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Guerrillas Call Out Cuomo

Last week, activists hung banners all around Long Island, including this one on Glen Cove Road at Brewster Streer, to rally voters and hold politicians’ feet to the fire on the question of campaign finance reform.

 

Before the current state legislative season ends in Albany, concerned citizens representing MOP Democracy (Money Out of Politics) are conducting a civil disobedience campaign across New York State to demand that Governor Cuomo keep his promise for campaign finance reform through maintaining public financing of elections in the state budget. Campaign finance reform is intended to make elections fair in places where the system favors large contributions, often from special interest groups, over smaller donations from average voters. 

 

“We are skeptical that Governor Cuomo is doing more than political posturing,” said Matthew Edge, founder of MOP Democracy. “First Spitzer, then Paterson, and now Governor Cuomo say they want meaningful campaign finance reform, but they take millions in campaign contributions from special interest money and then point fingers when it fails. We are sick of empty promises, we want action.” 

 

The New York Public Interest Research Group reports that Cuomo has more than $33 million for his 2014 run for governor and 99.15 percent of his money this cycle has come from the wealthy; the Governor is also reportedly interested in running for President and may use the same group of wealthy donors and fundraisers to finance a campaign. Having coursed through upstate, the civil disobedience campaign is currently in our area, and will culminate with a rally in Albany at the end of March.


News

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

 

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


Columns

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