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 …

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 …