Steve Englebright

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….


Forty acres already approved, MISF wants to talk

By GREGORY ZELLER // Officials at the Middle Island Solar Farm want to set the record straight on a few things, and their patience is wearing a little thin. Exactly two weeks after the Town of Brookhaven Planning Board approved a scaled-down phasing plan for the creation of a large solar farm on Moriches-Middle Island Road, company officials are calling on the town to forge ahead. On Tuesday, MISF issued a statement “urging the Town…


The war for Long Island’s environmental soul

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State may be a national environmental leader, but it’s not as easy being green on Long Island, where an environmental civil war is raging. Both sides claim the “green” flag in this conflict, which pits the Island’s past against its future – represented here by old-school NIMBY behaviors and new-age solar harvesting – and ripples across multiple markets. Insiders say the issue will not only decide the fate of two…


Albany offers to help with e-waste recycling costs

From the Partially Funded Mandates File comes a $3 million state fund that will help New York municipalities cope with an unexpected garbage detail. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a new statewide application program designed to relieve municipalities of “unexpected financial costs” associated with the 2010 Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act – particularly, a provision that took effect Jan. 1, 2015, requiring New York consumers to recycle “electronic wastes” including computer peripherals, televisions and…


Fuel bill clears Assembly committee

An Assembly bill voted out of committee last week would require all heating oil sold in New York State contain at least 2 percent biodiesel — that’s fuel derived from renewable agricultural products — by 2016. Long Island Assemblyman Steven Englebright, chair of the Committee on Environmental Conservation, said the bill would help improve air quality by cutting carbon dioxide and toxins emitted during the burning of traditional heating oil. Biofuel has been used in heating…