The seven Nassau theaters in the Cablevision-owned Clearview Cinemas chain are being sold to Bow Tie Cinemas, a privately held Connecticut company, in a transaction which is expected to close in the coming months.
The deal, which includes 34 other Clearview Cinema locales in the metropolitan area, will impact Cablevision’s Optimum Rewards cardholders starting next week.
There is no quicker way for a county legislator to generate a headline than to accuse the county executive or the county comptroller of not doing his or her job. But what happens when the governmental official who comes under legislative fire is vindicated?
If the accused party is a Republican who is up for re-election this year, such as Comptroller George Maragos, county legislators move on to another target and hope their next round of allegations have merit. After all, if a county governmental agency is doing its job, that’s not news, right?
President Harry Truman said the only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.
I thought about that observation while reading David Nasaw’s The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy, an amazing and meticulously researched book on President John F. Kennedy’s father. It was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, and Dr. Nasaw, a Roslyn High School graduate, will return to Nassau next week.
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has successfully introduced to the world the kinder and gentler sides of his personality in films such as The Hangover and Scary Movie 5.
But Comedy Central’s celebrity roast joke writers have longer memories, with one comedian observing that the tattoo on Tyson’s face offered future dates a target to shoot with their pepper spray.
Comedian Chris Rock, in an HBO special which aired after 1999’s Columbine High School massacre, observed that the two murderers were supposedly depressed because they had only six friends. “I didn’t have six friends in high school,” Rock said. “I don’t have six friends now.”
Novelist Kristin Hannah has made a name for herself in the world of contemporary women’s fiction by exploring female friendship, with 2009’s Firefly Lane focusing on the lifelong bond between Kate Ryan and Tully Hart. Firefly Lane is the street where they grew up.
The federal government’s complaint against six politically connected New Yorkers last week could only have been derived from real life. No Hollywood screenwriter is imaginative enough to conjure up a plausible scenario whereby State Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) is elected mayor of New York City.
Yet Senator Smith’s delusional 2013 mayoral ambitions are at the heart of the federal government’s 28-page complaint, and it boggles the mind to see how many people allegedly risked their reputations and careers to advance Smith’s City Hall dreams.
Days after spending $242 for a monthly LIRR ticket into Penn Station, $107 more than I paid for the same trip in 2003, I saw an MTA public service announcement (PSA) on television. The message: don’t stand too close to the platform, a train might come and hit you.
What’s next; a PSA telling people to come in from the rain? I expressed my opinion of the PSA that same day to the MTA’s press office, and they explained in response to my queries that TV stations were not charging the MTA for airing the PSA, and the PSAs had been produced in-house. Still, it pained me to see money wasted on a reiteration of the obvious.
With memories still fresh from Superstorm Sandy, Sustainable Long Island’s seventh annual Sustainability Conference will be unlike any of its predecessors.
“I’ve lived on Long Island my entire life and, until Sandy hit, I never felt as though I lived on an Island,” said Amy Engel, Sustainable Long Island’s executive director.Flooding and power outages, coupled with transportation and supply chain disruptions, wreaked havoc in Nassau and Suffolk.Flooding and power outages, coupled with transportation and supply chain disruptions, wreaked havoc in Nassau and Suffolk.
When Nassau’s Democrats convene in May to nominate their official county executive and county comptroller candidates, neither Adam Haber nor Howard Weitzman are likely to hear their names called.
This will come as no surprise to either Haber, a Roslyn school board member who wants to be the Democrats’ county executive nominee, or Weitzman, a Great Neck resident who was the county comptroller between 2002 and 2009, and is again pursuing that elective office. Nassau’s Democrats appear poised to nominate Thomas Suozzi for county executive and county legislator Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn) for county comptroller, filling two of the top spots on their 2013 countywide ticket, which will also include district attorney Kathleen Rice as well as a county clerk nominee.
One of the most labor-intensive parts of any insurgent Nassau County campaign, such as those Haber and Weitzman are about to embark on separately, is gathering enough signatures to get the candidate’s name on the ballot. Their supporters will need to walk the county’s streets, going door-to-door in search of registered Democrats willing to sign a designating petition saying they believe Nassau County’s registered Democrats should have the opportunity to choose Haber and Weitzman as their party’s 2013 county executive and county comptroller nominees.
And a few of the people who wrote for the city’s tabloids in the late 20th century were themselves larger than life, such as the late New York Post reporter Nora Ephron (1941-2012), who would go on to fame and fortune in Hollywood, and the late New York Daily News columnist Mike McAlary, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the infamous Abner Louima case. McAlary died of cancer in 1998. He was 41 years old.
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Mike Barry, a corporate communications consultant, has worked in government and journalism. Email: MFBARRY@optonline.net