For Long Island, the results of Election 2013 reflected a singular theme in the race for Nassau County executive—incumbent Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano’s repeated pledge not to raise taxes. But in Suffolk County, what happened was more complex.
Who knew that Long Island University, Southampton’s parent institution, went into bankruptcy soon after it was established? Two years after it opened came the 1929 stock market crash. Prospective donors “were unable to make good on their pledges. The endowment was wiped out,” relates Dr. Strong. “It was a defining moment for LIU” and the “institution never fully recovered….Without an adequate endowment the university was forced to survive primarily on the tuition that came in each September.”
With Suffolk County government continuing to undergo financial problems, what has remained a solid, sustainable industry on eastern Long Island—agriculture—should be celebrated and fully supported.
As the new year starts and we’re still dealing with impacts of superstorm Sandy, with a great push underway to “fortify” the Long Island shoreline by dumping sand on it, some lessons of history would be helpful.
The noise of helicopters heading to and returning from what’s become Long Island’s biggest noisemaker—East Hampton Airport—has been intense this summer.
The first Mars rover fueled with plutonium landed on the red planet Monday—and there was much cheerleading by mainstream media but no mention of the huge danger the device, which NASA calls Curiosity, has posed to people and other life on Earth before getting to Mars.
Karl Grossman, professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury, has been a Long Island-based journalist for 50 years.
The conclusion of a report of a Japanese parliamentary panel issued last week that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster was rooted in government-industry “collusion” and thus was “man-made” is mirrored throughout the world. The “regulatory capture” cited by the panel is the pattern among nuclear agencies right up to the International Atomic Energy […]
The Suffolk County Legislature last month passed a bill that, with exceptions, would ban smoking at county-owned parks and beaches. The measure was authored by a freshman legislator, William Spencer, a physician. Suffolk has been a pioneer in banning or limiting smoking. Indeed, the New York Times has reported that Suffolk “has led the nation […]
The National Research Council has issued a report 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. U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, who […]
Stony Brook Southampton has been sitting there very lightly used ever since the administration of Stony Brook University pulled the plug on it two years ago. A campus on which the State of New York spent nearly $80 million, its dormitories are empty, its classrooms largely vacant. It’s a far cry from what it had […]
Nuclear scientists and engineers embrace nuclear power like a religion. The term “nuclear priesthood” was coined by Dr. Alvin Weinberg, long director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the laboratory’s website proudly notes this. It’s not unusual for scientists at Oak Ridge and other U.S. national nuclear laboratories to refer to themselves as “nukies.” The […]
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering having nuclear power plants run 80 years—although they were never seen as running for more than 40 years because of radioactivity embrittling metal parts and otherwise causing safety problems. “The idea of keeping these reactors going for 80 years is crazy!” declares Robert Alvarez, senior scholar at the […]
LIPolitics.com has won its first Press Club of Long Island award. The Third Place Award in the “Environment/Science/Health/Technology:Online” category went to opinion columnist Karl Grossman for his editorial “Long Islanders Beyond Nuclear, So Why Aren’t Our FederaL Reps?” It appeared on LIPolitics.com on July 25, 2011. Karl Grossman, a Long Island-based journalist for 50 years, […]
The resignation last week of the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is another demonstration of the bankrupt basis of the NRC. Gregory Jaczko repeatedly called for the NRC to apply “lessons learned” from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in Japan. And, for that, the nuclear industry—quite successfully—went after him fiercely. The New […]