Opinion

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand may or may not have opposition in next year's Democratic primary. Many in the party are unhappy with her high rating with the NRA and her law work for the tobacco companies. Longtime house member Carolyn McCarthy is no fan of Gillibrand. As of now, however, she is planning only to run for re-election to the House. Gillibrand also favors a crackdown and deportation of the illegal immigrants. Other Dems favor giving the undocumented a chance for citizenship. Another factor in all this has to be that McCarthy has raised some $200,000, while Gillibrand has over $2 million and is also close to New York's other senator, Charles Schumer. Kirsten has moderated some of her positions since she was appointed to replace Hillary Clinton. Many Dems see her new position as very opportunistic. In any event, popular Republican House member Peter King may run for the Senate regardless of whom the Dems nominate. Stay posted.

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Ed Hanlon broke his shoulder and knee cap when he slipped on the ice during the winter. Good to see him up and around again. Ed and wife, Maddy, live on Latham Road.

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Murray Chanin is back in town having spent the winter in Florida. Murray lives in the County Seat Apts. on Mineola Blvd.

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Dan Vezo of Barwick Blvd. is the new delivery man at Poppa Joe's Italian Restaurant next to the Herricks Movie.

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Mary Gaurino celebrated her 92nd birthday at Eleanor Rigby's with Maryann Iaquinto and Natia Alberto. Mary is a longtime member of the Corpus Christi Choir. Her late husband, Frank, died just recently. The couple would have been married 70 years.

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They call that "Administrative Assistant Day" but most people that we know still call it "Secretary's Day." You've got to get with the latest euphemism. Salesmen are now Account Executives, store clerks are now Sales Associates and torture is call enhanced questioning.

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Why is it always the union guys who have to give up so much in salary freezes, unpaid furloughs and give backs? The UAW has done everything to save the auto industry. With newspapers, it's always the employees who are called upon to make sacrifices, while the big guys get their high salaries and their huge pensions.

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Help! There are now 11 empty stores between Mineola Blvd. and Willis Ave. on Jericho Tpke. We are talking about just a single block here. This is the heart of Mineola's business district. Things can only get better, we hope.

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There are a lot of mixed feelings with the mayor's decision to cut off televising the village board meetings. Mayor Martins said. It was a step taken with great reluctance. He said that people were using the TV for personal attacks and talking for long periods of time often about subjects not really related to the village. The mayor said some people avoided coming to meetings because of the long speeches. Critics say, however, that it is unfair, because some people can't come or may be disabled and they could catch up on the village news with the TV broadcast on Channel 18 Saturday mornings. The mayor pointed out that you can still talk as long as you like, but just not on TV.

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Florence Lee of Birchwood Court has lived in the village for nine years. During her working career, she was an assistant to the late Bishop Fulton Sheehan. Florence really likes the new Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan.

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Jim Agnew, daughter Angela and son-in-law, Chris Macias dined at the Davenport. Jim lives on Garfield Ave., while Chris and Angela reside on Latham Road.

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Jack Whelan and his daughter, Eileen, were at Corpus Christi. I asked Jack if we would ever see a "United Ireland." Jack of Wardwell Road says, "You have to have faith."

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Charlotte Going was at the Williston Town House. Her family owns that great sign you see crossing the Mineola Bridge going north, which says, "Welcome to Mineola." Going left Mineola years ago, but still maintains that landmark.

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Warren Schein plays the lead in The Producers at the Herricks Community Theatre. He and Barbara live on First St. and she, too, is a player.

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Barnum of circus fame always said, "There is a sucker born every minute." The Yankees, however, are not so sure as they are having a lot of trouble selling those field-level seats for $2,500. The Mets are having a problem getting rid of their $500 field-level seats. Both teams are realizing that they have to moderate these exorbitant prices.


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