Newsday letters to the editor for Tuesday, March, 13, 2018

Harvest wind, not oil, off LI’s coast

Attendance at Assemb. Steven Englebright’s hearing in Hauppauge demonstrates our island’s far-reaching, unified condemnation of offshore drilling along the New York coastline [“LIers voice offshore drilling fears,” News, Feb. 15].

I applaud the community leaders and lawmakers from across the political spectrum who voiced their concerns, including Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, who spoke about our fragile coastlines […] Continue Reading…

Newsday letters to the editor for Thursday, March 8, 2018

Make polluters pay for green projects

More community solar projects like the 5-acre field at the Sisters of St. Joseph property in Brentwood could be funded by holding corporate polluters accountable for their environmental negligence [“Faith in environmental protection,” News, Feb. 13].

Put a price on greenhouse gas emissions and use the revenue to invest in community resiliency projects. It is only fair to demand that oil and gas companies pay their fair share for pollution that has adversely affected the health of our communities and the world’s climate. The future health and prosperity of our state depend on bold action […] Continue Reading…

Dreamers, immigrants at LI rally denounce Trump’s speech as divisive

Immigrants and their advocates on Wednesday rejected what they said was a divisive State of the Union speech by President Donald Trump, saying it will not help efforts at bipartisan compromise on immigration policy.

Nearly 20 people gathered in Brentwood, the community put in the spotlight by the president’s focus on brutal acts of gang violence on Long Island, which he linked to a porous southern border […] Continue Reading…

A Need for a Pollution Tax

When it comes to cutting carbon emissions, participating in a cap-and-trade program like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is important, but it’s only a partial solution. After all, the initiative covers emissions solely from power plants, whereas transportation produces the bulk of New York’s emissions. And so far, the initiative has not cut carbon at the speed science tells us is required to avert dangerous warming […] Continue Reading…

Residents speak out against offshore drilling plan at marathon state hearing

A standing room-only crowd packed the legislative auditorium at the county center today for a hearing on the Trump administration’s plan to lease the outer continental shelf for oil and gas exploration and drilling.

More than 50 people — including local elected officials, a trustee of the Shinnecock Nation, environmental advocates and experts and commercial and recreational fishermen — testified at today’s hearing in opposition to the draft plan, which would open more than 90 percent of the country’s outer continental shelf to oil and gas exploration and drilling. The plan was announced by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Jan.4, implementing an executive order signed by President Donald Trump last year […]  Continue Reading…

Suffolk Legislature OKs public financing of county campaigns

The program will allow legislative candidates to receive up to $50,000 in public money starting with the 2021 election.

The Suffolk County Legislature approved Tuesday night a public campaign financing program for county races starting in 2021, as advocates argued the bill would increase competitive elections and decrease reliance on big money donors […] Continue Reading…


Join the Long Island Progressive Coalition as we Sip Wine, eat snacks, and enjoy local art work at a Pop-up Art Show

The Art of Resistance

Honoring NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

For Standing up for LGBTQ rights, the Immigrant Community, the Planet and ALL of Us!


Numerous events set to mark fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK >> As people gather in communities across New York and New Jersey to mark the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy on Sunday, a strong storm system is expected to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the region.

When the former hurricane merged with other systems to create a meteorological hybrid “superstorm” called Sandy, it was blamed for at least 182 deaths in the U.S. and Caribbean and more than $71 billion in damage in this country alone […] Continue Reading…

Activists say South Shore still unprepared for storms

Five years after superstorm Sandy, road and waterway infrastructure deficiencies still plague Long Island’s South Shore, where some Sandy victims are still displaced, a coalition of activists said Sunday.

About 75 activists from various Sandy relief, community and environmental organizations gathered Sunday on Venetian Shores Beach in Lindenhurst — an area especially hard-hit when Sandy struck in October 2012 — to rally for infrastructure upgrades and investments in renewable energy […] Continue Reading…