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Greg Blass

Greg Blass
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Greg has spent his life in public service since he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a teenager. He is a former Suffolk County Family Court judge, six-term Suffolk County legislator and commissioner of Social Services. Now retired, Greg is active in volunteer work and is a board member of several charities. He lives in Jamesport. Email Greg

Dementia, another surging illness, is worsened by pandemic

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For people with dementia, unquestionably the pandemic has been a grim ordeal. During extended lockdowns, the loss of social, even routine, contacts has hastened cognitive decline in great numbers of people.

Prop 2 is a scam. Vote No.

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Prop 2 is yet another ploy to fix the county’s budget mess caused by its own fiscal mismanagement — by erasing its legal obligation to repay $154.17 million it “borrowed” from environmental protection funds, by erasing a court judgment of $29.4 million arising from an earlier lawsuit and by raiding the Sewer Assessment Stabilization Fund to the tune of at least $15 million. Voters should say no to this scam.

COVID is a convenient scapegoat for county’s fiscal mismanagement

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Suffolk County's fiscal crisis long preceded the COVID pandemic, but the county seeks to blame COVID in its quest for a federal bailout. New column by Greg Blass.

A cashless economy will hurt the working poor

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A desire for contactless commerce in the pandemic has accelerated the trend toward a cashless economy. The consequences for poor people may be dire.

With new heavy-hitting partners, Shinnecock Nation shows it’s serious about a L.I. casino

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The Shinnecocks have partnered with Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment and Tri-State Partners. Is the EPCAL property on their short-list of potential sites for a new casino?

To mask or not to mask?

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From the Anti-Mask League during the 1918 flu pandemic to today's anti-maskers, Americans have resisted face coverings. Greg Blass explores the subject and concludes wearing a mask is one of our best defenses in the current pandemic individually and as a community.

Honor his honor’s memory: Replace that court

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Judge Allen Smith urged town board after town board to replace the cramped, outmoded justice court — which the town has planned to do for more than a decade, but never acted.

A father’s advice for interacting with police

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How might a parent advise a child about the inevitable day when they will have an encounter with the police? Greg Blass tackles the subject in a fictitious letter from father to son.

The return of the Monarch butterfly and the Mexican man who became its unlikely champion

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Millions of Monarch butterflies will return to the Northeast this spring in unexpectedly large numbers. Here's the story of Homero Gomez, a Mexican man who became an unlikely champion of the Monarch.

What awaits us as we step into this strange new world?

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It’s as if every tentative step we take to reopen is an experiment in a laboratory. But we have already pulled through some grim times — and we’ll pull through these worst of times as well.
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