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Rob Germino: Ippo the Hippo

Sunday, March 22, 2015

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Rob Germino:  Ippo the Hippo

  This opinion piece originally appeared in The Gold Coast Beacon.  It has been re-posted on LIPolitics.com at the request of the author. Hippos are known to be very aggressive.  They are also known to mark their territory by spreading their defecation.  In the Town of Oyster Bay, some could draw comparisons to a powerful […]

Cuomo: Broadband For All New Yorkers

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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Cuomo:  Broadband For All New Yorkers

Dear Fellow New Yorker, If you’re reading this on a screen, you deserve powerful Internet access. Broadband is one of today’s most transformative innovations—on par with historic breakthroughs such as running water, electricity and the interstate highway system. Broadband refers to wide bandwidth data transmission, and this technology enables the fastest, most reliable Internet access […]

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray Calls for State Legislation Requiring PSEG Execs to Disclose Salaries

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray Calls for State Legislation Requiring PSEG Execs to Disclose Salaries

“Disturbing” is one word that Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray used to describe PSEG Long Island’s failure to disclose important data associated with the utility’s recent rate increase proposal. In a letter sent to local representatives of the New York State Senate and Assembly, Murray detailed her dismay with the utility’s actions and called on […]

NYS Assemblyman Michael Montesano: Shedding Light on the Capitol

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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NYS Assemblyman Michael Montesano: Shedding Light on the Capitol

A legislative column from NYS Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R-Glen Head) There is no denying the importance of an open and transparent government. Through these practices we raise awareness about the inner workings of all levels of government. While this should remain a constant theme throughout the course of a year, there is one week in […]

Zephyr Teachout: Updates in the fight for public schools

Sunday, March 15, 2015

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Zephyr Teachout: Updates in the fight for public schools

  The fight for public schools in New York gets more tense every day. Here’s where we are: Andrew Cuomo proposed a budget that is bad for our children and our future. He proposed some money for education funding, but only if it comes with more testing, and more diversion of public money to privately-run […]

NYS Assemblyman Al Graf: Stop Playing Politics With Police Officers’ Lives

Saturday, March 14, 2015

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NYS Assemblyman Al Graf: Stop Playing Politics With Police Officers’ Lives

NYS Assemblyman Al Graf (R,C,I-Holbrook) recently attended the Criminal Justice Reform Hearing in Albany and questioned NYPD Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker and Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks of the NYS Unified Court System about law enforcement procedures and safety of officers and the public. The hearing examined policy to improve civilian and police […]

Karl Grossman: Groundwater, underfoot but not to be overlooked—it’s of vital importance.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

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Last week was National Groundwater Awareness Week (not that you would have put it on your calendar). But the National Groundwater Association, a non-profit organized based in Ohio composed of scientists, engineers and others “dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge,” so proclaimed the week to be. “Groundwater along with oxygen is arguably the most important natural […]

Robert Germino: Primary battle could be historic for the city of Glen Cove

Saturday, March 7, 2015

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Robert Germino: Primary battle could be historic for the city of Glen Cove

  Republican Party leaders most likely view Tony Gallo‘s primary challenge for Glen Cove mayor as unbecoming a “good party soldier.”  A good party soldier clicks his heels and snaps to attention on cue–not someone who bucks the party’s leadership.  The one word that does not drip from the party leader’s mouth is “dissent.” The […]

Karl Grossman: Ben Jones’ Decades Long Crusade Against Tailgating

Saturday, March 7, 2015

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Karl Grossman:  Ben Jones’ Decades Long Crusade Against Tailgating

  Ben Jones has for decades been on a crusade to get action on tailgating. Mr. Jones, a Long Island paramedic—and at 92 the oldest paramedic in New York State (and probably in the U.S.)—emphasizes that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “a stunning 40 percent of all motor vehicle accidents are caused […]

Congressman Lee Zeldin: “A Bad Deal with Iran is Worse Than No Deal at All”

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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Congressman Lee Zeldin: “A Bad Deal with Iran is Worse Than No Deal at All”

U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin (NY-1) released the following statement in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress today: “I was honored to take part in and listen to the Prime Minister of Israel’s historic address to the American people, where he offered his firsthand experiences and insight to us. […]

CLAY HUNT SUICIDE PREVENTION FOR AMERICAN VETERANS ACT

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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CLAY HUNT SUICIDE PREVENTION FOR AMERICAN VETERANS ACT

Joint Op-Ed Written by Sen. Gillibrand, Rep. King and Rep. Zeldin “The United States military has always been filled with men and women who are brave, loyal, and selfless. Millions have served in our armed forces over the years, including 2.8 million since September 11th, 2001. Our soldiers put their lives in grave risk to […]

Karl Grossman: The rapid rise to prominence of Mr. Lee Zeldin

Saturday, February 28, 2015

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Karl Grossman: The rapid rise to prominence of Mr. Lee Zeldin

In Lee Zeldin, Long Island has sent to Congress someone tough on Islamic extremism who in just his two months in office has become a national figure in taking on radical Islam. The rapid rise to prominence of Mr. Zeldin of Shirley comes as ISIS conducts beheadings, burns alive a captured Jordanian pilot, abducts and […]

Karl Grossman: Thinking we can work with Iran in taking on ISIS “…is a pipe dream”

Friday, February 27, 2015

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Karl Grossman: Thinking we can work with Iran in taking on ISIS “…is a pipe dream”

  This editorial originally appeared in Times of Israel. President Barack Obama and his administration are “making a critical mistake in the history of the world” believing that they through negotiations can get Iran to desist in constructing nuclear weapons, Dr. Marc Benhuri, a longtime resident of Old Westbury on Long Island, was saying this […]

Karl Grossman: Obama and Islamic Terrorism‏

Monday, February 23, 2015

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Karl Grossman: Obama and Islamic Terrorism‏

The following first appeared in The Times of Israel. It was an extraordinary front page even for the New York Post—a tabloid known for unusual front pages. There was a photo of President Barack Obama wearing a blindfold and the words: “Islamic terror? I just don’t see it.” [1] The Post front page came last […]

Karl Grossman: East Hampton law to quell airport noise‏

Sunday, February 22, 2015

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Karl Grossman: East Hampton law to quell airport noise‏

The new East Hampton Town Board has come up with a strategy to deal with what has become Long Island’s biggest noisemaker—helicopter traffic in and out of the town-owned airport in warm-weather months. The choppers fly loud and low over Long Island carrying the well-heeled, able to pay $500 for a one-way ticket, between East […]

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