BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Jane Richards picking up garbage at Mashomack last year as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. More than 180 plastic pieces were collected, many from plastic bags.
Suffolk County residents hoping for a decision regarding a proposed ban on single-use plastic bags at retail stores across the county will have to keep waiting.
During a May 5 meeting at the County Center in Riverside, the Suffolk County Legislature Health Committee voted unanimously to table a resolution on the bill, which was introduced in early March, but has not come to a vote. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Mashomack Preserve Director Mike Laspia and his wife Susan, preserve operations manager, are retiring in September.
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It’s rare these days for people to remain in one job, in one place, for more than 30 years. But Mike and Susan Laspia have done just that, with Mike starting work as Mashomack Preserve’s director in 1980, and his wife Susan coming on board as preserve operations manager three years later.
News that they will be retiring this September means the Island will be losing two of its greatest assets. (more…)
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Greenport Village Trustee Doug Roberts has proposed a plan to establish a new revenue stream for road repairs by charging drivers traveling to Shelter Island on North Ferry an extra fee.
The Greenport Village Board is pressing on with an idea to charge North Ferry a per-car fee for its Greenport-Shelter Island traffic. In a split vote at its meeting Thursday night, the board solicited outside opinions from lawyers after the village’s own attorney suggested against levying the fee. (more…)
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“We need to look with an overall perspective of how toxic chemicals affect everything — not just one nuisance,” Suffolk Legislator Sarah Anker (D-Mt. Sinai) said.
Ms. Anker has been a minority voice on the Suffolk County Legislature regarding an especially toxic chemical called methoprene that the Suffolk Division of Vector Control has been using widely and enthusiastically to kill mosquitoes. States, including neighboring Connecticut, and municipalities all over the United States have banned the use of methoprene. (more…)
2015 marked the 45th year of the Suffolk County Legislature’s existence, which continued its tradition of passing pioneering laws.
Through the years the Legislature has regularly approved what were first-in-the-state and even first-in-the-nation measures. (more…)