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Rice Running for Third DA Term, Parties Clash Over Redistricting Map

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Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced earlier this week that she would run for her third term later this year.

The announcement removes Rice from potentially running on the Democratic ticket for the county executive seat against incumbent Ed Mangano in November.

Newsday [paid link], Rice was likely the lead candidate for the Democrats, who now must go back to the drawing board.

Democratic leaders have touted Rice as a top candidate to challenge Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano this fall. Rice's decision creates a void for Democrats in the race.

Earlier this week, Newsday mentioned Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs and Legis. Dave Denenberg, D-Merrick, as potential candidates to unseat Mangano.

Post-Hurricane Repairs Underway at Jones Beach

As 2013 begins, repairs to Jones Beach in Wantagh following extensive damage the Long Island landmark suffered from Superstorm Sandy are underway and state officials expect the park to be ready for public use by Memorial Day weekend.

For more on this story, read here.

Nassau Dems, GOP Clash Over Redistricting Map

One week after Republicans unveiled their redistricting map, Democrats have submitted their own map to the Nassau County Legislature.

Newsday [paid link] has reported that Democrats feel the GOP's proposal "violates the Voting Rights Act and moves half of the county into different districts."

"We've given a sensible map," Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs told Newsday. "Our map moves less than 20,000 people out of 1.3 million" people living in Nassau. "Their map moves something in the area of 680,000 people and changes the entire structure of the map."

Click here to see both proposed maps.

House Approves $9.7 Billion in Sandy Aid

Less than 72 hours after failing to vote on a $60.4 billion Sandy aid bill, the House has approved a "scaled back" version of the bill, to the tune of $9.7 billion.

The bill allows Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to pay out insurance claims to those who held federal flood insurance.

Click here to read more about the approved aid.

Nassau Reminds Small Businesses to Tap Sandy Recovery Resources

Earlier this week, County Executive Mangano urged business owners to utilize the programs and resources that are available to get back on their feet. Immediately following Hurricane Sandy, Mangano directed the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (NCIDA) to establish a Business Recovery Center to help businesses get up and running.

The Business Recovery Center offers affected businesses a sales tax exemption on the purchase of any furniture, fixtures, equipment, machinery, computers and building material that is necessary to ensure the businesses can reopen. Thus far, more than $1.5 million in exemptions have been issued by the NCIDA.

Approximately 20 volunteers are available to respond to inquiries relating to economic development issues. The responders are from Hofstra University, JP Morgan Chase, TD Bank and Deloitte and thus far, they have handled more than 500 inquiries to the Business Recovery Center.

The 24-hour Business Recovery Center has a dedicated hotline staffed by economic development representatives. The number is (516) 571-1745. In addition, all federal, state and local business recovery resources can be accessed at: www.nassaubackinbusiness.org. The County IDA has also established a dedicated email address where questions can be addressed by economic development professionals – LEADs@NassauIDA.org.

New STEP Program Deadline Set for Jan. 18

The county has announced a new deadline of Jan. 18 for residents to apply for Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) Program assistance. The program provides emergency assistance with restoring temporary electricity, heat and hot water to homes which can shelter homeowners while permanent repair work continues.

Residents seeking assistance through the Nassau County STEP Program should dial 1-888-684-4267. Once the call is made, a program administrator dispatches an assessment team. After an assessment is conducted and a scope of work is detailed and approved, the contractor will obtain the required permits and schedule the work. Work must be completed 60 days from when the assessment was conducted.

VL January 05, 2013 at 05:02 PM
How nice, a "republican." cough*
Rob Germino January 05, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Bob, thanks for sharing that video. I wonder how much money Ms. Rice receives directly or indirectly from the corporate donors she rails against.
John Rennhack January 05, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Don't wonder Rob, why don't you do the research and look it up. But you'd rather "wonder."
John Rennhack January 05, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Everyone should really be paying attention to those ridiculous maps. Look what the republicans are doing to Massapequa. Throwing a chunk of the south shore and putting it in a district with Long Beach. Then shoving N. Massapequa into Farmingdale and South Farmingdale into Massapequa.
John Rennhack January 05, 2013 at 08:16 PM
And yes, thanks for the video. It shows Kathleen Rice supports the men and women who work hard every day and just want a livable wage. You have a problem with that?
John Rennhack January 05, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Moroney is a liar. 10 years ago the final map had 12 districts with republican majority voter registration. Since then, registration has changed and the republican map reflects the insane gerrymandering required to keep republicans in power. Nothing more. Fun fact, because of gerrymandering there is a majority of republicans in the US House of Representatives. BUT the raw vote, Dems got 49% and Reps got 48%.
Chris Wendt January 05, 2013 at 09:13 PM
This article contains one ridiculous premise after another. Given that Rice has decided to seek re-election, then the Democrats never actually had her as their candidate for County Executive, so this "going back to the drawing board" analogy is silly. As far as the voting maps go, there is no such thing as a bipartisan redistricting plan, never has been, never will be, and should not ever be. To the victors belong the spoils. That is our historical system, and the American way. I am aware the Democrats are sore over the prospect of losing Legislator Dave Denenberg, as well they should be. He is a good man. However, this should spur Dave into campaign mode to run against and defeat Ed Mangano. We cannot afford another term of Mangano's leadership, and we cannot afford to lose Dave Denenberg...so I say let's elect Dave Denenberg to replace Ed Mangano. In the same vane, I strongly suggest Claudia Borecky change her party affiliation to Republican and then run and replace Dave Denenberg in the Legislature. For me, that would be the best of all possible scenarios.
John Rennhack January 05, 2013 at 09:42 PM
No Chris, redistricting is not about gerrymandering. It is not about "to the victors" being able to game the system to move the goalposts so they keep winning. It's not right to lump a small chunk of Massapequa into Long Beach 16 miles away so they can keep Denise Ford. Or shove N. Massapequa into Farmingdale to save Joe Belesi. The purpose of the legislature was to create local representation. This map rips apart communities so the republicans can stay in power. Now what does that say about how much the republicans really care about the County?
Chris Wendt January 06, 2013 at 02:28 AM
John, if what you are saying is true (which it is not) then we would not even be having this predictable, recurrent conversation on the topic of redistricting, with words like "bipartisan" and "gerrymandering" being tossed around as if there were some magic to invoking them. "To the victor belong the spoils." I did not coin that historical yet still operative phrase, which is the essence of the subject. But that's the way it is.
George January 06, 2013 at 04:12 AM
One bright fact about this article is what it does not include And that is lack of any mention of Kaiman , it seems finally even the democratic bosses have finally realized who Kaiman really is
John Rennhack January 06, 2013 at 11:48 AM
We don't need to accept it in the case of redistricting. The map will end up in front of a judge anyway so why not avoid that and do it right. Don't split communities and try to game the system. I don't care for bi-partisan, I want non-partisan. Get politics out of it. I would hope that residents of the chunk of Massapequa being thrown into a Long Beach district will make their voices heard. Same thing for the Five Towns being splintered into 3 new districts. "Spoils" would mean legislative power, jobs for cronies, money for pet projects, etc but should not mean creating unfair elections by party-selective districts.The contortions being used to boost republicans makes a mockery of the very reason the legislature was set up.
Chris Wendt January 06, 2013 at 01:02 PM
John, I understand your frustration, having just been 'moved' out of Peter King's CD and into Carolyn McCarthy's CD. Thirty or forty years ago I would have been raging against this. One way to help you understand this better would be to think about trying to have this same discussion anywhere in the New York City limits, but especially in and about Manhattan. Of course, to do that correctly, simply replace the word, "Republicans" with the word "Democrats".... Getting politics out of politics is an oxymoron. Like getting darkness out of the night.
Brent M. January 06, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Kathleen Rice has my vote!!!!
Mark reyes January 06, 2013 at 02:37 PM
If Suozzi runs against Mangano he will have that seat again.
Chris Wendt January 06, 2013 at 05:20 PM
No. Suozzi was all about Suozzi. I would vote for Mangano over Suozzi. Dave Denenberg is a man for all seasons, so to speak. Many disgruntled Republicans would vote for Denenberg, however.
John Rennhack January 06, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Chris, I lived grew up in the city and moved to LI at 27. I was involved in local politics. There are republican districts... in fact some of them have the same contortions to keep them republican. Most all districts are straight-forward and either elect a democrat or a republican. Since there are so few republicans in the boroughs, it's not difficult to have a democratic district. In actuality, the new LI congressional districts are less of a mess now than they were before. King was an inverted "T" across the south shore than weirdly up through TOBAY to the north shore. Now the districts are more normally shaped Non-partisan redistricting is not impossible. And being partisan can come back and bite the politicians on the ass. Take the state senate for example. 10 years ago the republicans added a 62nd senate district because they were slowly losing members. That 62nd seat became and issue when the state senate was evenly divided and there wasn't a Lt. Governor to be a tie-breaker. This year a 63rd seat was added by Skelos once again to increase the republican margin. Instead he lost that new district and others and technically Skelos is the leader of the minority party in the senate now. IF the republican map becomes the official map, they might keep the legislature this year but because of shifting voter registration and the republican ability to screw up, they would be out in 2 more election cycles.
John Rennhack January 06, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Suozzi is a politician. Of course he is about Suozzi. Any politician without ambition isn't someone that has it in them to be a leader. I know many republicans that would vote for anyone besides Mangano and a lot of indy voters who regret their vote 4 years ago.
Chris Wendt January 06, 2013 at 09:20 PM
John, let's not waste each other's time talking about Tom Suozzi and the office of Nassau County Executive/gubernatorial wannabe again. I participated in his so-called school district and government services cost reduction program which turned out to be string of Suozzi photo op's and was basically a sham in terms actually accomplishing anything. I mean, it accomplished absolutely nothing.
Chris Wendt January 06, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Dave Denenberg is the Democrats best shot at capturing the County Executive post this year. Why don't you guys get behind Dave on this right away and make it happen?
John Rennhack January 07, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Dave is great. Hard worker and a fine public servant. But I know exactly what the republicans would use to attack him. He needs higher name recognition.
Port North Resident January 07, 2013 at 05:04 AM
You guys from the South Shore actually think Dennenberg has a shot. The base of power for the county democrats is North Hempstead and Glen Cove, where nobody has every heard of Dave. If he were actually serious about running for County Executive he would have been finding ways to meet north shore voters over the last several years. I can tell you living in Port Washington, I actually had to look up Dennenberg's bio. Personally, as a Republican I think Mangano has done a good job and deserves a second term to finish what he has started but for the democrat side, I would think a harder race for Mangano would be if Jon Kaiman ran. He is the well known North Hempstead Supervisor, I believe he is your best shot for recapturing the seat but I still think 2013 will be a GOP year
Chris Wendt January 07, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Valuable insights, thanks. However, what I, as a Republican, think Mangano is in, is a bobsled race (straight down to the bottom of the hill), and I am sure he will finish it, this year. However you may be correct, in that as much as you had to 'look up' Denenberg's bio, so will I have to look up what's his name (Kaiman's) bio. Another way to look at this would be, Denenberg is extremely popular and visible on the South Shore. He would definitely out-poll any Republican down here except Pete King (who certainly will not be running for County Exec). But who gets the Democrat nod will be up to the Democrats, not to you or me.
fred January 07, 2013 at 01:33 PM
I don't know why any republican, disgruntled or not, would vote for any democrat. If a democrat was in office you could be sure of higher taxes. then their biggest supporters, the public unions, would want their reward! Magano is the first exec in a long time who favors the people over the special interests.
Chris Wendt January 07, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I guess there is a presumption that Ed Mangano will run again. Then in that event, I would have to carefully consider both sides of the coin as to where my vote would go in November. A Mangano/Denenberg match-up would favor Denenberg for me, with Dave being one person for whom I could vote, notwithstanding his party affiliation. Voting for or against a candidate strictly on the basis of party line is very old school. But don't take my word for this. Ask Mit Romney, Paul Ryan, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Carl Paladino, John Faso, Dan Frisa, Fran Becker, or Bruce Bent. You can Google these people if you do not remember their campaigns. The old paradygm of party-line voting was retired and has been replaced by the current paradygm known euphamistically as "the sophisticated electorate", which made itself known in the 1992 Presidential Election and the defeat of incumbent President George H. W. Bush by upstart Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton.
fieryred January 07, 2013 at 08:17 PM
rice might be interested in the vacant position in west hempstead with happy ending offerings and fwee egg woll
Chris Wendt January 08, 2013 at 03:12 PM
What about Diane Yatauro for County Executive? Former Presiding Officer and Minority Leader of the County Legislature. She seemed to be fairly credible, and not one of the "Good old boys". http://longislandreport.org/tag/diane-yatauro
Frank January 08, 2013 at 05:04 PM
I'd prefer anyone that is willing to at least incarcerate rather than plea deal all the time. It's a gangsta's paradise in Nassau. Need a tough DA. She's definitely Misses Softee.
Jon Weinstein January 08, 2013 at 08:59 PM
The Nassau GOP has learned their Redistricting from the likes of Texan Tom DeLay and others in the Grand Ole Party who have used naked political power to ram through the most egregious Gerrymanders imaginable under the guise of lawful process. This map is a disgrace as it truncates minority communities, and does a very bad number on preserving community unity. It's all about winning and keeping a larger majority. The Nassau GOP knows that there will not be a massive, overwhelming citizen revolt coupled with millions of Dollars, troops, advertising and new contact technologies thrown into the fight as would be seen in a major race and election year. They bank on the fact that the massive majority of citizens A, won;t vote, B, don;t have any CLUE about the effects of this on their daily lives, and C, are unmotivated as well as time-pressed to get involved in the protracted community work to elect good people in these bastardized districts. In short, the Nassau GOP knows that this can be an easy Bank Shot as the majority won;t vote, car or understand. No rolling over and playing dead here! STAND UP FOR DEMOCRACY! VOTE ! ADVOCATE! MARCH!
fred January 08, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Chris when was the last time a legislative vote wasn't 10-9. Unfortunately you are wrong because it is all about party and no longer about people! There are no free thinkers any more just party zealots!
Chris Wendt January 08, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Fred, let's not pretend to be confused between how the electorate votes for candidates in elections (compared to how we are registered), and, how the Nassau County Legislature votes once they are in office.

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