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Bob McMillanAn Opinion

By Bob McMillan
Presidents v. The Supreme Court

The recent political chatter about “Obamacare” before the Supreme Court of the United States got a great deal of media attention.  President Obama added fuel to the fire when he declared, “Ultimately, I am confident the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”

For someone who was a law professor those words were absurd.  Even if a bill passed unanimously in the house and senate, it could still be overturned – if the law was in violation of the Constitution.

Michael Miller


By Michael Miller
Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages

In early 1946, a brouhaha erupted between the AFL and the CIO, the state’s rival federations of labor groups. Republican leaders in the state legislature endorsed the upstate-oriented AFL’s proposal that New York license and regulate barbers and cosmetologists. The downstate-oriented CIO, which had members who couldn’t document the required formal education, launched opposition so fierce and threatened political retaliation so severe that the legislation was considered dead. And then, as the 1946 session was drawing to a close and the CIO was concentrating on other things, the “barber and hairdresser bills” started moving through both houses, with almost total Republican support and Democratic opposition. Member of Assembly Genesta Strong, first-termer from Nassau County, dependable, safe and already expected to step aside, was asked to be the official sponsor of the cosmetologist licensing bill.

Governor Dewey’s signing of the bill cemented support for his re-election from the powerful AFL, which had been the whole point. To those in political inner circles, Mrs. Strong had proved herself a reliable team player whose dignity was useful in deflecting potential attack.

Mike BarryEye on the Island

By Mike Barry
Sustainable LI: Getting Good Things Done

Farmingdale-based Sustainable Long Island is hosting its eighth annual Sustainability Conference on Friday, April 4, at Carlyle on the Green, at Bethpage State Park.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and traditionally draws hundreds of people from all walks of life: government, business and not-for-profits. This year’s theme is “Accomplishing More Together.” Tickets are $75 per person, which includes the cost of lunch.

Introducing Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Under the direction of Head Coach Kristen O’Leary and Assistant Coach Morgan Cestari last year’s junior varsity team experienced considerable success completing their season undefeated in their league.  Oyster Bay High School Physical Education Teacher Charlie Rizzuto will coach this year’s varsity team.  

Rizzuto was head coach of the boy’s lacrosse program at Commack High School for two years prior to his switch to Oyster Bay.  By no means short on experience, Rizzuto has been coaching both boys and girls lacrosse at the scholastic and club levels for the past eight years.  

“I have coached the sport of lacrosse at every level, PAL through collegiate and everything in between.” said Rizzuto. Rizzuto, a Long Island native, was a two-time All Division-One Suffolk County attack man at Sachem North.  He went on to be named an Inside Lacrosse All-American while attending Pace University.  

This year’s girls lacrosse program consists of 35 girls, an incredibly large showing considering the size of the Oyster Bay School District.  “The program in itself is like one large team,” said Rizzuto.  “They practice together but only make the split between varsity and junior varsity come game day.”

OBHS junior Hannah Kaiser said, “I’ve been waiting for a varsity program for the longest time. My hope for this season is that Oyster Bay surprises the lacrosse community.  I don’t want to just have a ‘good’ first year.  I want to make the playoffs, and go as far as we can after that.”  Kaiser, a member of this year’s varsity team has been a member of the Oyster Bay Girls Lacrosse Program since the start, participating on the middle school and junior varsity teams.  Kaiser was instrumental in the growth of the program.  An enthusiast for the sport, she along with teammate and fellow Junior Cailin Cook were both leading figures in the formation of the program.  “Cailin and I spoke at a board meeting to show how much a lacrosse program would mean to us,” said Kaiser.  Now given the chance to compete on the varsity level Kaiser said, “As coach Rizzuto would say, we want to ‘shock the world.’”