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Blowing in the Wind

by Karl Grossman |

  Offshore wind turbines would rise 30 miles south of far western Fire Island under a plan approved by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 18, 2019. What has been named the Empire Wind Project would mainly be off Nassau County – at its closest point 14 miles south of Jones Beach – and then extend in a block … Full Story

One Balloon Too Many

by Karl Grossman |

“One balloon released is one too many,” says Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker. Thus she is sponsoring a bill to amend current county law, which allows the release of up to 25 helium filled balloons – and change that number to zero. There would be no release in Suffolk of helium- filled balloons or balloons otherwise filled with “lighter-than-air-gas.” A … Full Story

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Environment: Bitter Harvest

by Karl Grossman |

There are no farms on Fire Island. But Suffolk County, of which it is a part, is a top agricultural county in New York State. As New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli noted in a recent “economic snapshot” of the area, “Suffolk County has the highest value for agricultural crops of any county in New York State.” It has also, for … Full Story

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Shoreham 40 Years Later

by Karl Grossman |

“Shoreham Action Is One Of The Largest Held Worldwide,” was the headline in The New York Times about an event that happened 40 years ago. The article told of how “more than 600 protesters were arrested” at the site of the then under-construction Shoreham nuclear power plant and “15,000 demonstrators gathered” on the beach fronting the plant in the protest … Full Story

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The Fire Island Trials: The Stonewall Before Stonewall

by Karl Grossman |

It being LGBTQ Pride Month commemorating the Stonewall riots, which happened this month 50 years ago, it is most timely to revisit the successful challenge to police raids on gay communities of Fire Island – which the year earlier preceded what happened in 1969 at Stonewall Inn, the Greenwich Village gay club. It was an outrageous annual tradition: The police … Full Story

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Phasing Plastic into Past

by Karl Grossman |

By Karl Grossman Three cheers to the Suffolk County Legislature for recently passing a set of measures aimed at restricting the use of plastic – that substance that has polluted the planet. Sponsoring the bills was Kara Hahn, who before becoming a legislator held positions with the legislature including as its director of communications. That involved presenting the words and … Full Story