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.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.
New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.
“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.
This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.
The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at Roosevelt Park.