11/01/15 8:00am
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

Women have made some progress in achieving elective office on Long Island — but not nearly enough.

The under-representation of women in governments on Long Island and in representing the island on the state and federal levels is documented in a just-issued report by the Women’s Center at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury, where I teach. (more…)

06/21/15 8:00am
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

The Suffolk County Legislature has done again what it’s known for — passing ground-breaking legislation. This time it’s the “Toxic Free Toys Act.”

Finally people are waking up to the outrage of toys containing poisons sold in Suffolk and all over the United States. It’s equally outrageous that the federal government has been doing little about this. As for the toy industry, they simply have no shame. Fred Locker, counsel for the Safe to Play Coalition, representing toy manufacturers, told the Suffolk Legislature on June 2: “The question I have to ask is ‘why?’ Why enact a law that is unnecessary?” (more…)

06/12/15 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Peter Reich

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Peter Reich

Peter Reich
It was with sadness that we learned that Peter Reich wouldn’t run for re-election to the Town Board. In a farewell letter to his constituents, Mr. Reich cited his health, the belief in term limits and more time devoted to his business and with people close to him as reasons to bow out of public life. (more…)