Despite Freedom of Information laws on the books for decades, records access often doesn’t come without a fightFreedom of Information laws date back to 1966 on the federal level and to 1974 in New York, but the guaranteed access to public records afforded by these statutes is often disregarded by government officials.
- Facing sales-tax revenue shortfalls, Suffolk is cutting county bus routes.
- The mortality rate of middle-aged, non-Hispanic whites increased between 1999 and 2013, reversing a decades-long trend of increasing longevity. Are we willing to take a hard look at why?
- The time is now for all of us to wake up and take some simple steps to conserve our precious drinking water resource.
In My Opinion
- Without my realizing it early on, Kitty set an eye-opening example of the woman I could be to: confident in what I believe in and who I am, and not afraid to speak out or apologize for any of it.
- Guest column by Larry Simms questions propriety of town’s settlement with Grapes and Greens/Cider House owner.
A remembrance: Vince Tria, the driving force behind restoration of Vail-Leavitt Music Hall and Riverhead Blues FestivalVince Tria’s drive and dedication made possible the re-opening the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall and breathed new life into the Riverhead Blues .
- We must keep all of our clean energy sources, including nuclear power, as a bridge to a renewable energy future.
- Student’s mother wishes a heartfelt goodbye to a retiring ESL teacher who made a world of difference in her life when she was a young child, new to the district, the country and the culture.
- Assemblyman Fred Thiele called an ‘invitation’ only, closed-door meeting of ‘stakeholders’ to discuss LIRR’s East End service. Stakeholders, as defined by Thiele and the LIRR, don’t include the public — taxpayers, riders or members of the press.