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Karl Grossman: Preet Bharara—connecting the dots of how New York State government really runs

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Karl Grossman: Preet Bharara—connecting the dots of how New York State government really runs

The arrest this month on federal corruption charges of a Long Island politician, Dean Skelos, majority leader of the New York State Senate until due to pressure from fellow Republican senators he resigned that post, has cast a spotlight on a law firm that is a big mover-and-shaker of governments on Long Island—and includes as […]

Karl Grossman: An explosion and transformer fire at Indian Point 3 on Saturday. Should we be concerned?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Karl Grossman:  An explosion and transformer fire at Indian Point 3 on Saturday.  Should we be concerned?

  In 1976, Robert Pollard, a rarity among U.S. government nuclear officials—honest and safety-committed—said of the Indian Point nuclear power station that it was “an accident waiting to happen.” Pollard had been project manager at Indian Point for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) from which he resigned at that time charging the NRC “suppresses […]

NYS Assemblyman Dean Murray: Pull the plug on Start-Up NY

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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After a state Comptroller audit showing $211 million being pumped into Start-Up NY and other promotional campaigns with no tangible results, Suffolk County Republican Assemblyman Dean Murray (East Patchogue) called for the governor to pull the plug on his failed initiative. To date, only 76 jobs have actually been created by the program and the […]

Zephry Teachout: Of the three men in the room who control our state, two have been arrested

Monday, May 4, 2015

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Zephry Teachout: Of the three men in the room who control our state, two have been arrested

Dean Skelos has been arrested on corruption charges.You may not be shocked, but you should be angry. Of the three men in the room who control our state, two have been arrested (Silver and Skelos), after the third, Governor Cuomo, shut down the Moreland anti-corruption commission, saying its work was done. You should be angry […]

Karl Grossman: The Last of Long Island’s Duck Dynasty

Saturday, May 2, 2015

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Karl Grossman: The Last of Long Island’s Duck Dynasty

And then there was only one duck farm on Long Island. With the closing of the Chester Massey & Sons duck farm in Eastport at the end of last year, all that’s left of a Long Island industry which in the 1950s consisted of more than 90 duck farms is the Crescent Duck Farm in […]

Karl Grossman: Why gas prices are cheap — for now

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Karl Grossman: Why gas prices are cheap — for now

Manipulation of the petroleum market is not new. John D. Rockefeller with his Standard Oil Trust mastered it between the end of the 19th and start of the 20th Century. Rockefeller and his trust succeeded in controlling virtually all the oil industry in the United States and also dominating the international market. The Standard Oil […]

Karl Grossman: PSEG should go and LIPA should be allowed to become democratically-run, fulfilling Long Islanders’ electric needs

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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Karl Grossman: PSEG should go and LIPA should be allowed to become democratically-run, fulfilling Long Islanders’ electric needs

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s imposition of a New Jersey utility, PSEG, on Long Island has had terrible results. As State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. of Sag Harbor said earlier this year, Mr. Cuomo’s so-called LIPA Reform Act took effect in 2014—and “one year later where’s the reform?” He voted against the Cuomo plan, […]

Karl Grossman: Defend H2O is an important addition to Long Island’s environmental scene.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

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Karl Grossman: Defend H2O is an important addition to Long Island’s environmental scene.

  The new Long Island group, Defend H20, has emerged as a fearless environmental organization with a broad agenda and not only the toughness to engage in battles against what it considers environmental wrongs but a commitment to provide education so governments can do the right things. For example, the group, founded by Kevin McAllister, […]

Zephry Teachout: Your child doesn’t have to take the State tests

Sunday, April 12, 2015

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Zephry Teachout: Your child doesn’t have to take the State tests

On Tuesday, New York State classrooms will start to administer the annual standardized tests. I’m writing to let you know that if you are a parent, you have the right to refuse to allow your children to be tested, and give you resources that might be helpful in making your decision. Find out more about […]

Karl Grossman: Get the just-published book, written by Paul Arfin “Unfinished Business: Social Action in Suburbia—Long Island, N.Y. 1945-2014.”

Saturday, April 11, 2015

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Karl Grossman: Get the just-published book, written by Paul Arfin “Unfinished Business: Social Action in Suburbia—Long Island, N.Y. 1945-2014.”

It’s an encyclopedic account titled “Unfinished Business: Social Action in Suburbia—Long Island, N.Y. 1945-2014.” The just-published book, written by Paul Arfin, who has been deeply involved for a half-century in non-profit work on the island, is breathtaking in its sweep. It’s about the struggles and accomplishments that resulted in the development of social programs, major […]

Kate Browning: Stop the costly cycle — and raise the age of incarceration

Thursday, April 9, 2015

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Kate Browning: Stop the costly cycle — and raise the age of incarceration

  Today, New York State is only one of two states that automatically processes, prosecutes and incarcerates 16 and 17-year-olds as adults, but it’s proven that jails do not rehabilitate, programs do. While other states are properly addressing the needs of their youth through robust community-based services, we need to do more. Here in Suffolk […]

Karl Grossman: The Expanded Powers of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission

Monday, April 6, 2015

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Karl Grossman: The Expanded Powers of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission

“Fortunately here in Suffolk County you and we have the power. No one should feel powerless,” the long-time chairman of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission, Rabbi Steven Moss, declared recently about combating acts of discrimination including hate crimes in Suffolk. And he explained how, as of this year, the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission—from […]

Karl Grossman: The Helicopters Noise Battle between Manhattan and East Hampton Airport is Reaching a Governmental Crescendo

Monday, March 30, 2015

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Karl Grossman: The Helicopters Noise Battle between Manhattan and East Hampton Airport is Reaching a Governmental Crescendo

The battle centered on the noise from helicopters flying between Manhattan and East Hampton Airport is reaching a governmental crescendo. The new East Hampton Town Board has come up with a set of tough regulations to quell the racket a just-held  public hearing epitomized the intensity of the issue. Because several hundred people were expected—and […]

Karl Grossman: We should leave the oil in the Atlantic for future centuries

Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Karl Grossman:  We should leave the oil in the Atlantic for future centuries

The Obama administration’s recent move opening up a vast area of the Atlantic Ocean, to our south, to oil and gas drilling comes in the face of there being so much of the stuff being produced in the U.S. that the industry can’t find places to store it, and gasoline being at the lowest price […]

Rob Germino: Ippo the Hippo

Sunday, March 22, 2015

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Rob Germino:  Ippo the Hippo

  This opinion piece originally appeared in The Gold Coast Beacon.  It has been re-posted on LIPolitics.com at the request of the author. Hippos are known to be very aggressive.  They are also known to mark their territory by spreading their defecation.  In the Town of Oyster Bay, some could draw comparisons to a powerful […]

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