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Irving Like Collection

Collection Number
SC 236

OCLC Number

Irving Like, 1924-2018

Donated by Irving Like in 1976.

Extent, Scope, and Content Note
This collection comprises 3.2 cubic ft. of dockets and other legal materials produced between 1963 and 1986 regarding several laws suits brought by the County of Suffolk (New York) against the Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO). The papers include documents, hearings, correspondence, reports and clippings relating to the environment, including the Lloyd Harbor Study Group's challenge to the construction of the Long Island Lighting Company's Nuclear Power Facility at Shoreham, New York, and the proposed construction of a nuclear facility at Jamesport, New York. Other concerns include the Fire Island National Seashore, the creation of a Hudson Highlands National Scenic Riverway, and litigation by Suffolk County, New York, against the Long Island Lighting Company.

Arrangement and Processing Note
Processed by Kristen J. Nyitray in 2004.
Finding aid updated August 2014, May 2019, and May 2020.


Restrictions on Access
The collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Rights and Permissions 
Stony Brook University Libraries' consent to access as the physical owner of the collection does not address copyright issues that may affect publication rights. It is the sole responsibility of the user of Special Collections and University Archives materials to investigate the copyright status of any given work and to seek and obtain permission where needed prior to publication.

[Item], [Box], Irving Like Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries.

Historical Note  
Irving Like (1924-2018) was a longtime resident of Babylon and Bay Shore, New York, and an attorney who worked to preserve the natural environment of Long Island. His legal practice, Reilly, Like and Schneider, and later Reilly, Like and Tenety, worked on complex litigation on the environment, land use, zoning, tax certiorari and real estate. Like’s first public legal battle was against Robert Moses, another Babylon resident. Moses was prevented from paving over the barrier beach on Fire Island. Like was also able to convince the U.S. Congress to make the area a national seashore and drafted the legislation leading to this major accomplishment. He also fought the Long Island Lighting Company’s plan to build the Shoreham nuclear power plant in the mid 1960s, as well as other plants on Long Island. 

Like was the oldest son of two immigrants from Russia, Benjamin and Esther Like. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from City College of New York and Columbia University Law School. He was admitted to the Bar in 1950 and moved to Long Island in 1954. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. Like was named by Newsday as one of the 100 Most Influential Long Islanders of the 20th century and served as counsel to Suffolk County; chaired the Law Committee of Agent Orange law firms; and was counsel to the Fire Island National Seashore Citizens Committee. (Excerpted from: The Beacon, November 15, 2018)

Like, Irving, -- 1924-2018 -- Archives.
Like, Irving, -- 1924-2018.
Long Island Lighting Company 
Hudson Highlands National Scenic Riverway (N.Y.)
Jamesport Nuclear Power Station (N.Y.)
Lloyd Harbor Study Group.
Fire Island National Seashore (N.Y.)
Environmental policy -- New York (State) -- Long Island.
Environmental policy -- United States.
Shoreham Nuclear Powerplant (N.Y.)
Nuclear power plants -- New York (State) -- Shoreham.
Nuclear power plants -- Environmental aspects -- New York (State)
Suffolk County (N.Y.) -- History.
Long Island (N.Y.) -- Politics and government.
Politics and government.
Nuclear power plants -- Environmental aspects.
Nuclear power plants.
Environmental policy.
United States.
New York (State) -- Suffolk County.
New York (State) -- Shoreham.
New York (State) -- Long Island.
New York (State).


Hudson National Scenic Riverway: correspondence, drafts, clippings, 1964-1966 
Correspondence: 1964
Correspondence: January-April 1965 
Correspondence: May-July 1965 
Correspondence: 1964-1965 A-Z (filed by last name of correspondent)
Correspondence with Representative Richard L. Ottinger, 1964-1966
Correspondence with Senator Jacob K. Javits, 1964-1965
Drafts, resolutions, bills, acts, memoranda
Newspaper clippings
Citizens Committee for the Hudson River
Cornwall Taxpayers Water Protection Association
Friends of the Hudson
Hempstead Town Lands Resources Committee
Scenic Hudson Preservation Conference
Correspondence with Robert Like, 1965
Fire Island National Seashore material (circa 1963)
Newspaper clippings: Shoreham Nuclear Power Station and energy
Lloyd Harbor Study Group