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 …

Op-Ed: Pediatricians Urge Masks for All Children in School

What if there was a deadly virus that had already killed hundreds of children — over four times more than during a typical flu season? (1, 2) What if that virus had hospitalized thousands of children, leaving many of them with long-term health complications? (3) 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: Holding Onto Pandemic’s Best Lessons

It’s already begun. The joy I felt as an educator as pandemic-related restrictions were lifted, allowing us to return students to classrooms full-time, host athletic contests, organize proms and offer in-person graduations, is fading. What we gave our students and achieved as united communities is 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 …