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Colin Powell endorses Hillary Clinton for president

Oct
25
2016

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell told an audience of more than 1,000 Long Island business and political leaders Tuesday that he will vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president, citing her experience, temperament and — in a jab at GOP nominee Donald Trump — her “stamina.”

Powell, speaking at the Long Island Association fall luncheon in Woodbury, was harshly critical of Trump, arguing that the New York businessman was “not qualified” to serve as commander and chief and had sold Americans a “bill of goods” that he cannot deliver.

“He insults us every day,” said Powell, who served as secretary of state under Republican President George W. Bush.

“He has insulted America in one way almost every day,” Powell...| read more ››

Elect Thomas Suozzi in 3rd Congressional District

Oct
25
2016

The battle for the 3rd Congressional District features two men who have enjoyed significant successes in politics and governance, and received consistent past endorsements from this board. Each can make a strong case that he would represent the region well in Washington. Of the two, Thomas Suozzi’s track record of focusing intently on complex problems and coming up with comprehensive solutions makes him the better choice.

Suozzi, a 54-year-old Democrat from Glen Cove, served as a successful mayor of that city before winning the Nassau County executive job in 2001. In Mineola, he was able to tame a government and budget spinning out of control after years of neglect and bloat. Suozzi also was ahead of his time and on...| read more ››

Hillary Clinton should be our next president

Oct
21
2016

These are perilous times at home and abroad.

Our economy is in stasis, pinching the dreams of millennials and leaving many older workers behind. Gaping fault lines in race relations are again laid bare. Evolving gender roles widen the cultural divide.

The Middle East is wracked by endless conflict, Russia growls and a more assertive China imperils our allies in the East. The threat of terrorism rises. The dangers of climate change loom.

And Congress, riven into warring camps, is unable to function.

Against that backdrop of uncertainty in this presidential election year, America has made it clear: It wants change. But that means real change — not change based on slogans, not change that can never happen. It wants...| read more ››

Suozzi leads Martins 50-34 in 3rd District, Newsday poll says

Oct
8
2016

Democrat Thomas Suozzi, driven by higher name recognition and cross-party support, leads Republican Jack Martins by 16 percentage points in the race to succeed Rep. Steve Israel in the 3rd Congressional District, according to a Newsday/Siena College poll.

Fifty percent of the 613 likely voters polled said they would back Suozzi, the former Nassau County executive, while 34 percent chose Martins, a state senator from Old Westbury. Fifteen percent said they were undecided or had no opinion.

The poll was conducted Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 2-5, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. Its sampling closely mirrors the registration breakdown of the district that runs along the North Shore from western Suffolk County, through Nassau...| read more ››

James Gaughran releases TV ad in state Senate race

Oct
12
2016

Democratic state Senate contender James Gaughran has launched his first TV ad and is attacking veteran Senate Republican Carl Marcellino on public corruption.

In the ad, Gaughran shows pictures of himself as a Suffolk County legislator, saying he “wrote my first law to fight corruption at age 28,” adding “There’s still too many unethical politicians.”

A female narrator then says Marcellino “played dirty politics for decades,” supporting former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos “even after he was indicted,” and being part of the political machine that “ruined Oyster Bay finances.”

Kathy Wilson, Marcellino’s spokeswoman, said she has not seen the ad, but when she read the script, she said the attacks were way off.

“He has absolutely nothing to do...| read more ››

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