Category | Suffolk Close-up

Copter Defender

Posted on 12 October 2012

By Karl Grossman An “advocate” of helicopter operators is how Bill Faulk, aide to Suffolk County Legislator Edward Romaine, says he has long considered Robert Grotell. Mr. Grotell’s official title is “special advisor” to the Eastern Region Helicopter Council. Max Young, a spokesman for U.S. Senator Charles Schumer — whose office, like Mr. Romaine’s, has [...]

Officials Need to Stand Up in Airport Fight

Posted on 30 August 2012

SUFFOLK CLOSEUP By Karl Grossman “Since when did helicopter pilots take over the town and do what they want?” demanded Ruby Jackson at a packed meeting last week about the racket being made by helicopters flying in and out of town-owned East Hampton Airport. “We are victimized!” declared Ms. Jackson. “You have to stand up [...]

Wrestle With Guns

Posted on 03 August 2012

By Karl Grossman The massacre in Aurora has reverberated here and across the nation. Questions being asked include: how could the federal ban on the manufacture for civilian use of assault weapons  —firearms designed specifically to kill people — have been allowed to lapse? Also: how does the violence that permeates many Hollywood movies these [...]

Repealing the Twilight Fee

Posted on 27 July 2012

by Karl Grossman “You can’t fight city hall” is the cliché — perhaps created by city hall. That’s because people can — not always but sometimes — challenge city hall and other governmental authorities successfully. An example: the rapid repeal of a $4-a-car charge put in place last month by the Suffolk County executive and [...]

Posh vs. Poverty: Island Extremes

Posted on 20 July 2012

by Karl Grossman Poverty and extreme wealth on Long Island have been in the national spotlight in recent days. HBO last week broadcast a powerful documentary “Hard Times: Lost on Long Island.” Filmaker Marc Levin followed four Long Island families who suddenly became poor. They’re not rarities. A commission established by the Suffolk County Legislature [...]

Plum Island: Sitting Duck

Posted on 29 June 2012

By Karl Grossman The National Research Council issued a report this month identifying “a number of deficiencies” in an “updated risk assessment” done by the federal government for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF) it wants to build in Kansas to replace the Plum Island Animal Disease Center just off Long Island. Congressman [...]

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Harnessing the Wind

Posted on 25 May 2012

By Karl Grossman “You have to think big in today’s world,” said William Moore, chief executive officer of Deepwater Wind. The company is poised to do “some path-breaking things” in harvesting wind power east and south of Long Island.  Deepwater Wind intends to construct offshore wind farms—each consisting of as many as 200 six-megawatt wind [...]

Students who Live in Fear

Posted on 04 May 2012

By Karl Grossman Maria, an honor student at Suffolk County Community College, lives in fear of being thrown out of the country she knows and loves — the United States. Coming here was not her choice. Her father came in 1996, leaving a troubled Argentina. His lifelong dream was to come to “America which he [...]

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Honoring Foley

Posted on 13 April 2012

By Karl Grossman The late Suffolk County Legislator John J. Foley was a model for compassion in government. He was dedicated to the care of the ill. And thus it was fitting that the historic Suffolk County infirmary was renamed the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility. It was Mr. Foley of Blue Point — [...]


Remembering Barney Rosset

Posted on 02 March 2012

By Karl Grossman A giant in the publishing field — and a man who loved the East End — died last week. Barney Rosset, as his Page One obituary in the New York Times said, “changed the course of publishing in the United States, bringing masters like Samuel Beckett to Americans’ attention under his Grove [...]