News Clips

  • Nassau County reassessment is no time to play politics

    December 10, 2018 - 7:10pm

    Not one Nassau County taxpayer has gotten a flawed property-tax bill as a result of County Executive Laura Curran’s crusade to build an accurate roll of more than 400,000 properties. That’s because tax bills generated by the new values for 2020-21 won’t be sent out until Jan. 2.

    What Curran is trying to do now is work out kinks in the new system and soothe residents’ anxiety and fury. It’s made harder because many of the county’s elected Republicans are encouraging rage and fear.

  • Renegade Democrats’ rash strategy

    December 10, 2018 - 6:00am

    In a normal political world, Nancy Pelosi’s 203-32 victory in the Democratic caucus of the House of Representatives would have assured her the speakership when the full House votes on Jan. 3. But this is no normal world we live in these days. With perhaps 235 Democrats and no alternative candidate to Pelosi announced, 32 Democrats pledge to block her for speaker by not voting when the House reconvenes. They would deny her the requisite 218 votes.

  • Oyster Bay Town finances need state oversight, two Dem lawmakers say

    November 12, 2018 - 6:45pm

    Long Island state legislators plan to reintroduce a bill to impose a state fiscal monitor on the Town of Oyster Bay in 2019, its Democratic sponsors said last week.

    “The Town of Oyster Bay needs its own NIFA,” Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) said, referring to the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority. NIFA is a state authority that has overseen the county’s finances since 2000. “I remain gravely concerned over the manner in which the Town of Oyster Bay is being governed.”

  • Anatomy of an upset: LI's Thomas scores biggest state Election Day surprise

    November 11, 2018 - 6:00am

    On a night of election surprises in New York, none was bigger than Kevin Thomas.

    The 34-year-old Levittown Democrat had little name recognition and little staff. He had no financial help from the state party aside from free office space. His campaign-finance reports detailed no TV or radio ads but instead were filled with receipts for texting services, and Uber and Long Island Rail Road rides.

  • Raynor beats Lamarre in 18th A.D.

    November 9, 2018 - 9:07am

    Taylor Raynor, a Democrat from Uniondale, trounced Republican James Lamarre, of Lakeville, in the 18th Assembly District in Tuesday’s election. Raynor, who beat longtime Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper in the September Democratic primary, earned 86 percent of the vote to Lamarre’s 9.

    “We did this,” Raynor said shortly after the results were announced at Democratic election headquarters at the Garden City Hotel. “This was a long time coming. We deserve excellence. It’s going to be a wild ride. Nassau County, get ready.”

  • Big Democratic win on North Shore

    November 9, 2018 - 9:00am

    By electing Democrat James Gaughran, of Northport, to the State Senate’s 5th District seat, North Shore voters played a major role in stripping Republicans of their Senate majority and handing control to the Democrats for the first time in nearly a decade. By a margin of over 10 percentage points, Gaughran ousted 23-year Republican incumbent Carl Marcellino, of Syosset.

  • Rice wins third term in 4th C.D.

    November 7, 2018 - 9:26am

    Incumbents dominated on election night in Bellmore and Merrick’s state and national races, with two notable exceptions in State Senate District 6 and Assembly District 18.

    Garden City Democrat Kathleen Rice easily won re-election to her 4th Congressional District seat on Tuesday, defeating Bellmore Republican newcomer Ameer Benno with 600 of 652 districts reporting at 11 p.m.

  • Democrats Win NY Senate Majority After Long Island Upsets

    November 7, 2018 - 9:21am

    Democrats unseated three Republican New York State Senators on Long Island and picked up a fourth LI State Senate seat previously held by a Republican, likely flipping the balance of power from GOP to Democratic control in the state’s upper legislative chamber, according to unofficial early returns from the state Board of Elections.

  • Brian Curran falls to Judy Griffin in 21st Assembly District

    November 7, 2018 - 9:20am

    Democrat Judy Griffin defeated incumbent Brian Curran in the 21st Assembly District in Tuesday’s election. Griffin, a Rockville Centre community activist and a former director of community outreach for State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, took 53 percent of the vote to unseat Curran, of Lynbrook, who garnered 47 percent.

    “I’m thankful that Nassau County recognized that we could do much better,” Griffin told a crowd of about 300 at the Garden City Hotel Tuesday night.

  • Suozzi Re-Elected To 3rd Congressional District

    November 7, 2018 - 12:30am

    Voters re-elected Tom Suozzi in the New York State 3rd Congressional District election on Tuesday.

    Rep. Suozzi, a Democrat, defeated Dan DeBono, a Republican, in the state congressional election, according to unofficial results.

    With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Suozzi had 145,060 votes compared to 103,278 votes for DeBono.

    This will be Suozzi's second term as a representative. He was first elected in 2016. Previously, Suozzi served as Glen Cove Mayor from 1994-2001 and as Nassau County Executive from 2002-2009.