February 6, 2018 - 11:42am
The life of a political party leader isn’t all screening candidates, holding fundraisers and orchestrating campaigns. Nassau County Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs also runs a half-dozen camps. We caught up with Jacobs, who shared why he quotes The Honeymooners, collects owls, and credits Donald Trump with recent local Democratic gains.
Long Island Press: For the first time, Democrats and women hold the Nassau County executive seat and two of three town supervisor seats in the county. To what do you credit this historic change?
February 4, 2018 - 11:44am
It’s been a busy start to 2018 for Nassau County, and I’m excited to have hit the ground running as your comptroller.
This past month saw the swearing-in of the first female county executive in Nassau’s history, an ambitious state agenda laid out by Gov. Cuomo with significant impacts for our county, and a near-record winter storm that closed many schools and businesses for two full days.
January 31, 2018 - 11:46am
The North Hempstead Town Board voted 5-1 to approve the appointment of Jeanine Dillon as Supervisor Judi Bosworth’s new chief of staff at Tuesday’s meeting.
All but Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio voted in favor of the appointment.
Dillon will receive $135,000 for the position.
January 30, 2018 - 10:00pm
Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano wants the political corruption case against him thrown out, saying the government engaged in “selective prosecution” by indicting him but not New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for getting financial benefits from Long Island restaurateur Harendra Singh.
The argument by Mangano’s attorney, Kevin Keating of Garden City, is based on the recent disclosure by prosecutors that Singh secretly pleaded guilty to bribing Mangano in return for millions of dollars in indirect loan guarantees and county contracts.
January 30, 2018 - 11:51am
Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth took a victory lap during her state of the town speech on Friday, outlining the town’s success in passing new laws, upgrading its bond rating and undertaking infrastructure projects.
“John F. Kennedy said that ‘every accomplishment starts with a decision to try,'” she said at the beginning of her speech. “And we have made that decision to try again and again over the past year, whether it was to solve an unexpected problem, to improve an existing program or embark on a new initiative.”
January 24, 2018 - 9:00am
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran on Wednesday will nominate acting Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder as the first permanent leader of the 2,500-member department in more than four years.
“Pat Ryder’s almost 35 years of Nassau County police experience will guarantee the exceptional level of safety that the public expects all while controlling police overtime costs,” Curran said in a statement Tuesday. “Pat shares my vision for community engagement and the importance of neighborhood policing.”
January 18, 2018 - 12:00am
Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen said the town has replaced all park signs bearing elected officials’ names to reduce self-promotion and save money during election turnover.
Hempstead Town officials spent $4,600 to replace 107 signs from parks and facilities featuring the names of town board members and former Supervisor Anthony Santino, with generic signs that read, “Welcome to your Town of Hempstead.”
January 17, 2018 - 12:00am
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran fulfilled a key election-year promise Wednesday, signing an executive order barring her appointees from holding leadership positions in political parties or donating to her campaign.
Curran, a Baldwin Democrat who took office Jan. 1, appears to be the first county executive in New York State history to sign such a measure, although the practice is common among local district attorneys.
January 16, 2018 - 12:00am
Former LIPA chief Richard Kessel has been nominated for a seat on the board of directors of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, which grants tax breaks to expanding businesses.
Kessel, who also once led the state Power Authority, is one of seven people put forward last week by new County Executive Laura Curran to lead the IDA, according to legislative resolutions.
January 14, 2018 - 12:00am
New County Executive Laura Curran took aim at Nassau’s previous administration, headed by Ed Mangano, and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone set his sights on the Trump administration in their speeches before more than a thousand members of the Long Island Association, one of the Island’s largest business groups, on Friday.
Their remarks came at the LIA’s annual State of the Region Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.