But the Times published a detailed article about Nassau government and politics earlier this month which, while factually accurate, shows how omissions, and a lack of context, can mislead readers.
A new documentary on TWA’s ill-fated Flight 800 offers compelling evidence that almost everything the public thinks it knows about the plane’s demise isn’t so.
TWA Flight 800, a 90-minute film featuring interviews with a number of the now-retired investigators who examined the plane crash’s possible causes, as well as eyewitnesses to the events of that night, will be shown on Wednesday, July 17, at 8 p.m. on EPIX. It is a premium TV channel available to Verizon FiOS and DISH Network customers. The broadcast date and time is significant because TWA’s Flight 800, having left JFK Airport on its way to Paris, exploded and fell into the Atlantic Ocean, near East Moriches, on July 17, 1996, around 8:30 p.m. Two-hundred and thirty people were killed; 212 passengers, and 18 crew members.
The countdown to Major League Baseball’s (MLB) All-Star game begins officially on Friday, July 12, when the T-Mobile All-Star FanFest opens its doors at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in midtown Manhattan.
MLB’s mid-summer classic will be held on Tuesday evening, July 16, at Citi Field in Flushing, yet there are numerous events being held between July 12 and 15 that will give baseball fans a chance to enjoy an extended All-Star weekend. Before making plans, check which players are headed to New York for the MLB All-Star game. The rosters will be announced on Saturday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m., on Fox.
The early summer is one of the busiest times of the year for Nassau’s political activists because this is when they go door-to-door, obtaining the signatures of their party’s registered voters to secure a ballot spot for its endorsed candidates.
Adam Haber, the Roslyn school board member vying with former Nassau County executive Thomas Suozzi for the Democratic Party’s 2013 county executive nomination, will file at least 2,000 signatures, the minimum needed, with the board of elections in July. In fact, the Haber campaign will likely submit many more signatures than that. Nassau’s Democratic Party, having given Suozzi its official nod at its May convention, will also bring an impressive number of signed petitions on Suozzi’s behalf to the board of elections.
Having made the playoffs this year for the first time since 2007, the New York Islanders secured the 15th pick in the first round of the 2013 National Hockey League (NHL) Draft on Sunday, June 30.
This is a positive development when considering the Islanders were playing so poorly in 2009 that the team qualified for the first overall draft pick. They made a great one four years ago, selecting forward John Tavares. Tavares was the Islanders’ leading scorer during the lockout-shortened 2012-2013 season, with 47 points (28 goals, 19 assists) in only 48 games. He was also a Hart Trophy finalist, an honor given to the NHL’s most valuable player.
Lawrence Quinn, a former Glen Cove resident and the father of New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, is an Irish-American man of a certain age. So I can only imagine the look on his face when playwright Eve Ensler read aloud graphic passages of her best-known work, The Vagina Monologues, at his daughter’s 1999 City Council swearing-in ceremony.
When Ensler was finished, Mr. Quinn, who was sitting onstage during Ensler’s performance, looked at his daughter and said, “You couldn’t just have had the Pledge of Allegiance?”
Garden City and Floral Park are holding their annual Belmont Stakes Festivals on the day before, and the day after, the Saturday, June 8, running of the Belmont Stakes in Elmont.
Garden City’s Seventh Street will closed to traffic, and jammed with pedestrians, on Friday, June 7, between 6 and 10 p.m., for the Garden City Belmont Festival, an evening of live music, food, and family-friendly activities.
Citizen Action of New York and Working Families Organization sent a direct-mail piece this month to registered Democrats in state Senator Jack Martins’ (R-Mineola) district, asking them to call his office and “tell him to clean up Albany by passing public funding of elections.”
But why should anyone bother? Publicly funded state electioneering is taking place today, something that is self-evident to any New Yorker who has watched television this spring.
The seven Nassau theaters in the Cablevision-owned Clearview Cinemas chain are being sold to Bow Tie Cinemas, a privately held Connecticut company, in a transaction which is expected to close in the coming months.
The deal, which includes 34 other Clearview Cinema locales in the metropolitan area, will impact Cablevision’s Optimum Rewards cardholders starting next week.
There is no quicker way for a county legislator to generate a headline than to accuse the county executive or the county comptroller of not doing his or her job. But what happens when the governmental official who comes under legislative fire is vindicated?
If the accused party is a Republican who is up for re-election this year, such as Comptroller George Maragos, county legislators move on to another target and hope their next round of allegations have merit. After all, if a county governmental agency is doing its job, that’s not news, right?
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Mike Barry, a corporate communications consultant, has worked in government and journalism. Email: MFBARRY@optonline.net