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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

Known for her love of exotic cars, sophisticated leather fashions and a penchant for giving back, part-time Long Islander Joanne Del Prete-Rosten can often be seen driving around town in her Lamborghini LP550, which is decked out in the colors of her clothing company, Canto NYC.  On Sunday, Sept. 14, those interested in getting a closer look at the car that has become somewhat of a local celebrity can see it on display with hundreds of exotic cars at the sixth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock event, presented by Martino

Auto Concepts and benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute. Rain or shine, the event will take place in downtown Glen Cove from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to spectators. For those wanting to register a car, the fee is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on

Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Sports

At the end of July, children from across Long Island traveled to Pierce Country Day Camp in Roslyn to make a big splash for disaster relief. Two events hosted by the American Red Cross gave young swimmers the opportunity to put their skills to the test, all while raising money to support their local Red Cross.

 

In late July, hundreds of children came out to the venerable Pierce County Day Camp to swim laps in support of the Red Cross. The children raised a collective amount of over $11,000.

Glen Cove High School graduate and former All-County basketball star Garen Spendjian has proven that hard work and dedication to a sport you love can pay off.

 

The Armenian National Basketball Team player will soon begin his professional basketball career with the El Shams basketball team of Cairo, Egypt. The 6’5” Spendjian will play both the power forward and small forward positions for El Shams of the Egyptian Super League. 


Calendar

Soccer Parade - September 13

Rotary Day - September 13

Bimmerstock - September 14


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