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One of my all-time favorite comedians was Groucho Marx. He always had the right response to the question of the moment. more
New York has lost Oyster Bay. Well, more accurately, the state has lost 300,000 people — the town’s population — in just a single year. more
Once again, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has left coal in the stockings of Long Island Rail Road commuters. more
For decades, gas pipelines and other delivery infrastructure have been a reliable cash cow for utility companies, which recover the costs of building their distribution systems from our utility bills . . . more
As I look back on my New Years’ columns over these last many years, I might as well have been writing in disappearing ink. Pretty much nothing I expected came to pass . . . more
The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour for 14 years — a time period during which mere adjustments for inflation would now have it over $10. more
Tuesday was my last day as a member of Congress, and George Santos is about to be sworn in to take the seat I held for six years. He will take an oath to “bear true faith” to the Constitution and take this obligation without any “purpose of evasion.” I’ve lost track of how many evasions and lies Mr. Santos has told about himself, his finances and his history and relationship with our stretch of Long Island and northeastern Queens. When he is seated, it will diminish our Congress, our country and my constituents — soon his constituents. more
New York state’s missing U.S. senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, recently surfaced on Long Island. That must mean that Gillibrand finally got around to analyzing November’s election results . . . more
As the new year begins, let us look up to the stars that light our winter nights. The transition from 2022 to 2023 has been showered with starlight. more
Politics were at their ugliest. The world was in turmoil. War raged in the Ukraine. Overall, it was a tumultuous year. more
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