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Mike BarryEye on the Island

By Mike Barry

Jets’ Hofstra Return

Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00

Hofstra University was the site of the New York Jets’ summer camp and training facility from 1968 to 2008 but the team moved its camp this year to the State University of New York at Cortland, the result of a 2005 Albany legislative decision which blocked construction of a new Jets’ home in Manhattan.


Mary Jo’s ‘Thick Skull’

Friday, 31 July 2009 00:00

Mary Jo Connery fell in love with a young man while attending Massapequa High School in the 1970s. She married him in 1977. More than two decades later, they divorced.

This storyline wouldn’t sound like a promising book proposal. But if your ex-husband is Joey Buttafuoco, there’s amazing material on which to draw and that’s what makes Mary Jo Buttafuoco’s just-published Getting It Through My Thick Skull (HCI Books) such a surprisingly enjoyable read. Buttafuoco’s tell-all, built around her conclusion that she was married to a sociopath, is aimed at helping readers determine if they know one, too.


Lighthouse’s Hearing

Friday, 24 July 2009 00:00

The Lighthouse Development Group’s (LDG) website ( has a ‘countdown clock’ ticking atop its home page, listing the days, hours, minutes and seconds until Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 9:30 a.m.

The reason: that’s when the Hempstead town board is convening for an all-day public hearing on the draft generic environmental impact statement (DGEIS) filed in connection with the LDG’s Lighthouse at Long Island proposal, a project aimed at revitalizing almost 150 acres near the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. The Aug. 4 gathering will be held in the John Cranford Adams Playhouse on Hofstra University’s south campus, Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead.


Learning Lessons

Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00

Some former adversaries shouldn’t be invited to play on your team, no matter how good the deal looks at first glance. That’s a lesson the New York Mets front office and the state Senate’s Republican leadership may someday learn.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine, a longtime Mets foe, signed with the New York Mets as a free agent in 2002. Glavine compiled a mediocre record during his five years here and Mets fans never really warmed up to him. Having fulfilled the terms of his contract, Glavine returned to Atlanta and has since been cut by the Braves. Fast forward to last week, the Mets looked again to the Atlanta Braves for a new player, securing the services of outfielder Jeff Francoeur in exchange for Ryan Church. I hope I’m wrong but when the Braves send anyone to a division rival like the Mets, it usually means the Braves have given up on him, for good reason.


Supreme Screening

Tuesday, 07 July 2009 15:12

Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings in the U.S. Senate start on Monday, July 13 and, for the first time since 2005, Frank Scaturro of New Hyde Park won’t be at the center of the action as a president fills an opening on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Scaturro, who will soon turn 37, was Counsel for the Constitution on the staff of the Senate Judiciary committee and lived in Washington, D.C. for the past four years. He has returned to Long Island, having been appointed a visiting professor at Hofstra University’s School of Law. Scaturro begins that job next month, and his prospective students will certainly gain from hearing an insider’s perspective on how the U.S. Senate scrutinizes high court nominees.


Senate’s Stalemate

Thursday, 02 July 2009 11:41

Lawmakers who switch from one political party to another, while in the middle of their terms, rarely see their legislative careers end happily.


Isles’ Draft Party

Tuesday, 23 June 2009 17:01
Is it going to be John Tavares, Victor Hedman or Matt Duchene?

The question has nothing to do with TV’s American Idol, even though all three are 18 years old. Tavares, Hedman and Duchene are among the top amateur hockey players in the world, and one of them will be joining the New York Islanders, which has the first overall pick in the National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft.


Soccer Dad’s Story

Friday, 12 June 2009 08:01

Most books timed for a Father’s Day release are built around the influence a Dad has had on his children.

First time author Jeff Clark, a Mineola resident and the married father of six, took a different route when writing the just-published Dad’s Masterpiece: The Patricia Masotto Story (Strategic Book Publishing). It chronicles in a very moving way the incredible impact the late Patricia Masotto (1964-1985), a Massapequa soccer star, had on her father, Peter Masotto.


MTA Hikes Coming

Thursday, 04 June 2009 12:22

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) fare hikes will become a reality effective June 17 on the LIRR, June 28 on subways and buses, and July 12 on the MTA’s bridges and tunnels.

The MTA’s board, in an odd move even for them, congratulated itself for raising fares 10 percent, issuing a press release on May 11 with this headline: MTA Board Approves Reduced Fare and Toll Increase. Well, technically that’s correct. The MTA board voted to increase fares and tolls upwards of 20-plus percent earlier this year but cut that figure in half after the state Legislature imposed a new MTA payroll tax on employers in the 12 downstate counties where the MTA operates while raising other state fees, too.


Belmont Celebrations

Written by Mike Barry Friday, 29 May 2009 09:40

The night before the Belmont Stakes has always been a festive one in Garden City and Floral Park and this year will be no different.


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