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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
“When you are dealing with a $3 billion budget, you need more eyes watching the money,” said Suffolk County Treasurer Angie Carpenter. (more…)