To the editor:
Despite the op/ed pieces, press conferences, television appearances and lobbying by county and state officials and environmentalists from across the region, 2014 may not be the year for clean water on Long Island.
The state Senate failed to act last week on sweeping legislation aimed at safeguarding Nassau and Suffolk county’s many bays and tributaries, Long Island Sound and groundwater aquifers.
When this newspaper penned an editorial earlier this year supporting the legalization of medical marijuana in New York State, our editorial board braced for pushback from our readers.
We didn’t expect Molotov cocktails to be thrown through our office windows, but we certainly anticipated letters and phone calls from readers referring to us as mainstream liberal left media.
That never happened. Not one letter. No phone calls.
We quickly realized our readers actually agreed with us on this one. Apparently, our representative in the state Senate, Ken LaValle, did not. (more…)
Harsher punishments for those who flee the scenes of serious car accidents will have to wait another year, lawmakers say, after a pair of bills — one passed by the state Senate, another by the Assembly — failed to get enough support in the opposite house.
The legislative session in Albany ended last week with no agreement on the bills.
In May, the Senate had approved legislation — co-sponsored by state Senator Ken Lavalle — that would have increased penalties across the board for those who flee from accidents, minor or serious. That bill died in the Assembly transportation committee.
Meanwhile, the Assembly passed their own bill last Thursday night, with just hours left in the legislative session.
That legislation was co-sponsored by local Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo, and would have created a new charge for those who flee serious or fatal accidents while driving with a suspended license or a prior conviction for drunk driving or leaving the scene of an accident.
In an interview this week, Mr. LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) said there wasn’t enough time left to compromise on the differences between the two bills. The Assembly’s bill also lacked support in the Senate.
New York State is on track to become the 23rd state in the country to allow the sale of medical marijuana. State Senators passed a measure Friday afternoon, the Assembly did the same Thursday night and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is poised to sign the bill.
North Fork representatives Ken LaValle and Anthony Palumbo split on the measure, with Mr. Lavalle (R-Port Jefferson) opposing the bill today and Mr. Palumbo (R-New Suffolk) voting in favor last night. (more…)
A new program intended to help stem an onrushing tide of heroin use across the East End was announced Monday by local politicians.
The Shoreham-Wading River School District is expected to receive nearly $9.42 million in state aid next fiscal year, which represents a 8.04 percent hike for 2014-15, according to data released Monday by state Senator Ken LaValle’s office.
The state Senate has passed legislation to create a new process for selecting Board of Regents members, which are the appointed officials tasked with crafting public education polices for schools in New York.