News Clips

  • Gillen posts Hempstead’s costs of outside counsel for past 2 years

    April 29, 2018 - 6:23pm

    Democratic Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen has posted on the town’s website the cost of outside counsel for the past two years, after three Republican council members and the town board’s only other Democrat again stalled a plan to solicit competitive proposals for legal services.

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  • Andrew Cuomo, Michael Gianaris appear at rally for Anna Kaplan

    April 27, 2018 - 8:33pm

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Senate Democrats’ top fundraiser appeared in Westbury Friday on behalf of new Senate candidate Anna Kaplan, signaling the importance of the race as Democrats try to regain control of the chamber.

    Kaplan, a North Hempstead councilwoman, formally announced her candidacy to challenge Republican state Sen. Elaine Phillips at the Yes We Can Community Center in Westbury.

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  • Dems flip New York state seat that Republicans have held for nearly four decades

    April 25, 2018 - 9:50am

    Democrats in New York flipped a New York Assembly seat on Tuesday, winning a seat that has been in GOP hands for nearly four decades.

    Democrat Steve Stern, a former Suffolk County legislator, beat out Janet Smitelli (R) for AD-10, a Long Island seat, with 59 percent of the vote, according to Daily Kos.

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  • Indivisible South Shore flexes its political muscles

    April 19, 2018 - 9:57am

    A group of eight women from the Five Towns, Valley Stream and Massapequa Park fiercely believe that more honesty and principled thought need to be injected into the political process that produces government officials at every level.

    Motivated by the 2016 election of President Trump, the women, supplemented at times by roughly 40 more, formed Indivisible South Shore in the winter of 2017. The group conducted voter registration drives, and supported and campaigned for several candidates who won election or re-election last year.

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  • Two millennials battle in 17th Assembly District

    April 18, 2018 - 8:45pm

    A special election in the predominantly Republican 17th Assembly District features two millennial candidates who are spotlighting issues affecting an emerging bloc of young voters: Nassau County’s opioid epidemic and its lack of affordable housing.

    They grew up near each other, worked for their local political organizations and are establishing roots in homes a few doors or blocks from where they were raised.

    The April 24 special election is to replace Republican Thomas McKevitt of East Meadow, who became a Nassau County legislator Jan. 1.

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  • Nassau nepotism audit begins

    April 10, 2018 - 11:15am

    Nassau Comptroller Jack Schnirman on Monday began notifying county agencies that he has launched an audit of nepotism in county hiring.

    Schnirman said he would look at the hiring practices for all classes of employees, including Civil Service. Investigators will review county data to determine how positions were advertised and how many applicants responded to job postings.

    The audit will look specifically for instances of employees supervising family members and “determine how such a situation was allowed to happen in the first place,” an official said.

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  • Hempstead Town proposes competitive bids on contracts over $20G

    April 10, 2018 - 6:00am

    Hempstead Town Board members will vote on a proposal Tuesday to require competitive bidding on all contracts awarded for more than $20,000.

    Supervisor Laura Gillen has proposed a bill that would mandate a request for proposals for all professional services and insurance coverage awarded by the town exceeding the $20,000 limit.

    The town resolution says the measure is proposed to foster increased competition and ensure contracts are awarded in the best interest of the taxpayers.

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  • Laura Curran’s first 100 days: Focus on deficits

    April 8, 2018 - 6:45pm

    In her first 100 days in office, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran had to find $45 million to pay a lawsuit judgment and marshal county resources to respond to four nor’easters. She also banned her appointees from accepting gifts as minor as a cup of coffee from county vendors.

    That might have been the easy part.

    Curran, Long Island’s first woman county executive, won in November on a platform of ethics reform.

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  • Schnirman outlines busy future for comptroller’s office

    April 4, 2018 - 11:43am

    Jack Schnirman has only been in office for three months, but the county comptroller hasn’t wasted any time getting comfortable.

    In his brief time in office, he has begun a flurry of audits to fulfill his campaign promise of rooting out corruption and waste in Nassau County’s government.

    “Do I like being comptroller? This stuff is fun,” Schnirman said about his first 80-odd days in office.

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  • Nassau County comptroller to audit bridge authority

    March 29, 2018 - 11:42am

    Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman says he will audit the county’s bridge authority, which operates the Atlantic Beach Bridge, explaining that a comprehensive financial review of the agency, which for years had a reputation for patronage and cronyism, was long overdue.

    Schnirman, the former Long Beach city manager who was elected comptroller in November, said that the move comes as part of his team’s ongoing risk-assessment reviews and after he received numerous requests on his office’s Report It, Reform It tip line, established when he took office in January.

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