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 …

Op-Ed: Term Limits Again on Suffolk Legislature’s Agenda

In 1993, Suffolk County became the first county in New York State to adopt term limits for county officials. Now, legislation has been introduced to alter that law to provide that the officials covered would be barred from holding the same position for 12 years Read More …

Opinion: Suffolk Legislature’s New Housing Advisory Board

The Suffolk County Legislature last week approved the creation of a Permanent Housing Advisory Board to focus on housing discrimination here. The formation of a 15-person board follows a three-year investigation by Newsday which, as the measure establishing the board noted, “uncovered extensive evidence of Read More …

Op-Ed: County Leads Successful Opioid Lawsuit

“Suffolk County was the first in the state to bring litigation,” noted Rob Calarco, presiding officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, about the lawsuit the county brought in 2016 against multiple defendants it charged in connection with the plague of opioids that has caused many Read More …

Op-Ed: LIPA Back in Business With Utility

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) quietly, behind closed doors and with the involvement of a top state energy official—the chief executive of the state’s Department of Public Service—agreed on a settlement last week allowing PSEG to continue to Read More …

Op-Ed: Reuse of Water Would Protect Supply

Money is pouring in—large amounts of federal and state dollars—for sewer expansion in Suffolk County. The aim is to do sewering to offset the leaching of nitrogen into groundwater and protect water quality.  However, what about water quantity? Most, although not all, of the sewer Read More …

Op-Ed: Horseshoe Crabs Need Our Protection

For decades, Suffolk County resident John T. Tanacredi has been a crusader for the survival of horseshoe crabs. He is a world expert on the creatures. He was speaking last week before Long Island Metro Business Action about the plight of horseshoe crabs—concerned about their Read More …

Op-Ed: Time to Take Power Lines Under Ground

   On his last day as president and CEO of the Long Island Association (LIA), Kevin Law sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer requesting federal help for the undergrounding of electric lines on Long Island. And Mr. Law Read More …

Op-Ed: Report Finds a Roadmap to Solar Power

“Long Island Solar Roadmap” is the title of a just-released report on how solar power has “the potential to generate more electricity than Long Island uses each year.”   The report was spearheaded by The Nature Conservancy and Defenders of Wildlife and involved a “consortium” Read More …

Op-Ed: LI Democrats on a List of Possible Successors to Cuomo

“A series of revelations…have damaged the New York governor beyond repair,” the headline in The New Republic magazine declared. The article below it started: “Andrew Cuomo is hanging by a thread. He may hold onto his job for another day or another week, or even Read More …

Op-Ed: Time for LIPA to Become Full Public Utility

The G in PSEG could stand for Goofy. PSEG this month faces loss of the 12-year contract it got in 2013 to operate Long Island’s electrical grid for the Long Island Power Authority. This stems from its massive failures during Tropical Storm Isaias in August Read More …