Category | Suffolk Close-up

Preservation Under Attack

Posted on 24 February 2012

by Karl Grossman Leaders of environmental and civic organizations in Suffolk County, at the last meeting of the Suffolk Legislature, took on the bloc of Suffolk legislators who are highly critical of the county’s farmland, open space and drinking water preservation programs and are pushing for a moratorium on acquisitions. “We taxpayers in Suffolk County [...]


Posted on 16 February 2012

By Karl Grossman Sag Harbor Express editor Bryan Boyhan asked me to write a piece, because of my island-wide experience as a journalist, about whether there are other communities on Long Island which might provide pointers for Sag Harbor as the village faces a future that could change it from being the beautiful and diverse [...]

Calcaterra’s Tough Road

Posted on 10 February 2012

By Karl Grossman She’s a highly unusual chief deputy executive for Suffolk County. Regina Calcaterra is the first woman to hold the post. She’s an East Ender and thoroughly appreciative of life in eastern Suffolk. And her background growing up in Suffolk is extraordinary – living in foster homes and homeless shelters and worse. She [...]

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Memories of Bulova

Posted on 03 February 2012

By Karl Grossman More than a century ago, my father’s father came from Hungary to America and worked at the watchcase factory built by Joseph Fahys in Sag Harbor. Engraving was a major art among Hungarian Jews and Fahys and his agents would seek out Hungarian Jewish engravers when they arrived at Ellis Island and [...]

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Farmland Under Attack

Posted on 27 January 2012

By Karl Grossman “It’s like back to the past—let the bulldozers roll,” says an outraged legislator Edward Romaine about the negative stance of some members of the Suffolk Legislature towards the county’s farmland, open space and drinking water preservation programs. “We have legislators who would shut down our preservation programs.” The legislators, who include Democrats [...]

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County’s Late Year Mistake

Posted on 13 January 2012

By Karl Grossman It was a whopper of a mistake made by the Suffolk County Legislature as last year ended — elimination of the Suffolk Department of Environment and Energy. It was done for economic reasons. Suffolk government’s tight financial situation required cuts, it was said. But in eliminating the department, the Suffolk Legislature lost [...]

Fifty Years as a L.I. Reporter

Posted on 06 January 2012

by Karl Grossman Twenty-twelve marks my 50th year as a Long Island-based reporter. I got to thinking about that when invited recently to speak at a meeting of the Affiliated Brookhaven Civic Organizations. I put together a presentation, “Fifty Years as a Reporter on Long Island.” You stay in an area long enough and you [...]

Bellone Faces Big Challenges

Posted on 23 December 2011

By Karl Grossman Now comes the hard part for Steve Bellone: leading a Suffolk County government which has been battered — like governments and families across the nation — by the recession. He’s to be sworn in as county executive next Friday — on December 30, two days short of the first of the year [...]

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A Champion of Animal Rights

Posted on 16 December 2011

by Karl Grossman He started in high school working to protect animals, and as Jon Cooper ends his tenure as a Suffolk County legislator, that’s been a major legacy. A Cooper measure creating the nation’s first “rating program” for pet stores was enacted last month. Mr. Cooper wanted more: a county law clamping down on [...]

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Heated Hearing on the Airport

Posted on 09 December 2011

By Karl Grossman East Hampton Airport — it’s the biggest noisemaker on eastern Long Island. It gets the lion’s share of the helicopters that ferry some very privileged people between Manhattan and the Hamptons — flying low and loud over Suffolk County. The machines roar over Brookhaven Town, then western Southampton and Riverhead, then the [...]

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