A feud between Suffolk County officials and a local environmentalist over farmland development rights is reaching a fever pitch. Essentially at stake is whether farmers have the right to build on properties where development rights have been sold.
Jeff Rottkamp, owner of Fox Hollow Farm in Baiting Hollow, had been preparing to join Suffolk County’s farmland preservation program. But those plans changed in September, when a New York State Supreme Court judge deemed development on protected farmland illegal.
A Suffolk County legislator from Bohemia is calling on county officials to let the public vote on reducing the size of the legislature, a proposal that has received mixed reaction from East End officials. READ
Suffolk County lawmakers and farmers are supporting the county’s decision to appeal a recent New York State Supreme Court ruling that deems development on preserved farmland illegal.
Al Krupski is a man of the land of Long Island — a fourth-generation farmer. He’s a champion of open space and farmland preservation. And he well understands the importance of the water table below the land’s surface — the sole source aquifer on which Long Islanders (and Shelter Islanders, too) depend as their only potable water supply.
When it comes to water conservation, it’s time to start thinking about ways to save.
That was the message out of a public forum at Southold Town Hall Tuesday night, where representatives from the Suffolk County Water Authority, Legislator Al Krupski, and members of the Town Board all spoke about the importance of keeping the North Fork’s freshwater supplies safe.
Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell and North Fork Legislator Al Krupski and a representative from the Suffolk County Water Authority will take part in a forum Tuesday night to talk about the importance of water conservation.
A new Suffolk County law requiring retailers to charge 5 cents for each paper or plastic bag they provide to shoppers has local residents and lawmakers offering up a wide range of opinions.
That the Environmental Protection Agency appears ready to allow dumping of materials dug up from dredging in Long Island Sound didn’t come as a surprise to environmentalist Adrienne Esposito. READ
The Suffolk County Legislature is set to host its first round of committee meetings on the East End in decades, according to Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski. READ