Opinion

Leibowitz: Greenhouse Gas plan needs more initiative

By HEATHER LEIBOWITZ // On Aug. 23, nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states announced a proposal to cut power plant pollution by at least 30 percent between 2021 and 2030, strengthening what is already the best regional clean-air and climate-protection program in the country, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. But while states are moving in a positive direction, the proposal falls short of what’s needed to truly tackle the climate crisis. This program limits dangerous pollution…

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Local zoning? Could be an executive order for that

By MICHAEL SAHN and NICHOLAS CAPPADORA // President Trump has made it clear that his administration is dedicated to reducing and in some cases eliminating many areas of government regulation. These areas include health care, financial services, environmental regulation, education and energy. Will these anti-regulation efforts reach down to local land use and zoning regulations and policy? Most certainly. Local governments – counties, cities, towns and villages – have always had the primary jurisdiction to…


Tax controversy? You need a franchise QB

By TIM McHALE // With Super Bowl LI upon us, we have a great matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. One thing these two teams share in common is their superb quarterback play, featuring presumptive 2016 NFL MVP Matt Ryan and Tom Brady, who is already a four-time Super Bowl champion. Each of these players is currently playing to the level of a “franchise quarterback.” While the exact definition of a franchise…


You can chews how you save the planet

By JOHN KOMINICKI // Two tiny Silicon Valley companies have vowed to tame the Earth’s surging levels of atmospheric methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases out there and 28 times more likely to cause global warming than carbon dioxide. Their goal: An all-vegetable burger that looks, cooks and tastes like ground meat. Sort of. Now, vegetarian takeout may not sound like much of a contribution to the clean air effort, what with the…


Trump and environment: States must pick up slack

By MIRIAM E. VILLANI // We can expect many changes as the country transitions from the Obama administration to a Trump administration. One of several issues that will receive a lot of attention is the environment. It is still early and not possible to know what the Trump administration will do with regard to environmental protection and energy regulation. However, Trump made certain promises during his campaign and has started to outline his plans. He’s also…


President Donald Trump and your taxes

By EDWARD McWILLIAMS// Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States on Nov. 8 after an election season that focused heavily on taxes – both the president-elect’s refusal to release his personal returns and his plan to change the U.S. tax code. In addition to winning the presidency, the Republican Party also retained its majority in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. With the president and Congress politically and ideologically…


Downtown development: Jobs are Job No. 1

By ROSALIE DRAGO // The Governor’s Conference on Sustainable Development & Collaborative Governance, held Wednesday in Melville, facilitated an important dialogue around the hot topic of downtown redevelopment. Long Island currently has over a dozen town centers in various stages of redevelopment or revitalization, so discussion on this topic is both relevant and timely. But for downtown development and revitalization to achieve its potency as an economic engine, consideration for jobs – What will they…