Superstorm Sandy

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….


Nassau IDA backs new rentals on Sandy-ravaged site

By GREGORY ZELLER // An Oceanside site ravaged by Superstorm Sandy will soon be remade into a new rental-apartment complex, with the help of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. The Nassau IDA has approved a tax-reducing economic-incentives package that will help The Feil Organization, a New York City-based development-management firm, rebuild the dilapidated site into a 230-unit, transit-oriented rental complex. The development agency first approved the tax-abatement deal in September and issued its final…


NSF backs NYIT team’s critical climate-change mission

By GREGORY ZELLER // With irrefutable scientific data confirming the global climate change crisis, a New York Institute of Technology research team is supporting a multinational effort to digitally forecast “extreme environmental conditions.” Backed by a National Science Foundation grant and in cahoots with scientists across Germany and Austria, researchers at NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences and School of Architecture and Design are creating a 3D data-modeling tool known as IN-SOURCE. The three-year…


Nor’easter zaps 90K, despite post-Sandy ‘hardening’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just days after trumpeting its hardened infrastructure, PSEG Long Island faced a stiff test Sunday – the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy – as a massive nor’easter pummeled the region. So how did the utility fare? Roughly 36,000 Long Island customers were reportedly without power early Monday morning, after the “perfect storm” convergence of a one-time tropical system and a powerful cold front battered the Island with torrential rains and 75-mph…


No Sandy funds for LI

In infrastructure, cautious gratefulness

BY GREGORY ZELLER // Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the award of $22 million in federal grants to rebuild New York bridges, reinforce sea walls and strengthen anti-flooding measures this week. Surprising approximately no one, Long Island was excluded from the list. The money, from a Federal Emergency Management Agency hazard mitigation fund, is going to three New York City projects and one spanning upstate Oneida and Herkimer counties, with none earmarked for infrastructure improvements…