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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

The genius of ‘Fats’ Waller never grows old

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The musical genius came into his own in the "Roaring '20s" and left an indelible mark on the American music scene that still influences contemporary artists today.

No, it wasn’t aliens: Why Riverhead’s landfill reclamation project went off-course

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Things took place at the town dump many years before the reclamation project got underway — at the direction of some in Town Hall — that surprised town officials years later. And it had nothing to do with aliens or artifacts.

A Father’s Day reflection on fatherhood

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On Father's Day, we celebrate Dad's love and his role as mentor, provider, protector and caregiver.

Documents in ex-Suffolk DA’s corruption trial reveal county politics at their sordid worst

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Thanks to the federal judge in disgraced Suffolk district attorney Tom Spota's corruption trial, we have a glimpse into how things work behind the scenes in Suffolk. It's not a pretty picture and hasn't been fully reported by the press. Column by Greg Blass.

Riverhead’s ethics code needs an overhaul

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Riverhead Town's ethics code, first adopted in 2004, has many gaping holes that allow questionable conduct to continue unabated, as we've seen repeatedly over the years. It's time to fix it.

Welcome to Riverhead, where developers get what they want & public is kept out & shut down

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The people's business is less and less frequently conducted in public, while developers and their pressure agents have their way in town hall behind the scenes.

The Shinnecock Nation knows how to play poker

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Have to hand it to the Shinnecock Nation. After centuries of the kind of exploitation, oppression and downright abuse that have befallen most Native Americans, they have Long Island’s power elite reeling.

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.
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