Five athletes with Long Island ties are along 11,000 from around the world competing for their chance to take home a gold medal in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which starts Friday. The four native Long Islanders representing Team USA are soccer stars Allie Long of Northport and Crystal Dunn of Rockville Centre, WNBA all-star and three-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird of Syosset, and race walker Maria Michta-Coffey of Nesconset. A fifth, sailor Bora Gulari of Michigan, lived on Long Island when he was a youngster.
The candidates include Democrat Rita Kestenbaum and Republican Steven Rhoads.
He won 85 percent of the vote over his Democratic challenger.
Two of the six candidates are named Kennedy—and they’re both Republicans, although one’s a man, the other a woman.