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Letter: Lavine Vs. Kennedy

There is a fine line between self-confidence and cockiness. That might become a significant factor in the election campaign for the 13th State Assembly District seat in November.


Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy, a 49-year-old Republican, has announced his candidacy to challenge incumbent Charles Lavine of Glen Cove, a Democrat who has held the seat for 10 years. 


Both are proven leaders and devoted public servants. The main difference appears to be the vantage point from which each perceives his own capability of winning the election and actually helping Gov. Andrew Cuomo to solve New York State’s myriad problems.


Kennedy, the challenger, has been Sea Cliff’s mayor for three terms. He maintains Lavine has consistently voted in line with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), to the detriment of Long Island.


“I believe I could do better,”says Kennedy, with the confidence that has made him arguably one of the village’s best mayors ever.


On the other hand, Lavine, the incumbent, merely turns the other cheek, changes the subject and calls Kennedy “a friend” with whom he was worked closely for years. Lavine promises continuing to work with Kennedy “in my capacity as Assemblyman and his capacity as mayor after the election as well.” 


Whoa. Is Lavine actually counting his chickens before they hatch? His votes before the balloting?


— Joe Krupinski