News Clips

  • Senator Anna Kaplan Sworn In

    January 11, 2019 - 10:56am

    The first elected political refugee and first Iranian Jew takes oath

    Surrounded by family, community leaders and supporters, Anna M. Kaplan was sworn in as New York State Senator by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday, Jan. 6, at Clinton G. Martin Park.

  • Donald Clavin mailer angers Nassau Democratic chief Jay Jacobs

    January 9, 2019 - 7:45pm

    Hempstead Town Tax Receiver Donald Clavin, a Republican, has been a nonstop critic of Democrat County Executive Laura Curran’s reassessment — holding news conferences, convening community meetings and sending town-paid mailings that demand Curran be more open about the new property values issued Jan. 2.

    Clavin’s most recent mailing — a full-color piece with screaming yellow-and-black stripes and a traffic-style warning signal stamped four times on its pages, saying “ALERT! Nassau County Assessment Changes Ahead” — was too much for Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs.

  • Stop politicizing Nassau County’s reassessment

    January 8, 2019 - 6:57pm

    Nassau County Executive Laura Curran’s move to build an accurate, defensible property tax roll is becoming badly politicized, and the squabble over the details of a 60-day extension to grieve new assessments certainly drives home the point.

  • State Sen. Anna Kaplan promises to champion needs of District 7 in Albany

    January 7, 2019 - 11:02am

    State Sen. Anna Kaplan promised to be a voice for District 7 as she was sworn in late Sunday afternoon at Clinton G. Martin Park, with high-ranking Democrats praising her tenacity and empathy while casting her as the ideal fighter for Long Island.

  • Let the reassessment process play out

    December 20, 2018 - 11:05am

    Nassau County is now in the thick of its first property-tax reassessment in nearly a decade. As a result of this arduous process, 200,720 of the county’s 386,000 homes are tentatively slated to pay more in property taxes in 2020-21, when the reassessment is to take effect.

    That’s 52 percent of homes — and 52 percent of homeowners who could be ticked off at County Executive Laura Curran, a Democrat who is making good on a campaign promise to reassess.

  • Nassau County reassessment is no time to play politics

    December 10, 2018 - 7:10pm

    Not one Nassau County taxpayer has gotten a flawed property-tax bill as a result of County Executive Laura Curran’s crusade to build an accurate roll of more than 400,000 properties. That’s because tax bills generated by the new values for 2020-21 won’t be sent out until Jan. 2.

    What Curran is trying to do now is work out kinks in the new system and soothe residents’ anxiety and fury. It’s made harder because many of the county’s elected Republicans are encouraging rage and fear.

  • Renegade Democrats’ rash strategy

    December 10, 2018 - 6:00am

    In a normal political world, Nancy Pelosi’s 203-32 victory in the Democratic caucus of the House of Representatives would have assured her the speakership when the full House votes on Jan. 3. But this is no normal world we live in these days. With perhaps 235 Democrats and no alternative candidate to Pelosi announced, 32 Democrats pledge to block her for speaker by not voting when the House reconvenes. They would deny her the requisite 218 votes.

  • Oyster Bay Town finances need state oversight, two Dem lawmakers say

    November 12, 2018 - 6:45pm

    Long Island state legislators plan to reintroduce a bill to impose a state fiscal monitor on the Town of Oyster Bay in 2019, its Democratic sponsors said last week.

    “The Town of Oyster Bay needs its own NIFA,” Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) said, referring to the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority. NIFA is a state authority that has overseen the county’s finances since 2000. “I remain gravely concerned over the manner in which the Town of Oyster Bay is being governed.”

  • Anatomy of an upset: LI's Thomas scores biggest state Election Day surprise

    November 11, 2018 - 6:00am

    On a night of election surprises in New York, none was bigger than Kevin Thomas.

    The 34-year-old Levittown Democrat had little name recognition and little staff. He had no financial help from the state party aside from free office space. His campaign-finance reports detailed no TV or radio ads but instead were filled with receipts for texting services, and Uber and Long Island Rail Road rides.

  • Raynor beats Lamarre in 18th A.D.

    November 9, 2018 - 9:07am

    Taylor Raynor, a Democrat from Uniondale, trounced Republican James Lamarre, of Lakeville, in the 18th Assembly District in Tuesday’s election. Raynor, who beat longtime Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper in the September Democratic primary, earned 86 percent of the vote to Lamarre’s 9.

    “We did this,” Raynor said shortly after the results were announced at Democratic election headquarters at the Garden City Hotel. “This was a long time coming. We deserve excellence. It’s going to be a wild ride. Nassau County, get ready.”