Essay: Gun Violence Is a Public Health Emergency for Our Children

It was the end of the work day when the news from Uvalde  began to flash across our phones. Like pediatricians across the country my eyes welled up with tears. These were tears not only of sadness for these young children, not only of horror 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 …

Op-Ed: Town Board Needs to Take Action on Matinecock Court

If you want to know where someone’s real values lie, look at what they do, not what they say.  This past Thursday the Huntington Town Board found time on their calendar to fret over the concerns of horse owners with $2 million homes, but could Read More …

Op-Ed: Voters Give Go-Ahead to Green Amendment

For Suffolk County (and New York State) among the most important things that happened on Election Day last week was passage of the Green Amendment. That was Proposal Two on the ballot. “The proposed amendment to Article 1 of the New York State Constitution would Read More …

Op-Ed: Children Deserve Every Protection Covid-19 Vaccine Provides

Last week, I was Covid testing a young child outside my office when a woman driving by shouted at my patient’s mother.: “You might want to reconsider getting your child tested- 99.99 percent of children survive Covid!!” As shocking as that unsolicited drive-by intrusion was, Read More …