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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
1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing

Nelson Rockefeller’s nomination for Governor in 1958 was partly an upstate revolt against the continued domination of party affairs by the Nassau Republican organization. Rockefeller was a man who always had bigger fish to fry, and throughout his almost 15 years as governor, he often went out of his way not to step on the toes of the touchy Nassau GOP. That’s why Nassau is the only large New York county without a state office building. Respect the turf.

Just before taking office, Rockefeller announced that State Senator William Hults would be Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, but not until the end of the 1959 legislative session, so that Glen Cove, North Hempstead, Oyster Bay and a sliver of Hempstead wouldn’t lose their Senate representation until 1960.

Mike BarryEye on the Island

By Mike Barry
The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’

The Nassau County district attorney’s (DA) office makes a cameo appearance in Empty Mansions, an incredible book about Huguette Clark (1906-2011), the Manhattan-raised heiress whose generosity and eccentricities were legendary.

Now that Ryan Murphy, a creator of television’s “Glee,” has optioned Empty Mansions’ film rights, I imagine a scrum of top actresses are vying to play Clark.

September Pro Sports: That’s The Ticket

The Mets’ playoff hopes are long gone, and the Yankees’ appear bleak, but Nassau’s sports fans have options this month if they are ice hockey, soccer or thoroughbred horse racing fans.

The New York Islanders, coming off their best season in years, will play a pre-season game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m., against the New Jersey Devils. Less than a week later, on Friday, Sept. 27, also at 7 p.m., the Islanders return to the Nassau Coliseum to host a pre-season contest against the Nashville Predators. The Isles’ 2013-2014 regular season debut will take place on Friday, Oct. 4 at the Prudential Center in Newark, where they’ll again face the Devils. The Islanders’ home opener is Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m., at the Nassau Coliseum against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The National Hockey League’s (NHL) upcoming campaign will come to a halt for much of February 2014, as many of the league’s players compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. Before the NHL goes on hiatus, however, the Islanders and New York Rangers will compete in an outdoor match at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, Jan, 29, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. It’ll take place during an incredible sports week in the metropolitan area because the National Football League’s Super Bowl is being held on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Meanwhile, the North American Soccer League’s (NASL) New York Cosmos, who have been drawing large crowds at their current home field, Hofstra University, are playing two more games this month at James Shuart Stadium in Hempstead. The Cosmos will face Minnesota United on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., and the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m.

In response to a Request for Proposals (RFP), the New York Cosmos submitted to the state’s Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) a plan to build a privately funded soccer stadium in Elmont, on a state-owned, 28-acre parcel that now serves as an often-empty parking lot for Belmont Park. Additional information on the concept, known as Elmont Town Crossings and which calls for much more than a stadium, can be found at

A separate proposal to construct a soccer stadium in Queens’ Flushing Meadow Corona Park is going nowhere, with candidates for citywide elective office correctly questioning the wisdom of developing parkland.

Belmont Park’s Fall Championship Meet began on Saturday, Sept. 7, and will conclude on Sunday, Oct. 27.

Thoroughbred horse racing had been taking place since late July at Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York. Belmont is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in the fall, with the exception of Monday, Oct. 14, when the race track will be open for Columbus Day. It’ll then be closed on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The fall is traditionally the time of year when owners and trainers point their best horses toward the Breeders Cup, an annual, two-day event to be held this year on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. One day on the Belmont calendar that stands out is Saturday, Sept. 28, when multiple Grade 1 races, the kind which draw Breeders Cup prospects, are being held.

If you’re looking to squeeze out one more 2013 summer sports memory, the Yankees are playing their final regular season home game on Thursday night, Sept. 26, against the Tampa Bay Rays and the Mets will bring down the curtain on their 2013 season on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 29, against the Milwaukee Brewers.