Adrienne Esposito

Citing offshore risks, Cuomo drills Trump again

By GREGORY ZELLER // Governor Andrew Cuomo is firing more broadside cannon shots at the Trump White House in a sea battle centered off Long Island’s shores. Cuomo is advancing legislation that would prohibit the leasing of lands, including underwater lands, for offshore drilling and exploration purposes – a direct response to “the Trump administration’s plan to vastly expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans,” according to the governor’s office. In January, U.S….


No. 282: Honest Abe’s Day Off, stepped-up Suffolk septic systems and a sunny future for cloudy beer

Congratulations, dear reader: You’ve successfully completed another workweek. Your reward: two glorious days without conference rooms or deadlines – or three, if yours is among the 34 percent of U.S. offices closing for Monday’s President’s Day holiday. While students, teachers and virtually all government employees enjoy the day, President’s Day – which kind of floated into fashion in the 1970s, replacing the traditional observances of Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays – has actually fallen behind Martin…


After ’embarrassing’ decision, a most hostile climate

By GREGORY ZELLER // President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to abandon the Paris climate accord has met with swift and punishing reactions from around the globe – with some of the sharpest vitriol spewing from Long Island and New York State. Environmentalist Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the Farmingdale-based Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said the president “made America into an international laughing stock as a fossil fool.” Attorney Heather Leibowitz, director of New York…


Testing, testing everywhere, to keep it safe to drink

By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany is diving deeper into Long Island’s groundwater plumes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday directed the state Department of Environmental Conservation to expedite containment of groundwater plumes in Nassau County, starting with an “immediate engineering investigation,” according to the governor’s office. The plumes were created through years of industrial solvents leaking into the groundwater at a Bethpage site once jointly occupied by the U.S. Navy and defense contractor Northrop Grumman. The…


LIPA approves nation’s largest offshore wind farm

By GREGORY ZELLER // Thar she blows. The Long Island Power Authority Board of Trustees has voted to approve the nation’s largest offshore wind farm in Long Island waters. As proposed by Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind, the 90-megawatt South Fork Wind Farm – also New York State’s first offshore wind energy-harvesting operation – will be located 30 miles southeast of Montauk. The farm, which officials have repeatedly asserted will be out of sight of Long…


Island winds blowing in Deepwater’s direction

By GREGORY ZELLER // Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call for wind-energy harvesting in Long Island waters has earned rave reviews from environmental activists. A who’s-who of regional rainmakers from the energy and ecology sectors are cheering Cuomo’s call for the Long Island Power Authority to approve what would be the nation’s largest offshore wind farm, proposed for the Atlantic Ocean about 30 miles southeast of Montauk. The governor implored the LIPA Board of Trustees in a…


Feds set wind-energy lease sale for LI waters

By CARL CORRY // More than 80,000 acres of federal waters about 11 miles off the coast of Long Island will be made available to lease for off-shore wind-energy development, the Obama administration announced this week. The proposed lease area of 81,130 acres off the Rockaways comprises the New York Wind Energy Area, which the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management identified earlier this year in consultation with the New York Intergovernmental Renewable…