01/27/17 10:00am
GAGE SKIDMORE/FLICKR PHOTO

GAGE SKIDMORE/FLICKR PHOTO

Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

Entering the White House with historically low approval ratings, President Trump has his work cut out for him to improve his popularity among many Americans. Several key issues essential to the East End will likely affect how locals view Mr. Trump and his administration over the next four or eight years. (more…)

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01/06/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Loren Reich

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Loren Reich

Loren Reich was a well-paid, internationally-traveling executive based in Manhattan, when she decided she was ready to move to the Island full-time in 2005, after years of coming out weekends. She saw an ad for an executive assistant position and when she got a call from the man doing the screening he had a warning. The position involved working at a laboratory run by U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the study of animal diseases. (more…)

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12/02/16 8:00am
KELLY ZEGERS PHOTO Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell and Louise Harrison of Save the Sound at a forum this week on Plum Island.

KELLY ZEGERS PHOTO Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell and Louise Harrison of Save the Sound at a forum this week on Plum Island.

Those working towards preserving Plum Island’s unused, natural acreage from development see both uncertainty and hope in their goal as a new presidential era begins. 

The island is currently set to be sold by the federal government to the highest bidder, as operations from the Plum Island Animal Disease center will move to a new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas expected to open in 2022.

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10/21/16 12:00pm
Anna Throne-Holst

Anna Throne-Holst

When Congressman Lee Zeldin challenged his Democratic predecessor, Tim Bishop, in 2014, he ran a campaign promising to be on the frontline of issues facing Congress.

He criticized Mr. Bishop for being a “back-bencher” who rarely sponsored his own legislation and kept a low profile on the national stage — particularly for someone with 12 years’ experience on Capitol Hill. (more…)

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10/05/16 12:00pm
KATJA SCHULZ/FLICKR PHOTO A Needham’s Skimmer is a rare type of drafgonfly that can be found on Plum Island in the wetlands area.

KATJA SCHULZ/FLICKR PHOTO
A Needham’s Skimmer is a rare type of drafgonfly that can be found on Plum Island in the wetlands area.

The existing natural habitat has been the factor most often cited in the fight against a sale of federally-owned Plum Island.

But the specific types of wildlife and plants that thrive on the island have never been fully documented. With that in mind, researchers from the New York Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP) spent the last year recording all the living species on the island, where the existing federal animal disease research center is expected to close in the coming years. (more…)