New York State’s highest court declined to hear an appeal by Suffolk County late last month that would have allowed further review of a case that will now require the county to repay $29 million it took from its Drinking Water Protection Program. READ
The unemployment rate in Riverhead continues to drop compared to last year, according to this month’s statistics released by the county Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs. READ
To the great displeasure of anti-tourism curmudgeons, it appears Suffolk County is becoming even more popular as a vacation destination. READ
Should the road connecting downtown Riverhead to the nearby traffic circle become a one-way street? READ
The Riverhead Health Center will become the last of eight county-run health clinics to be handed over to a private entity after the county Legislature voted on Tuesday to partner with a Westchester nonprofit. READ
Fearing that drones with cameras could intrude on residents’ privacy, the Suffolk County Legislature voted Tuesday to ban drone use over county public beaches during the summer and require operators to get permits to fly the devices in county parks. READ
From right, Walter Dawydiak, Dr. Alison Branco, Dr. Christopher Gobler and Adrienne Esposito. The panel discussed water quality issues Thursday in Hauppauge. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)
County lawmakers, scientists and environmentalists acknowledge nitrogen overloading in local waterways is the biggest contributor to the recent die-off of fish and turtles.
They also agree aging septic tanks and failing cesspool systems are mostly to blame for brown and red tides in the Peconic Estuary, as well as toxic blue-green algae at Lake Marratooka in Mattituck.
The public’s reliance of fertilizers is a problem, too, experts say.
In an effort to address the recent fish kill in Riverhead that some experts have described as unprecedented, Legislator Dr. William Spencer (D-Centerport), chairman of the Suffolk County Health Committee, assembled a panel discussion at Thursday’s health committee meeting in Hauppauge.
Neal Lewis (second from right) presents a proposed county Climate Action Plan at Tuesday’s meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)
In an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Suffolk County is hoping an incentive for business and homeowners to improve their buildings will help spur upgrades on outdated structures.
A low-cost, long-term financing program to help cover the costs of those upgrades was pitched on Monday as a means to help finance them.