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Mike BarryEye on the Island

By Mike Barry

Martin Is in Fashion

Friday, 01 January 2010 00:00

Plainview native Jill Martin is a fashion expert and a three-time Emmy nominated television personality but Fashion for Dummies (Wiley, 2009), written with Pierre Lehu, could expand considerably the number of women who know her. 


MTA’s X-Mas Surprise

Friday, 25 December 2009 00:00

There’s a scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) where Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), despondent because his boss canceled everyone’s year-end bonus, celebrates as a messenger arrives at his door on Christmas Eve, carrying what appears to be a check.


GOP Tops Media Foe

Friday, 18 December 2009 00:00

Prior to Election Day 2009, I’d been developing this theory about the Nassau Republican committee and Newsday’s editorial board, bitter rivals for as long as I can remember.


Brooklyn Nets Win

Friday, 11 December 2009 00:00
Should the NBA’s New Jersey Nets relocate to Brooklyn, history will record their first victory of the 2009-2010 season came in a courtroom, rather than on a court.

Mass Transit Tips

Friday, 04 December 2009 00:00
This lifelong Mets fan rarely feels badly for Yankees fans. But there was a fleeting moment (it is gone now) last month when I did, and it occurred days after the Yankees won their first World Series in nine years.

MTA’s Albany Rescue

Friday, 27 November 2009 00:00

Need to raise a quick $1 billion? The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the New York State Legislature can show you how.

Employing incredible understatement, the MTA issued a press release on Nov. 18 saying its “2010 Final Proposed Budget is balanced with no fare increase or reductions to scheduled service, with the help of rescue legislation enacted in Albany in May.”


Democrats’ Decade

Friday, 20 November 2009 00:00

Nassau’s Democrats took control of the county Legislature in January 2000, and the November 1999 Election Day victory which made it possible was memorialized on The New York Times’ front page.

A decade later, the Democrats’ loss of their 10-9 edge in the county Legislature was chronicled far from the Times’ front page, as was the still too-close-to-call county executive race between incumbent Thomas Suozzi and county Legislator Edward Mangano (R-Bethpage).


Hofstra Aims High

Friday, 13 November 2009 00:00

The Hofstra men’s basketball team is not afraid of a challenge.

To open their regular season on Friday evening, Nov. 13, Hofstra is traveling to Lawrence, Kansas to play the University of Kansas Jayhawks. Kansas is the top men’s college basketball team in the nation, according to a recent ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll, and two of the Jayhawks’ starters were named to the Associated Press’ pre-season All-America team.


2010’s Election Cycle

Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

Election Day 2009 is history so voters will now be given a respite from political mail and television commercials as well as candidate train station visits.

Elections Inc., however, is a big business, and operates year-round. Indeed, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, and Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 are marked already on the industry’s calendars because, while county and town contests provide nice profit margins for direct-mail, polling, and media-buying companies, the 2010 state and federal election cycle may boost their collective bottom line even more.


News Outlets Adapt

Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

Cablevision-owned Newsday is charging $5 a week for access to effective Wednesday, Oct. 28, a fee it is waiving for subscribers to Newsday’s print edition or Cablevision’s Optimum Online Internet service.

I can understand why Cablevision is trying to boost its bottom line. News-gathering is a labor-intensive process, and what’s the sense of giving the final product away ‘for free,’ even though online advertisers are contributing financially to the undertaking?


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