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…)

05/04/19 11:00am


Democrat Perry Gershon, running a second time against incumbent U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), will take a similar approach to that of Otis Pike decades ago.

Democrat Pike initially lost to a lst Congressional District Republican incumbent. He then spent two years moving around the district meeting with voters person-to-person. (more…)

04/27/19 11:00am


With Earth Day celebrated this week, three cheers to the Suffolk County Legislature for just passing a set of measures aimed at restricting the use of plastic, the substance that has polluted the planet. (more…)

04/15/19 2:00pm


“Saving Fire Island From Robert Moses, The Fight For A National Seashore” is the title of a just-published book by Christopher Verga. It’s about the historic battle to prevent public works czar Moses from building a four-lane highway the length of that ribbon of sand, paving paradise just off Long Island’s southern coast. (more…)