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Blakeman To Run

Bruce Blakeman, a Republican from Long Beach announced that he will run for the 4th Congressional District seat Rep. Carolyn McCarthy will vacate due to cancer. 

 

The former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature said before announcing that he huddled with local political figures, including Congressman Peter King, who recently endorsed him. Blakeman called the 4th District “winnable.”

 

“I think one of the things I was known for as the presiding officer was reaching out to the other side of the aisle,” he said. “I had a commitment to keeping taxes down.”

 

He stated that issues in Washington D.C., from healthcare to jobs, is the main force of his campaign.

 

“The economy is in the wrong direction,” he said. “People are out of work and Obamacare is a disaster.”

 

While Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice is well into fundraising her campaign, and rumored candidate Kevan Abrahams, a Nassau County Democratic Legislator, is weighing options, Blakeman feels he’ll catch up quickly.

 

“I’m not taking anybody lightly,” he said. “I think both Kevan and Kathleen are formidable and I’m intending to run a hard fought campaign on the issues.”

 

Blakeman, 58, joins attorney Frank Scaturro of New Hyde Park as a Republican candidate gunning for the seat. Scaturro lost the Republican primary in 2012 to Francis Becker and then to McCarthy.

 

“My candidacy was mutual on the part of the Republican and Conservative hierarchy,”
Blakeman said.

News

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.

At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.

 

Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 


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