Phil Boyle

NYIT cuts tuition for kids of teachers, first responders

By GREGORY ZELLER // A generous New York Institute of Technology scholarship program will slash tuition costs for the children of regional teachers and first responders. Heralded by NYIT as a “major public sector scholarship,” the Children of Police Officers, Firefighters, EMT and K-12 Teachers Award offers a 50 percent tuition break to qualifying students from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, beginning with the Fall 2019 semester. The new award program, announced this week…


Albany banks on Island Harvest consolidation, growth

By GREGORY ZELLER // A hefty New York State grant will help a Long Island food-insecurity charity secure a permanent warehouse and expand its operations. Island Harvest Food Bank, a leading regional hunger-relief organization, has secured a $1 million award from Albany’s State and Municipal Facilities Program, earmarked for the food bank’s ongoing capital campaign. Specifically, the grant will be used to purchase a permanent building to consolidate Island Harvest operations. The organization currently leases…


… 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…


Island airports land $2M in safety, infrastructure funds

By GREGORY ZELLER // Three Long Island airports will receive some much-needed infrastructure and safety improvements through a $20.5 million state spending package announced Monday. Suffolk County-owned Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Southampton will receive $995,000 to put toward a new air traffic control tower, the Town of Islip’s Long Island MacArthur Airport will receive $960,000 to offset the purchase of an 800-kilowatt diesel-powered generator and Brookhaven-Calabro Airport will get $54,722 for a new crack-sealing…