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No. 442: Snoopy and Gandhi in ‘The Twilight Zone’ – and puppy love at the SBDC

  Fall for it: Don’t let the thermometer fool you – it’s actually autumn, dear readers, and we’ll be bundled up soon enough! Whatever the hell Mother Nature is smoking, welcome to Wednesday, Oct. 2, as we hurdle the hump of this latest, very busy week of socioeconomic innovation. A stitch in time: To our many readers in Indonesia, a festive Batik Day, celebrating the Asian nation’s traditional cloth – officially recognized in 2009 by…


After reef therapy, LI waterways feeling much better

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State’s artificial-reef program has migrated north, with a fresh deployment of inorganic materials creating a new “marine habitat” in the Long Island Sound. One year after dumping hundreds of tons of recycled materials three miles off the South Shore – including chunks of the blowed-up-real-good Tappan Zee Bridge – Albany’s Artificial Reef Initiative is looking to increase fishing and recreational opportunities off Nassau County’s North Shore with a similar…


Region unites against LI’s nitrogen nightmare

By JOHN CAMERON JR. // Each summer, annual reminders of our region’s water-quality crisis – including fish kills, toxic algal blooms and others – reappear. While there are a number of causes for the poor quality of many of our coastal and inland waterways, “nitrogen loading” has been a main culprit. Nitrogen from fertilizer and human waste enters our waterways and causes the excessive growth of algae. which uses up dissolved oxygen and blocks sunlight….


Coalition challenges Albany’s pipe ban, lauds NESE

By GREGORY ZELLER // Citing a “looming threat” to the Long Island economy – including potential delays for the vaunted Nassau Hub, Ronkonkoma Hub and Belmont Park reconstruction projects – regional power players are demanding action from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. An impressive coalition – representing the Association for a Better Long Island, the Long Island Builders Institute, the New York State Laborers’ Union and SEIU 1199 (United Healthcare Workers East),…


Albany bags plastics, as single-use sacks get the sack

By GREGORY ZELLER // It tolls for thee, plastic bags. Governor Andrew Cuomo rang the death knell Monday for single-use plastic bags in New York State – outlawed as of next March, even for holdouts content to spend a nickel per bag at the supermarket checkout. No more, as of March 2020, when the single-use sacks – which “do not degrade and often wind up as litter on lands and in waters,” according to the…


Acid test: SBU-heavy task force tackles oceanic threat

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island is well-represented on a new state task force assigned to assess and address the health of coastal waters. Stony Brook University, in particular, will be lending significant scientific acumen to the 14-member Ocean Acidification Task Force, which was formed to study the ecological and economic impacts of acidification – increased levels of carbonic acid in the water, caused by dissolved carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, land-based nutrient runoff and…


In unique recycling effort, all decks on hand

By GREGORY ZELLER // The last of the concrete deck panels from the “retired” Tappan Zee Bridge have been delivered to their new homes. According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, a total of 135 deck panels – each measuring 3 feet wide by 50 feet long by 8.25 inches thick, and weighing in the neighborhood of 50 tons – have been delivered to nine specific municipalities and the NYS Department of Transportation. The recycled panels,…


With artificial reefs, loving that sinking feeling

By GREGORY ZELLER // A 744-acre site located three nautical miles off Long Island’s South Shore will become a haven for all manners of aquatic life, thanks to the deployment of recycled materials. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the deployment of materials to create a new marine habitat at Hempstead Reef, which is now part of the largest artificial-reef expansion in state history – and part of Albany’s ongoing efforts to develop a more…


NY unveils nation’s first Offshore Wind Master Plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // With lofty short- and long-term energy goals – and a thumb directly in President Donald Trump’s eye – New York State has released the nation’s first master plan for the development of offshore windfarms. The New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan will guide “the responsible and cost-effective development” of 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind-generated electricity by 2030, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. That’s enough clean, renewable energy to light…