Robert Blakeman, ‘pillar’ of Valley Stream, dies at 92

Robert “Bob” Blakeman, a prominent figure in local politics who was Valley Stream’s village attorney, a state assemblyman and the first president of Franklin Hospital, died at his …

Safety and the Second

Gun owners decry SAFE Act in Albany rally

Part two in an ongoing series.Dressed in olive-green fatigues and brandishing placards touting the legality of the AR-15 assault rifle, an estimated 300 to 400 gun rights advocates descended on …

Oceanside Fire Department celebrates 115 years of history

Five companies, 115 years and 2,500 souls would be one way to quantify the Oceanside Fire Department’s presence in the community through its history, but doing so leaves out the human elements of …

Safety and the 2nd

The gun 'wake-up call' hits Nassau

When 13 people were shot dead at Columbine High School in 1999, many of today’s youth, including the survivors of the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., had not yet been born. Hayden Gise, a senior at Hewlett High School, recalled the routine lockdown drills conducted when he was in elementary school just a few years later.

GCFD seeks volunteers amid membership decline

“Any time there’s a disaster, storms, anything,” said Bill Basdavanos, former chief of the Glen Cove Fire Department, “the city calls us, and we open up our doors to the community.” …

Baldwin's Lady Bruins win Federation title

A week after becoming the first Long Island-based girls’ basketball team to capture back-to-back state championships, Baldwin had another date with history.


No ethics without fair districting

Talking about ethics is always a crowd-pleaser, particularly when scandals are as recent and as numerous as they have been in New York. So it was almost to be expected when Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged . . .

Randi Kreiss

Flying away on a literary magic carpet

I’m writing about books because my mother is dying and I can’t write about that. I know that my sense of myself, my personal latitude and longitude, are about to change in the coming weeks.

Alfonse D'Amato

Do we have the right to privacy, or not?

Defenders of privacy and freedom from unnecessary intrusions into legal rights got a wake-up call on two fronts last week. One involved our expectations of privacy in the internet age . . .

Laura Lane

Finding hope among the crowd at the March for Our Lives

Just in front of me, a teenage girl tentatively raised her arm. Then she clenched her fist. We were at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington on March 24 . . .