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Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman's program to enlist civilians as provisional special deputy sheriffs during crises has sparked controversy, with supporters emphasizing enhanced emergency response capabilities and opponents expressing concerns about increased firearm presence and lack of transparency. Residents like Laura Burns and Allison Dzikowski distrust the necessity of civilians in law enforcement roles, while county legislators, including Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, criticize Blakeman for insufficient consultation and raise doubts about the adequacy of training provided to the special deputies, with DeRiggi-Whitton drawing comparisons to historical paramilitary groups, sparking outrage from Blakeman and his supporters. more
The New York Assembly and Senate passed a bill to repeal the state's adultery law, citing its outdated nature and potential for unintended consequences. Legislators like Liz Krueger and Charles Lavine supported the repeal, while Lavine faced criticism from religious groups. Religious leaders, such as Jeffrey Prey, emphasize the importance of personal values and commitment over legal enforcement of moral standards. more
Greg Hach, a Republican candidate, is gearing up for the primary against Michael LiPetri to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi for the 3rd Congressional District seat. Hach, emphasizing his military background and legal expertise, opposes Democratic agendas and advocates for national security, immigration reform, and economic stability. He presents himself as a grassroots alternative to career politicians, raising concerns about LiPetri's past associations and political stance. Hach warns against establishment politics and stresses the need for genuine representation in Congress. more
County Executive Bruce Blakeman demanded today that Nassau County Minority Leader Delia DeRiggi-Whitton resign. Blakeman, a Republican of the Jewish faith, accused DeRiggi-Whitton, a Democrat, at the … more
This is the fourth story in a series exploring the complexities of elections, to provide a better understanding of one of Americans’ most precious privileges, the right to vote. The number of … more
On warm, calm summer days, Glen Cove beaches beckon visitors with serene beauty — but for 10 years, the city’s Crescent Beach has been closed due to bacterial contaminants found in the … more
Oct. 7, 2023 seemed like just another day in Israel for Daniel Dvir, an Israeli citizen who had recently moved to Tel Aviv. While attending the now-infamous Nova music festival near kibbutz … more
It was the kind of game the Mets are known for, one where they look like they’ll win, but then everything goes south. Nail-biter games come second nature to the “Amazin’ … more
At a Planning Board meeting on March 5, the atmosphere inside the packed City Hall chamber was charged with anticipation, tension, and anger over another proposed large-scale mixed-use development in … more
Former disgraced GOP Congressman George Santos, who was expelled from the House of Representatives last December, announced Thursday night that he’s running for Congress again, this time … more
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