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Bob McMillanAn Opinion

By Bob McMillan
Presidents v. The Supreme Court

The recent political chatter about “Obamacare” before the Supreme Court of the United States got a great deal of media attention.  President Obama added fuel to the fire when he declared, “Ultimately, I am confident the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”

For someone who was a law professor those words were absurd.  Even if a bill passed unanimously in the house and senate, it could still be overturned – if the law was in violation of the Constitution.

Michael Miller


By Michael Miller
1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing

Nelson Rockefeller’s nomination for Governor in 1958 was partly an upstate revolt against the continued domination of party affairs by the Nassau Republican organization. Rockefeller was a man who always had bigger fish to fry, and throughout his almost 15 years as governor, he often went out of his way not to step on the toes of the touchy Nassau GOP. That’s why Nassau is the only large New York county without a state office building. Respect the turf.

Just before taking office, Rockefeller announced that State Senator William Hults would be Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, but not until the end of the 1959 legislative session, so that Glen Cove, North Hempstead, Oyster Bay and a sliver of Hempstead wouldn’t lose their Senate representation until 1960.

Mike BarryEye on the Island

By Mike Barry
The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’

The Nassau County district attorney’s (DA) office makes a cameo appearance in Empty Mansions, an incredible book about Huguette Clark (1906-2011), the Manhattan-raised heiress whose generosity and eccentricities were legendary.

Now that Ryan Murphy, a creator of television’s “Glee,” has optioned Empty Mansions’ film rights, I imagine a scrum of top actresses are vying to play Clark.

Introducing Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Under the direction of Head Coach Kristen O’Leary and Assistant Coach Morgan Cestari last year’s junior varsity team experienced considerable success completing their season undefeated in their league.  Oyster Bay High School Physical Education Teacher Charlie Rizzuto will coach this year’s varsity team.  

Rizzuto was head coach of the boy’s lacrosse program at Commack High School for two years prior to his switch to Oyster Bay.  By no means short on experience, Rizzuto has been coaching both boys and girls lacrosse at the scholastic and club levels for the past eight years.  

“I have coached the sport of lacrosse at every level, PAL through collegiate and everything in between.” said Rizzuto. Rizzuto, a Long Island native, was a two-time All Division-One Suffolk County attack man at Sachem North.  He went on to be named an Inside Lacrosse All-American while attending Pace University.  

This year’s girls lacrosse program consists of 35 girls, an incredibly large showing considering the size of the Oyster Bay School District.  “The program in itself is like one large team,” said Rizzuto.  “They practice together but only make the split between varsity and junior varsity come game day.”

OBHS junior Hannah Kaiser said, “I’ve been waiting for a varsity program for the longest time. My hope for this season is that Oyster Bay surprises the lacrosse community.  I don’t want to just have a ‘good’ first year.  I want to make the playoffs, and go as far as we can after that.”  Kaiser, a member of this year’s varsity team has been a member of the Oyster Bay Girls Lacrosse Program since the start, participating on the middle school and junior varsity teams.  Kaiser was instrumental in the growth of the program.  An enthusiast for the sport, she along with teammate and fellow Junior Cailin Cook were both leading figures in the formation of the program.  “Cailin and I spoke at a board meeting to show how much a lacrosse program would mean to us,” said Kaiser.  Now given the chance to compete on the varsity level Kaiser said, “As coach Rizzuto would say, we want to ‘shock the world.’”