Category | Suffolk Close-up

Under Dark Skies

Posted on 22 March 2013

By Karl Grossman Susan Harder’s crusade against light pollution — for dark skies — has had its ups and downs since its start nearly 20 years ago. It began after she moved to a house in The Springs in East Hampton, a modernistic home with large expanses of glass. The problem: a next door neighbor’s [...]

Saving Farmland

Posted on 08 March 2013

by Karl Grossman With Suffolk County government continuing to undergo financial problems, what has remained a solid, sustainable industry here — agriculture — should be celebrated and fully supported. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, a Great Neck resident, issued a report last year detailing the great importance of farming here. It noted that Suffolk [...]

Blass Retires

Posted on 01 February 2013

By Karl Grossman A giant in Suffolk County politics and government is leaving office this week. Gregory Blass, extraordinarily independent and courageous as the presiding officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, compassionate as the county’s social services commissioner and a Family Court judge, is retiring from government. State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr, of Sag [...]

A Public LIPA

Posted on 25 January 2013

By Karl Grossman “It never worked. It never will. The time has come to abolish LIPA,” declared Governor Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State speech this month.             However, as News 12 Long Island headed its piece on reaction to Mr. Cuomo’s call: “LI Lawmakers on Privatizing LIPA; Not So Fast.”  That’s an [...]

Eye Future For Plum Island

Posted on 18 January 2013

By Karl Grossman The replacement of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center by a new National Bio and Agro- Defense Facility in Kansas has moved forward in the new year — with Long Island’s weather nemesis of last year, Hurricane Sandy, providing an additional argument for Kansas backers of the proposed $1.14 billion facility. The [...]

Go Underground

Posted on 14 December 2012

By Karl Grossman The good news: “We should look at undergrounding [electric lines] as part of storm hardening,” Michael Hervey, the chief operating officer of the Long Island Power Authority, told me last week. The problematic news: Mr. Hervey is leaving LIPA at the end of the month. Will LIPA in the wake of superstorm [...]

Fracking Monster

Posted on 07 December 2012

by Karl Grossman It would seem a far-off threat: hydraulic fracturing for gas — known as fracking. There are plans for extensive fracking in upstate New York including the Catskills. But it’s a small world. And there is concern about Long Island being on the receiving end of some of the toxic impacts of fracking. [...]

Lift Limit For Spota

Posted on 30 November 2012

By Karl Grossman The judge’s determination couldn’t have been stronger. “Without reservation and without doubt,” declared Supreme Court Justice Ralph Gazzillo, “it is beyond the power of a county to restrict the number of times that such county’s district attorney, sheriff and/or clerk may run for office.” Nevertheless, there ‘s a move by some on [...]

Storm Lessons

Posted on 09 November 2012

By Karl Grossman What an ordeal we’ve all been through! As I write this, on Sunday, electricity is still out to a huge number of homes and businesses in Suffolk County — and out, too, for many, many people in neighboring Nassau, New York City, indeed in a large part of the U.S. The lines [...]

Remembering McGovern

Posted on 02 November 2012

By Karl Grossman George McGovern, who died last week, came to Suffolk to campaign when he ran for president 40 years ago and I got a chance to question him closely on issues involving Long Island as well as the nation and world. For a half an hour, I threw questions at him as a [...]