Last week, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy officially announced his candidacy for New York State’s 5th Senate District. The previous week, he became a Democrat after being ousted by the Nassau GOP as a Republican Assembly Candidate for implementing New York’s Marriage Equality Law and officiating same sex weddings.
“This is about being a public servant,” Kennedy said. “I took an oath to uphold the constitution and the laws of the State of New York.”
On July 11, Kennedy, 49, a lifelong Republican, changed his party affiliation to Democrat, a month after the Nassau GOP withdrew its nomination of him to be its candidate for the 13th Assembly District.
After the Nassau GOP offered their endorsement back if Kennedy apologized, he said “I’m not going to apologize for my belief in human rights and upholding the law.”
“When I first ran for mayor of this village, I promised to work hard, to put a lid on property taxes, to rebuild our downtown and, number one, to empower our residents,” Kennedy said. “Since 2009,
I’ve worked tirelessly on behalf of our residents and I think the results have been spectacular. I am ready to bring the same dedication and energy to Albany,” he said.
After becoming the Republican Party’s nominee for the 13th Assembly district seat, Kennedy said he was asked to go for a routine interview with Conservative Party leaders. At the interview, he said he was asked directly about how many gay sex marriages he had officiated. He said answered honestly that he had performed two and made it clear that, since the Marriage Equality Act was passed in 2011, as mayor he swore to uphold the law of the land.
“And as a result of abiding by the law, the Conservative Party refused to endorse my candidacy,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy will be running against Republican incumbent Senator Carl Marcellino, who told the Record Pilot, “Every two years, I have an opponent. This year is no different. I am honored to serve the people of the 5th Senate District and over the next few months I will be asking for their continued support and confidence. Representing the people is not about anger or rhetoric. It is about results. I run on my record and I have been humbled by the positive response of the voters and taxpayers of this district. For that, I am thankful. I always put the needs of the community first and the results speak for themselves.”
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Village Square will feature the artistry of the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers this year as part of the annual Downtown Children’s Costume Parade on Saturday, Oct. 25, presented by the Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District.
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.
“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave.
The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011).