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Tom Twomey will be deeply missed

December 1st, 2014

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Tom Twomey will be deeply missed

Tom Twomey, a leading Long Island attorney, had many accomplishments. But the most important can be seen on a drive along Sound Avenue on the North Fork, just before Riverhead Town becomes Southold Town. There, to the north, is what’s now state parkland. There’s also a 500-foot high meteorological tower put up by the Long […]

LI Vote 2014: Election by character assassination? Or robust public vetting of candidates?

November 22nd, 2014

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LI Vote 2014: Election by character assassination? Or robust public vetting of candidates?

Election by character assassination?  Or robust public vetting of candidates? Growing old, as the saying goes, isn’t for sissies—and neither is running for office these days on Long Island or elsewhere in the United States and being mercilessly attacked. Years ago it was known as mudslinging. In recent times, terms also used have been negative […]

Nuclear Rockets — not a fail-safe plan

November 20th, 2014

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  The recent crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and explosion on launch three days earlier of an Antares rocket further underline the dangers of inserting nuclear material in the always perilous space flight equation­as the U.S. and Russia still plan. “SpaceShipTwo has experienced an in-flight anomaly,” Virgin Galactic tweeted after the spacecraft, on which $500 […]

Frank Scaturro: For Republicans, a cautionary tale from Nassau County

November 13th, 2014

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Frank Scaturro: For Republicans, a cautionary tale from Nassau County

Frank Scaturro is a former Counsel for the Constitution on the Senate Judiciary Committee and Republican and Conservative candidate for the House of Representatives in New York’s 4th Congressional District. He wrote this Op/Ed for the Washington Examiner.

Karl Grossman: “Buy Local” promotes public health at the expense of protecting the well-being of the farmworkers

November 11th, 2014

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The call “to ‘buy local’ promotes public health at the expense of protecting the well-being of the farmworkers who grow and harvest the much-coveted produce on regional farms.”

Karl Grossman: Symposium Recognizing Long Island’s major role in the American Revolution a MUST SEE

November 2nd, 2014

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Karl Grossman: Symposium Recognizing Long Island’s major role in the American Revolution a MUST SEE

Long Island is known for, among other things, its beautiful beaches, for being the site of the first “mass-produced” suburb in the U.S—Levittown, for the resort areas of Fire Island and the East End notably the Hamptons, for farmland that allows Suffolk County to remain the top farming county in New York State in value of yearly produce. But Long Island isn’t sufficiently recognized for its major role in the American Revolution.

Karl Grossman: Despite recent challenges by the press, Frank MacKay is actively moving ahead—thinking nationally.

October 25th, 2014

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Karl Grossman: Despite recent challenges by the press, Frank MacKay is actively moving ahead—thinking nationally.

The powerful Suffolk County and New York State chairman of the Independence Party, furious over investigative reporting by Newsday, invited me two weeks ago, in my capacity as a journalism professor who has taught Investigative Reporting as a college course for 35 years, to be on his radio program.

The old Suffolk County Board vs Today’s Legislature. The advantage goes to…

October 19th, 2014

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I’m the only journalist still around who goes back to having covered the Suffolk Board of Supervisors. The structure of Suffolk government and activities of those who govern the county have changed

Suffolk Consumers Lose In Fight to Provide Truthful Advertising at The Pump

October 16th, 2014

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Suffolk Consumers Lose In Fight to Provide Truthful Advertising at The Pump

I should have been suspicious last month driving into a gas station off the Long Island Expressway to fill my car up after having written a piece in May about Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman’s effort to require gas stations to make clearer the difference between the cash and credit prices of the fuel they sell.

Karl Grossman: Bernie Sanders has guts, political talent, vision and wisdom

September 25th, 2014

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Senator Bernie Sanders may upset America’s proverbial political applecart.

The fantasy of legalized gambling on Long Island

September 21st, 2014

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The fantasy of legalized gambling on Long Island

The closing of four and likely five of the dozen casino hotels in Atlantic City should cause public officials on Long Island and in New York State to realize that the fantasy of legalized gambling providing a huge boost to governmental economies is a bad bet.

Could politics be behind Mr. Bellone’s push to eliminate the treasurer’s office?

September 14th, 2014

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Could politics be behind Mr. Bellone’s push to eliminate the treasurer’s office?

If the referendum passes, it won’t take effect until the end of 2017. Treasurer since 2006, she is term-limited from running for re-election.

Karl Grossman: Zephyr Teachout is the most refreshing candidate for New York governor in decades—and I’ve interviewed several

September 5th, 2014

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Karl Grossman: Zephyr Teachout is the most refreshing candidate for New York governor in decades—and I’ve interviewed several

Zephyr Teachout is the most refreshing candidate for New York governor in decades—and I’ve interviewed several

Karl Grossman: Why Don’t Americans Elect Scientists?

August 30th, 2014

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Karl Grossman: Why Don’t Americans Elect Scientists?

President Barack Obama holds a polymer while talking with Peyton Robertson, 12, about his projects during the 2014 White House Science Fair in the State Dining Room of the White House, May 27, 2014.

Karl Grossman: What happened to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plants could happen in the United States

August 28th, 2014

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It’s apparent to any visitor to the stretch of California where the two Diablo Canyon plants are sited that it is geologically hot. A major tourist feature of the area: hot spas. “Welcome to the Avila Hot Springs,” declares the website of one, noting how “historic Avila Hot Springs” was “discovered in 1907 by at the time unlucky oil drillers and established” as a “popular visitor-serving natural artesian mineral hot springs

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