12/09/18 8:00am

COURTESY ILLUSTRATION Something to hope for.

There has never been a woman representing Suffolk in the New York State Senate, but that will end in the new year when Monica R. Martinez becomes a state senator.

The story of Ms. Martinez, born in El Salvador, an educator who took a pay cut from her position as a middle school assistant principal after becoming a Suffolk County legislator, is an American story, especially regarding the changing demographics of the United States. (more…)

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06/28/18 2:26pm
COURTESY PHOTOS Congressman Lee Zeldin, left, and Democratic challenger Perry Gershon.

COURTESY PHOTOS Congressman Lee Zeldin, left, and Democratic challenger Perry Gershon.

Two days after the Democratic primary in the 1st Congressional District, election season appears to be in full swing.

Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) and Democratic challenger Perry Gershon of East Hampton will be at competing events in Smithtown Thursday night as the race for the 1st Congressional District begins. (more…)

01/27/18 11:00am
KARL GROSSMAN PHOTO Environmentalists and public officials in Suffolk County would rather see wind farm development, above, rather than oil drilling off the Atlantic shores.

KARL GROSSMAN PHOTO Environmentalists and public officials in Suffolk County would rather see wind farm development, above, rather than oil drilling off the Atlantic shores.

It was a case of offshore oil drilling deja vu for me, having broken the story about the oil industry seeking to drill in the offshore Atlantic, including off Long Island, nearly 50 years ago.

But this time around, offshore drilling would be completely unnecessary with the U.S. awash in petroleum — $2.50-a-gallon gas — and oil drilling in the sea 10 times more costly than drilling on land. Plus, renewable energy, led by solar and wind, is now well-developed and cheaper than fossil fuels. (more…)

08/12/17 3:00pm
GAGE SKIDMORE/FLICKR PHOTO

GAGE SKIDMORE/FLICKR PHOTO

There have been visits by U.S. presidents to Suffolk County through the years, starting with the first, George Washington, who stayed at Sagtikos Manor in 1790. In recent decades, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were here.

But no appearance of a president in Suffolk came close to sparking controversy here and around the nation as Donald Trump’s visit two weeks ago. (more…)

02/04/17 11:00am
NICOLE SMITH PHOTO Interior of the Suffolk County Historical Society.

NICOLE SMITH PHOTO Interior of the Suffolk County Historical Society.

“Civil Rights on Long Island” is a new book by Christopher Verga. And, kicking off his January 21 presentation at the Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead, Mr. Verga said he “chose the project” because it involves something that has “fallen through the cracks.” (more…)