08/18/19 3:00pm

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“If I had known that the Germans would not succeed in constructing an atom bomb, I never would have moved a finger,” wrote Albert Einstein in his 1950 book, “Out of My Later Years.” He was speaking about a letter from his vacation home on Nassau Point on the North Fork warning President Franklin D. Roosevelt of a breakthrough by Nazi Germany in nuclear fission that could “lead to the construction of bombs, and it is conceivable … extremely powerful bombs of a new type.”

Atom bombs. (more…)

08/03/19 3:00pm

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“We are witnessing a tipping point in energy history and today’s commitment to large-scale investment in offshore wind power proves that New York walks the walk of powering our economy with renewable energy,” said Gordian Raacke, executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island following approval by Governor Andrew Cuomo of two major wind farms in waters off Long Island.

Mr. Cuomo, in his July 18th announcement of the projects said that “with this agreement, New York will lead the way in developing the largest source of offshore wind power in the nation.” (more…)

07/02/19 2:00pm


Does the defeat of former Suffolk County Republican Chairman John Jay LaValle last week in a race for Port Jefferson mayor — in which Mr. LaValle’s close links to President Trump was a main issue — mean trouble for Mr. Trump in 2020 in Suffolk?

Does it also mean trouble for another staunch backer of Mr. Trump, U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), running for re-election this year? (more…)

06/09/19 11:00am


The Cuban Revolution caused Jesus Garcia to flee Cuba to the United States. His son, Jesse Garcia, raised in Suffolk County and having spent his life here, was just elected chairman of one of the historically powerful political organizations in the U.S., the Suffolk Republican Party. (more…)

06/02/19 11:00am

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What is going on with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)?

There was an era decades ago when Tony Taormina was a champion of the environment at DEC. “Tony seemed to know everything about Long Island’s environment and politics,” as Professor Charles Wurster wrote in his book, “DDT Wars.” Tony was instrumental in the enaction of state laws protecting freshwater and tidal wetlands. He was an invaluable resource for me and other journalists. His titles included director of the Marine and Coastal Division of DEC. There were some others at DEC who also were environmental guardians.

That was then. This is now. (more…)