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Every week that Congress is in session, I travel to Washington for votes and then come back home to my district, constituents and family. Over the last six years that I've had the privilege of …

On Jan. 15, 2021, we mark what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 92nd birthday. During his 11 years as the recognized leader of the civil rights movement, King traveled more than six …

As of Dec. 22, 2020, New York State had received 630,000 vaccine doses, and as of last week approximately 140,000 doses had been administered. The state expects to receive approximately 259,000 …

The dawning of a new year inevitably leads one to reflect on the year before. As I look back at 2020, it would be easy to focus on the difficulties. When I took the helm as the Suffolk County …

By the time this column is published, we will be on Day 285 of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in Suffolk County. Our first case was confirmed on March 8, although we suspect the coronavirus made …

We all have our own special traditions during this time of the year. Unfortunately, rituals like holiday parades, Christmas markets, and get-togethers are being cancelled as we all work together to …

Around this time 50 years ago, Suffolk legislators were wrapping up the county legislature’s first year as a legislative body. The Suffolk County Legislature was established in January 1970, …

On Nov. 11 we celebrate Veterans Day. Originally, the holiday was known as Armistice Day and it marked the day on which World War I ended in 1918. President Woodrow Wilson speaking before Congress in …

Threats and rude remarks to a pastor whose church is ringing a bell for each person who died of the COVID virus. That means honoring mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, health care …

Suffolk County Legislature presiding officer Rob Calarco is reminding SuffolkCounty voters of the various ways they can cast their ballots in the Novembergeneral election, including voting absentee, …

Like most elected officials, my friend and colleague, Legis. Tom Muratore,had a few issues that were especially close to his heart. School bus safetywas one of them. He was responsible for having …

As young children, the headcount at school was always important. Whether it was on a field trip or taking attendance for the day, it was critical that teachers had an accurate headcount. It was …

The very first Labor Day parade in the United States was held on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City. The participants brought picnic lunches, had a concert, and listened to many different speeches. …

When someone celebrates a milestone birthday, you will often see gifts and games centered around the theme of “the year you were born...” What usually follows is a series of facts and …

A new law that removes conviction history checkboxes from job applications takes effect in Suffolk County on Aug. 25. This type of legislation is referred to as a “Ban the Box” …

Tropical Storm Isaias just passing through Suffolk County it is likely we can see another major storm or even a hurricane this year, so it is a good time to review how prepared we are for the …

When summer officially kicked off last month, no one knew what kind of season would lie ahead of us as we continued our battle against COVID-19. The outdoors has since emerged as a kind of safe …

Suffolk County enters its second week of Phase 4 under the New York Forward reopening plan, life is starting to return to a version of normal for many of us. Yet for so many, life has been …

This past January marked the 50-year anniversary of the creation of the Suffolk County Legislature. Like others marking milestones this year, we had celebration plans that were diverted by the …

No one will forget 2020, and those graduating this year have the unique badge of having this year attached to their unofficial titles as members of the Class of 2020. In some ways, I share the …

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