04/28/17 6:00am
04/28/2017 6:00 AM

Town halls are often fiery forums where members of the public express concerns to their elected officials, who find themselves having to defend policy positions that are unpopular with many in the room.

Anyone who’s attended such an event in the 1st Congressional District — whether it be Sunday’s community forum with Congressman Lee Zeldin in Northampton or one of the 2009 town hall events featuring his predecessor, Tim Bishop — would expect it to be confrontational.

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04/15/17 5:56am
04/15/2017 5:56 AM

It was a big week for community journalism.

The Storm Lake Times, a 3,000-circulation, twice-weekly newspaper in rural Iowa, won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Art Cullen, editor and co-owner of the family-owned paper with a staff of 10, was honored for his “editorials fueled by tenacious reporting, impressive expertise and engaging writing that successfully challenged powerful corporate agricultural interests in Iowa,” according to the Pulitzer board. Those corporate interests include Monsanto and Koch Industries, which the paper revealed as secretly funding the defense of high-profile environmental lawsuits in the state.

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03/24/17 5:45am
03/24/2017 5:45 AM

It’s become a yearly late autumn tradition that leaders from social service agencies across the North Fork attend Town Board meetings to plead for money, specifically through federal Community Development Block Grants. The organizations that serve the neediest and poorest of our neighbors rely on those grants for critical funding.

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02/23/17 5:50am
02/23/2017 5:50 AM

Lee Zeldin office Riverhead

On Saturday, one New York congressman spent about five hours hosting a pair of town hall meetings in his district. Another took to Facebook to explain why he has no interest in holding such an event.

The two elected officials are both Republicans and, so far, each has voted in line with the political views of President Donald Trump 100 percent of the time. Both have also faced protests from constituents.

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