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


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


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 ››

Clinton: Tonight’s history ‘belongs to generations’


Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)
Democrat Hillary Clinton cruised to victory in the New Jersey primary Tuesday night, then claimed her historic status as the first woman to become a major party’s presumptive nominee for president.

“Thanks to you, we have reached a milestone — the first time in our nation’s history a woman will be a major party candidate,” she told supporters at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

“Tonight’s history is not about one person, it belongs to generations,” she added.

Clinton reached out to Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders, her dogged opponent, thanking him for a hard-fought campaign and saying...| read more ››

Suffolk candidates for state legislative positions


Committee members for major political parties will be out in force starting Tuesday to gather nominating petitions for their state and local candidates in fall elections.

For the State Senate, the major parties have nominated the following candidates:
1 S.D. —State Sen. Kennth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) against Gregory-John Fischer of Calverton;
2nd S.D.—State Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) vs. Democrat Peter N. Magistrale of St. James;
3rd S.D.—State Sen. Thomas Croci (R-Sayville) against the winner of a Democratic primary between Joseph Fritz of Brentwood and John DeVito Jr. of Mastic Beach;
4th S.D.—State Sen. Philip Boyle (R-Bay Shore) vs. Democrat John Alberts of North Babylon,
and in the 5th S.D.—State Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) vs....| read more ››

Young Dem Challenging Sen. Flanagan For 2nd District Seat


Peter Magistrale, a 24-year-old accountant and Democrat who says he’s ready to tackle corruption in Albany while closing tax loopholes that could translate to relief for middle class taxpayers, is challenging incumbent Sen. John Flanagan for his seat in the state’s 2nd District.

Flanagan, of East Northport, a Republican and majority leader of the senate, was first elected to the seat in 2002.

His challenger, Magistrale, of St. James, announced his campaign last week, filing nominating petitions with New York State Board of Elections on May 17. The Hofstra University graduate earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2012, and a master’s degree in taxation the next year.

While he said experience is, no doubt, important, Magistrale said he values...| read more ››