News Clips

  • 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.”

  • Big Democratic win on North Shore

    November 9, 2018 - 9:00am

    By electing Democrat James Gaughran, of Northport, to the State Senate’s 5th District seat, North Shore voters played a major role in stripping Republicans of their Senate majority and handing control to the Democrats for the first time in nearly a decade. By a margin of over 10 percentage points, Gaughran ousted 23-year Republican incumbent Carl Marcellino, of Syosset.

  • Rice wins third term in 4th C.D.

    November 7, 2018 - 9:26am

    Incumbents dominated on election night in Bellmore and Merrick’s state and national races, with two notable exceptions in State Senate District 6 and Assembly District 18.

    Garden City Democrat Kathleen Rice easily won re-election to her 4th Congressional District seat on Tuesday, defeating Bellmore Republican newcomer Ameer Benno with 600 of 652 districts reporting at 11 p.m.

  • Democrats Win NY Senate Majority After Long Island Upsets

    November 7, 2018 - 9:21am

    Democrats unseated three Republican New York State Senators on Long Island and picked up a fourth LI State Senate seat previously held by a Republican, likely flipping the balance of power from GOP to Democratic control in the state’s upper legislative chamber, according to unofficial early returns from the state Board of Elections.

  • Brian Curran falls to Judy Griffin in 21st Assembly District

    November 7, 2018 - 9:20am

    Democrat Judy Griffin defeated incumbent Brian Curran in the 21st Assembly District in Tuesday’s election. Griffin, a Rockville Centre community activist and a former director of community outreach for State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, took 53 percent of the vote to unseat Curran, of Lynbrook, who garnered 47 percent.

    “I’m thankful that Nassau County recognized that we could do much better,” Griffin told a crowd of about 300 at the Garden City Hotel Tuesday night.

  • Suozzi Re-Elected To 3rd Congressional District

    November 7, 2018 - 12:30am

    Voters re-elected Tom Suozzi in the New York State 3rd Congressional District election on Tuesday.

    Rep. Suozzi, a Democrat, defeated Dan DeBono, a Republican, in the state congressional election, according to unofficial results.

    With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Suozzi had 145,060 votes compared to 103,278 votes for DeBono.

    This will be Suozzi's second term as a representative. He was first elected in 2016. Previously, Suozzi served as Glen Cove Mayor from 1994-2001 and as Nassau County Executive from 2002-2009.

  • D'Urso Re-Elected To 16th Assembly District

    November 6, 2018 - 11:40pm

    Voters re-elected incumbent Anthony D'Urso in the New York State 16th assembly district election on Tuesday.

    Democrat D'Urso defeated Republican Byron Divins Jr. in the state assembly election, according to unofficial results.

    With 100 percent of precincts reporting, D'Urso has 27,555 votes compared to 17,068 votes for Divins.

  • Democrat James Gaughran backed by construction unions for state Senate

    August 12, 2018 - 9:00am

    The New York State Building and Construction Trade Council has endorsed Democratic State Senate candidate James Gaughran over Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset), reversing the group’s backing from 2016.

    The trade council announced it was backing Gaughran and four other local Democratic Senate candidates, including Sen. John Brooks and North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Anna Kaplan, last week.

  • Gillen touts administration’s transparency, finance reform in first 200 days

    July 18, 2018 - 1:06pm

    Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen said she’s proposing good government initiatives.

    Her Republican-majority board can either join her – or answer to constituents, she said.