Long Island Press
What better way to celebrate the Independence Day than by attending one of the many fireworks shows hosted across Long Island this weekend? Round up the friends and family and make some Fourth of July memories at one or more of these events:
Southampton Annual American Picnic with Fireworks by Grucci
Games for kids, food carts with popcorn, ice cream, hot dogs and other delights. Fireworks over Shinnecock Bay at sundown. 1030 Meadow Lane, Southampton. 7 p.m., July 4.
New York Lizards vs. Florida Launch
Hero Night for the New York Lizards, Long Island’s lacrosse team. The game will acknowledge honorary people who have served. In addition, the police and the fire departments will face off, followed by fireworks. James M. Shuart Stadium at Hofstra, 900 Fulton Ave., Hempstead. $10-$75. 7 p.m., July 3.
July 4th Concert
The Denice Given Band will perform before the fireworks at sundown. West Beach, Port Jefferson. Free. 7 p.m., July 4.
Ducks Game and Fireworks
Ducks take on the Riversharks followed by post-game fireworks show. Bethpage Park, 3 Court House Dr., Central Islip. $11-$15. 7 p.m., July 4.
Asharoken Beach on Asharoken Avenue, Asharoken. Free. 9 p.m., July 4.
Bald Hill Fireworks Extravaganza
Captain Jack, a Billy Joel cover band takes the stage at 5:30 p.m. followed by UNcovered, a cover band that rearranges classics before the fireworks. Pennysaver Amphitheater, 55 South Bicycle Path, Farmingville. Free. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m., July 4
Valley Stream’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks Show
Pre-fireworks show begins at 8 p.m. Firemen’s Memorial Field, East Fenimore Street and Albermarle Avenue, Valley Stream Park. Tickets are free in advance. 9:15 p.m., July 4.
Variety of food will be offered on the Great Lawn starting at 5:30 p.m. and the band Stages will perform before the fireworks. The Park at East Hills, Roslyn Heights. Free. 9:15 p.m., July 4.
July 4th Concert, Children’s Bicycle Parade
Annual patriotic-themed children’s bicycle parade starts at Finley Middle School at 10 a.m., heads down School Street and ends at Village Square. Northwinds Symphonic Band performance starts at 7:30 p.m. before the fireworks show. Morgan Park, 1 Landing Rd., Glen Cove. Free. Fireworks at 9 p.m., July 4.
Go 4th on the Bay
Fireworks over Great South Bay between Oakdale and Great River. 9 p.m., July 4.
Stars Over Montauk
Umbrella Beach, Montauk. Free. Fireworks at 9 p.m., July 5
The Story Tellers musical performance at the bandwagon at Long Beach Boulevard starts at 8 p.m., an hour before the fireworks show. Food vendors will be serving International fare on the boardwalk. Free shuttle buses from the East and West Ends to Riverside Boulevard and back 7-11 p.m. Precedes weekend-long Arts & Crafts Festival on the boardwalk with 200 vendors 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Long Beach. Free. Fireworks at 9 p.m., July 11.
Fireworks Celebration and Concert
Food and entertainment at 6 p.m., South Shore Symphony performance at 7:45 p.m. Mill River Park, 295 South Park Ave. Rockville Centre. Free. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m., July 12.
57th Annual Fireworks Show
Crescent Beach, Shore Road, Shelter Island. Free. 9:30 p.m., July 12
Salute to America
Performance by Dean Karahalis and the Concert Pops Orchestra, plus a salute to veterans and active military before a fireworks show. John J. Burns Town Park, 4990 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park. Free. 7:30 p.m., July 12.
Annual Carnival and Fireworks Show
Carnival opens at 6 p.m. July 1-5. Polo Grounds, Greenport. Fireworks at 10 p.m., July 4-5.
Sponsored by the Port Jefferson Fire Department. Main Street to Barnum Avenue, Port Jefferson. Free. 10 a.m., 12 p.m. July 4.
July 4th Parade and Festival
Parade and Festival in the Village of East Hills. 209 Harbor Hill Rd., Roslyn. Free. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., July 4.
Starts on Walker Street and finishes on Park Boulevard. Parade goers are encouraged to wear festive attire. Walker Street, Massapequa. Free. 11 a.m., July 4.
17th Annual 4th of July Parade, Main Road, Boisseau Avenue to Tuckers Lane, Southold. Free. 12 p.m., July 4.
Children’s parade in which kids ride their patriotic-decorated wagons after the fire department marches through downtown. Bay Walk, Ocean Beach, Fire Island. Free. 11 a.m., July 5.
24th Annual Southampton Firecracker 8K Run and 3M Walk
All proceeds benefit the Southampton Rotary Scholarship Fund. Pre-registration fee: $25, $30 DOS. 8 a.m., July 4.
Shoreham-Wading River July 4th Run
All ages. One-mile run for ages 12 and younger 8 a.m. One-mile run for children 13 or older at 8:15 a.m. 5K at 8:45 a.m. 3 Miller Ave., Shoreham. $15, $20 DOS. July 4.
Oakdale Firecracker 5K
Supports the Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund. Dowling College, 150 Idle Hour Blvd., Oakdale. 9 a.m., July 4.
Bellmore Striders Independence Day Run
Dedicated to Matthew Warkala, a former Striders member and Mepham High School alumnus who died of brain cancer in 1987. Pettit Avenue, Bellmore. $20 per adult. $10 per child. 8:30 a.m., July 4.
Fireworks and Fine Dining
Three-course dinner to celebrate Independence Day. Crescent Beach Club, 333 Bayville Ave., Bayville. $125 per person. 6:30 p.m., July 4.
Canterbury Ales Oyster Bar and Grill
Special menu for the Fourth of July with several unbeatable discounts. 46 Audrey Ave, Oyster Bay. July 4.
FIREWORKS CRUISES AND OTHER EVENTS:
Sousa March Concert
During the village parade, Atlantic Community Band will perform patriotic marches such as “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by Philip Sousa, an American composer and conductor known particularly for American military songs. In front of The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. Free. 9:30 a.m., July 4
Oceanside Summer Festival
Food, vendors, collectibles and arts and crafts. Schoolhouse Green, Foxhurst Road and Long Beach Road, Oceanside. Free. 11 a.m-6 p.m. July 5-6.
1864 Independence Day Celebration
A replication of the 1861 July Fourth celebration during the beginning of the Civil War. 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. $7 adults, $5 seniors and kids ages 5-12. Tots free. 10 a.m., 4 p.m., July 4.
Main Street Independence Day Celebration
Includes arts and crafts, face painting, balloons, cookies and ice cream. Main Street, Bay Shore. Free. 1-4:30 p.m., July 4.
Fourth of July Holiday Concert
Long Island Brass Band performing since 1975. Connetquot Public Library, 760 Ocean Ave., Bohemia. Free. 7-8 p.m., July 3.
Independence Day Fireworks Cruises
The more than dozen boats in the Captree Fleet of recreational fishing and party boats will set sail before sundown, offering some of the best views of the fireworks possible. Captree State Park, 3500 Ocean Pkwy., Babylon. Prices vary. 7-11 p.m., July 4.
Bayville Midsummer Nights Dream Cruise
See the fireworks from the Long Island Sound. Ransom Beach, Bayville Avenue, Bayville. 5:30-9 p.m., July 4.
Peconic Bay Medical Center Family Festival
Rides, games and concessions. 6164 Route 25A, Wading River. Free. 6-10 p.m. July 4-7. Fireworks at 10:15 p.m. July 6
Cruise under the fireworks. Freeport Water Taxi Tours, Richmond Street, Freeport. $30. 9-11 p.m., July 4.
The summer is upon us, dear Long Islanders, and that means—yep, you guessed it—Farmers’ Markets are back! This list will be updated as new confirmations roll in.
Amityville: 9/11 Memorial parking lot, Route 110. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 14-Oct. 25
Babylon: Train station parking lot. Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 1-Nov. 23
Bellport: 471 Atlantic Ave. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 12-Oct. 18.
Bridgehampton: 151 Mitchell Ln. Fridays, 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Memorial Day Friday-Labor Day Friday
Deer Park: Tanger Outlets at the Arches. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 7-Nov. 1
East Hampton: Nick & Toni’s parking lot, 136 N. Main St. Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 23-Aug. 29
Farmingdale: Village Green on Main Street. Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 1-Nov. 23
Flanders: Crohan Community Center, 655 Flanders Rd. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 21-Oct. 18.
Freeport: Freeport Recreation Center, Merrick Road. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 12-Oct. 25.
Garden City: 101 County Seat Dr., behind Supreme Court. Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 3-Nov. 25
Great Neck: 125 Community Dr. Sundays, 9 a.m.-2.p.m. July 13-Oct. 26
Greenport: United Methodist Church, 622 Main St. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 24-Oct. 11
Hampton Bays: St. Mary’s Church, 165 Ponquogue Ave. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 24-Aug. 30
Hauppauge: 102 Motor Pkwy. Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. June 5-Oct. 30
Huntington: Route 25A, East of Route 110 North. Sundays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. June 1-Nov. 3
Islip: Town Hall parking lot, 655 Main St. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. May 31- Nov. 22
Kings Park: Municipal Lot 25A on Main Street, across from fire department. Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 18-Nov. 23
Locust Valley: Train station parking lot, 115 Forest Ave. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 7-Nov. 22
Long Beach: Kennedy Plaza, 1 W. Chester Street. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 3-Nov. 26
Malverne: Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s, 480 Hempstead Ave. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 15-Nov. 20
Mattituck: Parking lot of Mattituck Florist, 95 Love Ln. Fridays, 3-6 p.m. May 9-Oct. 31
Montauk: Village Green on Montauk Highway across from Chamber of Commerce building, Thursdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 12-Oct. 9
Nesconset: 127 Smithtown Blvd. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 7-Nov. 22
New Hyde Park: Municipal lot across Village Hall, 1441 Jericho Tpke. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 31-Nov. 22
Northport: Cow Harbor parking lot on corner of Main Street and Woodbine Avenue. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 7-Nov. 22
Patchogue: 7-Eleven parking lot, 225 E. Main Street. Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. July 4-Nov. 21
Port Jefferson: Parking lot at corner of East Broadway and Main Street. Sundays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 4 through November
Port Washington: Town Dock off Main Street. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. June 7-Oct. 25.
Riverhead: Along the Peconic River on the boardwalk behind Main Street. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 24-Nov. 1
Rockville Centre: Railroad Parking Lot No. 12 at corner of Long Beach Road and Sunrise Highway. Sundays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. June 1-Nov. 23
Rocky Point: Depot Park at corner of Prince Road and Broadway. Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Mother’s Day-Last Sunday before Thanksgiving
Roslyn: Christopher Morley Park, 500 Searingtown Rd. Wednesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 4-Nov. 26
Roosevelt: Family Health Clinic parking lot, 380 Nassau Rd. Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 13-Oct. 26.
Sag Harbor: Corner of Bay and Burke Streets. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 17-Oct. 25
Seaford: East end of railroad station parking lot on corner of Washington Avenue and Sunrise Highway. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. May 31-Nov. 22
Shelter Island: Haven’s House Museum and Grounds, 16 S. Ferry Rd. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 7-Sept. 6
Southampton: 25 Jobs Lane. Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 25-Oct. 12
Westhampton Beach: 85 Mill Rd. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 10-Nov. 22
Wyandanch: New Shiloh Baptist Church, 221 Merritt Ave. Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. July 12-Oct. 4.
Just how badly does the American Red Cross want to keep secret how it raised and spent over $300 million after Hurricane Sandy?
The charity has hired a fancy law firm to fight a public request we filed with New York State, arguing that information about its Sandy activities is a “trade secret.”
The Red Cross’ “trade secret” argument has persuaded the state to redact some material, though it’s not clear yet how much since the documents haven’t yet been released.
As we’ve reported, the Red Cross releases few details about how it spends money after big disasters. That makes it difficult to figure out whether donor dollars are well spent.
The Red Cross did give some information about Sandy spending to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who had been investigating the charity. But the Red Cross declined our request to disclose the details.
So we filed a public records request for the information the Red Cross provided to the attorney general’s office.
That’s where the law firm Gibson Dunn comes in.
An attorney from the firm’s New York office appealed to the attorney general to block disclosure of some of the Sandy information, citing the state Freedom of Information Law’s trade secret exemption.
The documents include “internal and proprietary methodology and procedures for fundraising, confidential information about its internal operations, and confidential financial information,” wrote Gabrielle Levin of Gibson Dunn in a letter to the attorney general’s office.
If those details were disclosed, “the American Red Cross would suffer competitive harm because its competitors would be able to mimic the American Red Cross’s business model for an increased competitive advantage,” Levin wrote.
The letter doesn’t specify who the Red Cross’ “competitors” are.
Among the sections of the documents the Red Cross wanted redacted was “a two-line title” at the top of a page, one line of which was “American Red Cross.”
The attorney general’s office denied that redaction, writing that it “can not find disclosure of this two line title will cause the Red Cross any economic injury.”
Asked about the effort to have Sandy materials kept secret, Red Cross spokeswoman Anne Marie Borrego told ProPublica: “We sought to keep confidential a small part of the letter [sent to the AG] that provided proprietary information important to maintaining our ability to raise funds and fulfill our mission.”
Doug White, a nonprofit expert who directs the fundraising management program at Columbia University, said that it’s possible for nonprofits to have trade interests—the logo of a university, for example—but it’s not clear what a “trade secret” would be in the case of the Red Cross. He called the lawyer’s letter an apparent “delaying tactic.”
Ben Smilowitz of the Disaster Accountability Project, a watchdog group, said,
“Invoking a ‘trade secret’ exemption is not something you would expect from an organization that purports to be ‘transparent and accountable.'”
In agreeing to withhold some details, the attorney general’s office found that portions of the documents the charity wanted to redact “describe business strategies, internal operational procedures and decisions, and the internal deliberations and decision-making processes that affect fundraising and the allocation of donations.”
The attorney general’s office also found “that this information is proprietary and constitutes trade secrets, and that its disclosure would cause the Red Cross economic injury and put the Red Cross at an economic disadvantage.”
Another section the Red Cross wanted redacted was a paragraph that noted the charity’s “willingness to meet with the [Office of the Attorney General.]” The attorney general’s office denied that part of the request
Borrego, the Red Cross spokeswoman, declined to say how much the charity is paying Gibson Dunn but said, “we do not use funds restricted to Superstorm Sandy to cover those expenses.”
We’ll let you know when we get the documents we asked for 2014 at least the parts that aren’t trade secrets.
If you have experience with or information about the American Red Cross, including its operations after Sandy, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Related articles: Read our other coverage about how the Red Cross’ post-storm spending on Sandy is a black box.
An ex-New York City Police detective admitted to his role in a burglary ring that stole more than $10 million in cash and property from Long Island homes and businesses over a four-year span.
Rafael Astacio pleaded guilty Thursday at Central Islip federal court to conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property and filing a fraudulent tax return.
“What makes Astacio’s crimes even more disgraceful is that he committed them while he was a NYPD detective who took an oath to protect and serve our community,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
The 41-year-old Copiague man was arrested two years ago part of a five-man team that broke into 10 homes and three dozen businesses during their spree between 2009 and 2012, prosecutors said.
Out of his other four co-defendants, Leonard Repka of Lindenhurst pleaded guilty last month and Michael Figueroa of Mount Vernon pleaded guilty earlier this month. Nikitas Margiellos of West Babylon and Victor Arias of Copiague are in the midst of negotiating plea bargains, court records show.
One heist was worth over $3 million, involved 45,000 pairs of expensive Hobie sunglasses and Under Armour gear at a warehouse in Plainview. In another big score, they stole more than $2 million in cash from the office of a plastic surgeon in Nassau County.
Other communities that were targeted by the crew include Carle Place, Hicksville, Mineola, Baldwin, Freeport, Laurel Hollow, Syosset, Woodbury and Westbury. Establishments included perfume and cigarette warehouses, restaurants, high-end goods store and a coin shop. Investigators said they used the word “fishing” as a code for their burglaries.
The well-equipped crew used sledge hammers, wire cutters, blow torches and crowbars, as well as police scanners and cell phone jammers, authorities said. In addition, they staked out potential victims to determine when they would be out of their homes and businesses. Astacio’s assignments would be the lookout, monitor a police scanner and transport the stolen merchandise across state lines to be sold on the black market.
Astacio was a 20-year veteran of the force nearing retirement when he was charged. The NYPD suspended and then fired Astacio, who could have collected an $80,000 annual pension. He facing up to eight years in prison, a fine of up to $500,000 and $200,000 restitution when he’s sentenced.
Repka will be sentenced in October, followed by Figueroa in December.
When future U.S. President Harry Truman arrived at Camp Mills on Long Island at the end of World War I after fighting in Europe, the then-artillery officer sent a telegram to his wife-to-be, Bess Wallace, about how glad he was to be back on the homefront.
“ARRIVED IN CAMP MILLS EASTER AFTERNOON,” the telegram read. “HAVE BEEN EATING PIE AND ICE CREAM EVER SINCE. WIRE ME HERE USUAL ADDRESS. HOPE TO BE IN FUNSTON SOON. NEW YORK GAVE US A GRAND WELCOME. GOD’S COUNTRY SURE LOOKS GOOD. HARRY.”
Now-defunct Camp Mills, which also hosted the likes of General Douglas MacArthur and The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald, has since been redeveloped by colleges, offices and malls. But, local historians are reflecting upon the former military base for the 100th anniversary of the start of what was then dubbed “The War to End All Wars.” Saturday marks a century since the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, which sparked the First World War.
“Right after the beginning of the war, Mitchel Field and Long Island were centers of activity for soldiers who were training to fight this war,” said Andrew Parton, the executive director of the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. “Long Island had an instrumental role in early aviation and the use of aviation in warfare for the first time.”
Camp Mills was a National Guard training site that was established nearby what later became Mitchel Field, a former U.S. Air Force base, where the museum now sits. Mitchel Field and nearby Roosevelt Field were two of the largest airbases in the nation during WWI—the first war in which aircraft were used in combat. The First Aero Squadron of the U.S. Army—the nation’s first military aviation unit—sailed for England from Mitchel Field during WWI. And military planes were built by the Ordnance Engineering Corporation in Baldwin, the Lawrence Sperry Aircraft Company and the Breese Aircraft Corporation—both in Farmingdale.
More than 80,000 soldiers came through Camp Mills, making it a major embarkation point during WWI, which the US didn’t enter until April 2, 1917 after a German submarine sunk the RMS Lusitania, killing 128 Americans. Troops were also trained at Camp Upton, which is now the site of Brookhaven National Laboratory, before shipping out to fight in Europe. That’s in addition to bases in Huntington and Bay Shore as well as Forts Michie, Terry and Tyler on islands off the East End.
When active, Camp Mills was a crowded city of tents with few amenities, where soldiers had to take precaution to avoid catching the Spanish flu during the epidemic of 1918. It was also the birthplace of the 42nd Infantry Division—the first of its kind, composed of National Guard regiments from 26 different states—known for its distinctive rainbow insignia.
In his memoir, A Doughboy with the Fighting 69th, Albert M. Ettinger recalls his experiences as a soldier in the “Rainbow” Division staying at Camp Mills. He witnessed the racial tension between the 4th Alabama Regiment and the African-American 15th New York National Guard Regiment. It turned out that the fighting wasn’t always reserved for the battlefield.
“Our boys from the 69th received those of the 15th New York as buddies,” Ettinger wrote. “Not so the Alabamians. They resented Blacks coming into camp. Hell, they resented us! The first thing you know fights erupted all over the place, and the 69th guys usually stood up for the 15th men and fought alongside them against the Alabamians.”
Camp Mills was abandoned in 1920 after the last troops returned from overseas. The military used Roosevelt and Mitchel fields during World War II before private developers took over the former in the in the ‘50s and Nassau County acquired the latter in the ‘60s.
But, historians are making sure that LI’s WWI past has not been forgotten.
The Long Island Museum in Stony Brook has WWI-era local artifacts on display for an exhibit called “Long Island at War.” The exhibit opened May 23 and will close Dec.28.
“We set up a recreation of a camp barrack, and we have some old uniforms and photos from Camp Upton,” said Julie Diamond, the museum’s spokeswoman.
Telecare is going to rerun a recent episode of “Exploring Critical Issues” dedicated to WWI at 10 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
“All colleges were expected to be on board when the war started,” Jennifer Fleischner, an Adelphi University professor who discussed the war’s local impact on the show, said. “Adelphi was a women’s college at the time, and while men’s colleges had officer’s training and accelerated courses, women’s colleges had a lot of volunteering, fundraising and [American] Red Cross work.”
The Long Island Skyhawks Club’s annual contest for pre-1919 airplane giant-scale models will commemorate the WWI centenary this year on the club’s field in Eastport from Aug. 1-3.
“We’re expecting to see some British World War I fighter planes and different types of civil planes like the Curtiss Jenny,” Mike Gross Sr., the event’s contest coordinator, said.
More can be learned at The American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale and The Cradle of Aviation Museum, which is housed in some of the old Mitchel Field hangars, where exhibits include aircraft flown by WWI soldiers.
“Castles made of sand melt into the sea, eventually,” as Jimi Hendrix soulfully sang. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enter our sand castles into contests before the waves wash them away. Sculptors may use sand, water and any other natural materials native to the beach. Prizes are awarded for the best sculptors and castles in several categories. Hither Hills State Park, 164 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk. nysparks.com/parks/122 Free. 9:30-10:30 a.m. registration June 26 and every Thursday through Aug. 28
Iron & Wine with The Secret Sisters
The secret’s out: Laura and Lydia Rogers are real-life sisters from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, a legendary locale of down-home music, and they’ve been harmonizing with a special blend of country and Americana ever since they learned to sing. They open for the evocative Iron & Wine, featuring singer/songwriter Sam Beam, whose lush, golden tones recreate a late 1960s vibe with other influences that range far and wide from other times. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$65. 8 p.m. June 26
Huntington Arts Festival
The 49th season of this 40-night run of outdoor performances kicks off this weekend with some fabulous crooning Huntington Men’s Chorus on Thursday. Then rock ’n’ roll legend Garland Jeffreys brings down the house on Friday. He’s followed by the great singer/songwriter Jimmy Webb on Saturday and the innovative Ethiopian/Israeli vocalist Ester Rada on Sunday. Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park, Huntington. huntingtonarts.org. Free. 8:30 p.m. June 26-29
The English Beat
Soulful, ska-inspired fusion of reggae and punk. Lyrics that touch upon romance and politics—all handled to perfection by iconic lead singer Dave Wakeling, the humble king of rock-steady royalty. This Beat you can dance to. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amaganset. stephentalkhouse.com $80. 8 p.m. June 27
Joseph Reboli Exhibit
On the 10th anniversary of his death comes an exhibition celebrating the life of the late North Shore-based painter who embraced the Long Island landscape. His work features balance, harmony and an unflinching eye for detail inform his iconic paintings as he captured the beauty and nature of the local historic area without sentimentality. Exhibit on display through July 14. Opening reception precedes Wet Paint Festival held every year in Reboli’s honor at Avalon Park and Preserve, Stony Brook and Harmony Vineyard, Head of the Harbor, July 11-13. Gallery North, 90 North Country Rd., East Setauket. gallerynorth.org Free. 5-7 p.m. June 27
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
This grizzly classic horror flick will have you hiding beneath your covers for the entire summer, wishing you’d never seen such frightening, gruesome and disturbing cinematography. All the reasons to spend your Friday night here, witnessing such bone-chilling insanity in all its freaky glory, up on the big screen, preferably with a loved one. You’re welcome. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $6 Members/$11 Public. 11 p.m. June 27
The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) will host a panel discussion on the Role of the Artist before an opening reception for an exhibit that launched June 21 and runs through July 27. Moderated by Robert Storr, in conversation with Tina Barney, Lynda Benglis, Chuck Close, Joel Shapiro and Carrie Mae Weems. Panel at 3 p.m., reception at 4 p.m. Museum at Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. guildhall.org Free. 3-6 p.m. June 28
Native-American arts & crafts, music and heritage. First powwow to promote the legacy of St. Priest Paul Cuffee. Shinnecock-Sewanaka Society, 304 Station Rd., Bellport. shinnecocksewanakasociety.org $5. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 28, 29
Atlanta-based alt-country rockers touring to promote their 10th album, English Oceans. With Brooklyn’s The Hold Steady. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30 8 p.m. June 28
Styx / Foreigner / Don Felder
Classic rock fans get ready to rock out to Foreigner, who’ll be playing their hit classics, such as “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice” and “Urgent,” with supporting acts Styx and Eagles’ guitarist Don Felder on their Soundtrack of Summer tour. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $37.15-$99.85. 7 p.m. June 28
Long Island Music Conference
Get down to business and bust a move as DJ Decoy spins all night. With the Gia, Kulture Shock, Kevlar & Corvaa. Hosted by Suicide Girls & Big Ang. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $15, $20 DOS. 10 p.m. June 28
This 20-year reunion revives the sometimes trippy, other times dark fun at since-shuttered Deer Park nightclub of the same name from the ‘90s. Leave the Jncos, take the glow sticks. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $15, $20 DOS. revolutionli.com 9:30 p.m, June 28
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Swing on down to the beach to see these Big Band Revival performers best known for the hits “Go-Daddy-O,” “Mr. Pinstripe Suit” and “I Wanna Be Like You.” Includes car show, food stand, fireworks display and tribute to veterans. Point Lookout Town Park, 1300 Lido Blvd., Point Lookout. toh.li. Free. 7:30 p.m. June 28
OneRepublic / The Script / American Authors
OneRepublic, known for their Hip-Hop-influenced sound, is coming together with The Script, an Irish rock trio with true Celtic soul and American Authors, a Brooklyn-based indie pop-rock group, for OneRepublic’s Native Summer Tour. Together, the three bands have come out with successful singles like “Counting Stars,” “Hall of Fame” and “Best Day of My Life.” This unique collection of sounds will please any listener. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. jonesbeach.com. $69-$134.86. 6:30 p.m. June 29
Boston / Cheap Trick
Boston—the band, not the city—is on the road for its Heaven on Earth tour, and the band is bringing along fellow rockers Cheap Trick. Both bands have gained acclaim over the past four decades. Fans will recognize Boston’s hits like “Peace of Mind,” “More Than a Feeling” and “Amanda.” They’’ also enjoy Cheap Trick’s performances of classics “Surrender” and “The Flame.” It’s sure to be a high-energy show. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. jonesbeach.com.$37.50-$112.50. 7:30 p.m. July 1
The Host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher is bringing his biting commentary to Long Island. Almost nothing is safe from the ire of this satirical stand-up comedian who famously tackles religion and politics (and political correctness) in intellectual take-downs of the right wing that will leave you in stitches—and with food for thought. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$96. 8 p.m. June 29
Simmer down! The legendary Jamaican band has backed such icons as Bob Marley, Toots Hibbert and Peter Tosh over the past half century, but remain a musical force of their own, even if there have been a few lineup changes. Wear your dancing shoes. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amaganset. stephentalkhouse.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. July 2
—Compiled by Arielle Martinez, Jamie Franchi, Spencer Rumsey, Timothy Bolger & Peter Chin.
Less than half of the 23 bills that a New York State heroin task force proposed two weeks ago passed the state legislature before lawmakers went on summer break last week.
The 11 bills that passed in a much-anticipated legislative package deal mostly deal with treatment and prevention of heroin and prescription painkiller abuse, while only some bills that would have enacted harsher penalties in drug crimes made the cut.
“Government doesn’t really solve problems like this,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who signed the bills into law Monday. “These problems get solved when everybody takes responsibility towards the issue.”
The legislation aimed at combating the statewide heroin epidemic that has gripped Long Island for years followed the task force’s 18 public hearings in nine weeks this spring, busloads of anti-drug advocates lobbying Albany and a steady stream of major drug busts in the state—home to a third of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s heroin seizures nationwide last year.
Among the most notable new laws requires insurers to cover substance-abuse treatment based on decisions made by medical professionals and requires insurance companies use the same criteria as rehabilitation providers.
“We made a lot of comments on the language of the bill and we brought families up to Albany to advocate for this,” said Jeffrey Reynolds, executive director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. “We’re trying to curb what we’ve seen, which is insurers trying to create barriers to treatment.”
Other new laws were also aimed at increasing the availability of rehab. One directed the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to create a relapse prevention program to provide case management and referral services for people who successfully complete treatment. The state health department will also develop a new model of services for those in recovery with the goal of reducing reliance on emergency room services.
Another law will allow parents to have drug-abusing children assessed by an OASAS-certified provider through the Person in Need of Supervision (PINS) program. A similar task force proposal that was not included in the final package would have also allowed courts to require a PINS child to undergo treatment. The measure is aimed at helping abusers who are over the age of 18 who refuse parents’ attempts to get them treatment.
Other failed bills would have directed OASAS and the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to look into converting closed correctional facilities into rehab facilities.
Among those that passed were new laws expanding the use of naloxone, an opioid-overdose antidote known by its brand name, Narcan, which has been credited with saving countless people from fatally overdosing.
One of the new laws require naloxone kits to include instructions on how to administer the drug, how to identify an overdose and where to find treatment services. Another allows health care professionals and pharmacists greater flexibility in prescribing Narcan, ensuring it’s more readily available. On the other hand, a bill that would have allowed schools administer naloxone was not signed into law.
Other new laws add drug prevention information to junior and high school health class curricula and a public awareness program by the OASAS and the state health department.
Among the rejected bills was one that would have put guidelines for prescription drug take-back events on the OASAS website and another that would have created standards for a continuing medical education program for drug prescribers. Another bill that didn’t pass would have limited prescriptions of controlled substances to patients suffering from acute pain.
“We in the Senate agreed that that prevention and treatment was most important,” said state Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore), the chairman of the Senate’s heroin task force. “But we realize that there need to be criminal penalties.”
Most of the bills that were cut from the deal between Cuomo and the Senate were designed to tighten up law enforcement of drug-related crimes, although some still made it through.
The failed bills would have classified the transportation or sale of an opioid that causes a death as homicide, the theft of a blank prescription form as grand larceny and the sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a drug treatment center as a B felony.
One bill that was sponsored by Boyle would have made harsher penalties for transporting an opioid more than five miles within New York or between counties. Boyle said that he was disappointed that the bill failed.
“Opioid drug dealers come out of New York City, Long Island and all over upstate,” he said. “You can get heroin bags pretty cheap in the city but once you get up to Plattsburgh, you can sell them for six times as much as in the city. I would have liked to have seen the bill get passed.”
Another rejected bill from the task force’s original recommendations, dubbed the Criminal Street Gang Enforcement and Prevention Act, would have increased penalties for gang-related drug crimes. Other rejected bills would have restricted drug dealers for participating in the SHOCK incarceration program—rehabilitative prison boot camp for young offenders—to receive drug abuse treatment and required treatment facilities to notify local police of convicts being treated in court-mandated programs.
These bills were replaced by a new set that authorize investigators from the health department’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) to access criminal histories of doctor-shopping suspects. Another increases the penalty for obtaining controlled substances by impersonating as a doctor or pharmacist or forging a prescription.
Other law enforcement measures that passed increased penalties for a doctor or pharmacist to uses his or her job to illegally sell prescriptions. Investigators were also granted more tools in probing allegedly unscrupulous doctors and pharmacists.
All of the measures came after the governor announced a plan to add 100 New York State Police investigators to its narcotics unit and train college staffers how to identify signs of addiction. Before the bills were signed into law during an event at Binghamton University, one upstate lawmaker noted that prevention is paramount, if the need for treatment and enforcement is to be curbed.
“All important is the public education campaign,” said Assemb. Donna Lupardo (D-Broome County), a co-sponsor of several of the laws. “Honestly, it’s hard for us to wrap our heads around the attraction to this drug.”
British rockers Yes have seamlessly overcome a generational alteration in their audience and are considered among the longest continuing and utmost successful bands of the ’70s progressive rock groups.
With 21 albums under their belt, Yes can justifiable be treated as one of the lasting achievement stories and pioneers from that musical genre, mixing progressive and symphonic styles. They’re renowned for their usage of cosmic and mystical lyrics combined with complicated instrumental and vocal arrangements.
Despite the departure of key members over the decades, Yes has still produced top-charting music. Nine of their albums have reached the top 10 in either the UK or the US charts, with two reaching the number one spot in the UK. Their current members include Chris Squire (bass), Alan White (drums), Steve Howe (guitars), Jon Davison (vocals) and Geoff Downes (keyboards). Squire is the only founding member to appear on every album, influencing generations of bassists with his incisive sound and sophisticated bass lines. White can be attributed to more than 50 appearances on collaborated albums and has been a member since ‘72. Howe has the second longest tenure on Yes, becoming a member in ‘70, he has also been a member of Syndicats, Bodast, Tomorrow, Asia and GTR, as well as having released 19 solo albums. Downes graduated from Leeds School of Music in ‘75, making him the first member of Yes to graduate with a degree in music. Prior to joining Yes in ‘12, Davison toured with Sky Cries Mary.
Their July 12 appearance at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury is to promote their latest release, Heaven and Earth, which is slated for a July 21 release.
For more information, visit our NYCB Theatre at Westbury page in The Island Ear.
Long Island voters will hit the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots to choose Republican and Democratic candidates in the primaries that will decide who will run for Congress on Election Day.
Ten candidates from both parties will face off this year in four of the five districts that represent parts of LI in the U.S. House of Representatives. They include primaries in the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th districts—with races on both sides of the aisle in the 4th district, where there is no incumbent.
Congressional primaries in New York were moved to June from September two years ago following a federal court ruling.
Here is a voter’s guide to the candidates running.
District 1 Republican Primary, eastern Long Island
New York State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), the Republican and Conservative nominee, is making his second run at challenging U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) in the general election this fall since his failed attempt to unseat the incumbent in 2008. It’s the Iraq War veteran’s first reach for higher office since the two-term senator won his seat in Albany. Like every other GOP candidate running in LI’s congressional primaries, he supports repealing the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Both he and his Republican opponent said during their lone debate that they support the controversial Keystone oil pipeline from Canada and opening upstate New York to the natural gas drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing. Both also oppose amnesty for undocumented immigrants. But, Zeldin maintains that he is the only true Long Islander of the two in this primary and questions where his opponent lives fulltime.
This former U.S. Security and Exchange Commission attorney, who rents a house in Stony Brook, hopes the third time will be the charm in winning the Republican Party line to challenge Bishop. He touts the fact that he doesn’t have the party nod as proof of his independence. His campaign promises to propose an alternative to Obamacare through tax incentives, promoting competition among insurers and ending frivolous lawsuits that increase health-care costs. During his debate with Zeldin, Demos said that he would vote against extending federal unemployment insurance, while Zeldin would not say how he would vote. When he finds a house he’ll buy it, Demos said during the debate in response to Zeldin’s criticism that he spends more time at his Manhattan home than on LI. Demos’ ads have accused Zeldin of voting for state legislation that enacted health care exchanges under Obamacare—a charge that Zeldin disputes.
District 3 Republican Primary, north shore Nassau, Suffolk Queens
The Republican and Conservative nominee in the race to unseat U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) is a Lloyd Harbor resident, managing partner of Mineola-based Lally & Misir, LLP and was part of the legal team that represented President George W. Bush in Florida’s 2000 presidential election recount. He went on to advise the 43rd president on Irish-American relations. Lally lost two attempts to unseat former U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) in the 1990s. Like his Republican primary opponent and fellow GOP candidates, he favors stricter border security and tax cuts aimed at job creation. He touts his diplomatic credentials and business acumen as publisher of a chain of online newspapers. The campaign between him and his opponent has grown heated, with Lally filing a lawsuit challenging the validity of campaign petition signatures gathered by Labate’s volunteers—a suit Lally later withdrew.
An Iraq War veteran and financial advisor from Deer Park, Labate is vying for a rematch against Israel, who beat him when Labate had the GOP nod two years ago. He touts his military service and financial services industry experience as preparing him for Congress. To that end, he will—if elected—sponsor the proposed One Percent Spending Reduction Act, which takes away one penny from every dollar that the federal government spends in an attempt to reduce the size of the government and cut the national debt, he said. Labate responded to Lally’s allegations that Labate is an ex-Israel “staffer” by saying he doesn’t regret volunteering on a military advisory committee that interviewed high school students seeking Congressional Appointments to the U.S. Military Academies. Labate also accused Lally of harassing his campaigners and filed a Federal Elections Commission complaint against him for alleged fake endorsements.
District 4 Democratic Primary, south/central Nassau
As the Nassau County district attorney for the past nine years, this Garden City resident easily won the Democratic nomination. She has made headlines prioritizing prosecution of driving while intoxicated—including the first DWI murder conviction in New York State—heroin and sex trafficking cases. This is her first run for higher office in four years after losing the Democratic primary for state attorney general. In the race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), a gun-control advocate, Rice similarly supports banning assault weapons and universal background checks for gun buyers. She also supports raising the minimum wage, equal pay for women and making college more affordable. Rice had also co-chaired Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission on public corruption, which she resigned from when she announced her candidacy in January—three months before the governor scrapped the commission, a move that is now the subject of a federal investigation.
As the minority leader of the Democrats in the Republican-controlled Nassau County legislature, where the Freeport resident has represented the 1st district for more than a decade, Abrahams is often the underdog. One of his latest proposals was to start using dashboard cameras on county police vehicles—an idea police said that they were already planning, which they announced shortly after Abrahams proposed it. He also recently made headlines for barring fellow Legis. Ellen Birnbaum (D-Great Nek) last month from her committees and caucuses after Birnbaum allegedly made racially insensitive remarks. Like Rice, Abrahams supports gun control, women’s rights and Israel. Abrahams has criticized his Democratic primary opponent for the failures of the Moreland Commission as well as a controversial sting operation dubbed “Flush the Johns,” which recently resulted in plea deals for the men rounded up on charges of soliciting a prostitute.
District 4 Republican Primary, south/central Nassau
His resume includes stints on the Hempstead town board, as presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature and as a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioner. The attorney from Long Beach has the Republican and Conservative nominations in the race to fill McCarthy’s soon-to-be vacated seat. He previously lost his bid for New York State comptroller in 1998 and for U.S. Senate four years ago. Like his Democratic opponents, he supports strengthening ties with Israel. Like his fellow Republican candidates, he favors repealing Obamacare, cutting taxes and is critical of expanding social welfare programs. If elected, he would push for increasing domestic energy production, restoring cuts to military spending and increasing military presence in Asia. He recently traded barbs with a writer for the National Review who criticized Blakeman for claiming that his Republican primary opponent is not a real conservative.
Like Demos, Scaturro is hoping the third time is the charm to win the Republican Party line in this race. Although the New Hyde Park resident and partner at Manhattan-based Fisher Broyles LLP lost two prior bids for the GOP line, he won and ran on the Conservative Party line in this district two years ago. He has not held elected office but he has previously served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and as a college student, pushed for restoration of Grant’s Tomb. He touts his independence from Republican Party leaders, who he said barred him from their meetings, as proof that his vote can’t be bought. While many of his positions overlap with Blakeman’s, he also said he favors drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and disapproves of the use of “cap-and-trade” laws to reduce air pollution.
District 5 Democratic Primary, parts of southwestern Nassau and Queens
The incumbent from St. Albans has represented the recently redrawn 5th District since last year and had previously been the representative of the 6th District since 1998. He sits on the Committee on Financial Services and the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Meeks is a supporter of Social Security, Medicare and other welfare programs, as well as the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Meeks is pro-choice, having voted against the prohibition of late-term abortions in 2003. Meeks’ 16-year congressional career has not been without controversy. In late 2009, and ongoing through 2010, House ethics committee on loans investigated Meeks. He has also been known to use the option for House members to lease a car with tax dollars.
This accountant from Cambria Heights is looking for a rematch against Meeks, who beat him two years ago. Marthone is the chairman of the Lady Mitz Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports HIV/AIDS education and prevention in the United States and Nigeria. In his 2012 campaign, Marthone spoke out against hydrofracking and airplane noise near JFK. This time around, his plan to bring businesses into the district includes offering tax breaks and other incentives to incoming business owners and providing analysis and stress tests to businesses. Marthone favors gun control legislation and increased construction of affordable housing.