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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to appear at Suffolk Democratic dinner

Oct
10
2016

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who faced 2000 angry protesters two years ago when he appeared at the Suffolk Democrats’ fall dinner, is making a return appearance to headline the event Oct. 24.

“We expect it will be a lot quieter this time,” said Richard Schaffer, who has known the Cuomo family since he attended the State University of Albany with the governor’s sister.

The $300-a-head event is to be held at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook, the same venue where Common Core protesters and unhappy victims of superstorm Sandy crowded the sidewalks near the catering hall.

Brookhaven Democrats, meanwhile, are getting state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman — touted by some as a potential gubernatorial contender — as the main attraction for...| read more ››

Democrats widen voter registration edge in Suffolk

Sep
4
2016

Suffolk County’s August voter registration figures show that Democrats have a 9,755 edge in voter enrollment over Republicans countywide, up from 5,923 voters in January.

Both parties have experienced growth since the start of the year. Democrats are up from 298,268 voters to 307,409 party members. Republicans have climbed from 292,345 to 297,654.

However, Republican Election Commissioner Nick LaLota sees a silver lining in recent registration figures, saying that 3,014 Democratic voters have abandoned their party since January to join the GOP ranks, while only 1,535 Republicans have switched to become Democrats.

Meanwhile, the number of voters who are not registered in any party also has risen from 240,412 to 246,851 since the beginning of the year. Of those unaligned...| read more ››

Hillary Clinton accepts historic nomination

Jul
29
2016

The final night of the Democratic National Convention features the acceptance speech of Hillary Clinton as the first woman nominee of a major party for president of the United States.

She will be introduced by her daughter, Chelsea Clinton. She will try to bolster the night’s theme, “Stronger Together,” by trying to entice younger, more liberal Democrats who flocked to Clinton’s opponent in the primaries, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

11:30 p.m. — Hillary Clinton is joined on stage by running mate Tim Kaine, her husband former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea as balloons shower down and music plays.

10:30 p.m. — Hillary Clinton takes the stage as “This is my fight song” plays and there are sustained cheers....| read more ››

Hillary Clinton Becomes First Female Nominee of Major U.S. Political Party

Jul
27
2016

PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton is now officially the Democratic presidential nominee, making history as the first woman ever to secure the backing of a major American political party.

Clinton was formally nominated on the second evening of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, more than nine years after launching her first presidential bid. It was largely an evening of unity after an opening night marked by resistance from die-hard supporters of Democratic runner-up, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

In a culmination of days' worth of efforts to unify the party, Sanders himself moved at the conclusion of the lengthy state-by-state roll call vote — after Clinton had won a majority of delegates but before her formal nomination was announced to the...| read more ››

Democrats Make Hillary Clinton a Historic Nominee

Jul
26
2016

PHILADELPHIA — The Democratic convention formally nominated Hillary Clinton for president on Tuesday, making history by choosing a woman to be the first standard-bearer of a major political party, a breakthrough underscored by a deeply personal speech by Bill Clinton calling her “the best darn change-maker I have ever known.”

At 6:39 p.m., the hall erupted in cheers and joyful tears as South Dakota cast the decisive 15 votes to put Mrs. Clinton over the threshold of 2,382 delegates required to clinch the nomination.

A sea of delegates waved multicolored signs with Mrs. Clinton’s “H” campaign logo, while others fell into hugs and several women jumped up and down with elation.

Vince Insalaco, the chairman of the Democratic Party of...| read more ››

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