With Thanksgiving in the rear view, Long Island joins the rest of the Christmas-celebrating world in the return of the season to be jolly. What follows is our annual guide to the dozens of tree lightings, Christmas parades and other related holiday events over the next month.
The Weekend Riot & Latterman rock Revolution Bar & Grill; Rice, Jessie's Girl & Colbie Caillat wow The Paramount; Martin Barre, Kevin Griffin & Rumer Willis floors YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts; Blue Roots grooves Treme Blues and Jazz Club; Young M.A. destroys The Emporium; Lisa Lampanelli cracks up NYCB Theatre at Westbury; among so many more amazing concerts & events all this week!
Ashanti and Ja Rule join forces at The Emporium, Norm Macdonald cracks up Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, The Charlie Daniels Band plays NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Buckcherry, Candlebox & Sons of Texas rock The Paramount, the 2016 Walk To End Alzheimer's raises much-needed funds and hope at Belmont Lake State Park, and so much more to see and do this weekend on Long Island!
Voters who are registered Democrats will cast their ballots to decide who wins their party line in three Long Island Congressional primary elections on Tuesday, June 28. What follows is a voters’ guide profiling each of LI’s nine Democratic Congressional primary candidates.
Advocates and citizens frustrated with the avalanche of corruption scandals on Long Island and statewide are rallying and organizing other grassroots efforts aimed at pressuring lawmakers into being more ethical and transparent. Local good government groups picketed this week outside the Long Island office of New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Smithtown), urging him to allow passage of ethics reforms for Albany lawmakers before the legislative session ends June 16. And a New York City-based nonprofit this week announced that it’s suing LI municipalities that fail to turn over financial documents in a statewide citizen-led transparency initiative recently started in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Suffolk County police released surveillance camera footage showing the moment when Long Island power broker Gary Melius was in the head outside of his Huntington home, Oheka Castle, two years ago. Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said he decided to release part of the video and ask the FBI to take a fresh look at the case after recently taking command of the department. He said he hoped that the video would spark tips that could help investigators crack the unsolved case.
Context was often lost between the pace of coverage and testimony jumping around between dates, blurring significant moments in the timeline of the conspiracy. Seen in full, it offers a revealing look at the raw power that money has in The Empire State's politics, and the abuse of this state's most trusted offices to capitalize on this power toward a lawmaker's personal objectives.