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DeRiggi-Whitton Launches Bid For Re-Election

Colleagues from both sides praise legislator’s first term

Delia DeRiggi-Whitton kicked off her campaign for re-election at the Metropolitan Bistro in Sea Cliff. A bi-partisan showing of friends and supporters celebrated the Democrat’s first term in the Nassau County Legislature, alongside appreciative constituents. Two residents from DeRiggi-Whitton’s current district spoke to the crowd about how hard DeRiggi-Whitton worked on issues that were important to them. 

 

Local Republican John Taylor likened DeRiggi-Whitton’s story to the movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” because an honest, hardworking person is fighting to clean up her government. 

 

“Delia gave me hope for my government,” added Michael Miller of Glen Cove. Miller was among the first people to protest tree-cutting in Welwyn Preserve after Sandy and he praised how hard DeRiggi-Whitton fought since day one on that issue of possible corruption and unnecessary destruction. 

 

DeRiggi-Whitton said, “I am proud of the work we’ve done so far in the Nassau County Legislature and I look forward to continuing my fight for a cleaner, transparent government, a better commitment to public safety and quality of life, and a government that is more accountable to the taxpayers.”

 

The legislator said the efforts of her first term resulted in a new law that protects Glen Cove from anyone trying to import hazardous “fracking” wastewater into the local sewer treatment plant. 

 

DeRiggi-Whitton has been working with various levels of government, including Congress, to expand Nassau County’s sewer system in Sea Cliff and Glen Cove. This would clean up our waterways and address health issues. 

 

The legislator is currently highly focused on what Nassau needs to learn in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. She stood alone for many months fighting millions of dollars in questionable contracts the county administration was giving out for “emergency” work that included chopping down nature preserves with tax dollars while Long Islanders needed much more urgent service. Her questions have now been echoed by the Nassau and Suffolk district attorneys as well as the New York State attorney general, who are all investigating the way Nassau and other governments awarded Sandy-related contracts. 

 

DeRiggi-Whitton has been investigating both financial and practical issues around Nassau’s storm response and calling to improve everything, from boosting accountability in financial practice during emergencies, to more detailed plans for shelters, gas shortages, insurance problems and flood prevention.  

 

 “On the human service side, we can do a lot better than people sitting on gas lines and having sewage flooding their streets and homes. ,” the legislator said. “On the financial side, we need to have a process in place so that the DA and the attorney general don’t need to investigate the county’s spending after every emergency.”

 

DeRiggi-Whitton was joined by officials and political players such as Tom Suozzi, candidate for County Executive; Ralph Suozzi, mayor of Glen Cove; Glen Cove City Councilman Tony Jimenez; former Glen Cove Judge Hon. Joel B. Meirowitz; Bob Weitzner, mayor of Port Washington North; Scott Siller, trustee, Village of Flower Hill; David Gugerty, Nassau Democratic Legislative Caucus chief of staff and Town of Oyster Bay Democratic Chairman; Gerard Terry, Town of North Hempstead Democratic chairman; Eileen Kraneburg, Port Washington Democratic chairwoman and of course, Delia’s parents, longtime Republican judge and Glen Cove mayor Hon. Donald DeRiggi and wife Mildred. 

 

After county redistricting this year, Delia is the incumbent in a new 11th Legislative District, which encompasses Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Roslyn Harbor, Roslyn Village and Port Washington. 

 

Online, visit www.DeliaDeRiggiWhitton.com, www.facebook.com/LegislatorDeliaDeRiggiWhitton, and http://www.youtube.com/user/deliavideoadmin. 

News

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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