The Suffolk County Legislature adopted a new law last week requiring retailers to charge shoppers 5 cents for each paper or plastic bag.

If County Executive Steve Bellone approves the legislation, the law will go into effect January 1, 2018. Mr. Bellone did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but his office told Newsday he will likely sign the bill. (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…)

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06/15/15 12:00pm
CHARLES TUMINO GRAPHIC | A meeting of minds on the water crisis in the Peconic estuary was held Thursday in Hauppaugue.

CHARLES TUMINO GRAPHIC | A meeting of minds on the water crisis in the Peconic estuary was held Thursday in Hauppaugue.

Mystery — if there was really a question — solved.

County lawmakers, scientists and environmentalists all agree nitrogen overloading in local waterways is the main contributor to the recent die-off of fish and turtles in the Peconic estuary. (more…)