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, 18 October 2014 00:00
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.”
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang. It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.
“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
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!”