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LONG ISLAND

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which aims to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions through a rollout of clean energy infrastructure, in 2018. The Long Island Power Authority’s board voted in May 2020 to authorize community choice aggregation, allowing municipalities to decide how they electricity it procures is derived.

Preparing for Climate Change in Eastern Long Island, New York

CURRENT NEWS

Brookhaven to get bulk of $169M deal for hosting wind farm cable

By Mark Harrington 03/20/23
Brookhaven Town will receive the lion's share of a recently inked $168.9 million benefit package from the developers of an offshore wind farm with a power cable that will make landfall at Smith Point and…
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Inside Gov. Hochul’s controversial NYS budget proposal

By Adina Genn 02/09/23
An $845-million-infusion into economic and community development. Another $2.4 billion for healthcare capital infrastructure. Funds for downtown revitalization and to promote tourism, and investment in childcare, renewable energy, arts and the film industry. Record funding…
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Waters of Long Island Sound: How Local Perspectives Inform Ecological Research

By Shangtong Li 02/01/23
I took a deep breath to take in the fresh briny smell of Shinnecock Bay while strong winds collided with my face. Standing on the deck of a whooshing 26-foot fishing boat on a clear…
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E-bikes zipping on Long Island, but rules can be murky

By Lorena Mongelli 01/21/23
The traffic, sprawl and not-so-bicycle-friendly highways on Long Island made commuting by bike an unlikely option for Hank Degamon. But when the 62-year-old first hopped on the saddle of an electric two-wheeler and hit the…
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Building New York’s Offshore Wind Supply Chain

By Timothy Bolger 01/20/23
Sunrise Wind is bringing jobs, opportunities, and economic growth to New York New York has ambitious goals for reducing its climate footprint – and offshore wind plays a crucial role. Sunrise Wind is one such…
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Climate Change Proves Deadly for Northern Bay Scallops

01/19/23
A new study by Stony Brook University researchers published in Global Change Biology demonstrates that warming waters and heat waves have contributed to the loss of an economically and culturally important fishery, the production of…
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Suffolk legislators approve funding for 12 electric buses

By Vera Chinese 12/21/22
Suffolk lawmakers Tuesday authorized $5,375,000 for the county’s first 12 battery-electric buses, part of County Executive Steve Bellone’s plan to transition to an all-electric fleet of vehicles by 2030.
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North Fork Residents Protest Proposed Lithium Battery Storage Facility

By Lisa Finn 11/30/22
Angry residents are mobilizing to protest a proposed lithium battery energy storage facility that would be sited on bucolic Oregon Road in Cutchogue.
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Environmental Bond Act ‘a Giant Win’ for Long Island

By Christopher Walsh 11/17/22
New York State’s Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022, which voters passed by a comfortable margin on Nov. 8, will be of greatest benefit to Long Island, an environmental…
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Study calls for sea gates, walls to protect South Shore from storm surge

By Robert Brodsky 11/16/22
A complex system of sea gates and concrete walls with lifting panels are needed to protect Long Island's vulnerable South Shore communities from storm surges and rising sea levels, according to a study by a…
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Long Island leaders look to Environmental Bond Act to fight climate change in their neighborhoods

By News 12 Staff 11/10/22
New York voters overwhelmingly approved a $4.2 billion plan to protect the environment on Election Day. Island Park Mayor Michael McGinty says the funding is very important because his village is surrounded on three sides…
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Bridgehampton Child Care Center Offers Program on Wind Farm Work Opportunities

By Elizabeth Vespe 09/27/22
Currently, three offshore wind projects are slated to be constructed off the eastern end of Long Island. With that in mind, program managers and mentors from the Bridgehampton Child Care...
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KEY RESOURCES

Lazy Point Farms

05/24/22
Lazy Point Farms are created to provide the structural, educational, and logistical support needed to advance the future of sugar kelp farming on Long Island. Whether you are an aspiring kelp farmer, an existing shellfish…

What Can and Can’t Be Recycled?

04/21/22
A simple guide to what can and can't be recycled

Organic Soil The Natural Alternative

02/18/22
Long Island Compost has made a name for itself in the organic soil industry by crafting custom blends from natural materials and doing its part to repurpose compost into sustainable substances.

Long Island Green Homes – Long Island Green Homes

07/09/21
Long Island Green Homes is a non-profit collaborative partnership of Long Island Towns, community organizations and Molloy College funded primarily with a grant awarded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to help…

Become a USGBC-LI Member

06/14/21
Yearly membership is as little as $25 a year for students. Your membership entitles you to discounts, free materials and many opportunities to meet others in the Long Island Green Building community.

Visit this dairy farm turned carbon-neutral Conservancy preserve and office

03/17/21
True to its name, Uplands Farm Sanctuary in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, retains the appearance of an old dairy farm, complete with a silo and open meadows that were once cattle pastures. Today, the…

South Fork

02/15/21
BOEM has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the South Fork Wind Farm and South Fork Export Cable Project. The following documents are available for your viewing.

Why Wind?

08/04/20
The local case for offshore wind energy.
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NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities

04/06/20
On August 3, 2016, Governor Cuomo announced the launch of the Clean Energy Communities program, a $16-million initiative to help local governments across the state reduce energy consumption and drive clean energy use in their…

Clean Energy Communities Grants – Remaining Awards

04/06/20
This dashboard provides regularly updated information on the number and amount of remaining grants in each region by community size. Select your region to view the grants available for your community. Grants are available to…

Governor Cuomo Announces 30-Day Amendment to Accelerate Renewable Energy Projects and Drive Economic Growth as Part of Nation-Leading Climate Agenda

02/21/20
Legislation to Create Office of Renewable Energy Permitting Office Will Streamline Process for Environmentally Responsible and Cost-Effective Siting of Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects Across the State Legislation to Speed Up Progress Towards the State Mandate…

HOW SOLAR-FRIENDLY ARE LONG ISLAND MUNICIPALITIES?

02/06/20
An in-depth evaluation of 19 municipalities and solar policies on Long Island.

New York State Announces First Ever Offshore Wind Energy Awards

07/18/19
Nation-leading Program Sends Powerful Message To Launch Offshore Wind Industry.

Our Forum on Coastal Resiliency on Long Island

12/13/19
On Monday, December 9th, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (NYLCVEF) and Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) hosted an educational forum on coastal resiliency strategies.

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Recap: Advancing Wind & Protecting Wildlife Webinar

05/05/21  
On April 21, together with Citizens Campaign for the Environment, we held an event on Advancing Wind and Protecting Wildlife. The event focused on how offshore wind energy projects can be built without causing any…
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Orsted, Eversource pledge $5 million to Stony Brook University for wind-farm research

By Mark Harrington   04/27/21  
The developers of two offshore wind-farm projects slated to provide power to Long Island have pledged $5 million in research funding for a Stony Brook University energy center. Orsted, the Danish energy giant, and its…
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LIPA to consider replacements for PSEG, officials say

By Mark Harrington   04/27/21  
A LIPA task force will recommend that the utility’s board explore two primary alternatives to PSEG managing the Long Island electric grid, including gauging interest from new suitors to replace the embattled company, officials told…
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Wind Farms Will Not Sprout Off South Fork, But Fishermen Are Not Assuaged

By Michael Wright   04/21/21  
The federal government for the first time last week formalized areas of the Atlantic Ocean off Hampton Bays and Westhampton as possible zones for future offshore wind farm development — though the agency said that…
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Architect Wayne Turett’s Greenport home is one of the first passive houses on the North Fork

By Lauren Parker   04/09/21  
Wayne Turett’s modern Greenport house, overlooking North Fork nature and Sterling Harbor Basin, is truly an architect’s home.
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Activists Rally to Support Climate Bills

By Pam Robinson   04/08/21  
Climate change activists took their message to several Long Island legislators on Wednesday, including U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi, D-Huntington.
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State of the Bays? It’s Not Good

By Christopher Walsh   04/07/21  
The effects of climate change are manifesting on Long Island, while excessive nitrogen loading from wastewater poses a material threat both to coastal ecosystems and human health.
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Humans Driving Environmental Plagues, Stony Brook Scientist Says

By Michael Wright   04/06/21  
While humans were ravaged in 2020 by a scourge of the natural world, the natural world on the East End continued to be ravaged by the scourge of humans. In... more 
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Biden administration launches major push to expand offshore wind power

By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis   03/30/21  
The White House on Monday detailed an ambitious plan to expand wind farms along the East Coast and jump-start the country’s nascent offshore wind industry, saying it hoped to trigger a massive clean-energy effort in…
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Study Shows Huge Solar Potential On Long Island

By Andrea Sears   03/29/21  
 A new study shows Long Island has the potential to generate more electric power than it needs with "low-impact" solar installations.
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Chuck Schumer Stalls Climate Overhaul of Flood Insurance Program

By Christopher Flavelle and Emily Cochrane   03/28/21  
 One of the federal government’s main efforts to push Americans to prepare for climate threats is in question after the Senate majority leader’s office objected to a plan to adjust flood insurance rates.
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LIPA delays report on future direction as PSEG talks continue

By Mark Harrington   03/26/21  
LIPA will delay releasing its much-anticipated report about its future direction, giving PSEG Long Island more time to negotiate a contract that LIPA says must be changed to address storm-response and management shortcomings.
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The Promise of Offshore Wind

By Brittany Gibson   03/24/21  
Wind farms in 42 states provided about 7 percent of U.S. power needs in 2019, a figure that is expected to grow. But offshore wind is the exciting growth area for technology and jobs, as…
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Kelp could be silver bullet in fighting climate change in our oceans

By Bo Evans   03/20/21  
There’s a lot of solutions out there that people like to talk about when it comes to climate change, but one that’s gaining a lot of traction is kelp.
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Guestwords: Aging Energy Infrastructure

By David Posnett   03/17/21  
On the South Fork of Long Island, we all know about yearly brownouts during peak demand for power in the summer. Indeed, energy demand on the South Fork is growing at almost twice the rate…
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Roadmap to a Solar Energy Future on Long Island

By Liz Galst   03/10/21  
As seen from above, the solar carport at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge, Long Island, twinkles in the sun. Since 2011, the solar canopies there, laid out in rows above the parking spaces, have…
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Long Island Looks At Competitive Bidding For Energy As A Greener, More Accountable Option

By J.D.Allen   12/22/20  
Suffolk County lawmakers will look in the New Year into creating a digital platform to help town and village governments join and operate pacts to lower energy costs for consumers.
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The Case Of The Vanishing Scallops

12/18/20  
If you jump in your car in Manhattan and drive about 85 miles east out to Long Island, you’ll reach a spot where the island forks into two spits of land, the remains of ancient…
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NYPA focuses on solar and storage in its 10-year plan

By Jean Haggerty   12/11/20  
The New York Power Authority’s board of trustees approved a 10-year strategic plan for decarbonizing New York’s energy infrastructure. Large-scale solar and storage both figure prominently.  
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Marine Rescuers On Long Island Join National Effort To Save Endangered, Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles Washing Ashore In New England

By Carolene Gusoff   12/11/20  
A rescue mission is underway to save hundreds of endangered sea turtles. Kemp’s ridley sea turtles wash ashore up and down New England this time of year. Since there are so many in need, marine…
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Climate Change Is Hitting New York’s Long Island Hard But Some Are Pushing Ideology Aside to Fight It

By Sal Bono   10/21/20  
Just off mainland New York State and containing the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, Long Island’s geographical location is prime real estate. Its beaches are some of the most desirable in the country, and it…
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Riverhead Hears Solar Farm Concerns

By Beth Young   09/02/20  
The Riverhead Town Board, which is considering a 12-month moratorium on considering solar farm applications after two major projects were proposed in the past year, heard concerns from several residents about the impact the installations…
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Renewable Energy ‘First’: New Solar Lights In Town Parking Lot

By Lisa Finn   09/01/20  
The Amagansett municipal lot is also a location where the town has installed electric car charging stations that are open to the public.
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U.S. Rep Rice, local groups urge DOI to act on New York wind energy areas designation

By Dave Kovaleski   08/31/20  
U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), along with lawmakers, environmental and labor leaders, are calling on the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to designate final Wind Energy Areas in the New York Bight and hold new…
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New York delegation: End offshore-wind delays now

By Gregory Zeller   08/27/20  
Long Island political, environmental and labor leaders are calling on Washington to quit stalling and finally designate a final Wind Energy Area in New York waters.
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Climate Change Affecting More Than Just Humans on Long Island

By Priscila Korb   08/13/20  
Long Islanders have been working to combat climate change, which has been affecting marine and wildlife in the area.
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Lindenhurst OKs contract for improvements to reduce energy costs

By Denise M. Bonilla   08/09/20  
The $5.8 million agreement with Johnson Controls will result in upgrades such as LED lighting and solar panels to more than a dozen village facilities and properties. The global company, which has an office in…
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Stony Brook scientist to face Zeldin for Congress seat

07/16/20  
Nancy Goroff, a Stony Brook scientist, was declared the winner of the NY-1 Democratic primary last week, edging out opponent Perry Gershon by 630 votes. “I am honored to have earned the support of thousands…
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Climate Change Remains A Growing Threat

By Karl Grossman   04/12/20  
A good thing to remember as we enter a new decade is that we’ve waited far too long to take action on climate change,” said Gordian Raacke, executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island. “Now…
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National Grid’s plans are ‘onerously expensive and environmentally detrimental:’ NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer

By Shant Shahrigian   03/11/20  
The government should consider launching a publicly-run energy utility if National Grid can’t help the city and state meet their clean-energy goals, says City Comptroller Scott Stringer.
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Governor Cuomo Announces Launch of $2.5 Million Competition Seeking Israeli Companies to Collaborate on New Clean Energy Technologies

03/06/20  
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of the New York Power Authority-Israel Smart Energy Challenge, a $2.5 million competition to attract Israeli companies with expertise in energy efficiency and clean energy generation to…
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The Original Long Islanders Fight to Save Their Land From a Rising Sea

By Somini Sengupta and Shola Lawal   03/05/20  
A maritime people who once spanned a large swath of the eastern Long Island shore, the Shinnecock Indians have been hemmed into a 1.5-square-mile patch of land on the edge of a brackish bay. Now,…
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Peaker plants face emissions limits

By MARIE J. FRENCH   03/05/20  
PEAKER PLANT RETIREMENT PLANS — POLITICO’s Marie J. French: Several power plants that run on the hottest summer days plan to limit their operations or shut down as new state regulations limiting smog-forming pollutants in…
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LIPA plans to close 2 small power plants in Nassau and Suffolk

By Mark Harrington   03/02/20  
National Grid and LIPA will shutter two small peak-power generators, one in West Babylon and another in Glenwood Landing, this year and next, and may close more depending on the outcome of tax-challenge negotiations with…
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N.Y.’s path to clean energy future must be carbon-free

By Gary Toth   02/29/20  
New York State has been a national leader in setting aggressive clean energy goals. It’s recently enacted the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, or CLCPA, mandating the achievement of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by…
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New York governor proposes renewable energy permitting office to speed projects

By Robert Walton   02/24/20  
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, has proposed a new Office of Renewable Energy Permitting that would "improve and streamline the process" for permitting large-scale renewable energy projects across the state.
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FERC rules clean energy must pay higher market price in New York

By Nichola Groom   02/21/20  
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday issued a suite of orders that will require subsidized energy storage and renewable power resource providers to meet a price floor in New York state’s capacity market, making…
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Local Clean Energy Transportation Summit Planned

02/20/20  
In his State of State address on January 9, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo committed to advancing New York State’s clean transportation sector and expanding its electric vehicle industry.
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In ritzy East Hampton, the biggest hurdle to offshore wind is a single cable

By Danielle Muoio   02/18/20  
It seemed innocuous enough: a gaggle of homeowners in the idyllic East Hampton hamlet of Wainscott circulated a petition opposing a key aspect of the state’s first offshore wind project — the landing spot for…
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Trump aims for New York in latest Salvo against clean energy

02/14/20  
Federal regulators are set to make a decision on New York’s power market that could disrupt the state’s plans to reach its climate goals. The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has scheduled a meeting for…
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Record number of sea turtles rescued on Long Island due to climate change

By Stacey Sager   01/23/20  
A growing climate problem is creating a struggle for survival for endangered sea turtles on Long Island. It's hard not to get too attached to the little turtles, especially after saving their lives.
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5 ways climate has changed on Long Island and beyond

By Edward B. Colby   11/27/19  
Much of the conversation around climate change focuses on the future — but you might be surprised to learn what's happened already. Here's a look at changes we've seen on and around Long Island, New…
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The Tribe that Brought a Damaged Shoreline Back to Life

By Anuradha Varanasi   09/18/19  
On a sunny Monday afternoon in August, the Shinnecock Indian Reservation’s beach in Long Island, New York, resembled one of the postcard-perfect beaches in the nearby Hamptons. Except, there weren’t any sunbathing tourists around. The…
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Climate Change To Raise Sea Levels, Cost Massapequa $49 Million

By Gus Saltonstall   07/30/19  
The advocacy group Center for Climate Integrity predicts that Massapequa will have to spend $49.2 million on seawalls by 2040.
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Here’s How Sweltering Long Island Stands To Get In 2050

By Alex Costello   07/22/19  
Long Island is going to be facing many more days of extreme heat by midcentury, according to a new report released last week.
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Stony Brook researchers hope sugar kelp turns into next specialty crop

By David M. Schwartz   04/30/19  
Bobbing on a boat above the Great Gun Shellfish Co. farm in Moriches Bay, owner Paul McCormick tucked a slice of freshly harvested sugar kelp under a just-shucked oyster and slurped in the combo.
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Covanta and Babylon, N.Y., Extend Partnership Through 2035

By Waste 360 staff   04/24/19  
The new agreement gives Covanta new opportunities for increased metals recovery and revenue sharing.
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Youth Climate Strikes on LI, beyond send environmental message

By Joan Gralla   03/15/19  
Long Island high schoolers alarmed by the rapidity and destructiveness of climate change joined mothers and other activists in Mineola on Friday, one of the numerous Youth Climate Strikes taking place around the country and…
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Babylon Town completes LED replacement for streetlights

By Rachel O'Brien   02/13/19  
The Town of Babylon has replaced its 13,354 streetlights with efficient LED lights, one of the first towns on Long Island to do so. The Town of Southampton completed its streetlight conversion to LED in…
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The Unexpected Upsides of the Hole in Fire Island

By Dan Garisto   10/29/18  
On Long Island, some of the damage done by Superstorm Sandy wound up being an environmental boon. Years later, residents are wondering how to prevent things going back to the way they were.
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