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Mike BarryEye on the Island

By Mike Barry

Belmont Countdown

Friday, 28 May 2010 00:00

The Garden City and Floral Park Belmont Festivals, to be held on Friday evening, June 4, give Long Islanders a festive way to mark the night before the thoroughbred racing world convenes in Elmont for the Belmont Stakes.

 

GOP Convention Looms

Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00

Before a major game against a longtime rival, players usually try to say all the right things in front of the media.  The twin goals: lower expectations, and avert the appearance of an incendiary article that can enrage an opponent by appearing on their locker room wall.

 

NY’s Drastic Measure

Friday, 14 May 2010 00:00

Given the seriousness of the state’s budget situation, the Paterson administration’s plan to furlough temporarily about 100,000 unionized state employees for one work day a week is a prudent public policy decision.

 

Triple Crown Odds

Friday, 07 May 2010 00:00

Days before Super Saver won the Kentucky Derby, one Las Vegas casino was offering a generic proposition wager on whether any of the 20 3-year-old thoroughbred horses running in the Derby would win this year’s Triple Crown.

 

Justice Timeline

Friday, 30 April 2010 00:00

If you’re wondering why former state Senate majority leader Joseph Bruno is looking at jail time next week, and former Governor Eliot Spitzer is being celebrated this month at a New York City film festival, I can explain this reversal of fortune.

 

Manhunt Chronicled

Friday, 23 April 2010 00:00

The February 2005 capture of Christopher DiMeo is one of the Nassau County Police Department’s (NCPD) finest hours, and involved so much drama that the Arts & Entertainment Channel debuted last week a program on the case. It will air again on A& E on Thursday, April 22 at 11 p.m. and can be viewed in its entirety online at www.aetv.com.

 

Newsday’s Targets

Friday, 16 April 2010 00:00

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy has held that office for six-plus years and his current term expires in December 2011, so why did Newsday publish last week a detailed analysis of Levy’s campaign contributors?

 

MTA Blooper Reel

Friday, 09 April 2010 00:00

National Lampoon’s Animal House told the story of a fictitious college fraternity chapter which brought about its own demise. With their fate sealed, one of the fraternity brothers declared that the situation demanded a “really stupid and futile gesture be done on somebody’s part.”

 

Financial Harmony

Friday, 02 April 2010 00:00

With April 15’s tax-filing deadline looming, Warren Goldberg’s book on financial planning offers sage advice on many matters, including the benefits of home ownership.

 

GOP’s Battle Royale

Friday, 26 March 2010 00:00

I’m going to go out on a limb and say this year’s Republican gubernatorial nominee will be a Long Islander, although Buffalo-area developer Carl Paladino may soon join former Congressman Rick Lazio and Suffolk county executive Steve Levy in a bid to head the GOP’s statewide ticket in November.

 

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Mike Barry, a corporate communications consultant, has worked in government and journalism. Email: MFBARRY@optonline.net