07/16/17 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

Long Island, with a centuries-long history of farming, has undergone an agricultural revolution in just a few decades, sparked in 1973 by a pair of pioneers in planting grapes for fine wine, Louisa and Alex Hargrave.

Ms. Hargrave in her wonderful book, “The Vineyard,” writes: “I was 25 and Alex was 27. With no farm experience and little life experience, we really didn’t think the vines would need much attention. Before we bought the farm in Cutchogue, neither one of us had grown so much as a vegetable garden … The idea of the vineyard at that point was still a fantasy whose only tangible basis in reality lay in the 10,000 rooted, grafted vines we had bought.” (more…)

07/02/17 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO At the General Meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature are, from left, Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski, Reporter Columnist Karl Grossman and East Hampton Library Director Dennis Fabiszak.

COURTESY PHOTO At a General Meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature last week are, from left, Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski, Reporter Columnist Karl Grossman and East Hampton Library Director Dennis Fabiszak.

Memories sprang into my head as I walked into the meeting room of the Suffolk County Legislature last week to receive a proclamation from the Legislature honoring me for more than 50 years as a Suffolk-based journalist and spotlighting an archive of my work that has been established at the East Hampton Library. (more…)

12/18/16 11:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Legislators Al Krupski and Bridget Fleming.

COURTESY PHOTO Legislators Al Krupski and Bridget Fleming.

A local environmental organization has brought a lawsuit challenging the implementation of the Suffolk County Farmland Preservation Program, a visionary concept that has been the key to saving an important and historical activity here and keeping Suffolk a top agricultural county in the state. (more…)

07/30/16 11:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Is Governor Andrew Cuomo living up to his pledges to be an environmentalist?

COURTESY PHOTO Did Governor Andrew Cuomo help scuttle a wind power project for Long Island?

There were mixed happenings last week for green energy in and out of Suffolk County.

The expected approval by the Long Island Power Authority of what would be the nation’s largest offshore wind energy project, slated to be built in the Atlantic 30 miles southeast of Montauk by the Deepwater Wind company, was suddenly postponed.

Why? Did Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has been micro-managing energy policy in New York State — and has been all over the power map in doing so — have a hand in it? (more…)

08/30/15 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO A look at the origin of the Community Preservation Fund real estate transfer tax.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO A look at the origin of the Community Preservation Fund real estate transfer tax.

The model for the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund, which has become a key to the preservation of eastern Long Island and reached $1 billion this year, got its start when Bill Klein arrived on Nantucket in 1974 and saw the island “subdividing at a rate of 500 lots a year, most on 2 and 3 acre lots.” (more…)