Few events have more of a potential impact on Nassau County government than the major parties’ nominating conventions in odd-numbered years. Yet the faces rarely change in Mineola.
Looking at things from a Republican perspective, this should be a year in which the GOP could make inroads. The Suozzi administration spent much of late last year underestimating the economic downturn’s impact on the county’s finances, a pivotal miscalculation when almost 40 percent of all county government revenues are derived from sales taxes. County Executive Tom Suozzi then allocated most of his time in early 2009 to browbeating concessions out of a union his administration had just given, with the assistance of an arbitrator, an eight-year contract which calls for 3-plus percent annual pay hikes.
This same demographic group, however, may make an exception when it comes to securing the limited number of tickets remaining for the 2009 U.S. Open, to be held June 15-21 at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, Farmingdale. The practice rounds will be held on June 15-17, and then the four championship rounds will be played between Thursday, June 18 and Sunday, June 21.
Compared to major league baseball, Belmont is starting to look like a bargain. General grandstand admission is $2 per person, and children ages 12 and under are admitted for free. General parking is $2. To lure customers in May, Belmont has reduced to $1 from $2 its general admission and parking prices on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for the balance of this month.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a Fitzgerald (1896-1940) short story that the one-time Great Neck resident had published in a 1922 edition of Collier's magazine, is in the news because a major motion picture based on the tale was released on Christmas Day.
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Mike Barry, a corporate communications consultant, has worked in government and journalism. Email: MFBARRY@optonline.net