Manhattan District Attorney (D.A.) Robert Morgenthau was facing a spirited Democratic primary challenge from a former judge in 2005, but his opponent had trouble finding anything substantively negative to say about Morgenthau.
The reason I know this: a city-based tabloid newspaper reporter called me weeks before the election, asking whether it was legal to have a Manhattan driver’s license while at the same time registering and insuring a car in Dutchess County, where auto insurance premiums are much lower. The answer: yes, so long as the insured vehicle is primarily garaged in Dutchess County. I was the director of public affairs for the New York State Insurance Department at the time and knew immediately the question pertained to Morgenthau because he met those criteria.
Preparing for the return of the 2013-14 New York Islanders without their top scorer, John Tavares, is much like contemplating the fate of the 2014 New York Mets without their best pitcher, Matt Harvey.
Tavares’ season ended when he was injured while playing for Canada in the Winter Olympics. Harvey is unable to pitch this year because of off-season elbow surgery.
State lawmakers are allocating $7 million, and want the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to do the same, so Staten Island’s private-passenger and commercial E-ZPass users can pay less when crossing the MTA’s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
I bring this Staten Island tale to a Nassau County audience because the governor and state legislators, when making this announcement on Feb. 6, inadvertently volunteered information they usually keep quiet. The MTA’s board, over which the governor has outsized influence, generally does what Albany’s elected officials tell them to do.
Boxing fans often marry people who don’t share their passion for the sport, a circumstance Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, The Paramount and ESPN have recognized in developing a fight card for Friday, Feb. 14.
Fans who have made arrangements to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their spouse over the weekend of Feb. 15-16 can attend on Feb. 14 the six professional boxing matches being held at The Paramount in downtown Huntington starting at 7:30 p.m. Situated at 370 New York Ave., and open since September 2011, the Paramount holds upwards of 1,555 people.
A book with Long Island connections is making news this week in Florida and among political insiders nationally.
Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s The Party’s Over: How the Extreme Right Wing Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat (Dutton), which was published on Tuesday, Feb. 4, was co-authored by Ellis Henican, a writer and commentator probably best known for his Newsday column. Crist is married to the former Carole Oumano, a Roslyn High School graduate.
New York’s 4th Congressional District (CD), covering much of central and southern Nassau County, has not had an incumbent not seek re-election since 1992, and history is repeating itself in 2014.
The late Rep. Norman Lent (R-East Rockaway), who retired from the 4th CD seat at year-end 1992, served not one day of his 20-plus years in the U.S. House of Representatives when the Republicans held a majority in the House. All of that changed in 1994, when the GOP won control of the U.S. House for the first time in decades, and they have held it every year since then, with the exception of 2007-2010.
Nearly a decade ago, Cara Castronuova was not only a Hofstra University student, but also climbing to #2 on USA Boxing’s list of top-ranked amateur fighters, having won the coveted Golden Gloves at Madison Square Garden.
“When I wear my Golden Gloves, guys always come up to me and ask who my boyfriend is. They know the necklace and assume a guy won them for me,” said Castronuova, who plans on fighting again, possibly internationally.
“I fought at 119 pounds,” Castronuova explained, during a recent interview, adding it was only a little less than the 125 pounds she typically weighs. “I was squeezing the last bit of fat off my body by eating like a nun, and running my neighborhood every night after work.”
Former state Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.’s (R-Merrick) New Year’s Eve resignation, coming after state Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) said he would not seek re-election in 2014, is posing a dilemma for the Island’s Republican leaders.
With Senators Fuschillo and Zeldin in office, the GOP held every state Senate seat in Nassau and Suffolk, a total of nine altogether. This voting bloc gave Long Island outsized influence in the state Legislature’s upper House, a chamber where 30 Republican state Senators had since January 2013 joined forces with a few breakaway Democrats to act as a much-needed check on the Cuomo administration and the Democrat-dominated state Assembly.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) made a strategic mistake recently when it said that its planned 2015 fare hike may be reduced to four percent from 7.5 percent.
In essence, the MTA, the Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) parent, was announcing it’ll forgo an estimated $200 million in fare box revenue in 2015, given the MTA’s improved financial standing. The MTA conveyed this message as the LIRR was telling an emergency presidential panel, in early December, that the LIRR could only give the bulk of its unionized employees a cumulative general wage increase (GWI) of four percent over a five-year period, dating back to 2010 and extending into 2014. Meanwhile, advocates for most of the LIRR’s unions, representing about 5,500 of the LIRR’s approximately 6,400 employees, were trying to convince this panel its members deserved a GWI of 18.5 percent over a six-year period (2010-2015).
The Jets’ and the Giants’ seasons are over, but fans of outdoor sports have other options in January 2014.
Yankee Stadium, for instance, will host the New York Rangers twice in late January as part of the four-game 2014 Coors Light National Hockey League (NHL) Stadium Series. It is the first time the Yankees’ home field has been used as an NHL venue, and the ice rink will be placed between third and first base. The Rangers will face the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 12:30 p.m., and then the New York Islanders on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Both contests are considered road games for the Rangers. The two other Coors Light NHL Stadium Series show-downs are being held in Los Angeles (Jan. 25) and Chicago (March 1). None of them will involve the Rangers, Devils or Islanders.
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Mike Barry, a corporate communications consultant, has worked in government and journalism. Email: MFBARRY@optonline.net