The state attorney general (AG) holds a commanding lead in the gubernatorial polls, a Democrat appears poised to succeed the departing AG, and Alan Hevesi’s conduct while in office dominates the state comptroller’s race.
More than a year ago, I was intrigued after learning some major Broadway talents were joining forces to adapt into a play David Maraniss’ When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi (Simon & Schuster, 2000).
Mary Carillo and Patrick McEnroe, New York natives who played professional tennis and won Grand Slam titles along the way, have achieved even greater renown and fame as tennis broadcasters.
National media outlets are abuzz with talk about the Republicans regaining a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, although it’ll take an electoral upset for a Nassau Republican other than Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) to be seated with New York’s Congressional delegation next year.
Charles Wang, the New York Islanders’ owner, made the biggest news at the team’s Media Day last week when he announced that the Islanders will call Nassau County their home at least through the end of the 2014-2015 season.
I worked years ago alongside a one-time Long Island Press reporter who, in the late 1990s, told me about that newspaper’s sudden demise in the late 1970s. Now, hang with me, because you have to be a certain age (40-plus) to even remember the Press, an afternoon daily.
The way New York State is governed over the next 10 years is on Tuesday, Nov. 2’s ballot but something so consequential will have little to do with the outcome of the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate elections.
Nassau voters can be forgiven their general lack of interest or knowledge about the Tuesday, Sept. 14 primary elections. Some of the candidates vying for their affections, and the media outlets which should be covering the prospective office holders, apparently took the summer off.
Perhaps it was because the canceled trains and chronic delays occurred in late August but the Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) epic operational problems, reportedly caused by a fire at a switching tower near Jamaica station, prompted little visible outrage from the Island’s elected officials.
The U.S. Open Championship prompts thousands of tennis fans each year to use the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), and that’s a good thing. The public’s migration to the LIRR gets cars off the road and serves as a prominent reminder of mass transit’s importance to the region.
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Mike Barry, a corporate communications consultant, has worked in government and journalism. Email: MFBARRY@optonline.net