Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone held a teleconference Monday night with some 10,000 Suffolk residents in order to draw attention to an issue he says is the number one priority of his administration: combating water pollution. Bellone spoke for about an hour and took a handful of questions.
Last week New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a sweeping plan to fund universal pre-kindergarten. This would make New York only the fourth state to launch such an ambitious program. But schools on Long Island are skeptical if not indignant.
Farmers and some towns on the East End of Long Island have hired federal sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture this winter to kill thousands of deer as a population control measure. Hunters have voiced discontent with the program and are weighing legal action.
New York's Department of Health released data on enrollment in its health insurance exchange this week. The data show 26% of young adults are enrolling in the exchange. This number is just above what experts call the "death spiral."
In his State of the State message, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo embraced many of his familiar issues: cutting taxes for businesses and estates, boosting tourism, and expanding abortion rights. A few new items included a proposal to borrow $2 billion dollars for education technology, a push to improve New York City airports , and support for connecting Metronorth to Penn Station. For Long Islanders, reaction so far has been lukewarm.