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New Year brings a new beginning

Inauguration. By its broad definition, it means the beginning of something – asystem, a policy or someone’s admission to public office – and so it follows that the inauguration of …

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 …

For many of us, the New Year is a time when anything seems possible. There is a reason why we make resolutions each year. Some of us want to exercise more, others want to break a bad habit, and for …

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 …

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