December 12th, 2013
New York State is experiencing an epidemic of hit-and-run driving incidents where the outcome has been serious physical injury and death. Data collected by the Suffolk County Police Department shows that in 2012 there were 5,555 reported incidents where a driver left the scene, and 11 of those resulted in fatalities. This past year has seen no change. The crime of hit-and-run driving repeatedly makes the news. The crime is particularly egregious since a severely injured person’s chance of survival is greatly diminished when medical care is delayed.
Karl Grossman: Will Lame Ducks’ Deal With FAA Quell East Hampton’s Efforts to Reduce Aviation Noise?
December 8th, 2013
Will the lame duck Republican majority on the East Hampton Town Board in its last weeks in office cut a contract with the Federal Aviation Agency to try to block future efforts to quell aviation noise involving the town-owned East Hampton Airport?
December 3rd, 2013
First, Sarah Palin recently slammed Pope Francis as a leftist during her book tour promoting Christmas. Not a wise thing to do when one billion of the world’s people who celebrate the Yuletide call Francis pontiff. (She later apologized.) Now Rush Limbaugh has come out against His Holiness. Here’s what El Rushbo had to say about the Holy Father.
December 2nd, 2013
NYS Senator Lee M. Zeldin, a Jewish Republican Candidate for Congress in New York’s First Congressional District, released the following statement regarding the U.S.-Israel alliance, which has been harmed by the Obama’s administration’s recent agreement related to Iran’s nuclear capability: “I strongly support the State of Israel as the home of the Jewish people with Jerusalem as its capital.
December 2nd, 2013
In the last two weeks, LIPA has announced (1) a $26 million cut in renewable and efficiency programs for 2014, including a reduction from $30 million to $11.1 million for solar panel rebates, and (2) that LIPA will end next year with one of its highest debt levels in its history ($7.76 billion) compared with $6.83 billion at the end of this year.
Karl Grossman | Portrait of Bill Bianchi: Long Island Statesman, Political Architect, Life Long Orchid Grower
December 1st, 2013
Bill Bianchi — a veteran of 22 years in the New York State Assembly and a key mover in the shaping of the structure of modern Long Island government — lost out in an electoral comeback this month. Vigorous still, now 83 years old, he was edged out in the race for the Riverhead Town Board. The loss is really for the folks in Riverhead.
November 23rd, 2013
But in Suffolk County these days, you’re in for quite a wait to get back the excess taxes you paid. That’s because there’s been a major reduction in county employees in recent years — what Suffolk County Executives Steve Bellone and his predecessor Steve Levy have proudly pointed to as a cutting back of county government.
November 22nd, 2013
FMC’s own executive director, Jaci Clement, discusses the Nassau County Executive election race and results as well as why Cablevision is no longer the 800-pound gorilla when it comes to politics on Long Island.
November 16th, 2013
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.
November 14th, 2013
In the past year, the governor and state Office of Mental Health instituted a Regional Centers of Excellence Plan to re-evaluate and reconfigure mental wellness care in our state. For our communities, the Long Island Regional Center of Excellence has been created to carry out this new strategy in how we care for our most […]
November 13th, 2013
Join my colleagues and me in calling for immediate Senate passage of the Military Justice Improvement Act. Every month, week, even hour we delay also delays justice for our brave servicemembers.
November 11th, 2013
A Column by NYS Senator Lee Zeldin A distinctly American tradition, Veterans Day serves as an important reminder to honor and thank all of those who have sacrificed so much to preserve American freedom and liberty. As a Major in the Army Reserves, I understand and deeply appreciate the service of all of my brothers […]
November 10th, 2013
A campaign has begun to provide financial assistance to the Suffolk County Fire Academy. For more than seven decades it has been the institution that trains all the members of the 109 fire departments in Suffolk. But in recent years it has been hurting financially.
October 31st, 2013
Ever since Madison Avenue advertising man Rosser Reeves convinced Dwight Eisenhower to use him and TV commercials to run for the presidency in 1952, the political TV commercial has become a pivotal component in American presidential politics.
October 28th, 2013
Members of Congress must take action to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for a period of no less than one year. As I have said before with other government initiatives, it is important to lean forward in life, but not so much that you fall on your face.