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…)
It’s been called a pipe dream. A myth. Insanity. Yet it’s been talked about on the East End for over 50 years.
And, it appears, after a brief glimmer of hope for a change in circumstance, the pipe dream is likely to remain just that. (more…)
In the aftermath of the arrest of one of New York State’s most powerful lawmakers, some local legislators are calling for change while others are remaining silent. (more…)
A view of Mattituck Inlet (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)
While lawmakers have proposed legislation to deal with deteriorating water quality such as mandating the use of costly wastewater treatment systems, one East End legislator has an idea for how to go about paying for such initiatives.
Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) has proposed using a portion of monies raised in the Community Preservation Fund, a law passed 16 years ago which taxes real estate transfers on the first East End towns.
Revenue from the CPF has been devoted strictly to open space purchases, protecting land from development in the towns.
But Mr. Thiele — the same lawmaker who sponsored the original CPF legislation — said it is time to use some of that money for water treatment systems and other clean water projects.
Bags of Hollywood-branded heroin seized in February by the East End Drugs Task Force during an investigation into a Riverhead drug ring. (Credit: Paul Squire)
A new program intended to help stem an onrushing tide of heroin use across the East End was announced Monday by local politicians.
The Riverhead School District is expected to receive nearly $22.22 million in state aid next fiscal year, which represents an 11.42 percent hike for 2014-15, according to a press release issued Sunday by South Fork Assemblyman Fred Thiele’s office.
The DEC aims to kill or capture all mute swans by 2025. (Vera Chinese file photo)
The proposed death sentence for New York State’s muted swans would get a two-year reprieve under a plan co-sponsored by South Fork Assemblyman Fred Thiele. (more…)
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Senator Ken LaValle at a previous Calverton Business Incubator event.
East End state legislators Ken LaValle and Fred Thiele are hosting a roundtable discussion on food-industry related topics at the Calverton Business Incubator Friday morning, Senator LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) announced.
The Senator said the following topics will be discussed:
• The impact of locally grown/artisanal foods on the local economy.
• Changes to New York State funding outlets — now done on a competitive, regional basis.
• State government has been successful in supporting the establishment of the necessary infrastructure to support the local agriculture/food industry (e.g. funding for cold storage facility, funding for establishment of small scale, shared-use food-processing facilities at Calverton, funding for farmland preservation) to allow the creativity, determination, and ambition of entrepreneurs to thrive. Determine other infrastructure needs and how to achieve those needs.
• How as a region can we work together to establish/support the food industry on Long Island as an economic cluster (to join IT, biotech, and energy) and overcome challenges/obstacles and allow it to flourish.
The Long island Farm Bureau, Long Island Wine Council, Peconic Land Trust and many other local businesses and non-profits are expected to participate.
The event will take place at 10 a.m. Click here for directions to the incubator.