Category | Suffolk Close-up

Not Public Power

Posted on 12 July 2013

By Karl Grossman It took years of hard work to get the Long Island Power Authority created. The vision was to have a public power utility through which Long Islanders, democratically, could determine their energy future. There are many similar and successful operations around the United States. And it’s taken just weeks for the energy [...]

Can’t Hold Back the Ocean

Posted on 05 July 2013

Have the lessons of Superstorm Sandy been learned?

I’d say no.

Indeed, governments from the federal level on down have largely reverted to the folly of decades ago when — with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the lead — the notion was you could take on Mother Nature on the shoreline and win.

Preserving Tesla

Posted on 28 June 2013

By Karl Grossman “SAVED. THANK YOU! TSCW,” declared the hand-written sign on the fence that surrounds the 16-acre site. TSCW stands for Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe. The site, in Shoreham on Long Island’s north shore, is the location of the only remaining laboratory of inventor Nicola Tesla. The word Tesla has become familiar. Tesla [...]

Smoother Flying

Posted on 22 June 2013

By Karl Grossman For residents of eastern and central Long Island, getting to and from LaGuardia and Kennedy Airports is an ordeal. There’s dealing with traffic jams on the LIE or Sunrise Highway and Southern State and Belt Parkways, parking and getting to and later from terminals. And the crowds and the confusion. That’s why [...]

Energy Crossroads

Posted on 17 June 2013

By Karl Grossman Long Island, New York State and the United States, indeed the world, are at an energy crossroads. With the great advances in recent years in clean, renewable energy technologies—led by solar and wind—study after study have now determined that they could provide all the power we need. The key issue: will it [...]

Not Normal

Posted on 10 May 2013

Is the “new normal” for Long Island bays to be colored brown and red from algae blooms and for drinking water to be problematic? Last month, Dr. Christopher Gobler of Stony Brook University’s School of Atmospheric and Marine Sciences arranged a seminar at Stony Brook Southampton titled: “What Is the Fate of Long Island’s Coastal Ecosystems in the Face of the New Normal?”

Politics Fly At Airport

Posted on 03 May 2013

By Karl Grossman Foes of what has become a huge Long Island noisemaker — commercial helicopter traffic taking people between Manhattan and East Hampton Airport — gathered as warm weather neared and coming with it an intense increase of the chopper traffic. The strategy mapped out at a joint meeting of the Quiet Skies Coalition [...]


Posted on 26 April 2013

Kathleen Furey has been busy on Long Island, New York City and elsewhere in the state challenging what’s become known as GMO — genetic modification or genetic engineering. The technology is used to create “transgenic species” of plants and animals. Through it, genes from one species are introduced into another. More than 60 countries have [...]

Bill Jones & Police Pay

Posted on 12 April 2013

By Karl Grossman What’s new in the system of arbitration which sets police salaries is that more money is now involved. “The people of Suffolk County can’t afford this,” declared Suffolk County Legislator Joseph Rizzo in 1996 after arbitration—provided under New York State’s Taylor Law—raised the base salary of senior patrol officers in the Suffolk [...]

Life in Theater

Posted on 05 April 2013

By Karl Grossman It’s been a hidden treasure on Long Island. And the Suffolk Theatre in Riverhead has been brought back to life — beautifully. The last remaining Art Deco theatre on the island, opened in 1933, it reopened last month as a performing arts center with a full schedule — 30 acts in 30 [...]