John Brooks

Albany changed NYS voting laws, and maybe LI’s future

By JEFF GUILLOT // Recent reforms in the way we conduct elections can help increase voter turnout on Long Island, change the scope of our elections and significantly affect the future of our region. Let’s not mince words here: The Republicans got hammered in the 2018 midterms here in New York. I disagree with many pundits who assert that this was a generationally massive rebuke of a sitting president, because there have been plenty of…


Lawmakers, labor to Albany: Invest $53M in FSC plan

BY GREGORY ZELLER // The right stuff has put Farmingdale State College into a tight spot. A number of them, actually, as the school with Long Island’s second-largest undergraduate enrollment (trailing only Stony Brook University among four-year colleges and universities) begins to burst at the seams, victim of its own “remarkable affordability, unique program mix and exceptional employment outcomes,” according to Farmingdale State. The results of that winning formula speak for themselves. The college, founded…


… and environmental justice for all

By ANNE LOTITO-SCHUH // New Yorkers are ready to lead the nation in the battle against climate change. Whether it is our homes being destroyed by intensifying storms, our flood insurance premiums rising, increased public spending on infrastructure intended to secure us from future storms or the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink, it is little wonder that New Yorkers, and specifically Long Islanders, understand the calamitous effects of climate…