Two years ago, the editors of this newspaper began to reconsider the number of political offices for which we issue endorsements. We ultimately decided not to modify our existing practice because most of that year’s candidates hadn’t yet been announced — and we didn’t want readers to think the policy change reflected our opinion of any of them.
Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
Entering the White House with historically low approval ratings, Mr. Trump has his work cut out for him to improve his popularity among Americans. Several key issues essential to the North Fork will likely affect how locals view Mr. Trump and his administration over the next four to eight years. READ
A feud between Suffolk County officials and a local environmentalist over farmland development rights is reaching a fever pitch. Essentially at stake is whether farmers have the right to build on properties where development rights have been sold.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be applauded for his newly announced pledge that tuition costs at state colleges will be covered for New Yorkers whose annual household income is $125,000 or less. READ
It’s nearly impossible to imagine that anything positive could ever result from the fatal July 2015 limo crash in Cutchogue. But a special grand jury report released this week, which suggests new regulations including a statewide ban on U-turns by limousines, holds out the hope that the tragedy has finally sounded an important wake-up call. READ
A group of parks and transportation improvement advocates recently called attention to a lack of state spending on sidewalks and bicycle lanes and trails in Suffolk and Nassau counties, saying the region lags behind the rest of the state.
When you examine the “I Love NY” road sign in Orient, it’s hard to figure out what its point is.
It’s somewhat reminiscent of the signs you might see before an exit on the New York State Thruway — the ones highlighting nearby restaurants and attractions — but it offers no real specifics.
When New York State first approved its state property tax levy cap in 2011, this newspaper called it the biggest unfunded mandate of all. Two years later, we editorialized that the tax cap should never have been labeled “2 percent” if exceptions allow municipalities to increase budgets by more than that amount without technically piercing the cap.