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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

Ethics opinions may be ‘advisory’ but moral character is not optional

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Anyone holding public office, or who seeks to, ought to reflect on Rushworth Kidder's simple explanation of ethics as the "science of the ideal human character as well as the science of moral duty."
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Screens, social isolation and suicide

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Screen-time so absorbs life that it leaves little time for anything else and is believed to lead to an increased sense of isolation and loneliness. Column by Greg Blass

Tree-huggers are onto something: How trees support life, reduce stress and increase property values

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As much as the air we breathe, most of us take trees for granted. But the very air we breathe depends on trees. Some...

From shrinking navigable waterways to scarce repair technicians, local marine industry faces existential challenges

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Column: The small businesses that make up the marine industry, a staple of our local economy, face mounting challenges that must be addressed.

If you support the current EPCAL land deal, did you actually read the contract?

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What does the contract say about what the buyer has to do with the property after the $40 million deal closes? What guarantee does the town get about the buyer's performance? The answers to these two simple questions should shock you. Column by Greg Blass.

Is the battle to control vectors — and the diseases they spread — winnable?

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Long Island is now considered "ground zero" for Lyme disease and once-exotic viruses and other infections are gaining a growing foothold. How goes our struggle against these vectors and the costly and deadly illness they bring with their bites? In two understated words: not well.

Exploring the magic and mystery of music

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Let’s take a breather from all the stressful goings on here and about, and take the time to dwell on something special in life...

Personal attacks against critics of EPCAL deal are a shameful distraction

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A recent attack letter, followed quickly by long, obviously coordinated, nasty comments aimed at myself and my wife, Barbara, including remarks on local radio, all from the tag team of Mason Haas and the Giglios, cannot go unanswered. Column by Greg Blass.

A finding of ‘qualified and eligible’ requires much more than hopes and dreams

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Opinion: Greg Blass calls on the Riverhead Town Board to reject Calverton Aviation & Technology as the "qualified and eligible" process concludes this week with the April 6 deadline for written comments on the proposal.

‘Uncle Riverhead’ warns town board members to tread carefully on Q&E

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Town board members should not have any private, off-the-record contact with the EPCAL applicants while the Q&E hearing is pending.
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