Op-Ed: Lessons From Suozzi Victory

What might be learned from the special election last week in a congressional district that had for years included Suffolk County? In it, Democrat Tom Suozzi handily (by 54% to 46% of the vote) defeated Mazi Pilip running on the Republican line. The district, New Read More …

Op-Ed: Suffolk Bill Would Set Irrigation Rules

It would seem to be a non-brainer: a Suffolk County “Law To Establish Requirements For Automatic Irrigation Systems,” as it’s titled. Who hasn’t had the experience of driving in Suffolk on a rainy day and encountering a sprinkler system spraying water into the air—even though Read More …

Op-Ed: Safety Issues Involving E-Bikes Raise Questions

Suddenly, they’re here and darting round Suffolk roadways, mosquito-like: electric bikes or e-bikes. Many I’ve seen are being operated by young teens, without helmets. The e-bikes themselves in New York State need no license plates, those who ride them no driver’s license. Meanwhile, as is Read More …

Op-Ed: Fewer Parties on the Ballot

The Suffolk election ballot this year will be somewhat simpler with political parties on it narrowed to four. That’s a result of Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2019 taking aim at the Working Families Party. As the political journal Politico said that year, Cuomo was upset Read More …

Op-Ed: County Exec Candidates Debate Environment

The environment has long been a leading concern in Suffolk County and thus having a Suffolk County Environmental Executive Forum early in the contest for Suffolk’s highest county government position, county executive, was a natural. Held last week at Stony Brook University, sponsored by the Read More …

Op Ed: Affordable Housing at a Crisis Stage

What everyone agrees on is that we have an affordable housing crisis. It’s not simply a problem. It’s not just a situation. It’s a full-blown crisis impacting on many people. One window I have on it is as a professor looking at the faces and Read More …

Op-Ed: Water Reuse Increasingly Important

“Water reuse has been increasingly recognized as an essential component in effective water resource management plans,” says the “Long Island Water Reuse Road Map & Action Plan” unveiled last week. “The United Nations formally acknowledged the importance of water reuse in 2017,” it adds. “The Read More …

Op-Ed: Dire Warning About Climate Change on Long Island

Long Island is ranked fourth for “highest chronic physical risk among the 100 most populous areas” in the United States for the impacts of climate change in a just-issued report of Moody’s Analytics. The Number One area threatened is San Francisco, then Cape Coral, Florida, Read More …

Op-Ed: Cyberattack’s Effects Linger

Dealing with the massive Sept. 8  cyberattack on the computer system of Suffolk County government is still a work in progress, according to county legal notices published last month. The hacking of the county system included the exposure of personal information about a large number Read More …

Op-Ed: Romaine, Calone Line Up for County Executive Job

The race this year for Suffolk County executive—the top position in Suffolk County government—is taking shape with a contest between Republican Edward Romaine and Democrat Dave Calone. Romaine was first elected Brookhaven Town’s 70th town supervisor in a special election in 2012, and re-elected with Read More …

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 …