Despite the 2010 offshore oil drilling disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, despite the U.S. suddenly becoming the top oil producer in the world and despite decades of opposition, President Barack Obama is moving to open up the offshore Atlantic to oil and gas drilling.
A group of Congressional representatives led by Tim Bishop of Southampton is calling on the federal government not to sell Plum Island, as it plans, but to put it under the jurisdiction of a “federal agency such as the U.S. National Park Service or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.” In their June 30 letter to the House and Senate appropriation committees, the representatives says they “remain deeply concerned” about the “ecological value” of Plum Island. (more…)
Kimogener Point on the Bay off New Suffolk Avenue. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
The only Long Islander running statewide on a major party ticket this year, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, a Democrat, was on the East End last week.
It was an unusual political happening since he was introduced by the top Republican officeholder in Suffolk County government, Joseph Sawicki, and because of the different constituencies involved in the event. (more…)
Lee Zeldin, left, and George Demos, right, both hope to appear opposite Congressman Tim Bishop on the ballot in November’s election.
It was one bitter Republican primary battle between Lee Zeldin and George Demos ending last month. (more…)
PSEG, which at the start of 2014 became the electric utility on Long Island under a scheme advanced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, is finally beginning to get an earful from its customers on the East End.
A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
Legislation seeking to save Long Island’s threatened waters was introduced last week.
And not a moment too soon, with Shelter Island, along with many other Suffolk communities, becoming suddenly serious about aging or inept septic systems.
Yes, there really is such a place. It’s a living example of the folly of dumping sand on the shoreline in the expensive and fruitless attempt to try to hold back the ocean and protect multi-million-dollar beach houses.
When I was a boy camping with my family at Wildwood State Park in Wading River, deer ticks were unknown. As a Boy Scout involved in intensive hiking and camping all over this region, neither I nor anyone I knew was ever bitten by a deer tick.
But now Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are a huge problem for all of us. Suffolk County was a hotspot for Lyme when it fi rst emerged in the 1970s and it still is, but it’s now just one of many hotspots across the U.S., indeed the world.
We’ve been struck by an epidemic.