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Mike BarryEye on the Island

By Mike Barry

Levy’s GOP Dalliance

Friday, 19 March 2010 00:00

Former Suffolk County Congressman Rick Lazio, a Republican candidate for governor, has reason to be concerned. No, not because Lazio lags far behind attorney general Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, in every poll where voters are asked for their preference in a hypothetical Lazio-Cuomo gubernatorial match-up. Those numbers will change dramatically, in Lazio’s favor, in time.


The Bard of NASCAR

Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00

Nassau Community College has named Andrew Giangola its ‘Professor for the Day’ for Thursday, March 11 and, having been given this honor, Professor Giangola will talk that day to the college’s marketing students about a field in which he has made his name.


The Paterson Saga

Friday, 05 March 2010 00:00

Before ending his campaign last Friday, Governor David Paterson was involved in at least one noble cause: trying to keep New Yorkers from having to endure another Cuomo administration.


Hong Kong Shocker

Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00

Left-wing defense attorneys Ron Kuby and Lynne Stewart were born in the wrong country. Had they practiced law in Hong Kong, both might have been appointed to its highest court.


Pricey Neighborhoods

Friday, 12 February 2010 00:00

Long Island is home to 25 of the nation’s 50 ‘most expensive’ small towns, with 15 of them in Nassau County, and the balance in Suffolk County, according to a recent Bloomberg Business Week magazine analysis.


Two Going to Albany

Friday, 05 February 2010 00:00

The state Assembly has often been the first elective office held by promising political newcomers so it is worth watching who prevails in the Tuesday, Feb. 9 special elections to fill two Assembly openings.

Nassau’s 15th Assembly District (AD) seat was vacated when state Assemblyman Robert Walker (R-Hicksville) resigned last month to become county executive Edward Mangano’s chief deputy county executive. In Suffolk, state Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington (D-Medford) stepped down from her Albany post after being elected last fall as Brookhaven’s town clerk. She represented the 3rd AD.


LI’s Places to Grow

Friday, 29 January 2010 00:00

A Regional Plan Association (RPA) report released last week, Places to Grow, outlined a way to reduce the number of cars on Nassau’s congested roadways while at the same time expanding the county’s tax base.


MTA Chief’s Challenge

Friday, 22 January 2010 00:00

Baseball Hall of Famer Casey Stengel said the key to managing is keeping the players who hate you away from the ones who are undecided.


Levy for New York Governor?

Friday, 15 January 2010 00:00

Having learned little from polls showing Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano trailing badly weeks before Election Day 2009, too many are examining the state’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign through the prism of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s current high standing in public opinion polls.


Stakes Held Hostage

Friday, 08 January 2010 00:00

The New York Racing Association’s (NYRA) president and CEO, Charles Hayward, hinted publicly last month that NYRA might not have the resources to host the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 5, 2010.


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Mike Barry, a corporate communications consultant, has worked in government and journalism. Email: