I am disappointed that in your most recent editorial in regard to the Shinnecock Nation [“Shinnecock Go All-In,” Editorial, February 25], you state that the neighbors and residents who were opposed to a casino the last time it was proposed “exploded in dissent,” and that many of us engaged in “hateful rhetoric.” As someone who was very concerned the last time that it was proposed, that certainly is not my recollection. It seems that when your Editorial Board feels one way about any issue, those of us who may have differed, or currently disagree, are then so labeled, which is ... 2 Mar 2021 by Staff Writer
When I think about all of the issues that plague our democracy, one that makes me especially angry is felony disenfranchisement. It’s absurd. In the year 2021, New Yorkers who have fully completed their prison sentences and reentered their communities face needless hurdles to casting their ballots. These are people who pay taxes, provide for their families, and contribute to society just like you and me. It’s not only a violation of the principle of one person, one vote — these laws are deeply racist. Laws disenfranchising people with past convictions are Jim Crow era relics designed to deny voting ... by Staff Writer
The article on the yacht broker who buys Co2 credits [“Westhampton Beach Yacht Dealer Promises Carbon Neutral Experience,” Business, 27east.com, February 26] is a ray of sunshine. It is good to know that the ultra-wealthy are awakening — maybe not changing, but taking some responsibility. Odd things and people need to be connected. There is an outfit in Washington State — Redmond, where else? — that is developing hydrogen fuel cell technology. This holy grail has been largely ignored as unrealistic in the climate wars, but these people at HY Tech have an actionable business plan and a crazy smart ... by Staff Writer
Just four years ago, People’s United Bank signs replaced Suffolk County National Bank signs on branches across the East End. Soon, those People’s United signs will be replaced, in turn, by M&T Bank signs after it was announced this week that M&T Bank Corporation of Buffalo had agreed to buy People’s United Financial, Inc., a Bridgeport, Connecticut-based company, for $7.6 billion in an all-stock deal. The acquisition is another example of the consolidation in the world of regional banking that has seen local banks like BNB Bank and North Fork Bank get gobbled up by larger companies seeking to compete ... 1 Mar 2021 by Stephen J. Kotz
As of now, two former state executive aides have courageously come forward in relaying their experiences of sexual harassment and misconduct committed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Though it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to validate and uplift victims, the evidence and verification thus far provided pre-investigation, from both of these individuals, solidifies these claims even more. I applaud the state and federal electeds across partisan lines who have come forward in stating their support of an independent investigation — but this is simply not enough. An independent investigation is not truly independent if it is ... by Staff Writer
The Bridgehampton Association raised and distributed over $47,000 to 18 local organizations this year — a remarkable feat, especially in a year like 2020! We adapted, like everyone else, and managed to hold a “Pandemically Modified” Golf Tournament in the fall, at the beautiful Bridgehampton Club. We wore masks and distanced at The Book Bay, our used book store, while staying open nearly every day since the summer. And we even made a few wreaths and treats to sell quietly, instead of our usual festive Holiday Fair. And our community responded! We are so grateful, since our grantees needed our ... by Staff Writer
Mardi Gras, subdued in New Orleans, has migrated, maskless and mindless, to the CPAC freak show in Florida, heralded by the “golden gaffe” — a huge idol-sculpture of Trump with an oversized gilded head (representing his ego?) on a scrunched-up, distorted body — which has attracted genuflections and others praying to it and taking selfies. The celebration culminated in the ruminations of the cunning, albeit stupid, original still insisting that the election was “stolen” from him. Unfortunately, this pagan celebration to corruption, deceit, lies and danger will not vanish with the coming of spring. It is apt that CPAC has ... by Staff Writer
News of the Shinnecock Nation planning to construct their proposed casino on the edge of Southampton Village in Shinnecock is troubling indeed, for reasons obvious and less obvious. To name just a few reasons: Most immediately, think of traffic, always a big issue for us, and most definitely the corridors along Route 27, County Road 39 and Montauk Highway likely would be severely impacted, as would local bypasses within quiet residential neighborhoods. However, increased traffic will require an increased police presence; a casino likely will increase incidences of crime, which also will require an increased police presence. Hence, a larger ... by Staff Writer
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