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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

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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