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01/23/18 10:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Officials participating in the January 20 clean water forum at the school auditorium. From left, seated, Deputy Suffolk County Deputy Executive   Peter Scully, Water Quality Improvement Projects Advisory Board Chairman Mark Mobius,Town Engineer John Cronin. Standing, form left,  Brokerage Manager Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty Catherine Debackere, Mashomack Preserve Director Jeremy Samuelson.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Officials participating in the January 20 clean water forum at the school auditorium. From left, seated, Deputy Suffolk County Deputy Executive Peter Scully, Water Quality Improvement Projects Advisory Board Chairman Mark Mobius and Town Engineer John Cronin. Standing, from left, Brokerage Manager Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty Catherine Debackere and Mashomack Preserve Director Jeremy Samuelson.

Some 30 people attended a January 20 community forum on Shelter Island water quality in the school auditorium. It was the second in a series sponsored by Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International realty and the Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve. (more…)

12/10/17 3:00pm

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The Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection will hold a meeting next week to consider a “Draft Groundwater Management Plan.” It’s a massive — 321 pages — and major element involving what I’ve been writing about in this space for the past two weeks: the water crisis. (more…)

07/23/17 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Farmers at work at Sylvester Manor. Executive Director Cara Loriz addressed the Irrigation Committee on the Manor farm's methods.

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…)

10/09/16 8:00am
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone speaks during a press conference at Southampton Town Hall.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone speaks during a press conference at Southampton Town Hall.

County Executive Steve Bellone (D-Babylon) has proposed a record-high budget for Suffolk County government for 2017 — $2.96 billion, 1.5 percent higher than this year’s.

Mr. Bellone says the budget is “tight but fair.”

A critic of the Bellone administration’s financial management, County Legislator Rob Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) said: “Suffolk County’s financial situation is a sinking ship.” (more…)

03/27/16 8:00am
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

Suffolk County government remains in financial difficulty.

At the start of this year, Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone declared a “state of fiscal emergency” for county government for the fifth straight year. Mr. Bellone directed county departments to set aside 10 percent of planned expenditures in many accounts and gave himself control of hiring over other countywide elected officials. (more…)