12/12/15 8:00am
KATHERINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | A mute swan mother with her cygnets.

KATHERINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | A mute swan mother with her cygnets.

Despite its overwhelming passage in the State Legislature, Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a measure that would have blocked the outrageous plan of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to go after the 2,200 mute swans in the state.

Most of these beautiful birds, some 1,600, are here on Long Island. (more…)

10/14/15 10:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO From left, School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik, Academic Administrator Jennifer Rylott, Director of Physical Education and District Operations Todd Gulluscio and School Board member Alfred Brigham at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | From left, School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik, Academic Administrator Jennifer Rylott, Director of Physical Education and District Operations Todd Gulluscio and School Board member Alfred Brigham at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

The Shelter Island Board of Education Tuesday night approved filing a hardship waiver to extend a deadline before signing off on a plan for the state-mandated Annual Professional Performance Review. (more…)

09/08/15 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent JULIE LANE PHOTO School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik wants Common Core changes to reflect more local control.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Superintendent JULIE LANE PHOTO
School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik wants Common Core changes to reflect more local control.

Shelter Island School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik is “cautiously optimistic” about what he’s hearing from Albany about Common Core.

That applies to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s critical statements he’s directed to new State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia about the implementation of standardized student testing. Mr. Cuomo, who had been a vocal supporter of state-mandated tests, has obviously changed his mind after facing a growing chorus of parents and educators across the state protesting the new standards. (more…)

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08/18/15 2:30pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A Shelter Island Police Department boat under way four.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A Shelter Island Police Department boat under way.

Shelter Island Bay Constable Peter Vielbig assisted two men Sunday afternoon who were chest deep in water on the Island’s shore of Peconic Bay.

One of the men was Chris Cuomo, a CNN anchor and brother of Governor Andrew Cuomo. (more…)