Words such as “crisis” and “urgent” often lose their currency when public officials spend them as freely as sailors on sprees.
But credit Shelter Island Supervisor Jim Dougherty — chairman of the East End Supervisors and Mayors Association — for pursuing an end to a fully realized crisis confronting the region’s future in the form of polluted groundwater and the waters that surround us. (more…)
Governor Cuomo giving his State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany Jan. 21. (Credit: Courtesy Flickr photo)
The rushed rollout of the Common Core State Standards under Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the 2012-13 school year set off alarm bells in school hallways and living rooms across the state. All of a sudden, teachers and parents in New York were being told that well over half of the student population had failed to make the grade based on the new Common Core-aligned math and ELA state assessments. (more…)
The house at 29 Lewis Street remains boarded up three months after the raid. (Credit: Grant Parpan)
Breaking up an open-air drug market might spell relief for the afflicted neighborhood, but it is nothing like ridding a country of an occupying foreign force.
The relief is only temporary, especially in low-income areas.
As long as there are jobless high school dropouts, there will be more gang members and drug dealers ready to take the place of those serving time upstate. Indeed, it seems as if every two to three years the district attorney announces another big bust of a group of people ferrying illegal narcotics from NYC to Riverhead. (more…)
Albany is in need of serious reform. It’s been known for years, even decades, and is obvious to anyone who pays the slightest bit of attention to our state government.
There appeared to be hope with the 2010 election of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who ran on a reform agenda. But he ended up shutting down his own highly touted investigative body, the Moreland Commission, when its members began to hone in on the root of most problems in Albany: outside money earned by lawmakers, and specifically lawyers who have long claimed they couldn’t disclose details of their work — including their clients — because that would be a breach of lawyer-client privilege. (more…)
Closing public areas to members of the public is a drastic measure reserved for drastic times.
And with the advantage of hindsight, the decision by our elected leaders to enact travel bans and reserve the roads for emergency personnel — at least on Long Island — was without a doubt the right call to make. (more…)
Driving isn’t a constitutional right. And the more innocent lives we see lost on our local roadways, the clearer it becomes that it shouldn’t be treated as such.
(Credit: Grant Parpan)
As you leave the terrace at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., with its sprawling views of the U.S. Capitol, you pass the sign in the above photo. You might encounter this statement — which sums up the importance of a free press and defines the overall theme of the museum — after hours of perusing the many artifacts in the collection that underscore the difficulty and risk inherent in protecting this freedom, both here and around the world. (more…)
Some schools in the Shoreham-Wading River School District, namely the elementary schools, date back nearly 50 years. The district’s high school was built in 1975. Since then, the district has remained one of the few on Long Island that has not borrowed any money to improve and modernize its facilities.