An American in Paris’ Robert Fairchild & Leanne Cope Are Taking Your Questions!

first_imgA ‘swonderful pair are kicking off their dance shoes and plopping down on the couch. An American in Paris Tony nominees Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope are paying a visit to to answer your questions about headlining the romantic musical sensation. Which of their three million dance numbers is the most fun to perform? How do you successfully fold a pocket square? What’s the best song to sing for a shower audition? Here’s your chance to ask! Submit your questions below, then stay tuned as the two interview each other in their Ask a Star video feature.<a data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> Robert Fairchild Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016 Star Files Related Shows View Comments An American in Parislast_img read more

Pinnacle Properties Expands Service Offering

first_imgSOUTH BURLINGTON, VT Matthew Cohen the owner of Pinnacle Properties, a landscape installation and maintenance services company located in South Burlington, has announced that Chad Ransom has joined the growing company. Chad brings over 10 years experience in masonry craftsmanship allowing Pinnacle Properties to add hardscape installations to its already wide range of landscaping services. The company previously offered the installation of trees, shrubs, planting beds and various other commercial and residential property maintenance services. Now, with the addition of hardscapes, the companys already diverse list of services will include patios, retaining walls, walkways, outdoor living spaces and much more.last_img read more

Long Island Elections 2015 Voters’ Guide

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York SUFFOLK COUNTYCounty ExecutiveSteve Bellone (D, WF, I-Babylon)The former Babylon town supervisor and first-term Suffolk County executive is running on his record over the past four years working to close the county’s budget gap, leading eastern Long Island through Sandy recovery and prioritizing the clean-up of Suffolk’s increasingly polluted drinking and surface water. Much of that agenda includes unfinished business. His tenure hasn’t been without scandal, including his former information technology commissioner, Donald Rogers, being convicted of misconduct, and his now ex-chief of police, James Burke, reportedly resigning amid a federal investigation into an alleged police brutality claim. But with polls showing Bellone with a sizable lead, most political observers expect him to be re-elected.James O’Connor (R, C, Ref-Great River)This former North Hempstead town councilman has been calling for a New York State panel to take over Suffolk’s budget, similar to the Nassau Interim Finance Authority in the cash-strapped neighboring county to the west. He points out that while Bellone claims he hasn’t raised taxes, the police tax has increased since he’s been in office. Aside from making campaign issues out of Rogers and Burke, O’Connor also said that crime is up, although Bellone maintains that crime is down since he took office. O’Connor also backs New York State legislation that would defund police in jurisdictions that require federal authorities to issue a warrant before local police detain undocumented immigrants.District 1Al Krupski (D, C, I-Cutchogue)The first farmer and the first Southold town resident elected to the county legislature is running for his second full two-year term since winning a 2013 special election. He prioritizes environmental issues, proposed some legislative committee meetings being held in Riverhead and has been involved in talks to reduce helicopter noise over the East End.Remy Bell (R, Ref-Riverhead)A Suffolk County elections clerk and former small business owner, Bell is challenging the incumbent because he believes that Krupski doesn’t have the time to be both a lawmaker and a farmer. Bell also wants to focus on the environment and jobs creation. He ran unsuccessfully for county legislature and New York State Assembly as a Democrat in the 1980s.District 2Bridget Fleming (D, WF, I, Reform-Sag Harbor)A former Manhattan prosecutor from Noyak, this Southampton town councilwoman since 2010 is running to replace term-limited Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk). If elected, she hopes to widen the scope of her focus on economic, transportation and water quality as well as other environmental issues.Amos Goodman (R, Ref-East Hampton)This financial consultant and political newcomer from Springs is the first openly gay GOP candidate for county office on LI. He previously worked for a consulting firm run by ex-Defense Secretary William Cohen and founded Forward Long Island, a political action committee. If elected, he’d be the second openly gay Suffolk lawmaker.District 3Kate Browning (WF, D, I-Shirley)Browning, an Irish immigrant and former school bus driver, is seeking her sixth term. As public safety committee chair, she has advocated for strengthening sex offender regulations and hiring more police officers. Most recently, she has been pushing for sewers in the Mastic peninsula to help decrease water pollution. If re-elected, she would be term-limited from running again.William Toranzo (R, C, Ref-Shirley)A retired New York City police detective, Toranzo said that, if elected, he would propose legislation to remove the red light cameras. He said he’d use his law enforcement background to combat the heroin epidemic. That’s in addition to his promise to help make the county a more affordable place to live.District 4Thomas Muratore (R, C, I, Ref-Lake Ronkonkoma)Muratore is a former Suffolk police officer, ex-union official and small business owner seeking his fourth term. He proposed legislation to regulate the use of radio-controlled unmanned aircraft commonly known as drones when they’re equipped with cameras. He also has introduced bills aimed at cutting taxes.Jonathan Rockfeld (D-Centereach)This assistant election clerk for the Suffolk County Board of Elections is committed to affordable taxes, increasing workforce housing and improving the quality of life. He promises a youthful, community-oriented leadership style if he’s elected.District 5Kara Hahn (D, WF, I-Setauket)Hahn is a former civic leader and legislative spokeswoman running for her third term. One of her biggest victories came this year when she got legislation passed that requires domestic violence offenders to be tracked using GPS devices and giving victims “proximity detectors” so they’re aware when offenders violate court orders to stay away.Donna Cumella (R, C, Ref-Port Jefferson Station)A political newcomer who works in the Suffolk County Information Technology department as a project manager responsible for finance, Cumella touts herself as a fiscal conservative who would help to balance the county budget. Her platform also includes fighting the so-called Brain Drain of the young millennials leaving the Island as well as protecting the environment for all those who remain.District 6Sarah Anker (D, WF, I-Mount Sinai)A former civic leader and ex-director of Brookhaven’s Office of Energy and Sustainability, Anker is seeking her third full term after winning a special election in 2011. Anker champions government consolidation, open space preservation and green job growth. Most recently, she chaired the county’s inaugural School Traffic Safety Commission.Steven Tricarico (R, C, Ref-Wading River)This self-described fiscal conservative touts his experience as Deputy Superintendent of Highways for the Town of Brookhaven while running on a platform of tackling the county’s budget problems without sacrificing the quality of government services. If elected, he also plans to focus on stemming the Brain Drain and not raising taxes.District 7Robert Calarco (D, WF, I-Patchogue)Calarco, who is running for his third term, quickly rose up the ranks to become the Majority Leader of the Democrat-run Suffolk legislature. His biggest issue of late has been trying to pass legislation that would block the Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corp.’s controversial plan to build a mini-casino in Medford.Frank Tassone (R, C, Ref-Patchogue)This former assistant deputy county executive, ex-spokesman and former county and town legislative aide touts his lengthy governmental resume as giving him the experience needed to fulfill his campaign promises. His agenda includes cutting the county’s borrowing, encouraging businesses to create jobs, fighting utility rate hikes and protecting the environment.District 8William Lindsay (D, WF, I-Bohemia)A freshman lawmaker and son of the longest-serving presiding officer in the county’s history, Lindsay is running for a second term representing his late father’s former district. His goals include promoting economic growth, revitalizing local downtowns, protecting the environment and battling the drug epidemic.Mary Beth Calamia (R, C, Ref-Holbrook)This certified social worker is as vocal about her ideas to increase access to drug rehabilitation as a way to fight the drug epidemic as she is about her opposition to the controversial Common Core education standards. But she also takes issue with the county’s increasing police taxes and borrowing.District 9Monica Martinez (WF, I- Brentwood)A former educator, this freshman legislator unseated her predecessor, former longtime Suffolk Legis. Rick Montano, after defeating him in a Democratic primary two years ago. But, in a surprise move, this summer she conceded a court challenge to her nomination—handing her Democratic challenger that line on the ballot. But her name will still appear on two minor parties.Giovanni Mata (D-Brentwood)The Democratic challenger backed by Montano, the man whom Martinez unseated, won the primary without a fight when she conceded Mata’s court challenge to her nomination. A Republican challenger has yet to emerge in the district, where minorities make up the majority of residents, leaving the choice between the incumbent and Mata, a former chair of ex-County Executive Steve Levy’s Hispanic advisory committee.District 10Tom Cilmi (R, C, I, Ref-Bay Shore)Running for his fourth term is this lawmaker whose previous employment as a small business owner drives his focus on cutting taxes and spurring economic growth. Aside from pushing legislation aimed at fighting the drug epidemic, Cilmi backs a bill that would require the legislature to approve the county budget before Election Day.Joseph Hagelmann (D, WF-Ronkonkoma)This former chair of the Islip Town Democratic Committee was a Local 290 carpenter for 48 years. He supports investing in sewer infrastructure to expand the tax base, create jobs, reduce water pollution and restore shellfishing and other maritime industries. If done correctly, he says the county won’t have to raise taxes.District 11Thomas Barraga (R, C, I, Ref-West Islip)Former Islip town clerk, 23-year state Assemblyman, U.S. Marine Corps reservist and Major General in the New York State Guard, Barraga is seeking his sixth term. A famed fiscal conservative who is a central character this time of year—budget debate season—he hopes to further rein in county spending. He is running unopposed.District 12Leslie Kennedy (R, C, I, Ref-Nesconset)The wife of former Suffolk Legis. John M. Kennedy Jr. worked in his office as his legislative aide until he was elected county treasurer. She easily won a special election to fill the seat he vacated thanks to her years of working with constituents. Now she’s running for her first full term.Adam Halpern (D-Hauppauge)This assistant Suffolk County attorney is a former county prosecutor, ex-district court judge and former Suffolk Law Guardian representing abused and neglected children. He is putting his lengthy government resume on the line to challenge the incumbent. Two years ago, he unsuccessfully ran for Smithtown town board.District 13Robert Trotta (R, C, I, Ref-Northport)A retired Suffolk County police detective, Trotta is a freshman lawmaker seeking a second term. His surprise win two years ago came despite his lacking the GOP nomination and being passed up for the powerful police union’s endorsement. He passed a law requiring hotels to update their phones so guests don’t have to dial “9” before calling 911.Richard Macellaro (D-Kings Park)This retired home health-care administrator is vice chair of the Smithtown Democratic Committee and an officer on a condo management board. He founded and ran a community based not-for-profit organization in Brooklyn before he moved to LI two decades ago. In 2013, he ran unsuccessfully for Smithtown town board.District 14Kevin McCaffrey (R, C, Ref-Lindenhurst)This freshman lawmaker became leader of the Republican’s legislative minority after winning the seat representing the district where the Democratic county executive lives—a major upset. The former deputy Lindenhurst village mayor is also president of Teamsters Local 707, the union representing highway motor-freight drivers, chauffeurs, warehousemen and helpers.Timothy Sini (D, WF, I-Babylon)The deputy Suffolk County executive for public safety is a former federal prosecutor in Manhattan. He touts that experience as giving him the credentials to help tackle the heroin epidemic. To that end, Sini wrote a recently passed Suffolk law that makes it more difficult to sell stolen items at pawn shops.District 15DuWayne Gregory (D, WF, I-Amityville)The presiding officer who leads the Democrat-controlled Suffolk Legislature is an Army veteran who was first elected in a 2008 special election. During his time in office, he has passed legislation big and small—from creating a gun-offender registry to webcasting legislative meetings. He is running unopposed.District 16Steve Stern (D, WF, I-Dix Hills)This five-term lawmaker chairs both the powerful Ways & Means Committee and the Veterans and Seniors Committee, where he applies his experience as an elder-law attorney. Among the many laws he’s passed, he recently introduced and got approved the “Housing Our Homeless Heroes Act,” which is designed to end veterans’ homelessness.Thomas McNally (R, C, Ref-Dix Hills)This first-time candidate touts his experience as a litigator for a major insurance company—where he identifies and fixes inefficient business practices—as credentials required to manage the county’s finances. If elected, he would back repealing county laws that duplicate state and/or federal laws—redundancies he says are bad for business.District 17Louis D’Amaro (D, WF, I-North Babylon)D’Amaro, a real estate attorney and five-term county lawmaker, chairs the Budget & Finance Committee. Among the laws he’s passed during his decade in office, he penned a bill requiring the county to call or text residents alerting them of planned mosquito spraying. During his career in public service, he has worked at virtually every level of government.Janet Heller-Smitelli (R, Ref-Huntington)This personal injury attorney said that, if elected, she would work to reduce the tax burden on residents, encourage businesses to create jobs and work to rein in government waste and inefficiency. She also said that she would try to improve transparency by keeping an open dialogue with constituents.District 18Dr. William Spencer (D, WF, I-Centerport)Spencer is a pediatric ear, nose and throat doctor seeking his third term. Among the legislation he’s sponsored were laws that banned smoking at county beaches, prohibited the direct marketing of energy drinks to children and outlawed the sale of powdered caffeine to minors. He chairs the health committee.Grant Lally (R, C, Ref-Huntington)This attorney and managing partner of Mineola-based law firm of Lally & Misir, LLP is running on a campaign of fighting government waste, maintaining a healthy business environment and making Suffolk affordable. He previously lost three attempts to unseat congressional incumbents—twice in the 1990s and again last year.NASSAU COUNTYDistrict AttorneyMadeline Singas (D, WF, WEP-Manhasset)Running on her record of 24 years as a prosecutor in Queens and Nassau, where she worked her way up to be second in command under former Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Singas, who became acting DA in January, is hoping voters will elect her to continue leading the office. Among the many cases she’s tried, she specialized in domestic violence—and led bureaus dedicated to the issue in both counties. During her tenure as acting DA, she launched a comprehensive probe of Nassau’s troubled contracting process, which she said in a preliminary report is a “recipe for corruption.” Her campaign is focused on pointing out her opponent’s lack of experience prosecuting criminal cases.Kate Murray (R, C, I, Ref-Levittown)After more than a decade as Hempstead town supervisor, Murray is looking to become the top law enforcement official in the county. Before she led the nation’s most populous township, she also served as Hempstead town clerk and a state Assemblywoman. She also spent three years in the state Attorney General’s office, where she defended the state against lawsuits. Murray said that since the town budget and staff is larger than that of the district attorney’s, she is well equipped to lead the agency. In response to her opponent pointing out Murray’s lack of experience as a prosecutor, Murray maintains that she is a better leader than the acting DA.District 1Kevan Abrahams (D, WF-Freeport)Abrahams, now serving his ninth two-year term, leads the Democratic minority in the county legislature. He has been pushing for ethics reforms since state Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and the senator’s son, Adam, pleaded not guilty in May to federal corruption charges for an alleged scheme involving a county contract.James C. Major (R, C, Ref-Roosevelt)Major, who heads the Roosevelt Republican Club and has worked in New York City government for over two decades, says that, if elected, he will work to improve the quality of life and communicate better with constituents. He ran unsuccessfully for Sanitary District 2 commissioner’s seat three years ago.District 2Siela Bynoe (D, WF, WEP, I-Westbury)This freshman lawmaker, who won her seat in a special election last year, is running for her first full term. Before becoming a legislator, she was twice elected to the Westbury School Board and worked for several local housing authorities. She prioritizes health issues, government accessibility, economic development and affordable housing.Cornelius Todd Smith (R, C, Ref-Lakeview)This banker is using his financial expertise as a platform, making campaign promises to manage the county budget better, seek more federal grant funding to assist the community and promote economic development. He also teaches kids personal finance in a summer program. Last year, he ran unsuccessfully for a state Assembly seat.District 3Carrié Solages (D, WF, I-Elmont)Running for his third term is this former Bronx prosecutor who practices at his family’s Elmont-based law firm and previously served on the county Human Rights Commission. During his tenure, he helped broker a deal that reopened the Nassau police Fifth Precinct station house, which had been turned into a “community policing center” during a precinct consolidation.Felix Quayson (R, C, Ref-Valley Stream)This candidate decided to run because of the decreasing quality of life and the troubling issues affecting young people in Nassau, including the heroin epidemic. If elected, he will focus on economic development and job creation to stem the Brain Drain. The Washington Adventist University professor of healthcare administration will also work on increasing student access to scholarships.Laurence Hirsh (G-Valley Stream)One of a handful of Green Party challengers across Long Island, Hirsh is campaigning to highlight issues around public education, public housing and tenants’ rights. He is also hoping to help homeowners facing foreclosure.District 4Denise Ford (R, C, I, Ref, TR-Long Beach)Although a registered Democrat, Ford caucuses with the GOP, making her one of the few wildcards in the Republican majority. She’s represented her district since 2003, most recently pushing for repairs to the Bay Bark Sewage Treatment Plant after Sandy. Ford chairs the legislature’s economic and community development and labor committees.Keith S. Lebowitz (D, WF, WEP-Long Beach)This former restaurateur and volunteer firefighter touts his experience running a small business as giving him the credentials to manage the county’s budget. His campaign platform is to grow the local economy in order to reduce the tax burden on local residents. He also said he will vote against costly county contracts with ties to political insiders.District 5Laura Curran (D, WF, WEP, I-Baldwin)This freshman lawmaker running for her second term proposed legislation creating the Nassau County Land Bank, a nonprofit entity designed to buy vacant and abandoned homes. The legislature unanimously passed the bill. She is a former newspaper journalist and was previously elected to the Baldwin school board.Michael Vista (R, C, Ref-Merrick)This former Brooklyn prosecutor is also a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Iraq War. If elected, he would work to keep taxes low, grow the economy and create jobs. He’d also focus on improving health care and job opportunities for veterans. Last year, Vista tried unsuccessfully to run in the Republican primary for the 4th Congressional District seat.District 6C. William Gaylor (R, C, I, Ref, TR-Lynbrook)This retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, attorney and former judge is running to replace retiring Legis. Francis X. Becker (R-Lynbrook). He said his goals are to cut taxes and spending, be tough on crime and grow the economy. He also said he backs the use of public-private partnerships to complete the ongoing Sandy recovery in the district.James Paymar (D, WF, WEP-Rockville Centre)Looking to become the first Democrat to represent this district upon its first incumbent’s retirement is this former TV news anchor and ex-corporate spokesman-turned media consultant. Focusing on education, public safety and the economy, he said that his skill set and background can help invigorate the legislature into making dramatic changes so Nassau can remain competitive.District 7Howard Kopel (R, C, I, TR-Lawrence)A small business owner and self-described “recovering attorney” who chairs the budget review committee, Kopel unseated his Democratic predecessor in 2009, helping the GOP recapture the majority. His campaign remains the same: He wants to fix the county’s property assessment system, restore fiscal health and repair troubled Bay Park sewage plant.Tova Plaut (D, WF, WEP-Lawrence)This self-described community activist is also the director of an early childhood center and is a member of the Lawrence School Board. If elected, she said her priorities will be lowering taxes and spending, cutting red tape for small businesses in order to grow the local economy, and fighting corruption.District 8Vincent Muscarella (R, C, I, TR-West Hempstead)Muscarella, seeking his eleventh term, is an attorney and former four-year state Assemblyman with prior town and county-level experience. As vice chairman of the finance committee, he is intimately involved in helping resolve the county’s budget problems. He wants to recruit high-tech businesses to Nassau, consolidate local government and create more public-private partnerships to save taxpayers money.Carl Gerrato (D, WF, WEP-Franklin Square)A longtime Nassau County corrections officer, Gerrato is also actively involved in civic organizations and helped advocate for the reopening of the Fifth Precinct. If elected, he said he would focus on fixing the county’s troubled contracting process, support small businesses to create jobs, and cut government spending as well as reduce fee increases.District 9Richard Nicolello (R, C, I-New Hyde Park)An attorney specializing in insurance law, Nicolello is also seeking his eleventh term. As chair of the finance committee, he advocates for fiscal restraint, tax incentives, environmental conservation, tax assessment reforms, and banning the sale of box cutters to minors. And as deputy presiding officer, he’s second in command of the legislature.Mal Nathan (D, WF, WEP)Making his first run for office is the chief Town of North Hempstead bay constable, who is critical of plans by the Republican administration and legislative minority to fix the county’s finances by privatizing services. He also called for more stringent oversight of the county’s scandal-scarred contracting process.District 10Ellen Birnbaum (D, WF, I-Great Neck)This freshman lawmaker seeking her second term previously worked for the Town of North Hempstead, where she gained years of experience in coordinating with local municipalities and providing constituent services. She lists her priorities as domestic violence, relationship abuse and bullying. She is also involved in numerous local civic and religious groups.Lisa Benjamin (R, C, Ref-Great Neck)This retired technology director at the North Shore Hebrew Academy and first-time candidate criticized her fellow Republicans’ management of county finances. She said she’d work in a bipartisan fashion, if elected. She noted that the incumbent lost her committee assignments over alleged insensitive remarks, but Birnbaum has since returned to the Democratic caucus after apologizing profusely.Cassandra Lems (G-Herricks)A paralegal who prioritizes environmental issues, Lems said the county should improve its hurricane preparedness and switch to fertilizers that don’t pollute the water. She also proposed repealing county property taxes and replacing them with local income taxes. She lost a third-party primary in a state Senate seat race last year.District 11Delia DeRiggi Whitton (D, G, WF, I, WEP-Glen Cove)This former Glen Cove city councilwoman is running for her third term. As ranking member of the finance committee, DeRiggi Whitton can often be heard asking probing questions about the county’s budget and contracts during legislative meetings. Besides following the money, she is also focused on environmental issues, especially preserving the quality of drinking water.Matthew Connolly (R, C, Ref-Glen Cove)A former Nassau prosecutor who’s now an attorney in private practice, Connolly said that, if elected, he would focus on growing the local economy to reduce residents’ tax burden and create jobs. He would use his background in law enforcement to deal with criminal justice issues. He is also concerned with protecting local drinking water quality.District 12James Kennedy (R, C, Ref, I, TR-Massapequa)A former elementary school teacher who was elected to fill an open seat in February, Kennedy is a freshman lawmaker running for his first full term. In his first months on the job, he was named chair of the government services and operation committee. He is the son-in-law of the late Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa).Michael Canzoneri (D- Massapequa)This candidate is on the ballot, but not actively campaigning. When he ran unsuccessfully for Oyster Bay Town Clerk in 2011, he told the Massapequa Observer that he was an Independence Party member employed as a driver’s ed teacher. He listed his priorities as lowering taxes and making his community more affordable.District 13Norma Gonsalves (R, C, I, TR-East Meadow)This retired schoolteacher and longtime civic activist is running for her eleventh term in the district that includes the jail and the Nassau University Medical Center. As the presiding officer, she controls the flow of legislation in the chamber, and as chair of the rules committee, she oversees all contracts that come before the panel for approval.Eileen M. Napolitano (D, WF, WEP-East Meadow)Vying to unseat the leader of the GOP-controlled legislature is this former PTA leader, who said that, if elected, she will use her voice to keep taxes from rising, lure business to improve the economy and create jobs. She also said that she would use her power to increase transparency and rein in the county’s troubled contracting process.District 14Laura Schaefer (R, C, I, Ref-Westbury)This freshman lawmaker running for her second term is chair of the planning, development and environment committee, a role in which she controls funding for community revitalization plans, among other projects. She is also a practicing real estate attorney with the Garden City-based law firm of Walsh Markus McDougal & DeBellis, LLP.Sylvia Cabana (D, WEP-Garden City)This attorney specializing in immigration law said that, if elected, she will work to improve government transparency, increase oversight of the spending of taxpayer funds and prioritize listening to residents’ concerns. Her campaign has been focused on rooting out corruption, fixing the county’s troubled contracting process and restoring public trust in county government.District 15Dennis Dunne (R, C, I, Ref, TR-Levittown)Dunne, a Vietnam War veteran, is running for his eleventh term. He is the former county veterans’ agency director who chairs the public safety committee, which tasks him with overseeing law enforcement in the county. He was among the lawmakers sounding the alarm early about the deterioration of the Cedar Creek sewage plant.Matthew W. Malin (D, WEP-Seaford)This Nassau Board of Elections worker and Democratic committee activist previously interned for former U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) and used to work for the Town of Hempstead. He is running to bring fresh ideas to the legislature, with a focus on affordable housing and stemming the Brain Drain.District 16Judith Jacobs (D, WF, I, WEP -Woodbury)Jacobs, the former presiding officer of the county legislature, is running for her eleventh term. She got her start in politics as a vocal civic and environmental activist, and counts a law that bans smoking in restaurants and bars as top among her many legislative accomplishments.Angel Cepeda (R, C, Ref-Plainview)This business consultant and former head of the nonprofit Action Long Island was previously elected to serve on the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education until two years ago. He said his business background gives him credentials as a fiscal conservative so he can help rein in government spending and taxes.District 17Rose Marie Walker (R, C, I, TR-Hicksville)Walker is a three-term lawmaker who chairs the health and social service committee. She previously served on the Hicksville school board and as an Oyster Bay Town councilwoman. She has been pushing for much-needed downtown revitalization in Hicksville and Bethpage.Daniel Devine (D-Hicksville)This insurance industry professional and environmentalist affiliated with Operation STOMP is making his first run for elected office. He said that, if elected, he would work to modernize county government by improving the public’s online access to important documents concerning the budget and county contracts, thereby increasing transparency.District 18Donald MacKenzie (R, C, Ref, I-Oyster Bay)This freshman lawmaker running for his second term is an attorney specializing in civil litigation who previously worked as a Nassau prosecutor and commissioner of the Oyster Bay Water District. He chairs the veterans and senior services committees. He said he is focused on attracting new businesses to create jobs.Dean E. Hart (D, G, WF, WEP-Glen Head)This optometrist reportedly asked New York State authorities to investigate taxpayer-funded mailings from MacKenzie claiming the legislature’s GOP majority hasn’t raised taxes, when in fact they allowed the administration to raise property taxes 3.4 percent last year. MacKenzie has been quoted as saying that Hart’s complaint is a campaign stunt.District 19Steven Rhoads (R, C, I, Ref, TR-Bellmore)After winning a special election to fill a vacant seat in March, Rhoads, who has since been named chair of the minority affairs committee, is running for his first full term. He previously worked in the county attorney’s office, where he defended Nassau against lawsuits, and served on the county planning commission.Claudia Borecky (D, WF, WEP-Merrick)A civic leader who is regularly heard testifying before the legislature on local issues, Borecky said she is opposed to the administration’s proposal to have a private company take over the operation of the county’s sewage treatment plant. She also opposes raising taxes and wants to end taxpayer-funded mailings.,Alure cube,Alure cubelast_img read more

Voice of Entrepreneurs Association: The State Inspectorate continues its repression

first_imgAccording to the information that the Association receives today from the field from the owners of sealed restaurants, they say just the opposite. ”Despite public appearances full of cooperation, the state inspectorate seems to be fulfilling the worst fears of Croatian entrepreneurs – by retaliating it is retaliating for trying to continue doing business, and continuing to act. ” allegations from UGP. UGP research: Is the inspectorate doing a good job? UGP recently conducted a survey among its members where they surveyed the opinion of entrepreneurs on the topic of the work of the inspectorate. To the question: Are Andrija Mikulić and the inspectorate doing a good job? – Almost 99% of respondents believe that the inspectorate and the chief state inspector are not doing well. About 16% of them think that they are closing down companies unnecessarily, and 83% think that apart from not doing their job well and only “racketeers”, Andrija Mikulić should also be fired. “What you asked for, you got “- This is the response of the State Inspectorate to sealed restaurants, whose employees cannot enter the sealed facility to comply with the requirements of the CNIPH,” said in a statement from the Association Voice of Entrepreneurs.  “What you asked for, you got” was a loud version, after which the official of the State Inspectorate of Peaceful Conscience and satisfied with what was done turned around and left the facility – closed, they point out from the UGP and add: “The owner asked us this morning for advice and help. With the quick intervention of the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association and contacting the Chief Inspector in Rijeka, we managed to solve this problem and at least calm the situation down for now, and the said caterer will still be able to prepare his facility for opening ”  On Sunday, the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association (UGP) pointed out the inconsistent conduct of the inspectorate in the supervision of catering facilities. They insisted on prescribing clear working conditions, which did not exist until now, so that everyone knew what to do. The same evening on HRT, and on Monday 20.4. The Director of the State Inspectorate, Mr. Andrija Mikulić, confirmed that the closed restaurants will be allowed to operate as soon as they meet the conditions and announced the suspension of the proceedings. This morning, when the sealing of the proceedings was to start, the competent inspector in Rijeka left the facilities – sealed, because in the meantime they did not meet the new conditions of the CNIPH, which you cannot meet because entrepreneurs do not have access to their business premises.  Photo: Pixabay.comlast_img read more

Currumbin unit linked to lobbyist passed in at auction

first_imgA property at Currumbin linked to prominent lobbyist Simone Holzapfel and her husband Matt Robinson was passed in over the weekend. Picture: Jerad WilliamsA CURRUMBIN unit linked to prominent lobbyist Simone Holzapfel and her husband Matt Robinson was passed in at auction during the weekend.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe two-bedroom residence, owned by Mr Robinson, was listed for sale by a mortgagee.A crowd of about 25 gathered at the Pacific Pde address on Saturday before bidding kicked off at $600,000. All up 10 bids were placed before the property was passed in at $820,000 by auctioneer Colin Banks.CoreLogic records show Mr Robinson paid $970,000 for the beachfront unit. It was previously owned by former Titans coast John Cartwright.last_img read more

Libya blames UN council for hampering efforts against ISIL

first_imgLibya has accused the United Nations Security Council of hampering its terrorism fight.The UN envoy to Libya says the growing threat of ISIL could only be tackled once warring parties agree on a government of national unity. CCTV’s Maria Galang reports. Related ISIL launches fresh attacks in Libya ISIL numbers have reportedly doubled in Libya Ethiopia vows to join fight against ISILlast_img

Stien scores RaceSaver Sprint win at Arlington

first_imgMike Stien was the Saturday night IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car winner at Arlington Raceway. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)ARLINGTON, Minn. (May 26) – Mike Stien won his first feature of the year in the 95.7 the Rock IMCA RaceSaver Sprint feature Saturday at Arlington Raceway.Stien led from start to finish with Bill Johnson taking second and Justin Allen third.Brandon Beckendorf won for the third time in as many MN 93 IMCA Modified starts at Arlington this season, taking the latest checkers after starting ninth. Matt Looft also started deep in the field and motored to a third straight Unhinged Pizza IMCA Northern SportMod victory.Dan Mackenthun prevailed in a battle with Matt Schauer for top B&B Racing Chassis IMCA Stock Car honors.A lap six restart gave Cory Probst the opportunity he was looking for as he drove to the lead and eventual Eckblad Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock checkers.Alan Lahr of Nicollet won his first feature of the year in the Coors Light IMCA Sport Compacts.last_img read more

Injured Rooney misses cup clash

first_img Rooney was left out of Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in their FA Cup quarter-final replay at Stamford Bridge after picking up the injury against Montenegro. Ferguson told ITV Sport: “He got a groin injury playing for England and wasn’t 100% yesterday and there’s no point risking players with groin injuries because it could exacerbate itself and he could be out for weeks. So hopefully he’ll be ready for next Monday’s game.” Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Wayne Rooney suffered a groin injury on England duty but is hopeful the striker will be fit for the Manchester derby next Monday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Van Gaal would ‘love’ United job

first_img “I would love the job,” he told BBC Sport at the start of a three-day Dutch World Cup training camp. “I hope that I shall be the one.” He added: “You (the media) are thinking I’m the man but the most important thing is whether Manchester United are thinking that.” Van Gaal, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, is leaving his current role at the end of this summer’s tournament in Brazil and had apparently indicated that he wanted his future sorted before his first training camp began. The 62-year-old has managed his country before during qualification for the 2002 World Cup but left the post after a disastrous campaign which saw them fail to make the tournament in Japan and South Korea. And with two further training camps of three days taking place in the next fortnight and the provisional Dutch squad due to be announced next Tuesday, he made it clear he did not want speculation over his future to serve as a distraction. “I have to focus on my job,” he said. “I am coach of the Dutch national team. I have waited a long time to be in a World Cup so that’s very important. “This doesn’t affect me. I have always had offers. I know what the football world is and what it means.” Louis van Gaal has revealed his desire to be the next Manchester United manager as anticipation builds that he will be appointed at Old Trafford next week. There had been considerable speculation that the Holland coach would be confirmed as David Moyes’ successor following Tuesday’s game against Hull. But Press Association Sport understands that the club are not planning to make an announcement until next week, with the Dutchman confirming his desire to be given the job on Wednesday night. Press Association Van Gaal, who was strongly linked with Tottenham earlier in the summer, also denied that any deal had already been agreed for him to take over at Old Trafford and stressed that he had other options on the table. “There is no deal,” he told Voetbal International. “There are newspapers saying that I’ve already signed, there are even names of assistants. Too bad it goes this way. “There are several clubs interested in Louis van Gaal, we’ll see what I choose to do and what choice that clubs are going to make. It’s a process, so it goes with all clubs. “And then I can say nothing about that process at this time.” Senior United defender Rio Ferdinand admits the United squad have little idea when an appointment will be made. Veteran player Ryan Giggs has served as interim manager since Moyes left Old Trafford last month. Ferdinand told BT Sport: “All the papers have been talking about Klopp, Simeone, Van Gaal, Giggsy getting it, Ancelotti, Mourinho – but we’re like guys sitting in the pub discussing it. “If you believe and listen to the reports going around it’ll be someone with real credentials who has been at big clubs and won a lot of things.” last_img read more

Local Woman Hits $5 Million Lottery Luck on Friday the 13th

first_imgA local resident beat the odds and wound up turning Friday the 13th into a very lucky day.Yudayne Betancourt of West Palm Beach won the $5 million top prize from a LUCK scratch-off ticket she purchased from the 7-Eleven located at 3950 East Indiantown Road in Jupiter.After opting to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment, she will get $3,815,000.00.In addition, the store will receive a $10,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.The $20 game, called $5,000,000 LUCK, launched a few months ago and features more than $329 million in cash prizes, including six top prizes of $5 million. The overall odds of winning are one-in 2.97.last_img read more