Suffolk County’s visionary Farmland Preservation Program has just achieved a triumph.The state’s Appellate Division last month rejected a ruling by a state Supreme Court justice in 2016 that hamstrung the program.
Conceived by County Executive John V. N. Klein, the program, begun in 1974, is based on the brilliant and then novel idea of purchasing development rights. Farmers are paid the difference between the value of their land in agriculture and what they could get for it if they sold it to a developer. In return, the land is kept in agriculture in perpetuity. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO | On January 22, 2018 members of Kamala Lopez’s group ‘Equal Means Equal’ dressed in period costumes and recreated the women’s suffrage parade of March 3, 1913, complete with suffragette and Shelter Island summer resident Inez Milholland (portrayed by feminist artist Natalie White) on a white horse flanked by handmaids, including Ms. Lopez on the left. On Thursday, March 8, Ms. Lopez’s film ‘Equal Means Equal’ will be screened at the Shelter Island Library by the League of Women Voters of Shelter Island.
EQUAL MEANS EQUAL
In honor of Women’s History Month, on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m., the Shelter Island Library will present “Equal Means Equal,” a documentary that offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. (more…)
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“I’d like to see them abandon this task that they are compelled to do,” said State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) last week about a revised plan by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to go after mute swans, possibly killing some of the birds. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Farmers at work at Sylvester Manor.
“America has been losing over 40 acres of farmland every hour to development,” said the letter I recently received from the American Farmland Trust. “This land — the most fertile soil in the world — is irreplaceable and urgently needed to grow food. It’s a national disgrace on a catastrophic scale.”
With the letter was an American Farmland Trust bumper sticker: “No Farms No Food.” (more…)
FILE PHOTO | Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley)
Will what is being called the “Trump Factor” — a negative view of the Republican candidate for president that could affect GOP candidates down the ballot — impact Congressman Lee Zeldin’s (R-Shirley) reelection bid? (more…)