Erasing racism and bias on Long Island

Elaine Gross, president of the Syosset-based nonprofit ERASE Racism, calls it “racialized school segregation.” Long Island comprises 125 school districts — some as small as one square mile — and 42 percent are all-white or nearly all-white, according to a 2017 ERASE Racism report. Meanwhile, 24 percent are majority African-American/Hispanic districts.

Rockville Centre school district to tweak South Side's I.B. requirement, reinstate CORE II program

The Rockville Centre Board of Education supported a plan put forth by administrators last week that would create special classes for South Side High School students with severe learning disabilities and offer a modified version of International Baccalaureate courses that students are currently required to take.

Percussion superstar and JFK alum Neil Grover brings the noise to band class

Neil Grover ascended from the classrooms of Bellmore’s John F. Kennedy High School in 1973 to performances around the nation today with the Boston Pops Orchestra, as one of the country’s premier percussionists.

Former East Rockaway Fire Department Chief Gene Torborg dies at 63

Dozens of firefighters and local residents attended the funeral of former East Rockaway Fire Department Chief Gene Torborg on Tuesday.

Celebrating the holidays at the Freeport Recreation Center

With a pink bag and $6 in change in hand, Alex Gold, 8, counseled his 4-year-old brother, Jason, about choosing another Christmas present to buy for their mom during the Christmas and Holiday …

Tuition aid restored for fire volunteers, EMS workers in Nassau County

Nassau County’s 19 legislators voted unanimously on Nov. 19 to allocate funding to make up for a lost Federal Emergency Management Agency grant that provides college scholarships for volunteer …


With Amazon on the way, let’s rethink housing

With news that Amazon’s second headquarters is coming to Long Island City, Queens, bringing with it 50,000 new jobs, the Island is poised for a housing renaissance, but in order for that to happen, residents must be open to change.

Some personal notes on the 'perfect American'

I first heard the news that the Iraqi military had rolled into Kuwait on Aug. 3, 1990, the day after the invasion. I can’t forget that moment. I was watching over 9- and 10-year-old boys at the …

Randi Kreiss

The wobbling arc of the moral universe

From one vantage point, we are blessed to live in these times. Consider us here on Long Island, enjoying our safe neighborhoods, good schools and . . .


I’m committed to fixing Nassau’s tax-assessment system

Recently, I gave the order to post online tax-impact notices using last year’s tax levy and the new assessed market values for property owners across Nassau County. Throughout my first 11 months in office . . .