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Letters to the Press An Open Letter to The GOP

Dear Editor: My wife and I were married this June and it was the happiest day of our lives. She grew up in Illinois and myself in New Jersey and we are very proud Americans. Growing up with the values and beliefs that our country is the greatest one on Earth and here “anything is possible,” if you work hard and live with morals, honor and dignity. We have both had many successes and, of course, our share of hardships. I’m a firm believer that fair is fair and no one should be judged on their race, sex, religion, or sexual orientation but on their merit. Watching this campaign closely this year and going in with an open mind, I was shocked and saddened to hear about the GOP’s convention platform. I find it blatantly discriminatory. I have never, in my lifetime, heard of a platform primarily based on dislikes of certain groups of people. It clearly states that Republicans would like to ban all rights of choice and make all same-sex marriages unconstitutional. These are two truths: be who you are. Yet an entire political party is stating it wishes to control women’s bodies and deny same sex unions. Progress is inclusion not exclusion... Please reconsider your platform, Republicans, because, as an American, your discrimination is unacceptable. Vicki Ferentinos, Manhattan

both sides seems unbalanced. Shouldn’t Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) be at the very least Off Target for approving a $103,000 pay-off to protect Lopez instead of protecting the innocent? And with taxpayer funds no less. Please try and do better. Grover A. Hartard, Jr., Centereach

Don’t Forget The Meds

Dear Editor: Not one word in “Teen Suicide” [Aug. 16] about antidepressants. In 2004 after testimony from me and others, like the Food and Drug Administration, suicide warnings were placed on these pills. After being prescribed these pills, I walked on the Bay Shore railroad tracks. I don’t deny that bullying is a major cause leading to suicide, but unless someone’s intoxicated with alcohol, street drugs or much more commonly antidepressants, taking one’s own life is very unlikely to happen. For a more in-depth look into the preceding, please look at my book Legally Drugged (Dorrance Press 2006). Richard Schneeberg

All Fired Up

Dear Editor: I read in your paper that a Pink Slip was given to Rep. Todd Akin for saying what amounts to the most ridiculous statement about women since Bill Clinton’s denial. This week under your “command” a Pink Slip goes to Assemb. Vito Lopez (D-Brooklyn) for groping his staffers. Hardly the same degree of morality. Your goal to tell

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Sound Smart at a Party Forget lawn mowers. The Chicago Department of Aviation recently put out a bid for goats and a goat herder to trim the grass at O’Hare International Airport. The

department’s point person for sustainability explained that they’re looking for about 30 goats to landscape a hard-to-mow area of the airport in an effort to cut down on pollution produced by mechanical mowers. The area is outside of the security fence, so the department says that the goats are not in danger of wandering onto the runways. While this may seem like a crazy concept, goats are already employees at Atlanta and San Francisco airports...

Many iPhone owners continue to feel a dent in their wallets long after the initial purchase of the smartphone. Warranty provider SquareTrade

surveyed 2,000 iPhone owners and found that they’ve spent about $5.9 billion to repair their phones over the past five years. That number includes repair costs, insurance deductibles and full-cost replacements. Most phones met their untimely end after a fall to the ground or into some body of water (toilet, sink, hot tub). The company

“I was kind of antsy. I was, I think, kind of finally hitting a place where I thought, ‘I just want to try something a little different.’ And not just with the genre but even the medium.”

found that there is a small group of phone owners that decide to forgo the replacement costs and continue to use their phones despite a cracked screen. We can proudly say that we are members of that thrifty but clumsy 11 percent… Most lawyers use excuses like “unjustly convicted” when attempting to get their clients off death row.

Lawyers for Ronald Post, however, say that the 480-pound Ohio death row inmate shouldn’t be put to death because he’s too fat. The 53-year-old was convicted of fatally shooting hotel clerk Helen Vantz almost 30 years ago, and is set to die by lethal injection on Jan. 16, 2013. His attorneys argue that it will be almost impossible for executioners to find a viable vein and that Post will probably break any gurney they use. “There is a substantial risk that any attempt to execute him will result in serious physical and psychological pain to him, as well as an execution involving a torturous and lingering death,” the filing says… Some people will do all sorts of crazy things to get their significant other to notice them—including

—actor Paul Rudd on his decision to act in a Broadway play. In Grace, which opens on Oct. 4, Rudd plays an evangelical Christian who basically unravels onstage. This Aug. 21, 2012 photo shows him posing for a portrait at the Grace Hotel in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

Pennsylvania’s them. Vickie Jo Mills told police that she put Visine eye drops into boyfriend Thurman Edgar Nesbitt III’s drinking water to get him to pay more attention to her. For years Nesbitt suffered from unexplained nausea, vomiting, breathing difficulty and blood pressure fluctuations until his doctor began to suspect that he was a victim of foul play. When

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the 45-year-old’s blood tests came back positive for tetrahydrozoline, the main ingredient used in the eye drops, police questioned Mills. The 33-year-old eventually admitted to poisoning her boyfriend several times since June 2009, but said that she “never meant to kill” him. Mills will be the center of attention at her upcoming trial, and Nesbitt can see his old flame in a brand new light…

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NHL—OFF TARGET Although the players are willing to make concessions, those at the top of the NHL ladder refuse to share the wealth. They proceed with the lockout, essentially putting the hockey season on ice even before the puck drops. Ah, corporate greed strikes again. Heads up, Canada, looks like the Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading north! E IF W

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SODA BAN—PARTIAL SCORE NYC bans the sale of supersized sodas and other sugary drinks in cups or bottles larger than 16 ounces as part of an effort to curb obesity. The measure will go into effect in March 2013. Um, we’re all for nipping the obesity problem in the bud, but does this mean no more Venti Lattes!? Guessing the ever-elusive Trenta is dead in the water, too!?!?

TANNING MOM

KATE MIDDLETON—BULL’S EYE A French court scores a big win for the Duchess of Cambridge as the judge orders a gossip rag owned by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to hand over all its photos sneakily taken of Middleton sunbathing topless at a private villa in the south of France. Typical of sleazoid papparazzi to go nuts for a pair of royal knockers roughly a half-mile away while Solomon Island women in grass skirts were letting it all hang out right before their eyes as Prince William and Lady Kate got lei’d in French Polynesia. TANNING MOM—OFF TARGET Patricia Krentcil becomes a spokeswoman for The Skin Regime’s products for healing sun-damaged skin and embarks on a publicity tour signing autographs and taking pictures. Um, did they forget this is the same woman accused of letting her 5-year-old daughter burn in a tanning booth? LILO—OFF TARGET While Amanda Bynes has picked up the trainwreck torch, allegedly crashing her car into pedestrians and most recently locking herself in a retail dressing room for more than two hours, Lindsay Lohan takes to Twitter to question why the former Nickelodeon star isn’t in jail. Less than 24 hours later, LiLo gets arrested in New York City for allegedly mowing down yet another pedestrian. Pot, meet kettle. JESUS’ WIFE—PARTIAL SCORE So a scrap of papyrus possibly written by early Christians in the fourth century includes a phrase rarely heard these days by anyone other than readers of Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code: “Jesus said to them, My wife…” He sounds like the first Borscht Belt comedian about to launch into classic shtick. A historian at Harvard’s Divinity School translated the text from Sahidic Coptic, a southern Egypt dialect. Who knew that Rodney Dangerfield was fluent in Coptic?

Greg Schiano With five seconds left in a wild game that saw Giants star Eli Manning lead another dizzying fourth-quarter comeback for Big Blue, the franchise quarterback opted to put an end to this adrenaline-filled contest by taking a knee to run out the clock. Not so fast, said Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay’s firstyear coach, who had something far more aggressive on his mind: He directed his Buccaneer defense to lunge at the vulnerable Giants offensive line in a desperate act to somehow jar the football away from Manning. They knocked him on his ass. Bad move. The game was over! The former Rutgers football coach probably was too busy watching tape of South Florida during his time in the Big East that he didn’t catch many—if any— NFL games. Schiano said later it was “a clean, hard, tough, finish-the-game play.” The unapologetic coach added, “That’s how we do it all the time.” Bullshit. His bone-headed call prompted venerable Giants coach Tom Coughlin to lambast the reckless rookie on the rules of pro football. Coughlin eventually shook his counterpart’s hand, but not before embarrassing him at midfield with a professor-like tongue lashing. After all, Coughlin is thinking about preserving his two-time Super Bowl champion QB—who so far hasn’t missed a game since he first stepped onto the gridiron. Tampa’s coach should go back to college. Schiano, hang up your headset and put away your clipboard... You’re fired!!

The Quote “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the President no matter what… There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them... My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” — Mitt Romney at a private fundraiser in may in which he dismissed 47 percent of the American people—those he believed to be voting for president Obama—as dependent on the government. The complete video of his comments was recently posted ONLINE by mother jones magazine.

The Equation

The Photo

Hundreds of protesters gather in Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park for the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement on Monday, Sept. 17. This photo shows demonstrators participating in its General Assembly following a day of rallies, marches, and more than 180 arrests by New York City police. (Christopher Twarowski/Long Island Press)

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2. MEET THE MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER: Patti Stanger, reality star of Bravo’s The Millionaire Matchmaker and the founding CEO of the Millionaire’s Club, a dating service which matches wealthy clients to people looking to date rich partners, is coming to Long Island for autographs and pictures at The Wine Guy in Smithtown on Sep. 27 from 5-7 p.m. But this time she won’t be setting up singles. Instead, Patti will pair Ty Ku premium sake with naturally low-calorie Asian spirits. 3. GET A DECAL FROM CRITTERSONTHEMOVE.COM: Dogs, cats, pigs, horses…all of them can sit in the back seat of your car— without making a mess. These hilarious decals, which can even be made in the likeness of your own pet, look incredibly real. This doggy in the window will cost you anywhere from $16.95 to $39.50. 4. DOWNLOAD THE NYS PARK APP: The free “Oh, Ranger!” NY State Parks iPhone app (coming soon to Android) gives visitors on-the-go the ability to access valuable park information. This new app includes more than 200 state parks, historic sites, golf courses, campgrounds and nature centers and is designed to provide everything a visitor would need to become familiar with a location, including contact info, directions, amenities, maps and events. With much of the details embedded, users do not need the Internet to display park info, an important feature as some parks may have limited connectivity.

The Rundown

1. BUY TIX TO THE NEW YORKER FESTIVAL: From Oct. 5-7, The New Yorker will present its 13th annual festival, a three-day celebration that will once again bring together a distinguished group of writers, thinkers, artists, and other luminaries from many fields, including film, music, television, politics, food, fashion and literature. Since the festival’s inception, events have sold out quickly, drawing close to 20,000 people from around the world annually, so grab your tickets while you can. A full program guide is available at NewYorker.com/ Festival. This year’s highlights include interviews and conversations with Patti Smith, Vampire Weekend, Christian Louboutin and Margaret Atwood.

5. BUY A GIANT COOKIE: We walked into The Bakery in Commack last week and beheld an amazing sight: a cookie one foot in diameter decorated with all different kinds of toppings in the shape of pizza slices. You can even slice it with a pizza cutter! The Bakery also has locations in Plainview and Albertson. Call for availability. 6. YOUTUBE “GARDINER’S ISLAND GOTHAMTV”: If you’ve spent any time walking around East Hampton, you may have come across a seemingly out-of-place sarcophagus in the South End Cemetery. It holds the remains of Lion Gardiner, whose descendents own Gardiner’s Island. Take a one-of-a-kind, five-minute hysterical virtual tour of this private island by one of Gardiner’s descendants, Robert David Lion Gardiner, 16th Lord of the Manor, the last heir to bear the family name. 7. GOOGLE “GUINNESS TALLEST MOHAWK NYC”: A fashion designer from Tokyo showed off his 3-foot-8.6-inch mohawk in Washington Square Park last week to promote the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records. Kazuhiro Watanabe, 40, says it took 15 years to grow and two hours and three cans of hairspray a day to maintain. 8. VISIT LEAFCARVINGART.COM: Leaf-carving art is one of the newest art forms. Its inspiration comes from the beauty of nature. Selective leaves are carefully chosen from the Chinar tree, which is native to India, Pakistan and China. Chinar tree leaves closely resemble the leaf of a Maple tree. Once collected, the leaves go through a 60-step process such as shaving, pressing, curing, dying and so on. The outer surface of the leaf is carefully removed without cutting or removing the veins, which add detail to the subject matter of the carving. They start at $24.95, but with customizations and framing options, they can run up to $224.90. 9. TiVo Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: Like a car accident, sometimes you just can’t look away. And there is somewhat—we, said somewhat—of a sweetness about the simplicity of this show, aside from the whole creepy child pageant thing and the complete disregard for any kind of social graces. Just make sure you’ve eaten and digested your food before you push the play button. Hey, don’t say we didn’t warn you. 10. DRIVE AN ELECTRIC CAR! Sept. 23 is National Plug In Day, and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sun Vet Mall in Holbrook manufacturers and private owners will have plenty of electric cars available for you to test drive! news

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Take Off Your Hat & Spit Out Your Gum—A Teacher’s Memoir By Melinda Ehrlich We all know what it’s like to sit in one of those neatly lined up desks in a classroom, but rarely do we ever get an inside peek at what it’s like up there at the chalkboard. And while you may consider yourself just another kid in a pool of thousands in the eyes of your teacher, think again. In Take Off Your Hat & Spit Out Your Gum, Melinda Ehrlich will prove you wrong as she shares highlights from an arsenal of stories compiled over her 30year career teaching in the NYC school system. She even takes you back to her own school days—like when she misspelled “jewelry” in the spelling bee and had run-ins with a less-thanwarm teacher. The Southampton College alum then puts you behind the scenes of a high school teacher, introducing you to some interesting and maybe even familiar characters: girls who couldn’t open their notebooks because they had wet nails and a boy who tried to explain away forging his mom’s signature. The chapter titles themselves are enough to get you to keep reading: “Sitting Shiva for Joey Ramone & Other Great Excuses” is our favorite. Ehrlich also shares her experience working with troubled kids. So before you flip through these pages, be prepared to have your heart touched—and to smile till it hurts. Ehrlich will appear at the Book Revue in Huntington Friday, 9.21. —Daphne Livingston

800,000 The projected number of new cases of obesityrelated cancer in New York State by 2030, according to a recent report by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report also estimates that New York will have 2.3 million new cases of type-2 diabetes and 5.3 million new cases of coronary heart disease and stroke, all related to obesity.

B-List B-Day

SCOTT “I BLOCK ’EM & PLAY GOLF” BAIO Sept. 22, 1960 Scott Baio is a Virgo, a sign known for service, whether it be as a doctor or the family manny. A kind sign, Virgos are usually good role models. Baio is known for his guy-next-door roles in Charles in Charge, Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi, and will return to his caregiver roots to play a stay-athome dad in the new Nick at Nite comedy, See Dad Run, in October. But the last time we heard from this Brooklyn native, he left his kindness at the door of Twitter, where he ranted about his taxes supporting the lazy good-for-nothings and made some other not-so-kind statements, ending with fiery talkback and death threats from the public and Baio pushing the block button. So even if his See Dad Run gig doesn’t work out, chances are he’ll still be running from someone.

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Audra Fordin of Roslyn is part of a miniscule demographic. According to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, less than one percent of its certified auto mechanics are female. To Audra, being an auto mechanic is as natural as breathing. “I grew up in a house that speaks ‘car,’ so I know ‘car,’” says Audra, who grew up in South Merrick. She learned the language from her father Bill, the third-generation owner of the Flushing Great Bear repair shop started by Audra’s great

grandfather in 1933. Audra spent a lot of time with her father at the shop and her love and respect for him is evident. “He gave me strength, then power,” she says. “Nobody can say to me ‘you can’t’ or ‘you don’t do it like that.’ I was the only girl but I fit in. I never felt I wasn’t in my element,” she says. “My love of what I do is not really work. It’s special and I hold it with great pride. Think Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny…but better,” she says. When her dad retired in 2007, Audra took over the business and has made it her mission to educate women about the importance of auto repair, giving them control of their mode of transportation.

“We are creating auto independence and I am leading the movement,” she says. “Women ‘auto’ know how to care for their cars.” Audra operates her shop in a family-friendly style. The waiting room is kept clean of both grime and images of scantily clad women that are stereotypically found in many auto repair shops. Instead, an entire wall of photographs with smiling customers and their children are in Audra’s waiting room. “I break through every boundary and stereotype of what an auto mechanic is,” Audra says proudly. That refreshing approach includes how she teaches women about cars. “When I talk about cars, I talk about things that women can relate to,” she says. She compares car parts to body parts. A car’s cooling system is like the human circulatory system, and the car’s electrical system is like the human nervous system, and so on. “If your car has a fever, the gauge goes up,” she says. Like other businesses during the Great Recession, Audra saw a decline in car repairs. At the bus stop across the street from her shop, she noticed that some of the bus riders were her former customers. “These are my customers and they’re not driving,” she recalls. So she asked herself, “What can I do to help people? They’ve been so good to my family.” To Audra, the logical step was to share her knowledge with the community. She began offering free workshops called “What Women Auto Know” in order to teach women how to maintain their car to extend its life and hopefully require fewer repairs. The workshops had been offered quarterly, but Audra said there was such a long waiting list, she now offers the class on the third Saturday of every month. She also launched a website, WomenAutoKnow.com, as a resource to educate and empower drivers, passengers and consumers. She’s in the process of filing for non-profit status. Many organizations have recognized Audra for her community service and her charitable giving. Recently, she was named the 2011 Female Auto Repair Shop Owner of the Year by the Car Care Council and the 2011 NYC Small Business of the Year.

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Audra wanted to do more. An environmentalist, she began collecting used tires from local bicycle stores to repurpose them. Working with the Girl Scouts and veterans from the Northport VA Hospital, volunteers turn the tires into belts (perfect for those who don’t wear leather), while other tires are transformed into practically indestructible dog leashes. Audra believes in employment, education, environment and empowerment and has a program in development that will encourage young women living in foster care who are going be aged out of the system to consider a career in auto repair. “I have a legacy and I have a dad who needs to be proud of me,” she says. Recently, Audra instructed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on how to change a taillight bulb. Gillibrand was at Audra’s shop along with Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) to announce federal legislation designed to extend targeted tax breaks for small businesses. According to Gillibrand, womenowned small businesses are among the fastest growing segments of the economy but they start with eight times less capital than those started by men. The two women went to Great Bear in order to urge the U.S. Senate to vote on the SUCCESS Act of 2012, introduced in July, which would provide tax incentives for small businesses. Audra says women shouldn’t worry that auto repair is too technical or that they might ruin their manicure. New computerized systems are available so mechanics can keep their hands relatively clean. More importantly, she advises women who think they can’t figure out how to repair their car that they can. “People can be masters of their auto universe,” Audra insists. “With an open mind, and the willingness to understand, there is nothing that can stop you.” For more information, visit WomenAutoKnow.com, email Audra at Audra@WomenAutoKnow.com or call 718-762-6212.

“We are creating auto independence and I am leading the movement.”

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Off the Reservation

The New New Deal (Simon and Schuster) by Time Magazine Senior National Correspondent Michael Grunwald provides a thorough defense of the “Obama Stimulus.”

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Mitt Romney called it “the biggest, most careless one-time expenditure by the federal government in history.” Paul Ryan characterized it as “a case of political patronage, corporate welfare, and cronyism at their worst.” “It” was the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, colloquially known as the “Obama Stimulus.” The Republican narrative is that Americans would have been better off not taking on more debt and allowing the omniscient markets to work themselves out. (This argument was noticeably absent in 2008 when President George W. Bush signed a stimulus bill for more than $150 billion.) Before Obama signed his stimulus bill into law, House Republicans had voted against it. Every single one of them. In the Senate, only three Republicans approved the bill. So we know where the parties stood in 2009—pretty much where they stand today. Democrats largely believe that the stimulus prevented the complete, Depression-like collapse of the economy. Republicans believe it had no effect on the economy and, furthermore, the additional debt will be our ultimate undoing. Republicans are correct to say that the stimulus had few offsetting revenues and blew yet another enormous hole in the budget deficit. They did not make this argument, however, when our country decided to wage two decadelong wars abroad while simultaneously

reducing taxes. But the reality of the unfunded stimulus expense exists. So the question remains: Did the stimulus work? Both Democrats and Republicans point to FDR’s New Deal to answer this question historically. Republicans take the short view that FDR’s programs had little effect on the nation’s economy as the economy double-dipped in 1937. Democrats take the long view that this date coincided with the Roosevelt administration’s decision to back off federal spending and that a resurgence of federal funding ultimately mitigated the decline. There is general consensus that the tipping point that put the nation back on a path toward prosperity was World War II and the wartime economy. Despite this philosophical harmony, Republicans are still loath to admit that the top marginal income

“Obama’s inner circle understood that the stimulus package was political suicide… and likely only half of what was required.” tax rate in 1941 was 81 percent, and by 1945 it was 94 percent. That’s how you pay for war. So while it can be instructive to look back and apply historical lessons to the present, the picture is incomplete because the circumstances are vastly different. To examine the effect the stimulus had on the economy, it’s necessary to understand the economic philosophy behind it while parsing the figures. The conflict between Democrats and Republicans on this issue is largely a debate over the economic theories of two men: Milton Friedman and John Maynard Keynes. Born in 1912, Friedman would come to be recognized as one of the great Despite lobbying to route stimulus funds to his district, Vice Presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) voted against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and has publicly derided the bill as “corporate welfare.” (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

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benefits of monetary policy and the folly of fiscal policy. Think TARP versus stimulus. In other words, maneuvering liquidity through the system in a centralized fashion was an appropriate measure of government intervention whereas providing government funding for programs via the Treasury was not. This is not to say that Friedman would have approved of President George W. Bush’s TARP “bailout” of the banks (Friedman died in 2006 before the financial world came unraveled) or even of the Federal Reserve itself. In a perfect world, Friedman would have abolished the Federal Reserve altogether, which is a common rallying cry among Libertarians who also promote a return to the gold standard no matter how economically or politically impossible this would be. Again, the theory being that private markets would be more efficient, accurate and apolitical with respect to pegging the value of currency in real time. But if Friedman’s economic policies have dominated the years since Gerald Ford was in the White House, it was English economist John Maynard Keynes who dominated the years prior, beginning in 1933 with his paper, “The Means to Prosperity.” Keynes’ recommendations for dealing with recessions

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and depressions would fundamentally alter Europe and America’s approach to the Great Depression. Keynes’ first assumption, considered revolutionary at the time, was called the “paradox of thrift.” Simply put, if businesses and consumers collectively tighten their belts during difficult times, the effect would be a downward spiral in the demand for goods and services. Under Keynes’ theory, this self-perpetuating loop of plunging demand would necessarily result in a decline of both profitability and confidence. Keynes believed the antidote was government spending. Specifically, the further the funding went down the economic chain the better. Businesses and consumers, those with the greatest need for liquidity, were likely to circulate government funds through the economy faster than institutions such as banks that might be more prone to hold onto liquidity. The net result, due to what Keynes coined the “multiplier effect,” would be spending that works its way through the normal economic channels via the purchase of goods and services at the consumer level, labor and equipment at the business level. A great deal of attention is paid to the short-term effects of spending on infrastructure as large public works projects during the Depression became the most visible and lasting testaments to Keynesian economy theory during the Roosevelt era. But many Keynesian theorists argue that these types of projects also contribute to the long-term health of the economy, with the best possible result being partnership with, and ultimately transition to, private industry. A great example of this is the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) established under FDR, which ultimately became a private utility. But long-term infrastructure projects don’t have the immediate effect of direct government spending at the bottom levels of the economy. Larry Summers, the notoriously prickly economist, has had a remarkable career serving in both the Clinton and Obama administrations (Summers was Treasury Secretary briefly under Clinton) and as one-time president of Harvard University. Tapped to join Obama’s transition team, he is credited with determining the strategy for bailing out the faltering American economy.

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In his book, The New New Deal, Time magazine senior staffer Michael Grunwald writes, “At Brookings, [Summers] proposed a technocratic approach to Keynesian stimulus that has dominated the debate ever since. A stimulus package, he argued, should be timely, targeted, and temporary.” This guiding philosophy would result in a three-tiered approach to Obama’s stimulus. The first would be accomplished through tax breaks for the vast majority of Americans. The second would be through entitlement spending such as extending unemployment benefits and prolonging health insurance coverage for laid-off workers. It also provided direct aid to states to help plug budget gaps to prevent the layoffs of teachers and reductions to Medicaid. The third was investment in programs deemed “shovel-ready.” This last point is somewhat controversial because few, if any, infrastructure projects can begin work at a moment’s notice. But on this, Obama was clear that funds would be found to target America’s aging infrastructure and invest in new projects on the drawing board, even if their timetables weren’t immediate. Keynesian economists such as Joseph Stiglitz quickly lauded Obama’s plan, though most of them believed the $787 billion package was only about half of what was required to properly address the crisis. Another Keynes disciple, Nobel Prize-winning economist and columnist for The New York Times, Paul Krugman, has been extremely vocal that

the stimulus, while swift and necessary, was “woefully inadequate.” Nearly everyone on Obama’s transition team would concur, but the thought of a stimulus package topping $1 trillion was politically radioactive. Besides, almost everyone involved at the time hoped for a second crack at stimulus funding in Obama’s first term. And while most of Obama’s political advisors understood how difficult this would be, no one could have predicted how hard the Republican Party was preparing to fight against any new proposal from the Democrats. Perhaps the most astounding revelation in Grunwald’s book is how Obama’s inner circle — especially the most cynical among them like the explosive Rahm Emanuel or acerbic Larry Summers — understood that the package was political suicide. In fact, they were prescient in this regard as the stimulus provided the freshly-routed GOP with a rallying cry and a strategy to take back control of the House of Representatives during the 2010 mid-term elections. In reality, the Recovery Act did more than just pump taxpayer dollars temporarily into the economy and drive up the national debt. It put federal funds into the hands of agencies and consumers who had the ability to spend them in a timely fashion. This came in the form of tax cuts for the middle class, an extension of unemployment benefits and medical coverage, state aid to support endangered Medicaid programs, healthcare and student loans. It was the ultimate return to Keynesian philosophy. Opposition to blanket stimulus funding isn’t fundamentally misguided. After all, no government can sustain unlimited subsidies without someday having to recoup these costs. This brings us to the second half of Keynes’ theory. If the government is supposed to aid a recovery during a recession by pouring funds through the economy, then it must likewise increase revenue during the boom times that follow. There are only two ways to do this: raise taxes or

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cut spending. Or both. The problem is that we haven’t meaningfully done either in decades. While cutting spending is very much a part of the Republican narrative, increasing taxes is anything but. In a perfect world of no government intervention or regulation, the markets would simply figure it out and restore balance because recessions and depresBeyond facts and figures, be sure to sions are, after all, bad for business in the long run. Having said that, this type of listen closely for what you cannot hear. “boom and bust” behavior creates great Perhaps the most incredible aspect of potential short-term benefits, as volatil- the stimulus is the lack of fraud associity is a savvy investor’s best friend. But ated with the spending. The oversight Keynes never meant to eliminate the has been so rigorous and the process so boom and bust nature of the economy. astoundingly transparent that almost His policies were intended to mitigate no one is crying foul at the veracity of the disbursements. Instead, opponents the depths and the peaks. Shedding all government spending gnash their teeth and shout at the rain and letting the markets work it out was about Solyndra, the failed California precisely the advice President Hoover solar plant manufacturer, at every turn. received from Treasury Secretary And that’s about it. Forget the fact that Andrew Mellon after the market crashed the mechanism for funding Solyndra in 1929. Hoover didn’t actually follow was established in 2005 and Solyndra his advice. Instead, he set in motion was selected to participate in the many of the public works projects and program in 2007; if opponents of the federal spending plans continued by stimulus want to make this their Alamo, Franklin Roosevelt. The Depression so be it. Out of nearly $800 billion was hung around Hoover’s neck in part invested, one failed solar manufacturer is because he chose to portray an aura of all you’ve got? Even Bain Capital would calm and confidence even though Rome have relished this level of success. So, did it work? I side with was indeed burning. Hoover fought vigorously behind Krugman. The answer is that the the scenes for some of the programs that stimulus package was a good start, but would make Roosevelt one of the most it should have been bigger. Nearly all of popular presidents of all time. Hoover’s those involved in creating the stimulus biggest problem was actually Roosevelt. recognized at the time that it would Because Hoover rarely took the oppor- prevent catastrophe but fall short of tunity to point out that the economy prosperity. Unfortunately, our politics collapsed as a result of his predeces- are so poisoned today that uttering the sor’s policies and then failed to defend phrase, “should’ve been bigger,” is truly himself against Roosevelt’s subsequent the third rail. There is no more room for attacks, he became unfairly synonymous a reasoned debate in America. But the with the Great Depression. This little bit fact remains that without the stimulus several state budgets would have of history was not lost on Obama. Today, comparisons abound collapsed, all but bankrupting Medicaid, between the circumstances surround- far more roads and bridges would have ing both the Great Depression and the fallen further into disrepair, middle(dare I say) current depression. Politi- class Americans would have had less in cians and historians will forever debate each paycheck and millions more people their similarities and how they both would have fallen off of the unemployarrived. But there are also current com- ment rolls and into poverty. parisons we can draw relating to Keynes’ All told, Ryan’s claims of paradox. In Europe today, where “patronage” and “cronyism” fell apart austerity is the mainstay the moment he lobbied of the economic recovery to divert federal funds to his district; Romney’s attempt, unemployment remains untenably facebook.com/jedmorey claim that the stimulus high. In both Spain and was “careless” underGreece it hovers around a bruising 24 scores either a deep misunderstanding of percent. Before the stimulus, the US the shrewd, tactical and successful nature economy shed 800,000 jobs in January of the program or a further illustration of 2009 and GDP growth was negative. of his belief that no person, corporaSince the beginning of 2010 America tion or municipality deserves financial has added an average of 143,000 jobs support, even under the most severe every month and experienced positive economic circumstances. Romney’s GDP growth, although everyone recent disdainful comments about “47 acknowledges it’s a slog. But this kind of percent of Americans” may give weight forward momentum amply defends the to the latter sentiment, which should stimulus. give us all pause.

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Covert Ops A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Nassau and Suffolk’s High-Tech War Against Crime

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ith a recent slaying in Roosevelt, a team of Nassau County police manning an inconspicuous location in Massapequa stand at the ready. The unsolved murder has ignited tensions in the neighborhood, and their unit is determined to stamp out the flames. Suddenly an alert goes off— there’s been another shot fired in the neighborhood. They launch into action. Simultaneously, other officers at police headquarters in Mineola are notified. So are the local precinct cars, which descend on the scene as detectives pull video footage from an onsite camera. The blurred images reveal a small group of men hanging out on a street in front of a known Bloods gang house, the site of the previous shooting. A silver Infinity emerges from the corner of the screen, slowly pulling up to the group. A gun is visible and the shot goes off. The detectives don’t recognize —NASSAU COUNTY POLICE DET. SGT. PATRICK RYDER, HEAD OF NCPD’S REAL-TIME INTELLIGENCE CENTER the faces, but they call in the local cops who do. They run any plates from that area at that Ryder and his team were able to respond so quickly time and put out an alert to other officers approaching the and so effectively primarily due to just one of several statescene. They’ve identified the shooter and his vehicle and of-the-art, high-tech weapons in their ever-growing arsenal: warn cops at the scene that the occupants are armed and the ShotSpotter Gunshot Detection System, a precisiondangerous. based gunfire, surveillance, analysis and alert system. Within minutes, the cops find the car with a gun Sensors located on top of buildings and light poles inside. Its occupants are arrested. identify the sound of a gunshot and differentiate it from “What was going to happen?” asks Det. Sgt. Patrick other noises, such as a vehicle backfire or fireworks. Up Ryder, head of the elite unit. “They were going to confront to 20 sensors are installed per square mile, each able to each other and shoot each other. One was going to die.” detect gunfire within a 1- to 2-square mile range. A Global Positional System relays information RAPID-FIRE: NASSAU’S about a shooting within six seconds of INTELLIGENCE-LED a firearm’s discharge. The system can POLICING CENTER identify how many shots were fired, IN MASSAPEQUA which shot was fired first, and if the ENABLES OFFICERS AND DETECTIVES TO shots came from a moving vehicle. RESPOND TO PUBLIC It can also pinpoint the location of a SAFETY THREATS THROUGHOUT THE gunshot to within three feet. COUNTY QUICKLY The quick response and apprehenAND DECISIVELY. sion in Roosevelt is but one example IN THIS PHOTO, A UNIT MEMBER of Nassau’s Intelligence-Led Policing OPERATES ONE OF at work, a program touted by top THE CENTER’S MANY COMPUTER AND VIDEO police officials in Suffolk, too. Mostly TERMINALS, WHERE operating behind-the-scenes of local DATA IS CONSTANTLY communities, the initiative is a whole PROCESSED AND DISSEMINATED. new way to approach law enforcement,

“What was going to happen? They were going to confront each other and shoot each other. One was going to die.”

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from home invasions and burglaries to crimes more severe, such as assaults and murder. Every day this strategy is being utilized across Nassau and Suffolk counties, whether residents— or criminals—know it or not. Officials hope it can help fill the gap left by the retirement of hundreds of cops in the last few years. Major crimes including murder, rape, assault, robbery and burglary are up in Nassau and slightly down in Suffolk, according to crime statistics encompassing the first six months of this year. The number of police in both counties has been on a historically precipitous decline. And more and more Long Islanders are arming themselves, following a national trend. All of these factors speak to the added weight placed on local precincts to not only keep crime rates down and neighborhoods safe, but to work more efficiently with the resources they currently have. Supporters say proof of the program’s impact is as evident as simply walking down the blocks of the communities in which it’s utilized. “Go back to the community and they will tell you it is safer now,” says Nassau County Police First Deputy Commissioner Thomas Krumpter. “They know it is safer, they know there are less shots fired.” Yet despite its successes, this means of warfare isn’t without its detractors, who criticize the tactics as an affront to civil liberties or merely smoke and mirrors designed to cover up what is a dangerously low level of cops on the streets. “You can have all the intelligence in the world and it is not going to tell you that some guy is coming out after having a couple of drinks and decides to stick up a gas station,” says Joseph King, a professor of law and police science at John Jay College. “Nothing is going to tell you that. The only thing that may tell you that is a patrol officer driving by and seeing something.” Nassau’s headquarters for its program is as covert and unassuming as some of its technologies—the NCPD Real-Time Intelligence Center housed unsuspectingly right under residents’ noses.

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long, hollow-sounding hallways. No slamming of lockers. No vibrant young voices as they shuffle to and fro class. They’ve been replaced with a new kind of teacher and a new challenge. The building is locked, and admittance is only granted through a telephone located at the side of the large entrance doors. Once inside the lobby there are a few clues to the new tenants—an antique police car and a uniformed guard. At the far end of a long hallway are double-glass doors covered with the Nassau police insignia. The air is cooler, the people busy with purpose. One room is filled with computers shadowed by television monitors tuned to the major networks. Another houses a large video screen, computer components and a conference table. One room remains a classroom. In the hallway a large screen displays current information on wanted criminals and news of those that have been apprehended. Ryder, as head of this team, is anxious to explain what is happening here. He’s dedicated the past few years of his life to building it, even going back to school to get his master’s degree for the position. While he spent the beginning of his career on the streets, Ryder now looks like any college professor. He dresses casually, and speaks with an enthusiasm that could rival a new mother. And, in many ways, intelligence-lead policing is Ryder’s baby. The unit, as many other intelligence contingents across the country, traces its roots to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. In Nassau, terrorist Intel was expanded to include local crimes. Nassau County’s first established their Intel Center in January 2002. It began with two detectives working five days a week. It has since expanded to nine detectives, four civilian analysts and an additional detective sergeant, according to Ryder, who explains that the center is manned seven days a week and the staff can access the data from their home computers if necessary. “We need to get as much info gathered and centralized in Intel,” he explains. “Every arrest in this county gets debriefed [in which detectives question suspects not only about the crime allegedly committed, but about accomplices or other related crimes in that area]. The villages have come onboard, too. That information gets sent to the center. So when I get the form that says this guy is a bad guy and may have a gun, I want to share that with everybody. So I bring it in, vet it out through the process and pump it back out.” In addition to access to the 118 red light cameras covering 50 intersections throughout the county, which run streaming video that is saved for 30 days, Nassau’s police department has their own cameras, along with mobile 16

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and stationary license plate readers. ShotSpotter was installed in July 2009 and the use of license plate readers was expanded for data analyses capabilities in 2008. Ryder believes the computer database program Nassau utilizes, Intel Tracker, is one of its greatest assets, because it “allows us to cross-reference cases in the county to make us more productive, stop repetitive work and create a safe environment for the cops during the investigation.” As with most communities across America with a high crime problem, LI residents in troubled neighborhoods are also afraid to call the police, he says, fearing that if they identify lawbreakers and the word gets out, they may be targeted. Ryder says his work addresses that problem. “Because of [intelligence-led policing technologies], now the community does not have to get

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involved,” he says. “We are better at protecting them. We are saving lives and locking up bad guys and better protecting the community because technology will do the work that you can’t do because of retaliation.” The detective lieutenant’s assurances come during a time of increased gun ownership in Nassau and Suffolk. In Nassau, the number of new licenses more than doubled between 2008 and 2011, going from 659 in 2008 to a high of 1,420 in 2011, according to police records. Renewals also increased during that time, going from 4,552 in 2008, to a high of 5,539 in 2011. While target licenses are the easiest and usually most common people can get, from April through December 2011, Nassau issued only 154 target and 267 fullcarry permits. For the first four months of 2012, they issued 206 targets and 187 full-carries. Suffolk was unable to provide these statistics. In Suffolk, new permits show a

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continual increase, from 1,127 in 2008 to 1,350 in 2011. Renewals rose from 5,196 in 2008 to a high of 7,386 in 2011. License plate readers have also become a mainstay for police intelligence. Nassau County has at least one in every precinct, as well as in unmarked cars, in traffic cones, on car bumpers, in landscaping trailers and on poles, both overtly and covertly. Ryder uses North New Hyde Park as an example of its effectiveness. Residents were up in arms over a rash of burglaries, he says. They demanded help. They wanted the police to do something and they wanted results. The police put three license plate readers in the neighborhood, he tells the Press. Over a period of 30 days they obtained the numbers on 20,000 license plates. Now they just had to find the one that was used in the burglaries. The crime pattern had been limited to Friday and Saturday night between 6 and 10 p.m. All reports not in that time period were filtered out, leaving 10,000 plates. Those were filtered out to only dates burglaries occurred. That brought the number down to 2,000. Those plates were run, and anyone who lived in the neighborhood was also eliminated. The list then came down to four cars. The plate numbers on those vehicles were shared with all surrounding law enforcement agencies, and three days later Floral Park Police stopped one of the cars with four men in it. An occupant in the back seat had just sold proceeds from a burglary committed the day before. “We arrested all four. They went for about 10 of the burglaries. My burglary problem went away,” smiles Ryder. Suffolk has also been utilizing Intelligence-led policing.

Gang-Busters According to Suffolk County Police Chief of Department James Burke, the department implemented its program following the January 2012 appointment of its new commissioner, Edward Webber, with a goal of increasing communication, involvement and accountability, and facilitating the accurate and timely reporting of crimes. The data is immediately analyzed and sent to the local precincts and detective squad commanders. Suffolk police are now using five ShotSpotters in five high-crime communities in the county and say they are looking into the use of cameras. It implemented its own license plate readers in September 2006 and currently has 24. Eleven more will be deployed sometime in the near future. Continued on page 18 P r e s s P l ay

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Nassau has only deployed the ShotSpotter system in Roosevelt and Uniondale. “The incidents we give priority to are firearmsrelated,” says Burke. “The only difference between murder and reckless endangerment first degree is bad aim. Priority two is robberies, forcible stealing of property that occur from a person or a commercial establishment and burglary. Finally is larceny.” Suffolk’s Intel program not only looks at data, but the causes of the crimes as well. Crime analysts look for what drives their incidences, which Burke says is the drug crisis (particularly prescription drugs), gangs and recidivism. Intelligence-driven data is an important weapon against gang crimes, he says. “You have to think about what caused a crime and where does that fit into the gang culture,” explains Burke. “Is it related to something that occurred in the precinct? We are getting to think about what are the things that drive the crimes you are investigating, getting to think about what drives crimes and gangs.” Recidivism is another target. “If you get out of jail and can’t get a job, what are you going to do? Continue to deal drugs? Or are you going to continue to steal?” asks Burke. “We focus on recidivists. A guy gets out of jail, residential burglaries starting going up in the neighborhood—where is that guy?” Deciphering between trends and patterns is also an objective. “A trend would be that there is a widespread theft of scrap metal throughout the county,” he says. “That is not necessarily being committed by an individual or group of individuals, rather it is a trend that many people are engaging in. So in response to that identified trend, what we try to do is develop strategies to mitigate that trend. A pattern, on the other hand, is a particular crime or trend of crimes that we

Not everyone is singing the praises of these programs, however. One of the biggest concerns is privacy.

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believe is perpetrated by an individual or a certain group of individuals.” Once identified, Burke says the goal is to make the entire department aware of these trends and patterns. “What we want is to have everybody know about the crimes, from the person who answers the phone at 911, to dispatchers, to police commanders, to the cops,” he says. “Essentially what we want them to do is to deploy their resources to mitigate [them].” Suffolk’s central criminal intelligence bureau, replete with computer and video screens similar to Nassau’s intel center, is located at police headquarters in Yaphank. Burke describes it as “the nervous system of the police strategizing: Suffolk police officials hold a daily Criminal Intelligence Briefing. Clockwise from the top: Deputy Inspector Mark Griffiths, Det. Lt. Robert Donohue, Police Commissioner Edward Webber, Deputy Chief of Patrol John Meehan and Chief of Department James Burke.

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department.” Its department’s debriefing program, he says, takes “two bites out of the apple. The easiest way to find out who the criminals are is to have other criminals tell you who they are…so every single person who gets arrested in this county will be debriefed.” All of the information is then entered into a computer, which searches for patterns. The system then helps the Suffolk police identify suspects, and can also be used to support search warrants. Burke explains that there are three sub-categories to intelligence-lead policing: “The real-time analysis of crime and pushing it out to our commanders, the implementation of field-intelligence officers in precincts—that will allow us to develop targets and deploy our resources to mitigate trends and patterns.” The last part is accountability. “When we push out information to our local precinct commanders and detective squads, we want to know what their strategies are and we want to know what the results of their personnel deployment are,” he continues. One of the department’s immediate goals is to use social media more in the future to both inform and get help from the public on specific crimes.

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“First question asked: Is Big Brother watching?” admits Ryder. To assuage fears and build trust between residents and the police in high-crime neighborhoods, his team works closely with the community, he says, insisting there is transparency for his unit. “The educated consumer is the one we win over,” Ryder tells the Press. “We are a sales operation. I tell these guys all the time, if the phone rings, don’t say ‘No.’ Find the way to get them the answer, get them results, get them an answer, because they will come back to the store and want more.“ “We might be critical in the fact that we have not have been the most open,” he adds. “But we changed that.” Ryder also monitors his staff to ensure the information collected is not being misused or the system abused— something Suffolk keeps a watchful eye out for, too. “I have an audit system inside so that I know every computer that gets touched, when they are using it and what they are doing,” he explains. “I can audit every single name that was run, who ran it, when they ran it, and there is also the force audit, I tell them if I find out you are doing something that is not within the guidelines, then you will be gone and I will have you put to the furthest spot from here to make it so uncomfortable because you ruined our reputation.” “Once a month when we meet at our monthly meetings internally I tell them be careful with what you do, if the commissioner calls up and says do me a favor and run this plate, he goes in the system. I don’t care who is asking, it goes in the system…it is still sensitive you don’t want to ruin that.” Ryder assures that no license plate is looked at until there is a problem. For example, he says, no one was going to look at the 20,000 plates captured in the New Hyde Park burglary investigation. Suffolk, too, has safeguards, says Deputy Inspector Kevin Fallon, head of the Public Information Office. “It is strictly laid out in the rules and procedures that any of the computer information is to be used for business purposes only,” he says. “Additionally what the supervisors do in criminal intelligence is they have an audit book there and they are constantly auditing the requests for information that they get from not only within Suffolk P r e s s P l ay

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County Police Department but there is also different agencies that will be requesting information. That auditing is being done on an ongoing basis. “ Despite the assurances, however, the American Civil Liberties Union isn’t sold. “License plate readers have the potential to track, record and store information forever on every single motorist on our streets, regardless of whether they are actually suspected of any crimes or not,” says Jason Starr, head of the ACLU’s Nassau Chapter. “Our position is the same for all this current technology: It is less the type and more the ability of technology to record and store data. The only thing we really know is that the readers and other technology are being used, we don’t know who has access, how it is being stored, how it is being held and so we do need more robust regulation on how the technology is used, but also what happens to the data that is collected from the use of technology. So it is hard to know police are monitoring themselves when we don’t have a base line.” John Jay’s King also takes exception to replacing men on the street with computers and cameras. That, he argues, is “just an excuse that a bureaucrat is using to cut the budget.” “It is true you can’t have cops everywhere, it is too expensive, and

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I understand that, but there is no substitute for a cop on the beat,” he continues. “Like there is no substitute for a detective who knows his precinct or his squad, or he knows the territory and he knows the gangs he is dealing with.” That argument is often echoed by Nassau Police Benevolent Association President James Carver, who says the number of patrol officers was more

only four detectives covering an area spanning the Southern State Parkway to the North Shore—more than 20 miles. It’s a trend Suffolk County police are also weathering. In the past 10 years, the number of sworn personnel in Suffolk has shrunk from 2,676 in 2002 to 2,420 today, says Fallon. “Crime is going up because of the downsizing in the department,” blasts Nassau’s Carver, charging that

“There is no substitute for a cop on the beat.” —JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSOR JOSEPH KING

than 4,000 in the 1970s, down to 2,750 when County Executive Ed Mangano took office two years ago, and today 2,261. The number of detectives serving Nassau has also been slashed, from a high of more than 500 to 358 presently, according to Glenn Ciccone, head of Nassau’s detectives union. He says his detectives have less time to investigate more cases, adding that since Mangano began to consolidate the county’s eight police precincts into four [a restructuring that is still ongoing], there have been

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Unresolved With the number of crimes and gun owners on the rise, and less cops, time and stats will be the ultimate judge of how effective technology will be in law enforcement. For now, the debate of whether Nassau and Suffolk’s behindthe-scenes crusade are making a dent in crime rages on. Carver says the program does nothing for the unreported crimes, such as drug dealing, criminal mischievous and quality-of-life issues. He believes Nassau is now “following crime, not preventing it.” “The bottom line is that there is nothing that is more effective in combating crime than having boots on the ground and having cops go out there and just be cops, just looking and observing and seeing if there is any criminality or abnormality out there,” he stresses. Dep. Commissioner Krumpter strongly disagrees. “Because of leveraging technology, we have wins every single day from these systems,” he says. “And it is a time [when] we have less people here than ever before. So we have to be smarter and we have to leverage technology and that is what we are doing with intelligence-led policing.”

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Yankee Miracles

Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers By Ray Negron and Sally Cook As New York Yankees, “This is what we’re supposed to do.” These words spoken by the team’s legendary owner George M. Steinbrenner III will always play a role in the life of Ray Negron, co-author with Sally Cook of Yankee Miracles, Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers. The story delivers the spirit of Mr. Steinbrenner along with the legacy of the men lucky and privileged enough to wear the uniform of one of professional baseball’s greatest franchises. I recently caught up with Negron for a question-andanswer session about Yankee Miracles, his fourth book documenting his intimate and longtime relationship with the team—which spans his roles as the team’s bat boy, a minor league ball player, community advisor and special assistant to the man he and so many others affectionately called “The Boss.” Negron’s life with the Bronx Bombers has always been miraculous, he says. As a young 17-year-old, he was caught writing graffiti on the hallowed walls of Yankee Stadium by none other than The Boss himself. Instead of pressing charges, the man with a public reputation of being baseball’s toughest owner made a decision from his heart, something that behind the scenes, he had always done. He gave Negron a chance and an opportunity to turn his life around. He made him a bat boy and throughout his life, The Boss motivated and eventually made him a successful man. Negron has witnessed 40 years of baseball’s elite. He shares some of his most precious memories with fans and readers all over the world. He is connected to some of the most famous Yankees through the highs and lows of America’s favorite game. From the three World Series homeruns off Reggie Jackson’s bat, to the tragic loss of Captain Thurman Munson, the life and times of manager Billy Martin and the celebrated careers of current Yankees Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter—only Negron’s experiences can 20

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deliver these insider stories. Every tale will strike a chord with readers learning that there is a very human side to the great game of baseball. Negron does a glorious job of linking the sport’s various eras to the music of some of the most legendary performers of that time. In the end, it is The Boss’ ever-present spirit and big heart that Negron believes will inspire positive change throughout the pages of this inspiring story. I asked Negron: Why publish Yankee Miracles now? “The timing was right, I started the book when The Boss was alive and the initial draft excited him,” he says. “It made him proud of me and the book’s potential.” Negron believes Steinbrenner’s spirit gave him the ability to finish this touching and genuine story. Few people knew the real George Steinbrenner, and Negron was fortunate enough to not just know him, but also

understand his dynamic soul. “My life has always started with The Boss and will end with his spirit motivating me to forever do good,” he says. Readers will enjoy the main goal of this story, which is to understand what the heart and soul of the Yankees are about. Yankee Miracles touches every base. In fact, it’s a homerun. This is a book to be cherished, and every reader will gain inspiration. Negron’s words show that baseball is still filled with goodness. He skillfully delivers a message of hope and passion. After all the years connected to this legendary franchise and The Boss, Yankee Miracles was written because this is what Negron was supposed to do.  —Felice Cantatore P r e s s P l ay

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Thirteen years ago, Gary Zaccaro brought with him to Massapequa a six-year-old home improvement company committed to rebuilding and renovating homes, sometimes from the ground up. Since that time, Zaccaro has also dedicated himself to his community and struggling neighbors that he’s also helped lift off the ground, armed with a toolbox and a big heart. Earlier this year, Zaccaro, founder and President of Ambassador Home Improvement, got a call from the White House asking him to visit. No work needed to be done, of course, President Barack Obama wanted to honor the 46-year-old Massapequa resident for his work in the community, and awarded him with the gold-level Presidential Volunteer Service Award, which hangs in his office. The presidential recognition doesn’t just stem from one generous offer to help a family, but from a lifetime of service to his neighbors. “I can’t help the world, I’m one person,” says Zaccaro, also the vice president of Drug Free Massapequa. “But if it’s local within my community I try to get involved as much as a I can.” In January, Zaccaro read about a man battling a very aggressive form of leukemia that limited his interaction with his family because of the dangers of contracting germs and other bacteria. Realizing how sad it was that the man could barely touch his kids, Zaccaro felt like he needed to step in. “I decided to renovate an entire basement for him and make it a germ-free living space

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Trends By Laura Cerrone This year the dream of owning a house with or without a white picket fence out front is coming true for many more Long Islanders. And if you already own a home, giving it the long overdue TLC makeover it deserves may now be more affordable than ever before. The housing market is gradually finding its footing and right in line with that, home renovations have also been on the rise. Smarter and more efficient ways to update your home have come on the market recently. Here we’ve compiled some of the best trends that will help make your home improvement economical, efficient and easy.

Upcycling Material

Gary Zaccaro, president of Ambassador Home Improvement in Massapequa, notes a shift in buyers becoming more energy and environmentally conscious in their home building and renovation plans. Upcycling— converting otherwise useless products or waste materials into better-quality products for better environmental value—fits this bill. Zaccaro is now using leftover window scraps to make vinyl siding, for example. “People are smarter, energy conscious and economically correct, and are buying

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Fake Decking

“Fake decking is impervious to rot and warping,” says Dee Daly, a Prodesk Contractor sales associate at the Home Depot in Westbury. “It has composites in it, but is layered with a thick coat of vinyl to mimic exotic woods.” Sure, fake decks cost more than a real one, but Daly explains that the quality will outlast the conventional wooden planks. The most popular brands? ArmorGuard, Trex and Veranda, he says.

Neutral and Natural Lights Propelled by the ever-constant need to be green, more and more homeowners are designing and redesigning their homes to be outfitted with natural light, says Northportbased Hammer Magazine founder John Rigrod. Skylights have been on the rise in the market once again and homeowners are seeing the benefit of what natural light can do to a room, he explains. Neutral paint colors are always popular because they channel earth tones, as well as aid people with poor eyesight to see better, adds Rigrod.

Hardie Siding

While the fiber-cement blend of siding has been around for a long time, consumers are forgoing the traditional vinyl siding for Hardie siding, says Daly. The siding is bug, rot and mold resistant, and the only

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maintenance it requires is power-washing. Hardie siding has a higher price tag than vinyl, but comes in an array of colors and styles. Good Guys Contracting in Deer Park is also a Hardie siding “Preferred Remodeler.” “You don’t have to do any maintenance, and that’s why people are buying [Hardie] more than vinyl,” adds Daly.

Less Is More

“People are asking for sleeker materials that are easy to clean and care for,” says Gina Bonura, kitchen and bath sales representative at Alure Home Improvements in East Meadow. “They are not looking for a lot of detail on cabinets and fixtures. Slab doors and smooth glass tile are replacing intricately detailed ‘furniture’-type doors and tumbled marble. Perhaps our busy lives are so cluttered that simplicity in the home is a breath of fresh air.”

3D Designing

Deer Park-based Basics Landscaping uses 3D computer design software programs VizTerra and PoolStudio by Structure Studios to help customers envision their finished project before a shovel is even put into the ground. When browsing for a contractor, landscaper or designer, ask if they have a 3D design program, suggests Basics’ designer and sale representative Farah Levy Parker. “Sometimes people can’t envision what the plan is going to look like,” she says. “People can come in and look at their house with the design on the computer.”

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CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR By Dan O’Regan Home improvements and renovations can be a smart way to increase the property value of one’s home, but trusting the wrong person with the job can result in just the opposite. According to both Nassau and Suffolk counties’ Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), Long Islanders lose close to $10 million annually in home improvement costs to crooked and fraudulent contractors. The Nassau DCA receives close to 700 complaints dealing with home improvement issues each year, while the Suffolk DCA receives close to 1,200. The Better Business Bureau also receives more than 2,500 complaints regarding home improvement issues annually for the entire metropolitan area. Robert Meguin, the Commissioner of the Suffolk DCA, tells the Press one of the biggest red flags signaling that a contractor might not be legitimate is the lack of a proper license to perform the type of work they’re offering to do. Both the Suffolk and

Selecting the right contractor for your home improvements can mean the difference between excellence and disaster.

Nassau county DCA issue separate licenses for home improvement as well as plumbing and electrical work, and it is required that a contractor hold a license to perform any type of home improvement work. “There is no practical test,” says Meguin. “A license is not a minimum-level guarantee of a certain competency level. What we check out is character, financial responsibility and knowledge with respect to what the local Suffolk County code requires in terms of contracts.” A group that takes the standards of contractors across Long Island a step further is the Long Island Builders Institute. Comprised of approximately 450 members across Nassau and Suffolk counties, LIBI adhere their members to a code of ethics that aims to keep contractors honest and provide a standard for their work. “Every member of LIBI signs a code of ethics, for which there is a warranty issued for their work by LIBI, and an arbitration panel is created in case there are any problems,” said LIBI CEO Mitch Pelly. “We have our own group that goes through if there are any questions or concerns expressed by consumers.” Once a homeowner has selected a contractor, it is important not to pay for all of the work at once. Meguin recommends using the “Rule of Thirds.” “Typically, you shouldn’t be giving a lot of money upfront,” he says. “One handy rule is the Rule of Thirds, where you pay one-third of the start of the project, one-third when it is approximately halfway done and the final third upon completion.” As with purchasing any other type of good or service, homeowners should shop around before selecting a contractor to work

on their home. The first offer is not always the best offer. “You should interview several contractors before signing on to a home improvement contract,” says Nassau DCA Commissioner Madalyn Farley. “Get a couple of different estimates and talk to the contractor you’re hiring.” Getting everything in writing can also be an easy way to save a headache on a home improvement project. A breakdown in terms of labor cost, material cost, what exact work is to be done, as well as the start and completion dates, should be set in writing and signed by both the contractor and the homeowner, says Meguin. Disputes raised during or after the project can be settled much easier if the agreement is written down ahead of time. Both the Nassau and Suffolk DCA urge homeowners to call their offices before choosing a contractor to see if they are licensed and to make sure there are no open complaints against them. When selecting a contractor, Meguin says it’s okay to be picky. Don’t forget to ask as many questions as possible, either, as it’s always worth it in the long run to make sure you have the right person for the right job.

“Typically, you shouldn’t be giving a lot of money upfront. One handy rule is the Rule of Thirds...”

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Jesse Ventura By Prairie Miller

For pro wrestler turned Minnesota governor and now muckraking media anti-establishment oracle Jesse Ventura, there are basically no differences between street gangs like the Bloods and the Crips, and the ongoing political skirmishes in Washington, D.C. This has led him to wrestle instead with potential solutions to how officials are getting bought and sold to the public these days by corporations, instead of winning election bouts fair and square, which is the topic of his latest book, DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans. What made you so angry about politicians, that led you to write this book? Well, I’m not necessarily angry. I’m passionate! There’s a difference. I’m just passionate that in my experience in government myself, if I can coin what Ralph Nader said, we fall under a two party dictatorship. And I just want to expose these two parties, for how corrupted they are. I mean, they’ve built an election system in our country that is based completely on bribery. And if you do bribery in the private sector, you go to jail. But their whole system is based upon bribery. And so that was the reason I wrote the book. How would you describe yourself politically? I’m fiercely independent, I despise these two political parties, and I think they’re destroying our country. Jesse, with the November election looming, you have quite an eye opening chapter in your book on the Koch Brothers. Out of all the business tycoons in this country, why did you pick them to focus on? Well, because they’ve kind of taken over what started out as the Tea Party movement, which was grassroots. It was a grassroots movement. But the Koch Brothers and big money came in, and took it over. So now people who think the Tea Party is somehow a grassroots movement, are sadly mistaken. It’s being financed and orchestrated by some of the most powerful people in this country. And some of the biggest money people, and the biggest corporations. In the old days, corporations weren’t allowed to give money in the political arenas. But unfortunately now, we’ve opened up Pandora’s Box. And the corporations are the ones that are controlling our elections, as well as our government. What do you feel can be done to oppose the Koch Brothers? It’s simple. And the solution to all these problems, is as simple as the nose on your face. But it’s also as difficult as climbing Mount Everest. And you know what that is? news

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Stop voting for them. The Koch Brothers aren’t running for office, but they control the Republicans and Democrats that do. The point is, stop voting for Democrats and Republicans. And that will solve the problem. But getting the lemmings to do that is quite a task. Because the media is part of it. They never treat a third party candidate with dignity or respect. Jesse, the media has gone on a campaign of misrepresenting who you are. What do you see when you look in the mirror? Ugh...I don’t know, I see myself. The same person I’ve looked at for sixty years now. Remember, I’m dangerous. Because I’ve beaten the Republicans and Democrats not once, but twice. And never lost to them. And an independent like me is a danger, to the status quo of this country. What are your feelings about the Occupy Wall Street movement? Well it was in the middle of the winter! It’s cold in Minnesota. So I went into the hardware store, and I bought a lot of handwarmers. And I brought down boxes of them. And I said, you people are gonna need these. Because I supported them. Everyone should have supported the Occupy movement, you know why? Whether you agreed with them or not, they were simply exercising what should be their First Amendment rights. And some day you may want to exercise your First Amendment rights, where you’re not going to be able to. Why should people read DemoCRIPS And ReBLOODlicans? Here’s my challenge back. Anybody that reads this book cover to cover and still votes for a Democrat or Republican, then they are the problem, they are not the solution. It’s that simple. P r e s s P l ay

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Temple Run, Angry Birds, Paper Toss, Dance Dance Revolution and Drag Racing are some of the most common games people have downloaded on their iPhones. Games on a phone? Yep, and ABC’s tech reporter Dan Milano reports that Apples’ iPhone is “the first truly dangerous competitor” to Nintendo’s handheld DS. Sales reports show that Apple has sold more than 149 million iPhones

worldwide from 2007-2011, almost as many Nintendo DS, (151.06 million) in the three-year period from 2004-2007. “It’s revolutionized the way we use our phone,” said David Montalvo, an earth science teacher. “The only thing we could do five years ago was call and text. Now we can surf the web, test, take pictures, and there are a ton of apps. It’s all integrated into what a phone should be now.” Rather than using the actual calling and texting feature that is the basic definition of a “cellphone,” people who have the iPhone play more games. According to a survey taken by Apple, Tiny Tower, Tiny Wings, Scribblenauts Remix, Touchgrind

BMX and Jetpack Joyride were the top five most popular downloaded games in 2011. “Playing games is more fun,” said Bryce Attisani, a sophomore. “Texting gets boring after a while; apps and games don’t.” According to iPhoneAppCafe.com, 76 percent of iPhone owners use the device for reasons other than calling and texting. “I think the iPhone is equally a phone and entertainment system because I call and text just as much as I play games on it,” said T.J. Wilkinson, a junior. “I know it’s a reliable phone, but I enjoy all of the cool features as well.” The iPhone has more than 300,000 apps and games available for download. In 2011 alone, the iPhone sold 72.3 million phones, compared to the Android, the iPhone’s biggest competitor, which only sold 36 million phones.

“It’s all about improving quality and track records,” said Montalvo. According to Apple, the improvements made to the iPhone, such as a higher resolution camera, video recording, face detection, video stabilization and a faster dual core processor, have nothing to do with any of the actual “call and text” parts of the phone. This once again raises questions whether an iPhone can be considered an actual phone. Apple has made a few strides to improve calling features on the phone, like audio conferencing, call holding, call merging, caller ID, and voice dialing. “It’s kind of both because it’s still a phone, but at the same time you have so many apps and games on it, too, so I guess it’s more of a gaming system,” said Attisani.

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GOTYE

When we first heard what’s become known as “that Gotye song” we thought we were listening to an ’80s flashback, which is why it grew on us. But since that first listen, the song has had a polarizing effect on radio fans, since it’s played, well, all the freaking time. Even Gotye himself has asked stations to take it easy on the play button. But love it or hate it, we know you can’t help but sing along. Gotye will be performing “Somebody That I Used to Know,” at Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday, 9.25 and at Williamsburg Park on Thursday, 9.27. —Jaclyn Gallucci

thursday 9.20 Tedeschi Trucks Band @ Beacon Theatre, Through 9.22.

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Tauk/Paging Grace @ Revolution

Bon Iver is known for their singles “Skinny Love” and “Holocene,” and their collaboration with Kanye West on “Lost in the World” and “Monster” from his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The indie folk band also won the 2012 Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album for their self-titled album. Bon Iver takes the stage at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, 9.20 with Anais Mitchell; Friday, 9.21 with Doug Paisley; and Saturday, 9.22 with Polica. —Daphne Livingston

“Hi Jones Beach! Thanks for having us—even though we’ve been calling it ‘Jonas Beach.’ Yeah, we thought we were going to the Jonas Brothers’ beach house. This is much better.” — Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine, who misread the name of Jones Beach Theater on the tour bus, told the crowd Sept. 15 in Wantagh, the band’s second stop in the U.S. during their 2012 Ceremonials tour.

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Dr. Dog @ Central Park, Manhattan The Offspring/Neon Trees @ The Paramount

The Nancy Atlas Project @ Stephen Talkhouse

Nicki Bluhm @ Brooklyn Bowl

Purity Ring @ Bowery Ballroom

Larry Carlton @ YMCA Boulton Center

LI Fringe Fest @ SoLuna Studio A celebration of the autumnal equinox with poetry performances by Long Island Poet Laureates Ed Stever and Gayl Teller and fiction writer Josh Haney. Friday, 9.21.

MTV Jams Presents Closer to My Dreams Tour @ Best Buy Theater, With Tyga, Kirko Bangz, Iggy Azalea, Sterling Simms & Jinsu.

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Ingrid Michaelson comes home to Staten Island to support the Staten Island Museum and bring her unique brand of indie-pop to the stage of the St. George Theatre. Michaelson has earned enviable name recognition thanks to her knack for crafting beautiful, idiosyncratic songs, many of which have wafted out of your television in handfuls of Grey’s Anatomy episodes (not to mention countless other series since such as American Idol, Parenthood, and So You Think You Can Dance), in a Google Chrome ad, and as a featured artist on VH1’s You Oughta Know. Saturday, 9.22. —Kate Kincaid

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The All-American Rejects & Boys Like Girls @ Best Buy Theater ATP Festival @ Pier 36, Manhattan, With All Tomorrow’s Parties, Philip Glass, Tyondai Brazxton, Lightning Bolt, Janeane Garofalo and more. Through 9.23.

Bret Michaels @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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sionist Shain Bard, Through 9.29.

Damon Johnson @ B.B. King Blues Club

Rich Vos @ Governor’s Comedy Club, Also 9.22.

Dry the River @ Bowery Ballroom

Fitz & The Tantrums @ The Paramount

The Devil Makes Three @ Gramercy Theatre

Ed Sheeran @ Terminal 5

Wye Oak @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Eric Johnson w/ Will Lee & Anton Fig @ YMCA Boulton Center

Kitten Berry Crunch @ Mercury Lounge

Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab) @ Mercury Lounge

friday 9.21 Familiar Territory @ Ripe Art Gallery, Landscape Impres-

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fridayCont. (Take Off Your Hat & Spit Out Your Gum) @ Book Revue Tim Krompier @ Brokerage Comedy Club, Also 9.22. Sinbad @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury Sesame Street Live @ Nassau Coliseum, Through 9.23. The Music of Tommy @ Dix Hills PAC Fall/Winter Kids Consignment Event @ Mitchel Athletic Complex, Through 9.23. Mike Yard @ McGuire’s Comedy, Also 9.22. Michael Kiwanuka @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Joe Jackson & The Bigger Band @ Town Hall saturday 9.22 Power Popaholic Music Festival @ Lulu’s Village Pub, With The Heartless Devils, Jana Peri, Buddy Love, The Turnback, Jeff Litman, Lane Steinberg and Lannie Flowers.  Comedian Eddie Brill @ Dix Hills PAC Hello Brooklyn @ Stephen Talkhouse Vets Rock 2012 @ Pennysaver Amphitheater, With Ronnie Dunn, Lee Brice, Lauren Alaina, Gloriana, The Mavericks, Lisa Matassa, Steve Holy and more. Marcus Miller @ B.B. Kings Blues Club

Tagg @ Dix Hills PAC

Evening Under the Stars Country Dinner For Therapeutic Riding @ Saddle Rock Ranch, 41 Coram-Swezeytown Road, Middle Island, 5:30–10 p.m.

Fall Festival & Large Car Truck Show @ LI MacArthur Airport Chess Challenge @ USDAN Peter Gabriel @ Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater

Jackie Mason @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury

The Great Sweet 16 & Bar/Bat Mitzvah Extravaganza @ Melville Marriot, 1350 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville. Noon.

Bruce Springsteen @ B.B. King Blues Club Kiss & Motley Crue @ Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater Great South Bay 2nd Anniversary @ T.J. Finley’s The Sinclairs @ Mercury Lounge Seussical @ John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, Through 10.28. sunday 9.23 Black Tie Affair Orchestra w/Tom Manuel & Phyllis

Celtic Thunder @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury Katatonia/Devin Townsend Project @ Irving Plaza Judy Light Ayyildiz (Forty Thorns) @ Book Revue Film: Breathe Again @ Cinema Arts Centre, In person Filmmaker Kurt Orderson. Continued on page 44

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There is no doubt that Andy Warhol has had a huge influence on contemporary art and pop culture. From his celebrity portraits to his iconic can of Campbell’s soup, his work has been reproduced on everything from handbags to political campaign posters. Now, for the first time ever, the Metropolitan Museum of Art explores the full nature of Warhol’s influence © 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual on other artists in “Regarding Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years.” The exhibit showcases 45 works by Warhol alongside 100 works by 60 other artists, structured in five thematic sections. Warhol’s paintings, sculpture and films are juxtaposed with those by other artists inspired by his work. The exhibition shows the dialogue and conversation between works of art and artists across generations. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan. Through 12.31. —Daphne Livingston Venue addresses and information can be found on Page 30

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FALL FESTIVALS

Saturday marks the first day of autumn and we couldn’t be happier. Spending the day outside in the crisp air is a great way to celebrate not only the fall but the first time the words “hazy” “hot” and “humid” aren’t mentioned in the forecast.

Bellmore Street Festival

The Bellmore festival is huge—25 square blocks huge. Part craft fair, part street festival and part carnival, saying there’s something for everyone in this case isn’t just a cliché. We’ll list a handful of attractions so you get the idea: rides, expos, petting zoo, ponies, racing pigs, a chopper, classic cars, costumed characters, food of every kind and more than 120 craft vendors. In other words, it’s a really good thing you have four days to take it all in. Bellmore LIRR. Thursday, 9.20-Sunday, 9.23.

Maritime Festival

Greenport is beautiful this time of year. Just walking around this cozy waterfront village is a day trip in itself. Add in a colorful parade, clam chowder contest, whaleboat and kayak races, fireworks, and a display of wooden boats—not to mention a ride on the antique carousel, and roving bands of pirates—that day trip just may last into the wee hours of the night. Greenport Village. Saturday, 9.22 & Sunday, 9.23.

Pickle Festival

Depending on how you feel about pickles, this festival is either disgusting or simply genius. We fall in the latter category. If the homemade pickles, pickle-flavored popcorn and pickle ornaments don’t do it for you, the festival is also home to fresh jams, jellies, farm-grown vegetables, baked goods and plenty of family activities. John Gardiner Farm. Saturday, 9.22

Long Island Apple Festival

and old-fashioned games like apple relay races, tug-o-war, apple-head doll making, pony rides, open-hearth colonial cooking, an apple pie baking contest, historic tours, music, hay rides and sheep shearing, to name a few. Sherwood-Jayne House. Sunday, 9.23.

Italian Experience Festival

No worries, the cast of Jersey Shore will not be there. Then again, they are looking for work these days. But moving on, this festival celebrates all of Italy’s cultural gifts, self-proclaimed guidos and guidettes not included. What you will find here is Italian food, vendors, homemade crafts, cultural exhibits, music, wine tastings, dance, poetry and more. Hofstra. Sunday, 9.23.

Long Island Fair

Take things old school with bluegrass bands, mimes, magicians, puppet shows, and live music, not to mention an appearance by Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, games of skill, Jason’s frogs, bugs and animals. You’ll also have a chance to be a farmer for a day, shuck corn and even cut through a log with a two-man saw for cash prizes. Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Thursday, 9.27Sunday, 9.30.  —Jaclyn Gallucci

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sundayCont. Bethpage Ocean to Sound 50-Mile Relay @ Jones Beach, Benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. National Plug In Day @ Sun-Vet Mall, Sunrise & Veteran’s Highways, Holbrook. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., see and test drive a wide variety of electric and electric hybrid cars. More info at LIPlugInDay.org. Wines & Canines 5K Dog Walk/Run @ Martha Clara Vineyards Bad Rabbits @ Revolution

secret show in NYC at LooneyTunesCDs. com. Peter Mayer &

Scott Kirby @ Stephen Talkhouse

Teresa Giudice (Real Housewives of New Jersey) @ T. Carlton’s Spalon 

Tom Gibson (Lost in the System) @ Book Revue Long Island Author on special needs who was denied services for his deaf son.

Film: Patriocracy @ Cinema Arts Centre Weekly Cancer Continued on page 46

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The Nassau County Museum of Art’s latest exhibit pairs sculptural work by Julie Tremblay with paintings and works on paper by Sydney Chastain-Chapman. Tremblay’s lifesized sculptures and installations are created from discarded industrial materials—like chicken wire, recycled metals and wax—and they look hauntingly surreal. Working on a flat surface, Chastain-Chapman’s work, a combination of pop art and collage bound together with vibrant color, jumps off the page. Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn. Through 11.4. —Jaclyn Gallucci

Metric @ Radio City Music Hall Joe Jackson & The Bigger Band @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center monday 9.24 As I Lay Dying Autograph Signing @ Looney Tunes, Order the CD to get into a

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Farm—900 Park Ave., Greenlawn

John W. Engeman Theater at Northport—250 Beacon Theatre—2124 Main St., Northport. Broadway, Manhattan www.johnwengementheater.com Bell House—149 7th St., Brooklyn. www. LI MacArthur Airthebellhouseny.com port—5000 Express Drive South, RonkonkBest Buy Theoma ater—1515 Broadway, Manhattan. www.best- Looney Tunes—31 buytheater.com Brookvale Ave., West Babylon. www.looneytuBook Revue—313 New nescds.com York Ave, Huntington. www.bookrevue.com Lulu’s Village Pub— 1509 Main St., Port Broadway Bar—198 Jefferson Broadway, Amityville Martha Clara VineBrokerage—2797 Mer- yards—6025 Sound rick Rd, Bellmore. www. Ave., Riverhead. www. brokeragecomedy.com marthaclaravineyards. com Brooklyn Bowl—61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn. McGuire’s—1627 www.brooklynbowl.com Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. www.mcCinema Arts Cenguirescomedyshows. tre—423 Park Ave., com Huntington. www.cinemaartscentre.org Mercury Lounge—217 E. Houston St., ManhatCity Winery—155 Varick St., Manhattan. tan. www.mercuryloungenyc.com www.citywinery.com Metropolitan Museum Dix Hills Performing of Art— 1000 5th Ave., Arts Center—305 N. Manhattan Service Rd., Dix Hills. www.dhpac.org Mitchel Athletic Complex—1 Charles LindGovernor’s—90 Divibergh Blvd., Uniondale sion Ave., Levittown. www.govs.com Music Hall of Williamsburg—66 N. 6th Hofstra—Hempstead St., Brooklyn. www. Turnpike, Hempstead musichallofwilliamsJohn Gardiner burg.com

St. George Theatre—35 Hyatt St., Staten Island St. Vitus—1120 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn www.saintvitusbar.com

Nag’s Head Ale House—Main Street, Huntington Village

Stephen Talkhouse— 61 Main St., Amagansett

Nassau Coliseum—1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale

Sun-Vet Mall—5801 Sunrise Hwy., Holbrook

Nassau County Museum of Art—1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor. www.nassaumuseum. com Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater—1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. www. jonesbeach.com

T. Carlton’s Spalon— 725 Smithtown Bypass,  Smithtown T.J. Finley’s—42 E. Main St., Bay Shore. www.tjfinleys.com Temple Avodah—3050 Oceanside Rd., Oceanside

NYCB Theatre at West- Terminal 5—610 W. 56th St., Manhattan. bury—960 Brush Holwww.terminal5nyc.com low Rd., Westbury Old Bethpage Village Town Hall—123 W. 43rd St. www.theRestoration—1303 Round Swamp Rd, Old townhall-nyc.org Bethpage USDAN— 185 Colonial Paramount—370 New Springs Road, Wheatley Heights York Ave., Huntington Vibe Lounge—60 N. Pennysaver Amphitheater—55 S. Bicycle Park Ave., Rockville Centre. www.vibelounPath, Farmingville geli.com Radio City Music Westhampton Beach Hall— 1260 6th Ave., PAC— 76 Main St., Manhattan Westhampton Beach Revolution—140 MerWilliamsburg Park— rick Rd., Amityville. Williamsburg, Brooklyn www.revolutionli.com Ripe Art Gallery—67A Wine Guy—220 W. Broadway, Greenlawn. Main St., Smithtown www.ripeartgal.com Winthrop Wellness Pavilion—1300 Franklin Sherwood—Jayne Ave., Garden City House 55 Old Post Rd., East Setauket YMCA Boulton Center—37 W. Main St., SoLuna Studio—659 Bay Shore. www.boulOld Willets Path, toncenter.org Hauppauge

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mondayCont. Bereavement Group @ Winthrop Wellness Pavilion Grizzly Bear @ Radio City Music Hall tuesday 9.25 Caroline Kennedy @ Barnes & Noble, Fifth Avenue, Manhattan Saint Vitus @ St. Vitus Tracii Guns League of Gentlemen @ Revolution John Hiatt & The Combo @ City Winery David Byrne/St. Vincent @ Beacon Theatre, Also 9.26. wednesday 9.26 Ray Negron & Mickey Rivers @ Book Revue Snoop Dogg @ The Paramount Free Community Yiskor @ Temple Avodah, Yom Kippur service begins at 2:15 p.m. Photo ID required. The Bad Plus @ Music Hall of Williamsburg Bell XI (Acoustic Tour) @ Bowery Ballroom Morbid Angel @ B.B. King Blues Club

thursday 9.27 Gossip @ Brooklyn Bowl Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger @ The Wine Guy, Autograph signing. Rocco DiSpirito @ Book Revue New York Burlesque Festival: The Teaser Party @ The Bell House The Haunted Coliseum @ Nassau Coliseum Trivia Night @ Nag’s Head Ale House 12 Stones @ Revolution Sonny Landreth @ B.B. King Blues Club On My Honor @ Vibe Lounge The Corin Tucker Band @ Mercury Lounge Long Island Biennial @ Cinema Arts Centre, A juried selection of the best new short films from Long Island filmmakers will be played on the big screen in Huntington. Ground Up @ Gramercy Theatre Avicii @ Radio City Music Hall Makeshift Prodigy/ IAMDYNAMITE @ Mercury Lounge

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