State Senator Lee Zeldin (left) and Congressman Tim Bishop (right) took turns a podium in Polish Hall to address questions at a debate in Riverhead.
Eighty thousand. That’s around the number of 1st Congressional District voters who went to the polls in 2012 but are not likely to cast a vote in next month’s mid-term election.
Although the number of registered voters in the district has grown by about 9 percent since Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) was first elected in 2002, turnout changes very little with each passing election. In fact, turnout hasn’t fluctuated at all in presidential election years, with about 278,000 voters casting ballots each time. (more…)
An Ebola education session was held on Oct.21 in New York City. (Credit: Flickr/GovernorAndrewCuomo)
You know what they say about Ebola, right?
Yeah, me neither.
Probably because — despite way too much noise about it on my Facebook and Twitter feeds, TV news and the like — I’ve pretty much tuned out anything Ebola-related.
Somehow, I’m still alive. (more…)
The site of a proposed 75-unit affordable housing project on Route 25 in Mattituck. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)
To the editor:
“Share the Burden,” Suffolk Times letters, Oct. 16. I too am a bit dismayed over the line that “none of the other hamlets has yet assumed its share of this burden.” This burden being “affordable housing,” which to me is a misnomer, as the Cottages of Mattituck are “workforce housing,” really, and all of the occupants are gainfully employed and benefit our community as volunteer firemen, teachers, community volunteers, health and hospital workers, caregivers, etc. (more…)
Riverhead football coach Leif Shay addressing his players following their win over Newfield Oct. 11. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
At 6-foot-4 and the Arby’s side of 300 pounds, I get asked a lot about my past life as a football player.
The truth is, I didn’t play much growing up.
I played youth football the summer going into fifth grade until my parents gave me the option of quitting after my coach was arrested on — of all things — a domestic violence charge. (more…)
Billy McAllister carries the ball for the Porters earlier this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)
Having just returned from our 50th high school reunion, whence I was reunited with teammates from our undefeated, state championship football team, I am once again ruminating on the relative merits and demerits of the sport. And this rumination is, of course, profoundly influenced by the recent death of Tom Cutinella, the Shoreham-Wading River High School football player who died Oct. 1 following an on-field collision. (more…)
State Senator Lee Zeldin (left) and Congressman Tim Bishop (right) took turns a podium in Polish Hall to address questions Wednesday night in Riverhead.
The roles at a political debate are simple and well-defined.
The moderator asks the questions. The candidates answer them. The audience reacts respectfully. (more…)
Mattituck’s new track is officially opened Sept. 26. (Credit: Grant Parpan)
To the editor:
Being the principal of Mattituck-Cutchogue Junior/Senior High School allows me the privilege of being surrounded by students, families and community members on various occasions throughout the school year. One of my fondest memories will certainly be the homecoming festivities of Friday, Sept. 26. (more…)
I should have been suspicious last month driving into a gas station off the Long Island Expressway to fill up. I’d written a column in May about the effort of Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) to require gas stations to make clearer the difference between the cash and credit prices of the fuel they sell. (more…)