News Clips

  • Laura Curran seeks new milestone: Nassau County executive’s job

    October 31, 2017 - 12:00am

    Laura Curran delivered her first political speech when she was 8 years old, addressing a large crowd in a South Miami square to rally for the Equal Rights Amendment, which would have banned discrimination based on gender.

    Wearing a green jumpsuit — the color of pro-ERA signs — Curran was the final speaker, delivering a five-minute speech on equality and justice.

    Four decades later, Curran, 49, a second-term Democratic Nassau County legislator from Baldwin, finds herself as the first woman from a major political party to run for Nassau County executive.

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  • Column: Democrats are better for town, county

    October 31, 2017 - 12:00am

    In the wake of the calamitous failure of federal government, we are increasingly dependent on the policies and programs that come from state and local government — everything from environmental and consumer protection to public health, education, safety and infrastructure.

    And that means we are more reliant than ever before on the competence, intelligence and yes compassion of those we elect to leadership, from our villages and school boards, to our towns and county.

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  • Editorial: Judi Bosworth for North Hempstead town supervisor

    October 31, 2017 - 12:00am

    In her second term, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth has kept a tight rein over the budget, earning upgrades in the town’s bond rating to Aaa, the highest offered a municipality, thereby keeping the town’s borrowing costs low.

    Bosworth, a Democrat, has done this while the town provides a high level of services for such programs as Project Independence, an innovative program for seniors started by her predecessor, Jon Kaiman, and maintaining and, in some cases, upgrading parks across the town.

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  • Editorial: Wayne Wink for North Hempstead town clerk

    October 31, 2017 - 12:00am

    Wayne Wink was an effective Democratic county legislator for three terms who decided not to run for re-election four years ago after a Republican redistricting plan cut his district in four.

    He instead decided to run for North Hempstead clerk and won.

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  • Editorial: Arnold Drucker for county Legislature, 16th District

    October 31, 2017 - 12:00am

    Democrat Arnold Drucker, a lawyer from Plainview, was elected to fill the 16th Legislative District seat left vacant with the death of longtime Democratic Legislator Judy Jacobs in December 2016, preventing Republican county legislators from gaining a 13-6 veto-proof majority.

    Less than a year later, Drucker is defending his seat against Republican Angel Cepeda, a business consultant from Plainview who served six years on the Plainview-Old Bethpage school board.

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  • Editorial: Viviana Russell for North Hempstead Town Council, 1st District

    October 31, 2017 - 12:00am

    Viviana Russell is seeking her third term representing North Hempstead’s 1st Council District, which includes New Cassel/Westbury, Carle Place and the Villages of Westbury and Old Westbury.

    Russell, the first African-American woman ever elected to the North Hempstead Town Board, worked at the town’s 311 Call Center and as a constituent liaison for state Assemblyman Charles Lavine.

    And her experience in working with constituents is reflected in her strong service as a councilwoman and her strong grasp of issues in her district.

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  • Editorial: Joshua Lafazan for county Legislature, District 18

    October 31, 2017 - 12:00am

    Joshua Lafazan, who is seeking to represent District 18 in the county Legislature, is accustomed to breaking age barriers when being elected to office.

    He was elected to the Syosset school board in 2012 at age 18, becoming the youngest public office holder in state history.

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  • Editorial: Jack Schnirman for county comptroller

    October 31, 2017 - 12:00am

    Steven Labriola, a Republican, kicked off his campaign for Nassau County comptroller by pledging to “enhance accountability, strengthen transparency and root out corruption.”

    Labriola’s pledge might have been more convincing if he had not made it surrounded by supporters including officials from the administration of County Executive Edward Mangano, who was arrested last year on political corruption charges.

    And he was not working as the chief compliance officer in Nassau’s Office of Management and Budget, a position to which he was appointed by Mangano.

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  • Laura Gillen for Hempstead supervisor

    October 29, 2017 - 12:00am

    Anthony Santino was given the keys to the kingdom. Unfortunately, in his first two years as Town of Hempstead supervisor, a job he coveted for decades, Santino slammed the door shut behind him.

    After Kate Murray made the ill-fated decision to run for district attorney in 2015, the way was cleared for Santino, a longtime board member and a Republican Party official to take charge. And he did, like a dictator.

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  • Jack Schnirman for Nassau County comptroller

    October 29, 2017 - 12:00am

    Perhaps the job of Nassau County comptroller has never been more important.

    Ethics, contract procurement reform and budgetary woes are sure to stay center stage as the new county executive takes office. The official who wears the hat of fiscal monitor, auditor and payroll administrator might also be the master of ceremonies — standing to the side, making sure everything runs well, highlighting each character and scene, essentially guiding the taxpayer through the action onstage and behind the scenes. He must also call attention to parts we might otherwise miss.

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