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…)
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…)
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…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO The Plum Island Lighthouse remains in poor condition with no money forthcoming for restoration.
A report released last week by the Department of Homeland Security outlining alternatives to selling Plum Island to the highest bidder has come under criticism from environmental groups. (more…)
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…)