Pine Barrens

Fighting fire from ground and air
12:08 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Wildfire training in the Pine Barrens with helicopters

A blackhawk helicopter dropping water over the Pine Barrens in a training exercise
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The New York Army National Guard's Aviation Unit led a wildfire fighting exercise this weekend in Southampton. Members from the Central Pine Barrens Commission, the New York State Forest Rangers, and local fire departments learned how to coordinate firefighting on the ground and in the air.   

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"Money was never spent," but we're paying it back
4:45 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Bellone planning to pay back water quality "raid"

Environmentalists pressuring lawmakers to remove nitrogen from ground water. From left to right: Researcher Christopher Gobler, Environmentalist Adrienne Esposito and Pine Barrens Society's RIchard Ampher
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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is considering legislation that would pay back some $55 million that environmentalists say lawmakers "raided" from a water quality fund. This comes as environmentalists are ramping up public pressure on the issue. 

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Environmentalist plan suit
5:54 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Suffolk lawmakers 'raid' environmental fund

Presiding Officer Wayne Horsley says money from the Assessment Stabilization Fund was using place of counting on state approval for debt refinancing.
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Suffolk County lawmakers are set to approve a $2.8 billion budget tomorrow that, according to some, raids an environmental protection fund to plug holes in the county budget.    

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