11/11/17 11:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Helicopters at the East Hampton airport.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Helicopters at the East Hampton airport.

Good for democracy.

That’s the significance of the legislation authored by State Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) signed into law last week by Governor Andrew Cuomo providing that if any future East Hampton Town Board wants a Federal Aviation Administration grant running 10 years or more, it would have to be approved by the voters. (more…)

04/15/17 8:00am
Reporter columnist Karl Grossman, the dean of Long Island journalists, will have his archives of more than 50 years preserved in the East Hampton Library for scholars and reporters to access.

Reporter columnist Karl Grossman, the dean of Long Island journalists, will have his archives of more than 50 years preserved in the East Hampton Library for scholars and reporters to access.

It was a highlight of my life.

Dennis Fabiszak, director of the East Hampton Library, sent an email last month saying: “I have great news. Your archive is now live. We currently have 3,401 documents included and we are scanning every day …” Dennis provided a direct link to the archive: easthamptonlibrary.org/long-island-history/karl-grossman-research-archive/

What a thrill! (more…)

01/29/17 8:00am
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has worked to shut down the Indian Point nuclear plant.

“It is a huge step forward in protecting the health and safety of all New Yorkers.”

So said State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. (I-SagHarbor) on the agreement to close the Indian Point nuclear power plants, which sit 30 miles from Times Square, less than 50 miles from western Suffolk and 84 miles from Shelter Island — as the crow flies and radioactivity spreads. (more…)

05/22/16 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Long Island's power company

COURTESY PHOTO | Long Island’s power company

PSEG, a Newark, New Jersey-based utility, was foisted on Long Island to be the utility on the island by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

His father, Governor Mario Cuomo, had undermined the idea of Long Island having a democratically-run public power entity determining its energy future — a Long Island Power Authority. After LIPA was created in 1985, he cancelled LIPA trustees elections — central to the LIPA vision — and instead directed they be appointed by the governor, the Assembly speaker and Senate majority leader.

Topping things off, in 2013 Andrew Cuomo had LIPA decimated in favor of PSEG. (more…)