Tag: Long Beach
The 26th annual Long Island Pride festival this weekend will be its last in Huntington before moving to Long Beach and expanding into a weekend-long LGBT celebration next year, organizers announced Thursday. LI Pride fest, which includes live music, a fair and parade—although this year’s parade was canceled while the music and fair will go on—next year will include additional festivities such as a 5K run on the boardwalk, a softball tournament, surfing lessons, beach volleyball, pride brunch and more.
Three beaches on Long Island from the East End to the New York City line were named among the best in the country by experts and national publications last month. It’s been widely reported that Dr. Beach named Cooper’s Beach in Southampton among top 10 in the nation on his annual list released May 26. The news also spread that USA Today gave Long Beach a similar nod in a story published the same day. But a third report, this one by Travel and Leisure magazine, also ranked Shelter Island among the best—and Long Beach got a second hat tip in that story, too.
Nassau board of elections officials certified Monday that Democrat Todd Kaminsky, an Assemblyman from Long Beach, beat Republican opponent Chris McGrath, an attorney from Hewlett in the race for the ninth state senate district to replace ex-State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), who was expelled from office when he was convicted on federal corruption charges in December.
Democrat Todd Kaminsky declared victory in Tuesday’s special election for a New York State Senate seat that could sway the balance of power in the chamber, but Republican Christopher McGrath hasn’t conceded. Kaminsky, a freshman state Assemblyman and former federal prosecutor from Long Beach, leads McGrath, an attorney and first-time candidate from Hewlett, by 780 votes, according to unofficial results tallied by the Nassau County Board of Elections. If confirmed, a Kaminsky win could give state Senate Democrats a majority for the first time since 2009—although that also hinges on if a handful of breakaway Democrats that caucus with Republicans rejoin their party.
The incoming chancellor’s remarks—made the same day as the gathering at East Islip Middle School—consequently carry enormous weight. Education advocates therefore view her acknowledgement that she’d “opt-out” as indication of a historically seismic shift—an alignment, even—away from the state’s long-held support of Common Core, and toward what opponents term “common sense” education policy.
Across the Island some municipalities are clearly ahead of the pack. These communities possess the good fortune to have visionary leaders, courageous council members and the right combination of assets, infrastructure and drive to make a difference in people’s lives. When you look for local role models, a few stellar examples quickly come to mind: Jack Schnirman, Long Beach city manager; Paul Pontieri, mayor of Patchogue; Francis X. Murray, mayor of Rockville Centre; and state Sen. Jack Martins, the former mayor of Mineola.