Op-Ed: The Transformation of Political Advertising

As the 2022 election season comes to a close, highways in Suffolk County are full of political campaign signs making those sequential Burma-Shave signs of decades ago look minimal. For those who were not around when those placards bedecked the landscape, one of their sequences Read More …

Op-Ed: Future With Electric Vehicles Is on Its Way

“The great American road trip is going to be fully electrified,” declared President Biden in a speech at the Detroit Auto Show recently. His administration’s aim, he said, is to have half the vehicles sold in the United States by 2030—that’s less than eight years Read More …

Op Ed: Privacy at the Root of Court Ruling

Every semester in my Investigative Reporting class, I show Edward R. Murrow’s famed TV documentary about the plight of migrant farm workers titled “Harvest of Shame.” At the start of it, a Black farm worker in the field is interviewed and is asked how much Read More …

Essay: ‘On a Fast Track to Climate Disaster’

“The jury has reached a verdict. And it is damning,” declared UN Secretary-General António Guterres after the recent issuance at the UN of the third Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. The report “is a litany of broken climate promises. It is a file of shame, Read More …

Op-Ed: Climate Change Report Underscores Urgency to Act

Long Island—this island jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean—is among the most vulnerable places in the United States to be impacted by rising sea levels caused by climate change. As a recent U.S. government multi-agency report states: “Sea level rise will create a profound shift Read More …

Op-Ed: Redistricting to the Extreme

The plan by the Democratic majorities in the New York State Legislature for redistricting Congressional Districts, including those on Long Island, is an extreme case of gerrymandering. It illustrates what that word is about. The “gerry” is for Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry and how redistricting Read More …

Op-Ed: Redistricting Struggle Returns

Back 15 years ago Suffolk County became the first county in New York State to enact a law to have reapportionment—the word redistricting is now favored—done in a non-partisan manner. “A Local Law to Ensure a Non-Partisan, Fair and Objective Process by Which Legislative Districts Read More …

Op-Ed: Public Power Back on the Table

“We are not giving up on public power,” declared State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. last week in a presentation before Long Island Metro Business Action titled “Should LIPA be a Municipal Power Company?” Thiele spoke of how “the goal of replacing LILCO with a Read More …

Op-Ed: Power Shift for Suffolk Legislature

And finally, only last week, came the news that the governing body of Suffolk County—the Suffolk County Legislature—will have a Republican majority as of the new year but not a GOP supermajority. Still, it will be the first time since 2005 that the GOP will Read More …

Op-Ed: Public Hearings on LIPA ‘Solar Tax’

The Long Island Power Authority will hold public hearings  Monday on what is being called a “solar tax” by solar power advocates. LIPA is following up on a plan by the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) to require solar energy customers to pay what Read More …

Opinion: Beware Scam Callers Claiming to Be PSEG-LI

The caller ID read as the phone rang: PSEG, LONG ISLA. Yes, the ND was missing—and that was not all that was missing earlier this month. There was no truth to the call. It was a scam. Our PSEG electric service, the caller advised, would Read More …

Op-Ed: As Home Prices Skyrocket, Some Programs Offer Help

“LI HOME PRICES GO UP, UP, UP,” declared the front-page headline in Newsday last week. The article began: “Home prices reached a new high in Suffolk County…The median home price jumped to $535,000 in Suffolk last month…” And that was $10,000 more than what Peter Read More …