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, 13 September 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00
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.”
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
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.