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APRIL 2013 In This Issue
fortune 52 p.14
EDIT Christopher Twarowski
A Recipe For Success: Donna Trapani By Beverly Fortune
“A single juror has the ability to acquit a defendant in a trial.” Off the reservation p.16
America in Chains: Our Criminal “Justice” System By Jed Morey The Portrait p.20
Eli Rosenbaum: Nazi Hunter By Spencer Rumsey Investigations p.22
The Revolution Will Be Satirized
Comedic Activists Deliver Tough Truths, With A Punch(line) By Timothy Bolger, Spencer Rumsey and Rashed Mian
Self-Publishing Pullout Section Center Section
College and University Open House Guide p.43
Editor in Chief/ Chief of Investigations
Spencer Rumsey Senior Editor
Timothy Bolger News/Web Editor
Jaclyn Gallucci Managing Editor
Lindsay Christ Staff Writer
Rashed Mian Staff Writer
Licia Avelar Staff Writer
Shelly Feuer Domash, Dan O’Regan, Peter Tannen ART Jon Sasala
Sound Smart p.8
ExpresS p.10 sTaff Picks p.66 Events p.68 CrosswordS p.74
Scott Kearney Sal Calvi
Digital Mike Conforti
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Just Saying p.30
Breaking News: LI Moving To Connecticut By Peter Tannen Out THere p.32
Wave of Mutilation: Surfing In Long Beach By Jaclyn Gallucci
“Taxpayers should be outraged. Outraged. Especially in this economy.” News Feature p.34
Oyster Bay Clam Wars Intensify By Christopher Twarowski Rear View p.54
Daphne Du Maurier’s Long Island Muse By Jaclyn Gallucci Art & Soul p.58
Vanderbilt Planetarium: Moving Heaven & Earth By Spencer Rumsey Four Corners p.64 Viva La Vinyl: From Presser To Spinner By Rashed Mian Cover Story Photos by Jim Lennon Shot at McSorley’s Old Ale House located in the East Village, NYC. Jim is a Long Island-based photographer who has been working for regional, national and international clients and publications for more than 35 years. His work has been recognized with awards from Kodak, The Association of the Graphic Arts, The Long Island Advertising Club and Graphic Design Magazine. www.jimlennon.com Connect
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Vegan Revolution: 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe chef, Jay Astafa, wants to take vegan cuisine to the next level. By Rashed Mian Enterprise Partners
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Great story by Long Island Press. By offering a local angle on NDAA, the Press helps explain why our government must be required to consistently protect human rights and constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties.
The courts should certainly declare NDAA unconstitutional. That’s the first of many disastrous national security decisions that need reform. Scott Carlin
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They are planning on closing the inlet that was opened by Hurricane Sandy. No one wants to talk about the fact that this is the location of an area known as Old Inlet. Meaning there was at one time, about 20 or 30 years ago, an inlet that opened and closed, I believe, on its own. Keeping it open is great for the bay, and in my opinion poses no threat to the mainland. It’s a natural weak point on our barrier island and should be left alone. Let it do what it’s going to do naturally. We have systematically weakened Fire Island by allowing development and the clearing of natural vegetation and dunes. The whole thing is ridiculous and makes me sick. When will people learn to stop messing with Mother Nature? Kendra Anne Lombardi
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With last year’s $16 billion loss combined with another increase in the price of stamps to 46 cents for a first class letter and now the U.S. Post Office announcing it will stop delivering Saturdays [“Mail, Partial Score” The Target—March], why not consider untapped revenue sources to reduce deficits and perhaps even turn a profit? The USPS could sell advertising space on the sides of mailboxes, inside and outside the post offices along with the small jeeps, regular trucks and heavy-duty long-haul trucks. Sell off some of the valuable real estate and move to less expensive locations. Why not join banks and fast-food restaurants that sublet space at Wal-Mart and other big box stores to open smaller post offices? Generate both revenue and customers by subletting excess Nassau County Executive Ed capacity at underutilized post offices Mangano feels that he to other city or state would like to man-size agencies along county government for with private sector Let us know his own sake to keep businesses. License his job. He is right. Why corporations to sponsor what you think not include Suffolk stamps for a fee. County? Andrew Have members Cuomo, in his campaign of Congress, the NYS for governor, has said Legislature and other Letters@LongIslandPress.com that we have too much elected officials pay government. Statewide, the real, full costs he has said that we for their annoying have 10,500 bulk rate mailings to Facebook.com/LongIslandPress governments in a constituents. They are population of 19.2 nothing more than free million in New York re-election campaign State. Nassau, with a brochures subsidized @LongIslandPress population of 1.3 million by taxpayers. Future people, has three increases in the price towns, two cities and 71 of stamps should be villages. Suffolk, with a directly tied to inflation. www.LongIslandPress.com population of 1.5 million Why not apply freepeople, has 10 towns enterprise solutions and 34 villages. NYC, to provide a more with 8.2 million people, cost-effective product, 575 Underhill Blvd. Suite 210 Syosset, NY 11791 has five borough reduce deficits and presidents and one prevent more branches mayor. For the past from closing? seven years, I’ve been Larry Penner (516) 284-3300
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If you’ve ever wanted to see what Mount Everest looks like from a “street view,” you now can, courtesy of Google Maps. Google sent a team of outdoorsy employees to the world’s highest peaks with two sets of cameras, a set of fisheye lenses and lightweight tripods to capture images from Mount Everest, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, and Aconcagua in Argentina. The team took pictures from each direction, and then used software to stitch the different shots together to create a 360degree view of the mountains. Ah, the wonders of the Internet.
HERE COMES THE ROOSTER
A recent study in the journal Current Biology suggests that roosters have an internal clock that tells them when to call out their morning cock-a-doodle-doos. Researchers had previously wondered if the male chickens simply reacted to light stimuli, since things like car headlights have been known to set off the birds’ call. But when they put 40 roosters under constant light conditions, they discovered they still crowed at the crack of dawn. They also crowed at other times of the day, usually in response to light or a fellow chicken’s call, but the cock-a-doodle-doos were strongest at dawn. The researchers are now looking into the genetic explanations for other animal sounds.
The next time you order a rum and Coke with lime, call it by its real name: Cuba Libre. The drink originated after the Spanish-American War in 1900, where legend has it that off-duty American soldiers were celebrating in Old Havana when Captain Russell ordered Bacardi Rum with Coca Cola and a slice of lime. His toast “Por Cuba Libre,” or “For free Cuba,” became frequently used by soldiers ordering rounds, and the name Cuba Libre eventually stuck.
The first song broadcast from another planet was rapper will.i.am’s appropriately titled single, “Reaching for the Stars,” from NASA’s Mars Rover in August 2012.
KINGS OF THE JUNGLE
The long-believed notion that female lions do all the hunting for their pride might not be accurate, according to a new report published in the journal Animal Behavior. The study shows that male lions are actually successful hunters as well, but use different tactics. While female lions rely on cooperative strategies to catch their prey, males use vegetation for solo ambush attacks. Animal behaviorists haven’t been able to observe their hunting approach due to the dangers and logistics of densely vegetated parts of the African savanna, but this team of researchers was able to learn their habits using 3-D maps and GPS data. Basically, it seems that the males have trouble cooperating with others, which is why they end up hunting alone. Shocking. They sound nothing like human males.
April always starts on the same day of the week as July and ends on the same weekday as December. Natural and organic retail chain Whole Foods Market is looking into opening an upscale health and wellness-centered resort where guests would learn proper eating habits and how to live healthier lifestyles. The idea grew from an in-house program the company runs that teaches employees about healthy lifestyles. Whole Foods plans to open the resort sometime within the next three years near its headquarters in Texas.
A new study found that every year there are 180,000 deaths linked to sugar-sweetened beverages worldwide, with 25,000 of those in the U.S. Researchers looked at data from a 2010 global study and determined that worldwide there were 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 44,000 from heart disease and 6,000 from cancer, associated with sugary drink consumption. They also found that 78 percent of those deaths were in low and middle-income countries, with Mexico in the top spot with 318 deaths per million. The study, presented at an American Heart Association meeting, was blasted by the American Beverage Association, claiming that “researchers make a huge leap” in their findings, which are “more about sensationalism than science.”
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PARTIAL SCORE A miniature version of Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak has been created from a new material called “metascreen” made with micro sheets of copper and polycarbonate weaved into a fishnet pattern. But it only works in microwave light, not visible light, so it’s pretty useless—for now. But scientists believe this brings them one step closer to making a fully functioning invisibility cloak that would render a person completely hidden. At first, we thought, “This is the coolest thing ever!” Then Joel Rifkin made headlines again when the head of Heidi Balch, found on a New Jersey golf course 24 years ago, was identified as his first victim, and we remembered all the
degenerates and sociopaths among us who probably also think this is the coolest thing ever. Buzz kill.
BULL’S EYE The Westboro Baptist Church is known for hating, well, everyone, but especially gays. So when Aaron Jackson, head of nonprofit Planting Peace, saw that the house directly across the street from the Westboro compound in Kansas was for sale, he decided to buy it—and turn it into a threedimensional gay pride flag. Each horizontal panel of siding is painted a different color of the rainbow. Publicly the WBC stated, “We thank God for the Sodomite Rainbow House!” because it has brought their hate group more attention, but we know they’re really crying inside.
OFF TARGET The once adorable Nickelodeon star retired from acting last year and ever since moving to NYC to focus on her “fashion career” has been giving Lindsay Lohan a run for her money, crashing into a police car, getting charged with a DUI, two hit-and-runs, driving with a suspended license and also reportedly locking herself in a fitting room for hours, facing eviction for smoking pot 24/7 in her apartment, getting bolts pierced into her cheeks, massive plastic surgery and talking on Twitter about her workouts and how she wants rapper Drake to “murder” her lady parts. Okay, Lindsay, it’s your move…
BULL’S EYE After months of testing, Facebook rolls out a new option so users can reply directly to comments left on their page. Now when Billy says something stupid, you
THe Target can call him an idiot publicly but directly in response to his comment, instead of having to write “@Billy you’re an idiot” as a reply to the main post. Mark Zuckerberg is a 28-year-old billionaire entrepreneur and it took months of testing to add a Reply Button? There’s hope for us after all.
OFF TARGET After a series of fairgoers and vacationers returning from their excursions with temporary tattoos suffered severe blisters, infections and permanent scarring, the FDA issued a warning about the risks of black henna ink. The jet-black ink is supposed to make for a more realistic temporary tattoo, but is
known to cause severe skin reactions in some people. Traditional red henna and stick-on children’s tattoos are not part of the warning. In short, if it looks like something Amanda Bynes would get, back away.
PARTIAL SCORE MTV announces it will hold its annual Music Awards show at Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center in August. It will be the first major annual awards show to take place in the borough. It’s pretty exciting...if you’re a fan of Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. The rest of us, who remember when MTV played actual music and didn’t suck, will probably head to Brooklyn Bowl.
The collective increase of state aid—a 5.3 percent jump from last year—going to Long Island’s school districts under New York State’s $136-billion budget passed on Thursday, March 28.
“We’re in a moment where political satire, political comedy, is more able to provide more criticism than mainstream journalism outlets”
–Molly Knefel, a comic who co-hosts the satirical podcast Radio Dispatch. THE REVOLUTION WILL BE SATIRIZED p.22
Pink Slip Dennis Rodman Margaret Sitte John Pistole Matt Lauer Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris Justin Bieber Ghostinthedark Satania Blaze INDIE visionaries CIRCA SURVIVE ROCKED A PACKED HOUSE AT THE PARAMOUNT IN HUNTINGTON MARCH 19 ALONG WITH MINUS THE BEAR AND NOW NOW. FOR MORE MUST-SEE ARTISTS AND PERFORMANCES AT THIS VENUE AND OTHERS, CHECK OUT “DO THIS” ON PAGE 68. (Dan O’Regan/Long Island Press)
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1. SHARE THINGS YOU HATE WITH PEOPLE YOU LOVE
By George Saunders
Tired of Kim Kardashian? Lindsay Lohan? The cast of Twilight? Bicyclists who insist on riding on the Long Island Expressway service roads weaving in and out of traffic at 15 miles per hour? For all of you who continue to wish Mark Zuckerberg would bite the bullet and add a Dislike Button to Facebook, this is for you. Hater, a new social media app launched at SXSW’s Start-Up Village, is similar to Instagram, but instead allows you to share with the world all the things that annoy the hell out of you. Hater is available for free on iOS devices and will soon launch for Android.
2. GET YOUR 2013 EMPIRE PASSPORT
Beaches will soon begin charging on weekends. Don’t be one of the people cursing about paying up to $9 to walk the boardwalk in April. Yes, April. Pay for the season during your next trip to the local park and this annual pass will get you unlimited vehicle entry to almost all New York State parks— including Jones Beach, Sunken Meadow and more than 200 other beaches, forests and trails—through March 2014 for $65. Of course, you won’t be able to frolic in the buff at Fire Island this summer, but it’s still a pretty sweet deal.
3. FIND YOUR CAR
Download the Find Your Car app and you’ll never again have to ask anyone, “Dude, where’s my car?” This app remembers the GPS position of your car, hotel or any other location when you get there. And hours later when you’re lost, it shows your current position and your car position on the map, then uses Google Navigation to guide you to your car.
5. BUY AN ILLUMINATED UMBRELLA
The heavy heat of the sweltering summer beats down on the land with merciless force. A forceful gust builds, disrupting the stillness in the air and pushing a mass of clouds towards land. “Batten down the hatches,” she cried. And the rains came. These light-up umbrellas by Bright Night (Bright-Night.com) don’t just look awesome in April showers, they each come with a storyline straight out of a J. Peterman catalogue.
6. READ THE GREAT GATSBY
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic Gold Coast tale of the West Egg (Great Neck) and East Egg (Manhasset) was published on April 10, 1925, and is considered one of the “Great American Novels.” It is also listed at the top of the American Library Association’s list of banned and challenged classics. Required reading in many high schools, The Great Gatsby has been banned in some places over sexual references (He “took her”) and bad language (“son-of-a-bitch”). In 1987, the book was challenged at the Baptist College in Charleston, South Carolina.
4. SEE MY AMITYVILLE HORROR IN THEATERS
For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz, the boy who lived in the Amityville Horror house, recounts his version of the infamous haunting of 1975. The documentary reveals the horror behind growing up on Long Island as part of a world-famous haunting. The film is playing in select NYC theaters and is available on iTunes, Amazon and cable.
7. WATCH LONG BEACH: LIFE AFTER HURRICANE SANDY For those who weren’t in Long Beach immediately after Hurricane Sandy, this short documentary
George Saunders, who teaches creative writing at Syracuse University, won a prestigious MacArthur “genius grant” fellowship in 2006. He is wearing the mantle well. This new collection of short stories comes with heavy-hitters on his dust jacket piling on the praise: David Foster Wallace, Zadie Smith, Thomas Pynchon, Tobias Wolff, Dave Eggers, Jennifer Egan and Jonathan Franzen. Maybe Saunders is not a household name—but he deserves to be. His piercingly prescient post-modern sensibility should take America by storm. But in this digital age literary giants are in short supply. So be it. “An amiable perfectionist,” as a reviewer noted, Saunders takes years to finish one story, polishing it to sublime precision for maximum impact. A narrative line from “Home” starts innocently enough and then veers into darkness, as the protagonist reminiscences about his younger sister: “I looked at her and for a minute she was eight and I was ten and we were hiding in the doghouse while Ma and Dad and Aunt Toni, on mushrooms, trashed the patio.” The collection’s title piece, “Tenth of December,” brings together two very different characters one very cold afternoon: a suicidal middle-age cancer patient and a nerdy adolescent misfit living in a fantasy world. The prose packs portents of Beckett, Steinbeck, even Hemingway in its staccato rhythm, and then comes a long, sinuous sentence with lyrical echoes worthy of Fitzgerald. Saunders seizes our time by the jugular. His 10 stories herein cover class envy, subversive politics and suburban satire. He makes us see what we don’t want to see, and laugh when we didn’t think it was possible. Each piece is like an uncomfortable, but irresistible song that immediately grabs a hold so compelling that to break off would cause serious bodily harm. I didn’t think a short story could have that much power. I was wrong. —Spencer Rumsey
by Ana Maria Rico posted on Vimeo shows shocking scenes of a mangled boardwalk and a city facing an unimaginable aftermath. Watch it. It’s amazing.
8. TURN YOUR PHONE INTO A SUPERHERO
Marvel Chara-Covers bring your favorite Marvel heroine—and your iPhone 4 or 4S—to life. The satin-coated, rubberized hard-shell case slides on and doubles as a stand so you can listen to music on your phone while Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, The Joker and others pose before you in all their glory.
9. GOOGLE “THE REINVENT PAYPHONES DESIGN CHALLENGE” NYC’s payphone vendor
agreements expire in 2014, and officials are looking to the public for innovative ideas to both replace them and make the city better connected. Students, urban planners, designers, technologists, architects, creators and legal and policy experts have come together to build physical and/or virtual prototypes imagining a new public utility through payphone infrastructure for the future. Check out the winning prototypes.
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pening a restaurant is a dream come true for those who envision a dining room packed with people and a till full of cash. With the proliferation of restaurant-inspired reality television, more and more cooks think they have the recipe for success. What many aspiring restaurateurs find out is that operating a restaurant requires a tremendous amount of planning, money and even a lot of luck. What most don’t realize is that food is only about 20 percent of what makes a restaurant profitable. The majority of owners don’t have a trusted resource to advise them on how to navigate through the maze of permits, health regulations and employee laws that must be dealt with before they can even turn on the oven. Donna Trapani of Oakdale learned about the difficulties of owning a food establishment the hard way. Donna has been in the food service industry for years. In 2002, she opened the Full Martini, Islip’s first martini bar, and sold it at a profit three years later. The Bohlsen Restaurant Group, a family-owned business that now boasts six high profile Long Island restaurants, recruited Donna to operate their new executive dining room at the then-North Fork Bank in Melville, which is still in use by Capital One Financial Corporation. In 2008, her next foray into food service was with her high school friend when they opened Generation Organic Cafe in Islip. Less than a year later, they went out of business. “I was faced with failure and there was nobody to help or advise me,” Donna recalls. “I had to close the doors.” Armed with first-hand experience about the difficulties that many owners encounter, Donna began a consulting business for restaurateurs. These interactions gave her an idea of how a group of owners could help each other overcome the problems that they had previously
confronted alone. With an estimated 5,000 independently owned restaurants, food and hospitality establishments, country clubs and hotels on Long Island, Donna launched the Long Island Dining Alliance (LIDA), a collective group with the power to advocate for independent owners by purchasing goods and services in bulk and act as a sounding board for advice. “LIDA was always in the back of my mind,” Donna says. “There were no resources available to avoid mistakes when opening a restaurant. In good and bad times, it would be beneficial to have.” LIDA already has 600 independent restaurant owners signed on as members. They can search OurLIDA. org to find and hire staff, buy and sell restaurant equipment, and learn about the latest news, trends, laws and technology. There is also a live interactive forum
“LIDA... has helped many through difficult situations by sharing what others have learned the hard way.” for members and vendors to chat among themselves, and seek advice. Donna also tackled one of the restaurant owner’s biggest hurdles: Finding reputable service and product vendors who have been vetted and approved. LIDA is vendor-funded so there is no charge for a restaurant owner to become a member. Donna already has more than 60 vendors in the organization and the number is growing. These “preferred vendors,” are given the same entrée to LIDA members whether they are a multi-million-dollar enterprise or a mom and pop shop. They all pay the same monthly fee of $100 to be on the LIDA list, and are not allowed to charge referral fees to members.
Monthly “preferred vendor” meetings are held to network and discuss topics pertinent to the food service industry. “We’re still in the stage of gaining each other’s trust,” Donna says. At their most recent meeting at the Beach Tree Café in Islip, vendors represented a cross section of local businesses: a location permits expert, broker, CPA, HVAC company, payroll service, customer
service trainer, cost control expert, credit card merchandiser, web developer, insurance agent, linen supplier, marketing expert and attorney’s who specialize in real estate, taxes and hospitality. “It’s like a mini Angie’s list,” Donna says. Her easy-going manner invites everyone to speak openly and the conversation at this meeting centers on the difficulties many LIDA members and vendors face in a tough economy. Donna’s specialty is menu development. In her free time she devours menu engineering books and finds new menu trends and concepts online. “I’ll write your menu, word it to present, use your ingredients that are
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measured out to fit the recipe and help you with ordering,” she says. Donna estimates that out of 600 LIDA members, fewer than 20 are women. To help grow that number, she plans on starting a networking group for women in the service industry, as well as providing more internship opportunities and scholarship funding through LIDA. Members are encouraged to search for jobs in the LIDA job bank so that open positions are filled by Long Islanders. LIDA can better prepare owners and managers for success by giving them access to the best advisors and vendors on Long Island and has helped many through difficult situations by sharing what others have learned the hard way. “Smart people know they don’t know everything, so they surround themselves with experts,” Donna says. “I have the resources to give the independent a little bit of an edge.” For more information visit www.OurLIDA. org, email Donna@OurLIDA.org or call 1-877-687-5432.
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single juror has the ability to acquit a defendant in a trial for any reason. Even if the juror believes the defendant is guilty. This is called jury nullification. This is not a loophole. Nor is it illegal. But it’s a secret and it shouldn’t be. With that said, let’s begin. A cursory review of prison statistics illustrates the nightmare that is African Americans’ experience with our criminal “justice” system. There are currently more than 7 million Americans caught up at some point in the prison system between probation, incarceration and parole. Incredibly, 40 percent of our prisoners are black even though African Americans comprise only 13 percent of the total U.S. population. I live in a state where that number is closer to 50 percent. All told, America has 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated population despite only having 5 percent of the world’s population. This makes the sheer number of blacks in the prison system today even more overwhelming. If you think there’s something wrong with this picture, continue reading, as there’s something that you can do about it. If you think this is because black people commit crime at a higher rate than white people do, then there’s a special place for you in hell or, worse, Congress. Half of the prisoners in the United States are serving time for non-violent drug-related charges and 80 percent of those charges are for possession. Advocates and activists throughout the nation are attempting to reverse this trend, as the mass incarceration of black men specifically has become an epidemic. Despite the best efforts of groups such as the NAACP and the ACLU to reverse the trend, the problem persists unabated with most feeling helpless to change the system in a meaningful way.
But something can be done. By understanding your rights as a citizen to participate in the legal system, change can occur. Simply performing a civic obligation and reporting for jury duty gives every American the ability to weigh in on this issue. Few people who are arrested on drug possession charges ever make it to trial for two reasons. One is that most cases are settled with a plea deal that a defendant often learns of for the first time while standing in front of a judge. The court-appointed attorney is
obligation to inform a jury of this right has been battled over for two and a half centuries. As it stands now, judges are not required to inform a jury of their right to nullify a verdict; therefore, most do not. Intrigued? Incredulous? Inspired? If you are brave enough to defy injustice and provide the last line of sane defense in an insane world, it’s best to arm yourself with an understanding of how we arrived at this point in history and your constitutional right to turn the tide.
“We recognize, as appellants urge, the undisputed power of the jury to acquit, even if its verdict is contrary to the law as given by the judge, and contrary to the evidence.” —United States vs. Moylan
basically there just to explain the plea to the defendant. The second reason is that plea deals are often considerably more attractive than the potential of losing in a trial and being sentenced by a judge, who is obligated to hand down sentences in strict accordance with the law. In states with mandatory minimum sentencing requirements, the risks are enormous. But for those rare cases that do make it to trial, most people would be surprised to know that the most powerful person in the room is not an attorney or even the judge, for that matter. It’s the juror. One dissenting juror has the ability to decide whether or not a defendant should be set free no matter how the facts are presented. If a juror believes a defendant is guilty of breaking the law, but believes also that the law itself is not just, she has the right to vote with her conscience and not with the law. Whether or not a judge has an
The Modern “Middle Passage” In order to properly describe the extent to which our criminal justice system is inherently and overwhelmingly racist, we must learn to speak about it with a new language. The current language, inculcated into the population by the government and corporate media over several decades, includes phrases such as “tough on crime,” “zero tolerance,” and “three strikes.” This type of rhetoric has been delivered repeatedly and enthusiastically since President Ronald Reagan declared the official start to the War on Drugs in 1982. Thirty years and a billion episodes of Law & Order later, we are all fluent in the language of narcotics. Unfortunately, most of us have turned a blind eye to the mass incarceration of young black men in America during this time. Most of us shrugged it off. Most of us have failed
to comprehend the rise of the prison industrial complex. Most of us, but not all of us. In her book, The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander speaks to both the sociological and institutional aspects of racism in the American legal system. Since its publication in 2010, her book has been gradually galvanizing members of the black community around the concept of incarceration as a new form of slavery. And because of the efforts of outspoken leaders such as Dr. Cornel West, tireless advocacy from grassroots drug and prison reform groups and the comprehensive analysis provided by Alexander, the nation is beginning to speak about incarceration with a new language. Rev. Roger Williams, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Glen Cove, N.Y., and president of the local NAACP chapter, says the reaction in the black community has been “multifaceted.” He says Alexander’s book has certainly inspired debate, with some putting “all of the onus on the black community,” others who have a “balanced understanding,” and “then you have those who feel like white folks are coming for you.” In every case, says Williams, “it’s almost like shoveling smoke trying to get a consensus, but it’s certainly stirring leadership.” Fred Brewington, a prominent New York attorney and activist, has lectured frequently on this issue and even given sermons on The New Jim Crow, as he lives it every day in the criminal justice system. “Unfortunately, the system has become the norm,” says Brewington. He shares Williams’ view that the book hasn’t necessarily filtered through the black community, but it has started to take root. “It’s not as though everyone is waking up and saying, ‘Where are all our African American men?’” But he calls Alexander’s book a “wonderful compilation of information that is there for the use of front-line advocates.” Alexander’s book boldly equates the effects of today’s punitive drug laws to those of the Jim Crow laws
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that legalized segregation and unequal treatment under the law with respect to race. Specifically, she addresses the mass incarceration of black men in America under draconian drug statutes. For those who believe her analogy is a stretch, Alexander has a powerful weapon at her disposal: statistics. Our modern journey to enslavement begins in 1972 in the years immediately following stark gains made during the Civil Rights movement. The prison population was around 350,000 as compared to 2.2 million people today. In 1972, violent crime had already peaked and was on the decline in the United States. The reason for the peak during the prior years was arguably the result of the Baby Boomers being between 18 and 25 years old—the prime adolescent years of criminal agitation—mixed with civil unrest and protests during the Vietnam War era. But by the mid to late ’70s, conscription had formally ended, the Boomers were more worried about getting jobs than getting high
and violent crime was precipitously declining. As Alexander notes in The New Jim Crow, the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals recommended as early as 1973, “no new institutions for adults should be built and existing institutions for juveniles should be closed.” Sociologists and criminologists had come to realize that punitive punishments and long-term sentences had little to no positive impact on crime statistics and that rehabilitation and treatment were more appropriate measures for all but the most violent criminals. Plus, the numbers were on their side. Despite a difficult economy, violent crime was falling—not only in the United States, but also around the globe. Given these circumstances, it was somewhat surprising that President Reagan declared an official “War on Drugs” in 1982, only two years into his first term. Surprising also because America didn’t really have a drug problem in 1982. Ask enough people from a black neighborhood where “crack”
came from, and it won’t take long for someone to tell you it was the CIA. This point has been hotly debated for years. But the fact remains that the period during which cocaine first began flooding the streets of American cities coincides precisely with the start of CIA operations in Central America, specifically Nicaragua. In the early 1980s guerrilla fighters in Nicaragua were suddenly flush with cash from American drug dealers—cash used to purchase American weapons in their fight against the Sandinistas, the Marxist government that aligned itself with Cuba. In 1982, the U.S. Attorney General drafted a Memorandum of Understanding to the CIA establishing the United States’ interest in overthrowing the Sandinista government in Nicaragua; the same year the Reagan administration declared the War on Drugs. But crack cocaine had yet to reach the streets. It would take another three years for crack to begin appearing in the black neighborhoods; crack derived from cocaine funneled from Nicaragua. Call it a conspiracy
or an incredible coincidence, but the timing is irrefutable. In the meantime, however, the Reagan administration didn’t sit idly by and wait for crack to become an epidemic. It had laws to change and a paradigm to shift. It didn’t take long. Despite the downward trend of violent crime and no evidence yet of a rampant drug problem, the Reagan administration increased anti-drug funding for the FBI, Department of Defense and the Drug Enforcement Administration tenfold between 1980 and 1984; almost the exact size of the funding decrease to federal drug treatment, rehabilitation and education programs. Cocaine funneled from Central America hit the streets in 1985 in the form of crack and was deemed an epidemic by the media by 1986. By the end of 1986 the country had already adopted mandatory minimum sentencing requirements for drugrelated felonies. In less than five years a crisis had been fully manufactured in our cities and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies were given incentives in the form of military arsenals and cash to increase the number of arrests. Police departments were suddenly competing for cash grants, assault weapons and air power. The government’s sudden change of course and willingness to fund anything related to drug crimes also created an opportunity for private industry, which was only too anxious to jump into the fray. In 1983, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the first privately held prison corporation, was formed. Despite the historically low prison population, the government’s drug war prompted private industry to suddenly jump into the incarceration game. Today, CCA is a nearly $2 billion (and growing) corporation with more than 90,000 “beds” under its control. Allowing for privatization of our prisons is one of the more egregious examples of how divorced our policymakers are from common sense in this country. The goal of a private penal corporation is to profit from high and extended rates of “occupancy.” (CCA literally speaks in these terms as though it was part of the hospitality industry.) The private prison lobby in America has pressured lawmakers over the years to maintain harsh minimum sentencing requirements as corporations have Continued on page 18
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little financial incentive to encourage rehabilitation of prisoners. As far as the private prison industry is concerned, the only useful felon is one who is incarcerated, not reformed. Reagan’s “war” saw a clean population getting hooked on drugs. During this “war,” rehabilitation was replaced with recidivism. Treatment was abandoned in favor of solitary confinement. Education was upended by “stop and frisk.” Prevention was sacrificed in the name of incarceration. The result? Half of all inmates today are in prison for drug-related crimes, of which 80 percent are related to possession of marijuana. To say the black community bore the brunt of this war is an understatement. To wit, more black American men are in the prison system today than there were slaves just prior to the Civil War. Present the statistics any way you please. There’s no pretty picture to paint. Black America is once again in chains.
The System Each year, hundreds of thousands of “stop-and-frisk” acts are performed in black neighborhoods. They are rarely, if ever, conducted in white neighborhoods, office complexes or college campuses. Nevertheless, politicians point to the success of “stop and frisk” in the absolute number of people arrested for carrying drugs instead of the miniscule percentage of people found carrying drugs who were searched. I’m no mathematician, but logic would dictate that if you only stop and search people in black neighborhoods, then when you find drugs on someone the chances are that person is going to be black. The reasoning behind “stop and frisk” is so specious and the process itself so unconstitutional it defies logic. And yet, it’s generally upheld in court. In 2012, 533,000 people were subjected to “stop and frisk” by the NYPD, according to the NY Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU). Once again, even though blacks comprise 25 percent of the city’s population, they made up 55 percent of those who were stopped and frisked. Many officers are unhappy with the “stop-and-frisk” protocol but are caught up in the nightmare due to pressure that comes from the top. Recently, the New York Daily News reported on a case where NYPD Officer
Pedro Serrano testified against the department after taping his supervisor, Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack, telling him to target “male blacks. And I told you at roll call, and I have no problem [to] tell you this, male blacks 14 to 21.” These kinds of orders are not unique. They stem from
and frisk.” Once in court, the odds are stacked against him. In a recent conversation, Brewington described the harrowing process of being caught by the police and ushered through the “system.” Those with a prior arrest who are brought in on possession charges may
“But if Ronald Reagan was responsible for putting so many black people behind bars, it was Bill Clinton who was most responsible for keeping them there.” quotas that are often handed down from the police brass. And officers such as Serrano who speak out against these practices are often shunned by their colleagues. But wrestling with one’s conscience and struggling to maintain police quotas is nothing compared to the hell that awaits a young black man swept up into the web of “stop
meet an attorney such as Brewington in the holding cell. They’re actually one of the lucky ones, as a staggering number of accused felons make it all the way to sentencing in front of a judge without ever having spoken to an attorney. A far cry from what happens on TV. Brewington describes the encounter as something less than a conversation, as he advises his client to answer simply
“yes” or “no” because everyone around him has an incentive to use his words against him in their own plea deal. Time is of the essence, as he is typically carrying an offer from the D.A. that is set to expire quickly. Whether they want to go free is not a question he will raise. They’re in the system now. The only question is, how long? Risking an appearance in front of a jury means risking a much longer sentence. “The fear is that you’re going to get a jury that’s really not of your peers,” says Brewington, who is loath to advise a jury trial. He says many of the young men he encounters “have not acquired the requisite skills to appear sympathetic” in front of a jury “that looks at you as though you must have done something wrong.” The confusing whirlwind of circumstances between being frisked by law enforcement officials and accepting a plea deal is just the start, a piece of the legacy from Reagan’s “War on Drugs.” But if Ronald Reagan was responsible for putting so many black people behind bars, it was Bill Clinton who was most responsible for keeping them there. In an effort to make Democrats appear “tough on crime,” the Clinton administration institutionalized punitive measures outside
/// of the system, such as lifetime bans on some forms of welfare including access to food stamps, government jobs and public housing. Parolees, now branded as felons for life, were suddenly unable to leave their district while being forbidden from returning home, accessing food and gaining employment in the public sector. “If the initiative is to eradicate the drug trade,” says Williams, the opposite occurred. “What you’re doing is inducing the necessary anger on the inside that will be accentuated when they come back. And the only thing that will accept them back is the game.” Throughout the ’90s, recidivism spiked and parolees came face to face with President Clinton’s most punitive anti-crime measures—the “Three Strikes” rule and mandatory minimums. Under Clinton, life sentences were mandated for any third-time felon, or felon convicted of multiple counts, regardless of the nature or severity of the crime. Mandatory minimum sentences for even the lowest level drug offenders were implemented as outrage finally began to creep into American consciousness. Black churches and organizations were up in arms. Some judges resigned. Alexander even recounts the story of a notoriously harsh judge who wept when forced to hand down a 10-year sentence “for what appeared to be a minor mistake in judgment in having given a ride to a drug dealer for a meeting with an undercover agent.” Beyond the practical hindrances a felon faces in attempting to re-enter society, there’s an emotional burden and stigma that is carried forever; a burden that extends to the family as well. Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, president of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, runs programs to counsel children of incarcerated parents. While their parents are on the inside, the kids “suffer guilt, shame and isolation,” says Reynolds, adding, “Seventy percent of kids of incarcerated parents, without intervention, wind up incarcerated themselves.” But he speaks to the effectiveness of intervention, saying, “None of our kids have been incarcerated. With a little bit of help and a little bit of energy, it makes a huge difference.” Even those who are released carry with them the shame of having been on the inside and the painful memories that accompany incarceration.
Horrifically, more than 70,000 prisoners are raped every year. Additionally, tens of thousands of prisoners are locked in solitary confinement at any given time in the United States, a punishment usually employed by totalitarian regimes that was all but outlawed in the United States prior to Reagan’s War on Drugs and the emergence of the modern prison industrial complex.
Nullification is a “Juror’s Prerogative”
“Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?” —Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
You don’t have to agree that the “War on Drugs” was an intentional war on the poor, disenfranchised people of color in this country to understand that this was the result. Thinking, feeling people know these laws must be changed. And while we, as citizens, must indeed protest, engage in civil disobedience and write to Congress, there is more that can be done and it begins with understanding your rights. In a New York Times op-ed last year, Alexander floated a question raised to her by a woman named Susan Burton. Her question was simple, but brilliant: What if there was a movement to convince “thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of people charged with crimes to refuse to play the game, to refuse to plea out?” Her supposition was that this would theoretically crash the criminal justice system. She’s right. But the risk would be enormous given the potential and very legal retribution the system provides for. But if the black community is examining this option and weighing the risks of such a strategy, it is incumbent upon the white liberal community to do the same on the opposite side of the equation. In this scenario, African Americans have everything to lose and white people have nothing to lose. So to possess this knowledge, have nothing to lose and still refuse to be an
“upstander” is to be silently complicit in modern-day slavery. Most white Americans have only a casual relationship with our legal system. Their understanding of what is just and what is legal generally comes from watching television crime shows and movies. This is why most people have the impression that the sole responsibility of a juror is to deliver a verdict based upon legal facts and that his or her personal feelings of fairness and justice cannot be considered. This is patently false. If you manage to get by “voir dire,” the process of questioning jurors to sit for a particular trial, and are fortunate enough to be selected, you can participate in a revolutionary movement. You can hang a jury without ever having to explain why. Jurors such as this are referred to as “stealth jurors.” Quiet activists who are guided by conscience not convention, or as Fred Brewington says, “The jury becomes the advocate for society.” But first, you have to be in the position to do so. The key to getting through voir dire is to answer honestly without revealing anything ideologically. There is a science to voir dire and cases are often determined by how adroit an attorney is at selecting a jury. So remember these simple facts: 1) Less is more: You cannot misrepresent yourself by exercising restraint during voir dire. 2) You are not the one on trial. 3) Your goal is to get on that jury.
Serving on a jury is tedious, timeconsuming and may even be financially detrimental. There is nothing romantic about the inner-workings of our legal system, no matter how glorified it is on television. Moreover, only a handful of Americans will actually be selected for a trial that involves drug possession charges for the reasons I stated in the opening of this piece. The goal here is to make enough people aware that the reason our system was designed to have trials decided by a “jury of one’s peers” was to prevent unjust laws from unfairly condemning citizens to incarceration or any form of punishment. Like I said, the chance of being picked for a jury that involves drug possession charges is extremely remote. But our ability to disseminate a simple message of civil obedience to encourage defiance in the face of injustice has never been greater. If millions of Americans know who Joseph Kony is and know how to dance “GangnamStyle” then they can at least understand their legal right and moral obligation to hang a jury in the case of drug possession charges. Twitter. Facebook. Smoke signals. Whatever your preferred method of communication, it’s time to spread the word and find the “one in twelve” willing to hang the jury. This article is an excerpt from Jed Morey’s forthcoming book titled The Great American Disconnect: Five Fundamental Threats to our Republic.
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For a man who’s devoted nearly 30 years of his life hounding the despicable men and women who’ve committed crimes against humanity, Eli Rosenbaum doesn’t look so menacing. Given the choice, he’d rather watch the Yankees or see a comedy than sit through another Hollywood movie about the horrors of the Holocaust. He’s been living with that gruesome reality almost 24/7 ever since the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Investigations hired him out of Harvard Law School in 1980. Today the 57-year-old Long Island native is the director of the human rights and special prosecutions section, making him the Justice Department’s longest-running investigator of human rights violators living in the United States. “So my entire career is really a summer internship gone awry!” he says with a grin. There’s a kindness in his brown eyes that belies the evil he’s had to face. He helped deport Boleslavs Maikovskis, a Nazi war criminal living in Mineola, and Karl Linnas, a former concentration camp commander living in Greenlawn. Because nature has finally enacted a “biological solution” to that Nazi generation, his section is now pursuing war criminals from the likes of Bosnia, Guatemala and Rwanda, who think they’ve found a safe haven here. His message to them: “You’ll have to be looking over your shoulder for the rest of your life.” Growing up “on the south side of Old Country Road in Westbury,” attending high school in East Meadow, and studying Hebrew three days a week, it’s surprising how little Rosenbaum knew about the genocide of World War II until one Sunday afternoon on his family’s black and white TV he saw a dramatization of the Nuremberg Trials by Peter Weiss, a German playwright. Rosenbaum couldn’t have been more than 12. “The Holocaust wasn’t spoken about in my household— it was too painful for my parents,” he recalls. They had both fled Germany before the war. But Rosenbaum’s father did return, wearing a U.S. Army uniform. One winter some 25 years after the war, Eli and his dad were driving through a blizzard when his father casually mentioned that he had been one of the first Americans to report on Dachau after its liberation in April 1945. “I said, ‘Well, what did you see?’ I’m looking out at the road, and I didn’t hear anything. Finally I look at my father, and I see that his eyes have welled with tears. His mouth is open like he wants to speak but he can’t do it. He’s crying… To the day he died, he never told me.” He found out for himself. Today, a father, Rosenbaum credits his wife of 25 years, Cynthia, who also has a law degree, for keeping him balanced. “She keeps me sane despite the awful stuff that I have to deal with—the subject matter of my work.” Recently Rosenbaum was in Manhattan sharing the dais at the Four Seasons with Sara Bloomfield, executive director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., which was celebrating its 20th anniversary—and has been an invaluable resource for Rosenbaum’s investigations. The Nazis, it turns out, expecting they would win the war and rule for 1,000 years, kept meticulous records. “We’ve done the best job of any law enforcement agency in the world in hunting these people down,” he says. “I like to think that this effort is carried out for the victims who perished and the victims who survived.”
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“binders full of women,” planning to fire Big Bird or calling “47 percent” of Americans irresponsible victims, failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his camp unleashed the infamous Etch-A-Sketch analogy. A year ago last month, John Fugelsang, the Setauket-native actor/comedian who hosts the Current TV political talk show Viewpoint, asked Romney’s chief spokesman the question on CNN that sparked the remark that haunted the flipflopping former Massachusetts governor until November. “Is there a concern that the pressure from Santorum and Gingrich might force the governor
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to attach so far to the right it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election?” Fugelsang had asked Eric Fehrnstrom while both were guests on Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien. Fehrnstrom, a tad too honestly for his own good, replied: “Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.” Twitter blew up. Etch A Sketches became a must-have accessory for Romney critics. The toy company’s stock soared. Although it was a serious Q&A on a straight news channel, the reply provided fodder for enough Mitt jokes to last through campaign season. The quote ranked seventh on Yale Law School’s annual quotes of the year list, which “47 percent” topped. It was also the among the first Internet political memes in a presidential election year that was defined by public obsession with viral gaffes and one-liners. Looking back on the kerfuffle, Fugelsang— a 43-year-old self-described “recovering cynic” inspired by comic social critic George Carlin— has mixed emotions. He’s amused he stirred up controversy, less so about his ensuing lesson in the backward priorities of national political broadcast journalism.
“The next day I went in and I said to a producer at CNN, ‘Hey, that was pretty cool we made international news about the Etch-A-Sketch thing,’ and this producer said back to me, ‘Yeah, we’ll never get him on the air again,’” Fugelsang recalls. “It was so depressing that they cared more about not getting access than the fact that they had the story of the year on the campaign trail.” Nowadays on his show, Fugelsang makes fun of whatever public figures he wants without fear of retribution—a freedom afforded to him as a political comedian on a fledgling cable network. And he’s got company. He met with the Press recently at McSorley’s Old Ale House in Manhattan along with a crew of up-and-coming political satirists exposing awful truths with every punch line well after Election Day. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher and The Onion may be the household names in satire. But as much as they’ve increasingly delved into comedic activism—Rally to Restore Sanity, anyone?—they’ve also got more competition now. Born of mainstream media’s failure to adequately cover issues such as the legal fight over a law allowing indefinite military detention of American citizens, the explosion of the Internet and social media is enabling aspiring comics to reach countless
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ing Realities, With A Punch(line) fans from their homes. A public saturated with pop culture, viral headlines and YouTube videos are much more easily reached by a growing number of comedic activists—though, how many is impossible to definitely quantify—who are undoubtedly gaining more prominence and shaping the public dialogue about everything from corporate malfeasance and foreign affairs, to, as Fugelsang’s CNN appearance is testament, politics. All have come a long way since Mineola-born Lenny Bruce’s obscenity convictions—the last of which, in 1965, a year before his death at age 40, New York State posthumously pardoned him for, just a decade ago. “Political comedy’s been around for a long time, satire in particular,” says Amy Becker, a Towson University professor who teaches a class in political humor. “There’s always a constant stream, it just picks up right before the election.” Louis Black, a comedian who skewers politicians on both sides of the aisle in his Daily Show segment, “Back in Black”—and who’s performing at NYCB Theatre at Westbury on April 26 and 27— recalls a time when he couldn’t get on TV because he was “too political.” He sees fake news programs like the one he appears on as a much-needed release valve for viewers with information overload. “The reason The Daily Show and Colbert work
is ‘cuz there’s …five cable outlets or whatever doing news, there’s like 7,000 hours of news a day. That kind of barrage created a need for some sort of insulation from the nonsense,” he tells the Press. “It’s kind of like at the end of the day, enough is enough.”
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t’s a snowy recent Thursday night when the crowd settles into their tightly packed seats at the tiny EastVille Comedy Club in Manhattan to start their weekends early with a two-drink minimum and few cheap laughs amongst friends. First comes the warm-up comedian, who works the crowd with reliable jokes about who’s from where, why those places suck and who’s dating whom in the room. After a self-deprecating monotone act and a self-congratulatory narcissist get things rolling, a scruffy Lee Camp storms the Subway-stop-styled stage and unleashes a diatribe. “We just need an obesity exchange program,” the 32-year-old Washington, D.C. native says, channeling anti-establishment comic Bill Hicks. “We should take some of our little land manatees and ship them over to some of the Third World countries and then they could send over some over their heroin-chic kids and then we can fatten up their kids with our traditional diet of deepfried skittles and chocolate-covered butter … and
then our kids would slim down on the traditional Bangladeshi diet of sticks and sticks. Then once they’ve changed in weight you could ship ‘em back, globalize the fat, share the love handles.” At one point he pauses, pulls a notepad out of his pocket and reads an observational, apolitical crowd-pleasing one-liner: “Have you ever noticed that acorn and unicorn both mean one corn?” Although delivered in the stream-of-consciousness cadence of a street corner doomsday preacher, Camp’s on-stage act is relatively tame compared to his Moment of Clarity podcast—a sort of investigative rant on topics such as the evils of fracking, Wall Street greed and perpetual war, using comedy as a Trojan Horse for the infiltration of harder-hitting realities. “Over 13 years ago the only trial ever held concerning the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. was concluded—and no, it wasn’t done in someone’s basement under the cover of tinfoil hats,” he says in a Feb. 4 edition while expressing outrage at the lack of common knowledge about the verdict. “The jury took less than an hour to decide that … multiple government agencies were responsible for the murder [and] James Earl Ray, the man who we’ve always been told pulled the Continued on page 24
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trigger, had nothing to do with it.” While true and reports in The New York Times and The Washington Post from the time noted the absurd lack of attention the case received, it’s important to note that it was a civil trial, where the burden of proof is a preponderance of evidence, rather than the higher standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal court. The verdict also far from resolved the conspiracy theories. The FBI’s King files are sealed until 2027. Standing at McSorley’s bar with a mug of their dark lager in one hand and tattoo on his forearm revealing a Howard Zinn quote—“small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can change the world”—Camp gets serious for a moment to reflect on how he wound up in this line of work. “The average person is dealing with far more information than we’ve ever had before,” he says. “Even if you claim to be apathetic or you claim to not read news articles, you’re still online getting endless amounts of information, and comedy is a great shortcut or a great way to get past the clutter and to get people to forward it to their friends and think about it.” At another point in our conversation, Camp contemplates performing more widely accessible material, then dismisses the idea when considering the fork in the road the nation is generally believed to be facing. “As a comedian, it could be so much easier to take a path … that didn’t offend so many people, that didn’t push people to things they don’t want to think about,” he says. “And it would be easier. But I feel like we’re in such a crucial time … it’s like, how can you not be talking about this? “My skill, my talent, is getting people who would violently disagree with me to continue listening to me and continue enjoying the show,” adds Camp.
oining the conversation at McSorley’s are two more stand-up comedians who, like Camp, have taken to podcasting their sardonic takes on under-reported news and mainstream media bias. Jamie Kilstein founded Citizen Radio—“Like CNN but with more swearing”—with his wife, Alison Kilkenny, while Molly Knefel co-hosts the likeminded Radio Dispatch with her brother, John. Both shows are unapologetic in their activism and have a clear sense of mission. “Comedy is really an amorphous, complex beast that is hard to distill,” says Knefel, an upbeat, sprightly feminist with cutting wit. “We’re in a moment where political satire, political comedy, is more able to provide more criticism than mainstream journalism outlets… because mainstream journalism outlets have no objectivity—they are married to the very corporations that they could
“You know if you can make people who disagree with you laugh, it’s really disarming. And once they’re disarmed, you can start to cram your agenda down their throat!” —Jamie Kilstein, comedian, activist and cofounder of Citizen Radio.
be criticizing. So comedy does have an opportunity to provide that criticism.” The 27-year-old Iowan-turned Brooklynite says she’s also got an uphill personal battle working against the stereotype that women aren’t funny—even from her colleagues. “I get teased a lot from comedians for being feminist because the stereotype is that feminists aren’t funny and I get teased for being too political or too sincere,” she says. Kilstein, 31, originally from New Jersey, is among the male political comedians that back Knefel—and he has no shortage of venom for her detractors or the likes of fratty funnyman Daniel Tosh, host of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, whose rape jokes got him in hot water last summer. “There’s nothing edgy about defending the patriarchy—that’s the most fucking generic thing you can possibly do,” Kilstein says. “Oh, finally someone stuck up for men,” he says sarcastically, then adds, “It’s like, go fuck yourself.” His rant illustrates a larger point. It’s the difference between telling jokes relying on the status quo—hackneyed jokes about racial stereotypes, for example—and doing clever bits challenging authority that sets the satirists apart from other comics. “Good comics have shitty lives and they use comedy as a defense mechanism or as a weapon and it’s a way for the little guy to take down the powerful,” continues Kilstein. “If you’re standing up for the oppressor you can’t be funny, you’re boring.” “You know if you can make people who disagree with you laugh, it’s really disarming. And once they’re disarmed you can start to cram your agenda down their throat!” he adds. Consensus in the quartet at McSorley’s is that comedy should attack up, not down. The admittedly left-leaning group is hard-pressed to find a comparable satirist on the right, when the conversation turns to Dennis Miller—a selfdescribed libertarian who was perceived
as liberal early in his career and now is a Fox News Channel contributor. “When you have someone coming from a place of power making fun of those who don’t have power or don’t have money, it’s very hard to laugh at,” says Camp. “For me, a case in point is Dennis Miller, who I loved when he was in the middle…I find him hard to listen to now.”
rying to count just how many more political comics are delving into activism is as futile a task as answering a knock-knock joke. But, there are as many anecdotal examples of satire blurring the lines with politics and activism as there are chickens that have crossed the road. U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), a longtime Saturday Night Live writer and performer who unseated Republican Norm Coleman in 2008, may be the most high profile—writing the laws being the ultimate form of activism. Libertarian comic/perennial candidate Randy Credico has thrown his hat in the ring for New York City mayor. And two months ago, comedian Beppe Grillo, the “clown prince” of Italian politics, proved his Five Star Movement party a force to be reckoned with in that nation’s parliament. While the list of American comedians to have run for office— jokingly or not—is longer than open-mic night at Brokerage Comedy Club in Bellmore, faux conservative pundit Stephen Colbert upped the comic activism ante last year when he put his viewers’ money where his mouth is and launched a SuperPAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. He then used the funds to air satirical commercials in early presidential primary states. The Daily Currant, an online satirical newspaper, launched last year—hilariously duping some unwitting readers into believing their stories— includes links to nonprofit organizations to encourage civic engagement. They’re competing with The Onion, which grew from a newspaper into The Onion News Network on IFC in 2011. Citizen Radio likewise encourages its listeners in various ways to get involved with organizations it’s aligned with, such as Occupy Wall Street, Food Not Bombs and Veterans for Peace. Becker, the Towson professor, published a study in November exploring how various types of satire can sway perceptions of political candidates. The study compared 400 college-aged viewers’ reactions to Colbert mocking U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in his 2008 presidential run versus the senator’s self-satire in an SNL appearance. “Exposure to political comedy can have a significant impact on political evaluations and attitudes but…this impact depends in part upon the type of comedy presented,” Becker wrote in her
analysis, adding that the Colbert bit had more of an effect than the SNL skit. She noted, “It is possible that subjects may have found both clips to be purely funny and nothing else.” It’s not just academics taking Stewart and Colbert’s brand of satire seriously. Last month, the Republican National Committee released its Growth & Opportunity Project, which the GOP dubbed its “autopsy” report detailing how to rebound from its 2012 election losses, suggesting that “Republican leaders should participate and actively prepare for interviews with The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, MTV and magazines…” Colbert mockingly welcomed the news on his March 26 episode. “If you come on my show, you will reach the youth,” he said. “Or as I call it, ‘You’ll get youth-anized.’”
hile many in the satire business agree that it’s a field dominated by liberals, for the most part, they’re equal-opportunity offenders. “The problem with the left as comic fodder is that the Democrats are dumb and the Republicans are stupid,” says Lewis Black, recalling one of his bits. “Dumb isn’t funny, stupid is.” Miles Kahn, a Northport native and producer for The Daily Show, admits that former President George W. Bush was a better target, but it was inevitable that President Barack Obama would wind up the butt of jokes, too. “If you’re gonna make fun of politics, you should make fun of everything,” he says. “The idea that we wouldn’t be able to find comedy in the leader of the free world? He’s gonna say stupid shit, just like everybody else.” Observers agree that sometimes bias is in the eye of the beholder. “There’s more humor to be found in the Republicans,” says William Horner, a professor of political science at the University of Missouri who studies satire. “That leads people to believe there’s a left-leaning bias. It’s really just looking for the joke that they think are gonna make people laugh.” Molly Knefel of Radio Dispatch adds that conservatives have especially made themselves targets with their controversial policies regarding female reproductive rights. “It takes a certain amount of male privilege to say the two parties are the exactly same because the Republicans weren’t coming after the penises!” Camp and his cohorts wouldn’t mind getting an audience like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, for example, but they wouldn’t want to betray their politics to get there. “You could argue that Jay Leno talks about the issues of the day,” says Camp, “but I don’t want to do Jay Leno because I Continued on page 26 L o n g I s l a n d P r e s s f o r A p r i l , 2 0 1 3 / / / w w w. l o n g i s l a n d p r e s s . c o m
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don’t think he actually cares about the issues he’s talking about or has a point he’s trying to make. He’s just joking.” Fugelsang, who joined Current TV just in time for its founder, former Vice President Al Gore, to sell it to Al Jazeera—a move that “will surely shake up the way we do media here,” Gore told the Long Island Association last month— takes pride in offending all sides. “If I can go out there and do a really political set and get a mixed audience of conservatives and progressives laughing, it’s a very special emotional victory,” he says, noting that he makes fun of liberals first to give himself cover to mock conservatives later. “Because if you take on the two-party system, it’s a lot easier.”
“Comedy is that spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down.” —John Fugelsang, actor/comedian and Setauket native who hosts Viewpoint on Current TV’s Viewpoint
Fugelsang sees his role in Shakespearean terms. “You can’t make them laugh without an element of truth, which is why I think by the end of the play the only one that King Lear trusts is the fool. “Comedy is that spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down.”
Brief History of Counterculture Comedy By Spencer Rumsey
Mocking the powers that be has a long heritage in humor. Exposing the follies and hypocrisies of the elite through the adroit deployment of lampoonery and satire—without fear or favor—is a special calling that reverberates through our culture. Here’s a snapshot of some of America’s most influential avatars of comedy who dared to shake up the status quo. In his trademark V-neck sweater Mort Sahl would come on stage in the 1950s with that day’s newspaper rolled under his arm and take on the leaders of his time. It’s a shtick that Will Rogers, the leading political wit of his era, began in the 1930s. Explaining how his style differed, Sahl said, “Will Rogers…used to come out with a newspaper and pretend he was a yokel criticizing the intellectuals who ran the government. I come out with a newspaper and pretend I’m an intellectual making fun of the yokels running the government.” Sahl’s brand of comedy combined political awareness, fearlessness and his personal experience. His career arguably peaked in the 1960s, but he’s still going strong. Today, living in northern California, he considers himself a moderate. He always took bipartisan aim at his targets, but he drew almost career-ending controversy when he wrote some jokes for President John F. Kennedy. Supplying one-liners to the White House would never have been part of Sahl’s most note-worthy comedic contemporary, Lenny Bruce, who was born Leonard Alfred Schneider in Mineola. Legal scholars of the First Amendment credit Bruce with making comedy clubs a veritable “free speech” demilitarized zone. To Bruce, culture critics say today, hypocrisy was the greatest crime, and he found plenty of that in America. But it cost him dearly. TV host Steve Allen had introduced Bruce to his national audience in 1959 as “the most shocking comedian of our time” and within two years Bruce played a full house at Carnegie Hall. In 1961, after he’d been busted in Philadelphia on a heroin charge, Bruce was accused of violating California’s obscenity law in San Francisco by uttering the word “cocksucker” on stage at the Jazz Workshop. First Amendment lawyer Albert Bendich, representing Bruce, won the case, convincing the jury that Bruce’s humor “was in the great tradition of social satire, related intimately to the kind of social satire found in the works of such great authors as Aristophanes and Jonathan Swift.” His victory was short-lived. A year later, Bruce was arrested in Los Angeles and Chicago, again charged with obscenity. He took his act to the Café Au Go Go in Greenwich Village, where his luck ran out. Apparently, talking about men being so horny they’d screw a chicken, among other things, didn’t go over well with District Attorney Frank Hogan’s people. Bruce faced three charges of obscenity, each with a three-year maximum in prison. The prosecution believed Bruce’s performances were “unredeemed by any artistry or cogent social criticism.” The Continued on page 28
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trial began on June 16, 1964. Newspaper columnist Dorothy Kilgallen, a witness for the defense, said Bruce was “a brilliant satirist, perhaps the most brilliant that I have ever seen.” She compared Bruce’s use of the words “motherfucker,” “cocksucker,” “fuck,” “shit,” and “ass” to the way James Baldwin or Tennessee Williams might employ them on the Broadway stage “for emphasis or because that is the way that people in a given situation would talk.” On Dec. 16, 1964, he was sentenced to “four months in the workhouse.” Bruce, free on bond during his appeal, died of a morphine overdose in his Hollywood Hills home on Aug. 3, 1966. Later, one of Bruce’s prosecutors, ADA Vincent Cuccia, Legal would express his regret: “We drove him into poverty and bankruptcy and then scholars murdered him. I watched him gradually of the First fall apart… We all knew what we were Amendment doing. We used the law to kill him.” Interestingly, in December 2003, after credit Lenny a group consisting of Robin Williams, Bruce, a Margaret Cho and other entertainers, native Long lawyers and scholars had launched a campaign to exonerate Bruce after his Islander, obscenity conviction in the Café Au Go Go with making trial, New York Gov. George Pataki issued comedy clubs a posthumous pardon. Fast-forward to George Carlin, a veritable the counterculture’s comedian, who “free speech” took Bruce’s controversial words to the airwaves, thanks to WBAI’s playing one of demilitarized his tracks on the radio in October 1973. zone. The station got embroiled with the Federal Communications Commission after John Douglas, a member of the right-wing group Morality in Media, complained about what he’d heard while driving around with his 15-year-old son. Carlin’s routine, the “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” recounted the “filthy words: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and tits.” Five years later, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the FCC’s declaratory ruling putting the Pacifica station on notice did not violate WBAI’s First or Fifth Amendments, but it didn’t shut the station down, or throw Carlin in jail. In fact, the ruling’s limited scope encouraged broadcasters to restrict “indecent” (not obscene) material to the hours after 10 p.m. when “children” wouldn’t be tuning in. Radio is still a bit reticent, but cable has never looked back. In 2008, Carlin was posthumously awarded the “Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.” Over his career Carlin had shed his straight suit and greased back hair for faded jeans, a beard, long hair and earrings. He was never afraid to challenge the status quo with his comedy routine, but it was always clear which side of the stage he was on. That distinction was lost on two of America’s most famous political provocateurs of the 1960s, Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, the celebrated founders of the Yippies. Using satire to savage effect, they took their counter-culture protests to the front lines of the Chicago Democratic Convention in 1968—and, in Hoffman’s case, got booed off the stage at Woodstock in 1969. On trial in the Chicago Seven case for his role in encouraging what later was called “a police riot” in the Windy City, Hoffman came to court wearing a judge’s robe, screaming obscenities in Yiddish, and claiming that he was Judge Julius Hoffman’s illegitimate son (he wasn’t). The author of “Steal This Book,” a manifesto of sorts, Abbie Hoffman knew that sex and politics could be subversive. As the distinguished civil liberties lawyer Alan Dershowitz once wrote, Hoffman was both “a dirty joke and a political leaflet, an egalitarian and a sexist, a humanist and a hater.” In a sense, Hoffman, more than Rubin, embodied the promise and the excess of the ’60s. He killed himself with a drug overdose in the 1980s, but when he was on top of his game, he was arguably one of the funniest agent provocateurs the country has ever seen. Who else would try to “levitate” the Pentagon, throw free money over the balcony at the New York Stock Exchange or go to a hearing of the House of Un-American Activities Committee wearing an American flag shirt? This duo baited the Establishment to get attention, but then their media celebrity led to their own ultimate self-destruction. Satire can be a double-edged sword.
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Long Island Slowly Drifting Toward Connecticut By Peter Tannen
ASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. government released a long-awaited geological report that contains startling news for the New York area. According to data released this morning, the whole of Long Island has begun to slowly drift northeastward, toward Connecticut. “The reason for this is unclear,” said a U.S. Geological Survey spokesperson, “but shock waves from the recent massive earthquakes in the Western Pacific basin might have loosened the crystalline bedrock on which Long Island has rested since the Paleozoic Age.” According to the report, the Island is drifting 96.52 cm (38 in.) per year—slowly enough to escape public notice, but fast enough to cause considerable damage when the North Shore of Long Island inevitably collides with the shoreline of Connecticut. “Shifting tectonic plates in our area,” continued the spokesperson, “could speed up this move dramatically. But it’s too early to calculate exactly how fast the Island will be traveling when it hits the mainland.” According to maps accompanying the report, Brooklyn will graze Westchester County and continue moving in a northeasterly direction until it comes to rest near Greenwich, Conn. On the eastern end, Montauk will wind up moving into Narragansett Bay. Manhattan and the Bronx will then be exposed directly to the Atlantic Ocean, and will develop miles of beaches along the East Side, stretching from Canal Street up to the previous site of the Throgs Neck Bridge. (These new ocean beaches will replace the entire FDR Drive and Avenues C & D.) Northport, LI, will run into Fairfield, Conn., a severe cultural shock for both communities. Not to mention the astonishment of Mattituck residents waking up to see the historic colonial homes of Old Lyme on the outskirts of their farms. Serious political and economic questions arise: Will Long Island continue to be part of New York State? Or will it become part of a new, expanded Connecticut? Will we actually understand our new senators and congressmen if they talk with odd Connecticut accents? Will wealthy residents of Westport and Fairfield be given access to Long Island beaches—or, as the area will be called, the “Connecticut Hamptons”? Will people from Manhattan forsake the Hamptons for the new “Manhattan Riviera”? Will business travelers continue to use LaGuardia and Kennedy airports, since they are now several hours away from Manhattan? And will the Nets and Islanders be able to draw a new fan base from Fairfield County, whose main
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Will Long Island continue to be part of New York State? Or will it become part of a new, expanded Connecticut? sporting interests appear to be Jai Alai and World Wrestling? The governors of both states have called for a joint emergency task force to figure out if this “Island Drift” can be stopped, or at least slowed. Private talks with General Electric, manufacturer of some of the most powerful turbine engines in the world, hint at the possibility of multiple
turbines being mounted on the North Shore of Long Island to push it back south, to its original location. But it remains unclear how this multi-turbine plan will overcome strict noise and environmental regulations in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. The U.S. Council of Vodka, Gin, Tequila and Rum Distillers were quick to announce their support for this joint task force, due to their serious concerns about whether “Connecticut Iced Tea” will have the same marketing clout as the current “Long Island Iced Tea.” In related news, a rumor that Texas has also come loose and might wind up separating from rest of the United States was greeted with enthusiasm from most other states.
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Wave Of Mutilation By Jaclyn Gallucci
’ve never been an athlete, unless you consider walking a sport. In high school, music was my extracurricular. Baseball was too long. Unless it’s Game 7 of the World Series, I have the attention span of a gnat by the time the seventh inning stretch rolls around. Whenever I watch a football game, I spend more time contemplating the properties of spandex—Why doesn’t it rip? How do all those pads fit under there? Just…why?—than watching the actual game. After college I applied to a writing program for a local sports organization. I went through a series of interviews and it was down to me and one other applicant in the final round. I nailed every question. I was confident. Then came the final question, the so-called easy one: “So, what sports do you follow?” “I love figure skating,” I blurted out before I could stop myself. Needless to say, I didn’t get the job. Like I said, sports aren’t my thing. But surfing is different. It’s almost poetic— like figure skating—but requires the kind of strength and skill and excitement that still qualifies it as somewhat “badass.” I decided that, after decades of inertia—aside from a brief period in elementary school where I excelled at dodgeball (the kind with yarn balls), Steal the Bacon and Capture the Flag—I would become a badass, yet graceful, surfer chick. I arranged for a surfing lesson in Long Beach with a group of instructors, then spent weeks forgoing any kind of heels, wearing only flip flops in preparation for it and to get my feet ready (it made sense at the time). I walked during my lunch breaks. I bought an Indo Board—a flat mini wooden board that rests on top of a rubber cylinder that rolls back and forth while you try to keep the board from touching the ground while you stand on top. It’s supposed to help with balance. I became a rock star on this thing and decided I was going to be a master surfer on my first day. I couldn’t wait. The lesson was in the early evening of a perfect, warm spring day. I got to Long Beach and met with a group of about five others who had come from all over the area, from the East End to Manhattan, to learn how to surf. I zipped my wetsuit on. “Grab a board!” one of the instructors yelled over to me. There are two kinds of surfboards—short boards and long boards. When learning to surf, it’s better to start out with the lengthy and heavier long
have someone push you from behind and whatever foot you put out first to get your balance is the same one you should put forward on the board (I read that in a book during my flipflop-wearing, balance-board-surfingpreparation period). But no one pushed us and I was comfortable both ways. I finally decided I was goofy footed. Next came learning the “pop up.” The instructors had us lie flat on our stomachs the length of the board with our palms on the ground. When they yelled “pop up!” we had to go from that position into our regular or goofy upright positions in one movement. If it took longer than that in the water, it would be nearly impossible to stand up on the board in time to catch a wave. After 20 minutes of practicing on dry land, it was time to test it out. I dragged my board to the water, lay flat down on top of it and paddled out to deeper areas beyond the breaks. Each of us had our own personal instructor when out in the water who would turn us around on our boards, keep a look out for pending waves creeping up behind and tell us exactly when to pop up. “Pop up!” he yelled. I quickly jumped up but couldn’t get the proper footing, launched into the air and somehow ended up face down with salt water crashing into my face, not knowing which way was up until my ankle strap yanked me to the surface as my board leveled out. (Not the first impression I was planning on.) I paddled back out to try again…and again…and again. That’s where a good deal of the strength part comes into surfing. After paddling back and forth, my arms were killing me. Even worse, my feet were starting to cramp up. I later learned that wearing archless flip flops was not the way to prepare for surfing. They cause cramps. My feet were getting numb from the pain and the cramping was starting to hit my leg. I told the instructor as water lapped against my chin, and he tried to stretch my foot to relax it. Before I knew it, he was yelling, “Pop up!” again. With numb toes and searing pain in my arms and legs, I stood up for about one, maybe two seconds, before nose diving. That night I collapsed into bed. The next morning at work I was feeling much better. I was on the phone when I felt a pop above my eyes and a stream of salt water rushed out of my nose. I decided I would schedule a second lesson… next summer.
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When learning to surf, it’s better to start out with the lengthy and heavier long board. It’s easier to control in the water. Out of the water is another story.
board. It’s easier to control in the water. Out of the water is another story. I’m a little over 5 feet tall and the board was about 8 or 9 feet long. The instructor told me to carry the board either on top of my head or under my arm like some kind of enormous library book. Neither of those options worked for me. When he turned around, I dragged it through the sand as fast as possible to the water’s edge where the other students were waiting. “Wait till they see me in the water,” I thought. But first, I had to figure out whether I was “regular” or “goofy” footed. If you naturally put your left food forward on the board, you’re regular. If you put your right foot forward (using your back left foot to control the board), you are considered “goofy,” essentially a lefty. A good way to figure this out is to
Oyster Bay Clam Wars Intensify
Shellfishing Company Pays $2,100 Per Year For 6-Acre, Prime Town-Owned Waterfront Property and Dock Space For Fleet Public’s Clam And Oyster Seed Incubators Intentionally Destroyed By Town, Allege Baymen Hydraulic And Suction Dredging Of Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge Continues, Despite Environmental Concerns By Christopher Twarowski email@example.com
Bill Painter and Bill Fetzer can do little but shake their heads and inspect the wreckage. Three raft-like clam seed incubators, called Floating Upweller Systems— FLUPSYs, for short—drift lifeless in the waters off the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park boat ramps in Oyster Bay. It’s here Painter, Fetzer and about 70 other baymen who still scratch a living by raking hard clams and oysters off the bottom of Oyster Bay Harbor grow the public’s annual crop of four million mollusks to maturity before distributing them throughout the breathtaking, though sometimes unforgiving, waters. Each barge holds up to 12 blue 50-gallon barrels the baymen fashioned with screens and interlaced with a network of tubes and pipe work encompassing a motorized water filtration system, spending thousands of dollars and countless hours in the process. Instead of teeming with life, however—millions of dollars worth of clams, says James Schultz, president of the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association, of which Painter and Fetzer are members— the FLUPSYs lie impotent and barren, devoid of a single shell. Their motors remain silent, disconnected wires strewn in tangled heaps upon the dock. Two large blue barrels with homemade tubing protruding from their sides sit atop the mess, unattached, with a thin skin of algae. The cordoned, empty basins are thick with muddied swill,
uncirculated and stagnant. “This is our livelihood,” says a disheartened and angry Painter, a father of two who’s been working these waters for nearly three decades. Fetzer, known as “Duckman” among clam-diggers [many of the baymen have nicknames], who’s been working Oyster Bay Harbor for more than 30 years, grabs one of the barrels and lifts it up. “Now that the FLUPSYs are not working, we can’t better ourselves, we have no product to grow,” he laments. “We might lose years. “This is all the product that we would be harvesting from three years from now,” he continues. “We’re upset about it and the residents should be upset about it because we’re also putting it out for the taxpayers so that father and son, mother and daughter can go get clams and have a nice dinner for themselves.” “We just lost a whole growing season,” says Schultz. “That adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars that’s [not] going back into the bay for the general public to harvest.” What makes the “CLAM WARS”: The battle for the bottom of Oyster Bay Harbor was first documented in the April 5, 2012 multi-media cover story package, which included a mini-documentary.
CRUSHED: Bayman Bill “Duckman” Fetzer, member of the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association, displays one of the few surviving barrels used to incubate the public’s clam and oyster seeds after the alleged destruction of the system by town workers. (Long Island Press/Christopher Twarowski)
FLUPSY system’s destruction that much more tragic is that it wasn’t caused by an act of Mother Nature, allege the baymen, but rather the Town of Oyster Bay itself—“payback,” they claim, for the baymen association’s June 2011 filing of an ongoing $750 million lawsuit against the municipality and Frank M. Flower & Sons, the last of the big, old commercial shellfishing operations still permitted to hydraulically dredge in Oyster Bay Harbor. The complaint alleges a host of misdeeds
by the town and oyster company, ranging from claims Flower has been harvesting naturally occurring clams and oysters illegally (natural-growth shellfish belong to the state, and therefore, the public) from underwater beds leased from the town and those lawfully protected for the public, to environmental concerns regarding the company’s use of hydraulic dredge ships. In January, Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Stephen A. Bucaria ruled the suit could continue on several of its most damning claims. Flower and the town have appealed. Flower & Sons’ attorney Gary Ettelman, a founding partner of Garden City-based Ettelman & Hochheiser, P.C., who categorically denied and dismissed all the baymen’s claims when first interviewed by the Press last year, describes the current status of the suit as “kind of dead in the water. “There’s really no teeth left of any of their claims,” Ettelman contends. “Even though the judge did allow a few of the claims to proceed, from a practical standpoint, there’s no life left in that lawsuit.” The baymen’s attorney, Huntingtonbased Darrin Berger, sees it differently. “If the case was dead, then why did they appeal the judge’s ruling?” he asks. “The main part that is most viable is the court is still considering whether the leases that were granted to Flower by the Town of Oyster Bay can stand if there are natural-growth shellfish on those leasehold interests. The court is recognizing longstanding law and statutory law that any natural growth clams that are not the product of aquaculture from Flower’s efforts belong to the public.” “It’s very much alive,” Berger says of the suit. Things have gotten even uglier on the high seas since the Press first covered Oyster Bay’s “Clam Wars” in an April 5, 2012 cover story documenting several of the practices contested in the baymen’s complaint, such as Flower employees’ staking and repairing flags delineating the boundaries of leased shellfish beds it rents from public grounds without the expertise of a licensed land surveyor. Besides the latest controversy surrounding the demolition of the FLUPSYs, the baymen have been sounding off about Continued on page 36
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the “sweetheart lease” of roughly six acres of prime, town-owned waterfront property where Flower docks its fleet, along with the company’s sanctioned use of hydraulic dredges to harvest their tremendous hauls—which, the baymen and local environmentalists allege, is damaging what is in actuality a National Wildlife Refuge. On the latter issue, the baymen are now considering adopting an “if you can’t beat them, join them” strategy, since town officials support the use of Flower’s mechanical blades and suctions along the estuary’s sensitive seabed, says Schultz. “If dredging’s so good,” he explains, “maybe the baymen association wants
to buy a dredge boat and start dredging un-leased property that’s uncertified and start moving shellfish around and cultivating areas to get them better. We want to buy a dredge boat if they’re that good.” A detailed list of questions for Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto was answered through a spokesman shortly before press time. The emailed statements verified the details of Flower’s dock lease, and, regarding the baymen’s lawsuit, expresssed the town’s belief “that the court, in its recent partial ruling, misinterpreted the regulations regarding land lease as set forth in the Town Code” and “continues to optimistically await a decision on the motion to dismiss.”
As part of a 1992 settlement to resolve another lawsuit filed by the baymen the previous year—on which Venditto was the town attorney—Flower, which owns a hatchery and grows and plants millions of clam and oyster seeds throughout the harbor annually, agreed to provide one million clam seeds to a bay management program for the public. Those seeds, along with an additional million the baymen obtain through the town from part of their $400-per-year license fee and two million more they purchase from outside vendors, comprise the FLUPSYs’ annual stock. Painter tells the Press Flower refused to adhere to its part of the bargain to
provide the seeds last summer; the baymen learned of some of the incubators’ dismemberment during shenanigans surrounding the town’s construction of a new dock that spring. Ultimately, it was too late to sow the annual crop, he says; they were consequently forced to cancel their 2 million outside seed order. “Last fall they took all five FLUPSYs out of the water. They ended up cutting two of them up saying they were too bad to repair so they decided to discard them,” he says. “Finally, when they got the electric down here and they got the FLUPSYs in the water, there was another problem. One department from the Town of Oyster Bay took all the blue barrels, cut them up, threw them away. “We had over two million clams and we had a half a million oysters on order from an outside company,” continues Painter. “It squashed our whole deal.” The baymen believe it was no coincidence. Schultz claims he was personally threatened by a town official, whom he declines to publicly name, “the day the oyster company was served” and a representative from Flower, who he also declines to name publicly, thereafter. He contends the chronology reveals the town and oyster company’s too-cozy relationship and views the FLUPSYs’ demise as the consummation of those threats. “There were two threats made,” says Schultz, matter-of-factly. “‘Your seed program and bay management will suffer,’” he says they warned him. “Two different days, two different people, two different parties. “The destruction of our FLUPSYs was the follow-through of the original threat of our bay management and our seed program, suffering from the baymen applying a lawsuit on the town and the oyster company,” he contends. “That’s the fulfillment of their threat when they destroyed all the barrels for the FLUPSYs. “They said they were accidentally thrown away, in the garbage truck, and that’s 30 barrels,” continues Schultz. “That’s fact, we’re not speculating. “The town told us that,” he adds. “It was sabotage, without a doubt.” Ettelman calls the claims “absolutely ludicrous.” “Due to general wear and tear through years of use, as well as general effects from the weather, two of [the] Town’s five FLUPSYs were damaged upon attempt to repair, leaving three still intact and active in the water,” states the town. Regardless of what happened, ultimately, explains Painter, it’s the pubic who will suffer, not just the baymen. “If you had a little bit of termites in your house, you’re telling me you’re going to take down your whole house?” he asks. “We built those FLUPSYs, we could have just changed some wood in them… That’s smacking the public’s hand, because this program is done for the public benefit.” Continued on page 38
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Whether the public is actually benefitting from a lucrative lease agreement between the oyster company and the town is another question the baymen have been asking, especially given Oyster Bay’s recent financial troubles. The town is $878 million in debt. Last month it was subject to a ratings downgrade by Standard & Poor’s, citing a “negative outlook” and “financial deterioration due to operating deficits in each of the past seven fiscal years.” Yet instead of getting even at least the minimum fair market value for the valuable dock space land—and banking millions of dollars in the process, charge
the baymen—the town is renting all that property to Flower, which online business directory Manta listed last year as netting between $20 million and $50 million annually, for a song, while also subleasing.
On any given day, Flower’s fleet of hydraulic dredge ships and suction boats can be seen plying through the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor, usually trailed by a thick cloud of winged scavengers feeding on the carnage of sea life left in its wake or atop its deck. Unlike 20- to 24-foot clam skiffs used by diggers such as Schultz and other baymen, these floating factories are near-impossible to miss.
When Flower’s six main vessels— which range from roughly 40 to 100 feet in size, say the baymen—aren’t slicing through the shell beds with cutting blades, emulsifying the sediment with highly pressurized jets of water, or utilizing massive vacuums to siphon and gobble up the bottom of the bay, they’re docked on a roughly 6.6-acre swath of prime, townowned waterfront property, known as Oystermen’s Dock. Dock and slip space is hard to come by along the harbor—and expensive. Other marinas and shipyards adjacent to Oystermen’s Dock, such as Oyster Bay Marine Center (OBMC) and the 97-slip town-run boat basin in Theodore Roosevelt park,
have waiting lists. Even mooring a boat— which is cheaper than renting a slip to dock and store a boat, whether during the summer or through the winter seasons— can cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Multiply that exponentially if you’re looking to anchor more than one boat. OBMC, for example, charges $1,710 for a 600-lb. mooring, which typically can hold a 51- to 53-foot-long vessel and $4,825 for a 2000-lb. vessel. Renting dock space is an entirely different ballpark. OBMC’s smallest slip, should you be able to secure one—which can accommodate a boat up to 26 feet in length—runs between $5,650 to $5,800. Slips for vessels up to 58 feet long cost between $12,800 and $13,100. That’s just for the summer season, which typically runs from April to mid-November. A 40-foot boat with a 17-foot-beam would tally $4,624 for winter season storage, for example. At the town’s Theodore Roosevelt marina, summer rates run $97.50 per foot during the summer and $30 per foot for winter storage. Yet, stress the baymen, Flower pays just $2,100 per year for use of the entire six acres, through 2015, according to its lease agreement obtained by Painter, just one of a bevy of Freedom of Information Law requests filed in 2011 that was just recently fulfilled. [Originally the town had told him “there are no such records.”] The rent increases by $200 every five years. Venditto voted in favor of the arrangement as town councilman in 1983, along with the rest of the town board, state the documents. “I want that deal!” booms Fetzer, a father of three who lost his son Matthew about five years ago, standing on a nearby dock. “There are delis in town that are not even 300 square-foot costing three grand a month, so three grand a month versus $2,100 a year—that’s a pretty sweet deal.” Schultz, who pays $1,500 a year just for the mooring of his skiff, wants an investigation. Painter estimates the oyster company’s true, fair market rent, were they not getting special treatment, should be around $100,000 annually—without taxes, for just the dockage. “It’s crazy!” blasts Schultz. “They shouldn’t have leases like that when they’re in such a financial hole.” “I don’t get it,” says Painter. “It’s taxexempt property. “I’m jealous,” he laughs. “Everybody would really want what Flower’s got.” “The taxpayers of the Town of Oyster Bay are being done a disservice, in terms of the amount of revenue that’s being garnered by the town for prime waterfront land,” slams Berger. “I would be abhorred if I was a taxpayer and I knew the terms of that lease.” “It’s too good of a deal,” adds Painter. “Taxpayers should be outraged. Outraged. Especially in this economy.” And the Clam Wars of Oyster Bay continue….
Long Island School Districts Worry Cuomo’s Tax Cap Cuts Into Education Quality By Spencer Rumsey
Two plus years of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2-percent property tax cap have left Long Island school districts struggling to make the grade, say New York educators, both union and management. Local leaders are concerned that the Island’s celebrated status as providing the best bang for the buck in public education is in jeopardy. And if the Island loses its reputation for quality public schools—one of the reasons for our region’s economic viability—then high school graduates may find it harder to get accepted to the colleges and universities of their choice. “Our students definitely present a transcript that shows far more rigor when applying to colleges and universities,” says Lorraine Deller, executive director of the Nassau Suffolk School Boards Association. “This has been something that has been the mainstay of public education on Long Island.” She credits “Long Islanders’ willingness to pay higher taxes” with enabling the growth in Advanced Placement courses, the array of electives in science, technology and math, and the uplifting offering of arts and music programs, which has made Nassau and Suffolk public school graduates so competitive. “Long Island school students continue to out perform students from every other region of the state by every measure,” she says. But in the wake of the continuing shortfall in state funding, that positive trend may not be matched when test scores for the 2011-2012 year are released later this spring. Educators already see troubling signs that Cuomo’s tax cap coupled with the state’s drastic reduction in aid to public schools—some $1.3 billion less than the budget five years ago—has begun to hurt students across New York. Legislators, mostly Republican, joined the Democratic governor in support of the tax cap by promising that it would come with mandate relief such as lessening the burden of pensions and the costly demands of meeting the “No Child Left Behind” standards, but that pledge was broken. Instead of more aid to make up for
the decline in local revenue, the governor has let the state unilaterally slash its revenue line for school districts even further, education advocates claim. On LI, says Deller, the loss amounts to “over $1 billion in state funding” for the past three years. Upstate, a valedictorian from a small school district reportedly did not get into SUNY Geneseo last spring because the high school’s curriculum lacked enough AP courses, according to Deller. That deficiency is now showing up in LI’s smaller districts, particularly on the
“When state funds disappear, the localities fill in the difference and that’s the reason property taxes went up.” East End. A recent survey conducted by the Long Island Education Coalition, a group of educational organizations, found fewer AP courses being offered in Nassau and Suffolk, 3,000 fewer positions in the schools overall, and, most troubling to educators, larger classes. Deller said that in the first year of the tax cap, only “the lower property wealth” school districts were reporting increasing class sizes of more than 25 students, “but now it’s across the board.” For the 2013-2014 budget, Cuomo has proposed $600 million in school aid, with another $200 million in
“fiscal stabilization,” which he would give to the districts he determined were needy. According to Carl Korn, a spokesman for the state’s largest teachers’ union, New York State United Teachers, the Legislature “appears to have rejected” the governor’s proposal. Instead it rolled that extra money into its own proposal and came up with $800 million. Then the Legislature added between $80 million and $100 million in “competitive grants,” which NYSUT opposes on the principle that students shouldn’t have to compete for what they all need in the classroom. The Legislature in Albany is nearing passage as of press time of a state budget with roughly $900 million to $1 billion in education funding. But, says Korn, “that would still leave schools with less than they had in 2008-2009.” The teachers’ union is suing the state to have the property tax cap declared unconstitutional on the grounds that it violates local control and negates the principle of one person, one vote. “It is eliminating the ability of communities to decide for themselves how much to invest in their own schools,” Korn says. The lawsuit was filed in February in State Supreme Court; the state has not yet responded. Meanwhile, New York still “owes $5.4 billion” from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity’s successful lawsuit. The Court of Appeals found that the state had unconstitutionally denied children the right to a sound, basic education by underfunding education. “When state funds disappear, the localities fill in the difference,” says Korn. “And that’s the reason property taxes went up.” But with cap in place—which can only be overturned by a supermajority of 60 percent of the school district’s voters—local officials have been struggling to stay within the 2 percent limit without sacrificing the quality of education that is their mission—and their pride—to provide. “I have been a school board member for 20 years and I’ve never felt less in control than I do now,” said Jim Kaden, president of the South Huntington Board of Education and past president of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association, at a presentation earlier this year. “During my tenure there has been a steady erosion of local control over both the educational program we offer and the management of the district.” His own district in Suffolk saved full-day kindergarten and middle school sports from the chopping block in 2012 when the teachers offered to take a “full freeze” on their salaries for 2013. But his district doesn’t have that wiggle room going forward. According to the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association, LI’s “educational outcomes” exceed those of the rest of the state and nation, while regionally adjusted costs are “below the state median.” The annual growth in “non-discretionary costs” in the districts already exceeds the 2 percent allowance, said Kaden, who also worries that Albany, which notoriously low-balls the cost of living on LI when it comes to its statewide funding allocations, may let hard-pressed upstate districts gain a larger share of the diminished public education pie than the Island. “Unfortunately the state may still unfairly redistribute our wealth but the tax cap severely hampers our ability to pay for things we want ourselves so we are now in the unenviable position of paying for programs in other areas of the state that we can no longer provide for our own children,” said Kaden. “Not because we can’t afford it but because the law prevents it.” The governor and the Legislature may need to stay after school and spend some time to fix these fundamental problems, advocates warn, before Long Island’s schools flunk out.
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By Rashed Mian
Ram-Bo, the spirited mascot of Farmingdale State College, stood at a podium last month inside its new campus center and victoriously raised his arms in the air welcoming spectators into his new home. Local officials, students, professors and members of the community responded by lifting their cell phones and snapping photos. Others offered friendly waves and smiles. Then it was on to the main event—the official grand opening of Farmingdale State’s new, modern, 50,000-square-foot academic building, which boasts state-of-the-art dining facilities, a bookstore and lectures ballroom, all in one, centralized location. “It’s a historic event in a number of different ways,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen,
Local LAWMAKERS AND FARMINGDALE STATE COLLEGE OFFICIALS (top) CUT a RIBBON TO celebrate the grand opening of the college’s new campus center (R). the last time the university opened a new academic building was 1983. (Rashed Mian/ Long Island Press)
planting laptops atop tables and, of course, caffeinating themselves. Keen was joined by State Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick), Assemb. Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) and Assemb. Chad Lupinacci (R-Huntington Station), a former adjunct professor at Farmingdale State College. “You are forcing me to spend more time here with a campus center like this,” Fuschillo told the crowd, noting that he has a satellite office on campus. “This is the identity that Farmingdale State College should have,” he added. School officials hope students will embrace the campus center as a one-stop hub for their daily activities. The $25-million complex is part of the college’s $185-million renovation and construction plan, which includes a School of Business building, a Children’s Center for students and faculty, and renovations to help better accommodate its growing student population, officials said. “Farmingdale State College could not have asked for a better addition to campus life,” said Student Government Association President Amanda Lundberg. The building “befits a thriving, growing college campus,” added Sweeney. The new facility’s ballroom will have a capacity of 400 to host a variety of lectures and events, the college said, and accommodates 220 for diningstyle seating.
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admitted students are invited to experience what it’s like to be an NYIT student. You will be able to learn about academics and campus life, and have the opportunity to connect with your future classmates and professors. To register for Preview Day, visit nyit.edu/ previewday. 10 a.m. April 13 Five Towns College Open House, Dix Hills, Speak with Admissions Representatives and Financial Aid Officers. 1 p.m. April 13 Farmingdale State College Spring Open House, Farmingdale, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. April 13 Pace University Physician Assistant Studies Open House, Manhattan. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. April 13 SUNY College at Old Westbury Spring Undergraduate Admissions Open House, Old Westbury, High school students, college transfers, parents and anyone else considering a college education are invited to attend the State University of New York College at Old Westbury’s Spring Open House. Learn about the College’s 45 career-igniting majors, meet faculty from each academic department, investigate financial aid options, learn about the many student services we have to offer, and take a walking tour of the College’s beautiful 604-acre campus. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. April 14 LIU Post Admitted Student Day, Brookville, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14 Hofstra University Undergraduate Admission Information Session & Tour, Hempstead, 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. April 14 NYIT Preview Day, Old Westbury Campus, NYIT applicants and admitted Continued on P.50
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students are invited to experience what it’s like to be an NYIT student. You will be able to learn about academics and campus life, and have the opportunity to connect with your future classmates and professors. To register for Preview Day, visit nyit.edu/ previewday. 10 a.m. April 14 Stony Brook University Campus Tours, Stony Brook, 12:15 p.m. April 15-19 Hofstra University Undergraduate Admission Information Session & Tour, Hempstead, 10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 2-4:30 p.m. April 15, 16, 17 & 18 Adelphi University Open House, Hauppauge Center, 6 p.m. April 16 Pace University MPA Information Session, 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 16 LIU Post Open House @ Nassau Community College, Garden City, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 16 LIU Post Open House @ Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood Campus, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 17 Adelphi University Open House, Sayville Downtown Center, 6 p.m. April 17 LIU Post Preview Day, Brookville, 1 p.m. April 17 Nassau Community College Nursing Information Sessions, Garden City, 5 p.m. April 17 Nassau Community College Career Opportunities in Health Care, Garden City, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. April 18 St. John’s University Instant Decision Day, Queens. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 18 & 24 Baruch College Information Session @ Hilton Long Island, Huntington, 6-8:30 p.m. April 18 LIU Post Preview Day, Brookville, 10
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LIU Post Transfer Registration Day, Garden City, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 19 & 26 Dowling College Open House, Oakdale Campus, Get detailed transfer information, apply for admission, or even get a personal campus tour.10 a.m. April 20 Adelphi University Open House, Hudson Valley Center, 10 a.m. April 20 Baruch College Spring Open House, Manhattan. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 20 Adelphi Univeristy Accepted Student Day, Garden City Campus, 11 a.m. April 21 Adelphi University Transfer Registration Day, Garden City Campus, 1 p.m. April 22 Spring College Fair @ Huntington Hilton Hotel, Melville, 8:30-11 a.m. & 6-8:30 p.m. April 22 NYIT Veteran Days, Old Westbury Campus, On this day, veterans will be able to meet with an expert admissions counselor about eligibility for admission and academic scholarships, as well as to review your transfer credit evaluation (if eligible) to ensure you maximize your transfer credit. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 22-26 Adelphi Univeristy College Information Session @ Adelphi University, Garden City Campus, 12 p.m. April 23 Baruch College School of Business Information Session, Manhattan. 6 p.m. April 23 Hofstra University Spring College Expo, Hempstead. 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 23 Farmingdale State College Nursing Information Sessions, Farmingdale, 10 a.m.-12
Education Night & Career Development @ Fox Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, Learn how to approach a job search, how to use tools by Financial Executives International, and job search/networking capabilities. 6-8:30 p.m. April 24. Spring College Fair @ Westhampton Beach High School, Westhampton Beach. 5-7 p.m. April 24 St. Joseph’s College Adult Learner Information Session, Brooklyn Campus, 6:30-8 p.m. April 24 Hofstra University Transfer Student Information Session & Tours, Hempstead, 12-1:45 p.m. April 26 Dowling College Brookhaven Open House, Get detailed transfer information, apply for admission, or even get a personal campus tour. 10 a.m. April 27 Hofstra University Sportscasting Information Session, Hempstead, 12:301:30 p.m. April 27 Stony Brook University Summer Camps Open House @ Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27 Molloy College Campus Tour, Rockville Centre, 1 p.m. April 28 Adelphi Univeristy Undergraduate Open House, Garden City Campus, 11 a.m. April 28 Hofstra University Spring Open House, Hempstead High school juniors and their families are invited to get a jump start on their college search. Tour the Hofstra campus and attend informative workshops. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 28
New York National College Fair @ Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York, Manhattan. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 28 Fordham University Information Session & Tour, Bronx Campus, 2 p.m. April 29 Stony Brook University Campus Tours, Stony Brook, 12:15 p.m. April 29 & 30 St. John’s University Instant Decision Day, Queens. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 1, 8, 15 & 29 Pace University MS in Counseling Information Session, Manhattan. 5:30-7 p.m. May 2 Hofstra Univeristy Transfer Student Information Session & Tours, Hempstead, 12-1:45 p.m. May 3 St. Joseph’s College Adult Learner Information Session & Breakfast Reception, Patchogue, 9:30 a.m.-noon. May 4 Hofstra Univeristy Admissions Preview Day, Hempstead, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. May 4 Stony Brook University Campus Tours, Stony Brook, 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. May 4 & 11 LIU Post Transfer Visit Night, Brookville, 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 7 Baruch College School of Business Information Session, Manhattan, 6 p.m. May 7 Adelphi University Graduate Open House, Garden City Campus, 5:30 p.m. May 8 Hofstra University Education & Health Sciences & Human Services Info Session, Hempstead, 4-6 p.m. May 8 Suffolk Community College Employment Day, Brentwood-Grant Campus, Job fair Continued on P.52
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St. Joseph’s College Graduate Information Session, Patchogue, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. May 11 NYIT Information Sessions/Tours for HS Juniors, Old Westbury Campus, 11 a.m., May 11 Long Island Career Fair @ Melville Marriot, 1350 Walt Whitman Rd. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 13 LIU Post Freshman Registration Night, Brookville, 12:30 -8 p.m. May 14 LIU Post Transfer Friday, Brookville, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 17 Hofstra University Undergraduate Admission Information Session & Tour, Hempstead, 10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 2-4:30 p.m. May 17 LIU Post Freshman Registration Day, Brookville, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 18 St. Joseph’s College One-Stop Enrollment, Brooklyn Campus, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 18 Hofstra University Personal Trainer Certification Information Session,
Hempstead, 10-11:45 a.m. May 19 NYIT Transfer Enrollment Days, Old Westbury Campus, You’ll receive an admissions decision on-the-spot, and we’ll review your application for up to $15,000 in scholarships each year. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 22, 23, 29, 30 & June 4, 6, 11 & 13 Hofstra University Sportscasting Information Session, Hempstead, 6-7 p.m. May 30 St. Joseph’s College Information Session for Health Programs, Patchogue, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. June 1 St. Joseph’s College Adult Learner One-Stop Enrollment, Patchogue, 8 a.m. June 4 & 11 St. John’s University Instant Decision Day, Queens. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 4, 13, 18 & 25 LIU Post Graduate Open House, Brookville, 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 11 LIU Post MBA Open House, Brookville, 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 11 LIU Post Library & Info. Science Open House, Brookville, 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 11
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SUNY New Paltz Information Session, New Paltz, 5-6 p.m. August 8 Adelphi University College Information Session, Garden City Campus. 12 p.m. August 13
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St. Joseph’s College Adult Learner One-Stop Enrollment, Patchogue, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 22 & 29 St. John’s University Instant Decision Day, Queens. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 9, 16, 23 & 30
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NYIT Information Sessions/Tours for HS Juniors, Old Westbury Campus, 2 p.m., July 19
Adelphi University Open House, Sayville Downtown Center, 6 p.m. June 13
St. Joseph’s College Adult Learner Information Session, Brooklyn Campus, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. July 20, August 3 & 13
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Hofstra Univeristy Sportscasting Information Session, Hempstead, 6-7 p.m. June 25 & July 8
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Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989) posing for a portrait in 1929, just a few years before her first book was published, followed by many well-known novels and short stories including Jamaica Inn, Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, Hungry Hill and The Birds.
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t was the summer of 1929 when aspiring British writer Daphne du Maurier took to the seas with Long Island’s investment banker millionaire known as the “King of New York,” who left his Huntington home, Oheka Castle—a name he created using his initials, Otto Hermann Kahn— to take a party of travelers on a tour of Scandinavian waters aboard a yacht he chartered for the occasion. “We sailed through the Kiel Canal to Gothenburg, and thence to Denmark, Sweden and Norway and the fjords,” wrote Daphne in a diary she kept of the trip. “Otto Kahn was the most wonderful host and a great conversationalist…a truly remarkable man.” The future Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel author, sent on the excursion by her wealthy family—which included her prominent actor father Sir Gerald du Maurier and grandfather, author and Punch cartoonist George du Maurier, didn’t want to go. She wouldn’t know anyone and “it would mean buying new clothes.” But the 22-year-old reluctantly went and had a fabulous time, even playfully rejecting uninvited romantic advances from Kahn, nearly three times her age, by taking her clothes off and diving nude into the water. “A daring maneuver, but it worked,” she wrote. “He was in his sixties and did not attempt to follow my example. The attentions were more muted afterwards.” But Kahn wouldn’t give up entirely, offering to buy Daphne a fur coat. “This I declined, asking for a dagger instead, and the same dagger reposes on my desk today,” she continued. “One never knows when it might come in useful.” Daphne’s dark sense of humor would become a cornerstone of her literary work combining beautiful prose with sinister undertones. She would release her first novel, The Loving Spirit, in 1931, then go on to pen dozens of screenplays, novels, biographies and short stories, including The Birds, which inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 suspense film of the same name. But it was her 1938 gothic thriller romance, Rebecca, that garnered her international fame and brought her to LI’s shores, where she would meet a woman who embodied one of her fictional characters and inspire her next bestseller. By 1946, Daphne had become known for delicately weaving suspenseful tales in the confines of mythological estates by the sea, ones that harbored spirits of the psyche and Edgar Allan Poe-like characters, their lives playing out in bone-chilling and otherworldly narratives. “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again… The rhododendrons stood 50 feet high, twisted and entwined with bracken, and they had entered into alien marriage with a host of nameless shrubs, poor, bastard things that clung about their roots as though conscious of their spurious origin,” she describes the haunting Manderley estate in Rebecca. “A lilac had mated with a copper beech, and to bind them yet more closely to one another the malevolent ivy, always an enemy to grace, had thrown her tendrils about the pair and
made them prisoners.” The rhododendrons are described frequently throughout the novel, as a symbol of both evil and female sexuality. “There was something bewildering, even shocking about the suddenness of their discovery,” she says of the blood-red flowers. “The woods had not prepared me for them. They startled me with their crimson faces, massed one upon the other in incredible profusion, showing no leaf, no twig, nothing but the slaughterous red, luscious and fantastic, unlike any rhododendron I had seen before.” Rebecca was turned into a film, starring Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. But its success was tempered by a plagiarism suit filed against Daphne by author Edwina MacDonald, who claimed the plot was stolen from her book Blind Windows. It was an accusation Daphne would be forced to answer for in a New York courtroom. “An American woman claims that I copied a book of hers when I wrote Rebecca (I’d never heard of her or her book, needless to say),” Daphne wrote in a letter to a friend dated Oct. 18, 1942, and described how she didn’t want to “go to New York for my stinking lawsuit.” “The sword of Damocles” was hanging over her, she wrote in another of a series of letters given to her biographer Margaret Forster by Daphne’s family upon her death. Daphne feared that if she were to lose the case, it would mean “bankruptcy for all.” In November 1947, Daphne set out on the Queen Mary in cabin B108 to New York. She would stay at Barberrys, the luxurious Mill Neck estate of her American publisher, Nelson Doubleday and his wife, Ellen. The Doubledays had previously offered their 13-acre Cleft Road home overlooking Oyster Bay to Daphne, her husband and three children, as shelter during World War II, but Daphne had declined. Despite her family’s wealth, Daphne lived simply, almost to the point of austerity at times. Just as she didn’t want to sail with Kahn more than a decade earlier, she was not
“When Daphne met Ellen, she was overcome. Right before her eyes the phantom character she had dreamed up in Rebecca had come to life before her. From then on, Daphne referred to Ellen as ‘Rebecca of Barberrys.’” looking forward to an elegant stay in a strange home. This time, she had no choice. But when Daphne met Ellen, she was overcome. Right before her eyes the phantom character she had dreamed up in Rebecca had come to life. From then on, Daphne referred to Ellen as “Rebecca of Barberrys.” “Watching you at Barberrys was very hard to bear,” she wrote in a letter to Ellen six weeks after leaving LI. “You looked lovelier every day. It just defeated me.” Daphne went on in the letter to describe herself as a child: “A little girl… very shy, always biting her nails. But never being a little girl. Always being a little boy. And growing up with a boy’s mind and a boy’s heart.” Daphne referred to herself as “a half-breed,” a woman on the outside with a “boy in the box” inside. “Then the boy realized he had to grow up,” she told Ellen, “And not be a boy any longer, so he turned into a girl, and not an unattractive one at that, and the boy was locked in a box forever. D. du M. wrote her books, and had young men, and later a husband, and children and a lover, and life was sometimes Continued on page 56
FOR SALE: The study of Barberrys pictured in a recent real estate listing. (Daniel Gale Sotheby’s)
BARBERRYS: The 13-acre Mill Neck home, then and now, of publishing icon Nelson Doubleday and his wife, Ellen, who inspired the title character of Daphne’s best-selling novel, My Cousin Rachel. (Daniel Gale Sotheby’s, Society for the Preservation of LI Antiquities)
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lovely and sometimes rather sad, but… she opened up the box sometimes and let the phantom, who was neither girl nor boy but disembodied spirit, dance in the evening when there was no one to see…” Daphne had relationships with both men and women before, but did not consider herself lesbian or bisexual and shuddered at the thought of being labeled. “By God and by Christ if anyone should call that sort of love by that unattractive word that begins with ‘L’, I’d tear their guts out,” Daphne wrote to Ellen on Dec. 10, 1947. This quote later became one of the inspirations for the title of the Showtime series The L Word. “Nobody could be more bored with all the L people than I am,” Daphne wrote to Ellen in 1948. “I like to think my Jack in the box was and is unique.” Daphne and Ellen became extremely close during her stay at Barberrys. While Daphne professed her love for Ellen openly, her host made it clear that although she, too, loved Daphne, they could never be more than good friends. The women would talk for hours in the evening on LI. During the day, Daphne defended Rebecca in a Manhattan court room, an experience she described as “utterly degrading” in a letter to a friend. “When I got up on that bloody stand,” she said, “I wasn’t just fighting a foolish case for plagiarism, I was fighting all the evil that has ever been, all the cruelty in myself…all the rottenness that is in every one of us.” She said the prosecution’s lawyer called her “a liar” and this was “so very perceptive of him…my life has been one long lie for as far back as I can remember.” In January 1948, a judge decided in favor of Daphne. She returned to England, maintaining a close friendship with Ellen by mail. Letters were constantly exchanged between Cornwall and Long Island. Daphne, growing more distant from her husband during this time, wrote a screenplay called Mother, about a woman whose son-in-law falls in
love with her. The play was really about Daphne herself and a British version of Ellen. Daphne continued to visit Barberrys, sometimes for months at a time. “What have you done to me?” she wrote to Ellen, “To make me want to fly 3,000 miles just to look at you for a week?” Daphne eventually fell in love with actress Gertrude “Gertie” Lawrence, after meeting during a party at Barberrys. She began dividing her days between time with Ellen on LI and Gertie in Manhattan. On Aug. 9, 1951, Daphne wrote to Ellen that she would have never left Barberrys “if there had been no iron curtain between us.” But the main character of Daphne’s next novel, My Cousin Rachel, would again be based on Ellen. In another letter, Daphne described the book to Ellen as “rather sinister and a bit creepy and you will never really know whether the woman is an angel or a devil.” My Cousin Rachel was an immediate bestseller. Ellen, who knew she inspired the character of Rachel, told Daphne it was “one of your masterpieces” and said she saw Daphne in a character hopelessly in love with Rachel. “In the writing of the novel I turned myself so completely into Philip I was beguiled,” Daphne replied in a letter. “[Rachel] could have poisoned the entire world and I would not have minded.” More than 50 years later, Mill Neck’s Barberrys has switched hands multiple times, and was sold again privately for $8 million last summer. It is still nestled off West Shore Road, its driveway lined with a wall of towering hedges covered by the tight-lipped buds of rhododendrons. “The people I write about in books are more real to me than the people I meet, and I try and make people that I meet be as exciting as the people in books,” Daphne wrote in a letter to her daughter in 1954. “But they never are.”
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hundred thousand light years or a hundred yards, give or take a few, are all that separate the Milky Way Galaxy from a pair of Peruvian shrunken heads at the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport. The distance is relative, because it doesn’t take that much time to travel the space between the new, state-of-the-art Vanderbilt Planetarium, which just underwent a multi-million-dollar upgrade, and the eccentric collection of William K. Vanderbilt II, whose majestic mansion epitomizes the glory days from Long Island’s Gold Coast when American millionaires pursued their passions— both private and public—on their once-secluded North Shore estates. Surprisingly, few visitors to the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum today make the connection at what was once his 43-acre Eagle’s Nest estate. They either come for the uplifting planetarium show—now greatly enhanced by the $3.2-million Konica Minolta GeminiStar III projector—or visit Vanderbilt’s Spanish Revival manor house with its marble bathtubs, medieval furniture, decorative arts and stunning views. Not to mention the Jivaro Indian tsantsas (shrunken heads)—their eyelids and mouths sewn shut—eerily silent in a glass display case in the Memorial Wing by the courtyard. “People come to the planetarium and they have no idea what’s on the other side of the wall,” says Lance Reinheimer, the museum’s interim executive director, during a recent Press special preview of the refurbished planetarium. “And, vice versa: People go to the mansion and have no idea what’s in here.” Vanderbilt had a long relationship with Long Island. He began building the “bachelor” wing of his mansion in 1910 because he was then separated from his first wife and he completed it in 1936 after he was married to his second wife. In 1904, to promote sports-car racing in America, he had sponsored the Vanderbilt Cup—and spearheaded the creation of the Long Island Motor Parkway in 1908 (the museum pays homage to his love of the automobile, too). Tragically, his 26-year-old son, returning to New York from the family’s
This spring centerport’s vanderbilt museum has a new star attraction: a state-of-the-art planetarium projector that can span the milky way in seconds. visitors will also want to stroll through vanderbilt’s spanish revival style mansion, the gold coast at its best. All photos courtesy of Vanderbilt Museum.
palatial Florida estate, died in a car crash in South Carolina in 1933 and the Memorial Wing was named in his honor. Over the years Willie K., as his friends called him, had assembled an eclectic collection of marine life, exotic insects, shrunken heads, an Egyptian mummy, dueling pistols, a 19th century surgical kit, a Nile crocodile, antelopes, a cobra, a tiger, a polar bear, a leopard, an ostrich and even a warthog, to name a few of the thousands of specimens. He also hired experts from the American Museum of Natural History to create the wildlife exhibits for his Diorama Hall, which he’d show to his weekend guests. Hanging menacingly overhead in the Habitat Room is an open-mouthed 32-foot whale shark caught off Fire Island in 1935, which was restored a few years ago thanks to matching grants from Save America’s Treasures and Suffolk County. “We’re the stewards of his collection as he left it,” says
The view from a balcony at the Vanderbilt mansion shows boats moored in Northport Harbor.
Reinheimer. “It doesn’t give us a lot of latitude to move things around.” But, he adds, “We have the mummy in the mansion.” Vanderbilt, who died in 1944 at the age of 65, had kept the preserved body in his Marine Museum, separated from the mansion by his three-hole golf course (now just rolling grass lawn), because he thought it was “bad luck” to bring it inside his house. The 3,000-year-old Egyptian is one of the star attractions today at the museum, which Suffolk County acquired in 1950 after Robert Moses reportedly turned it down. The Vanderbilt family fortune had come from the New York Central Railroad and international shipping enterprises— Cornelius Vanderbilt was the precursor— and Willie K. circumnavigated the globe twice in his 264-foot custom-made yacht, the Alva, named after his mother, which fed his interest in celestial navigation. Inspired by the NASA moon landing in 1969, the museum board of trustees believed that a planetarium would be consistent with his vision and rededicated his tennis court to that purpose, although it wasn’t completed until 1971. “If Vanderbilt were alive today, this is where he would want to go!” remarks Reinheimer. Upgrading the planetarium is vital to ensuring the museum’s survivability, he explains, since it is the main revenue generator, drawing almost 60,000 school children annually. It’s not the only planetarium in the region, but in its scope and technical ability, the Vanderbilt rivals the Hayden Planetarium with its ultrahigh-definition video, advanced computer system and ability to quickly upload the latest NASA imagery. “We’re one of the best planetariums in the country,” Reinheimer says. Weeks before the planetarium’s official reopening, workers were mounting shiny metal letters above the dome entrance that would eventually spell out “The William and Molly Rogers Theatre,” in honor of their generous donation that helped the project reach fruition. All told, considering the advanced equipment, the
new plush seats and the redone lobby, the renovation will have cost the museum some $4 million. Only a few years ago, the museum was about to go dark for good. The stock market collapse had shrunken its endowment, which funded 53 percent of its operating budget. The rest came from programs, membership, site use (for weddings and the like), grants and donations. Suffolk County was also facing a serious shortfall. In January 2009, the museum payroll fell $35,000 short, and Carol Ghiorsi Hart, then the executive director, told The New York Times, “If we can’t raise that, we’ll have to shut down.” But with a combination of changing hours, cutbacks, fee hikes, budget austerity, legislative largesse through a hike in the county’s motel and hotel tax, and successful philanthropic fundraising, the night lights stayed on. And now the Vanderbilt Planetarium is entering the space age with a brighter future than ever before. The three-ton “star ball” projector can recede soundlessly into a central pit—where Vanderbilt once had the net on his tennis court—which allows for an array of special presentations that the previous design didn’t. Just as the planetarium has gone high-tech, some fans of its past are going to have to get with the times. “No more laser shows!” says Reinheimer, with a grin, referring to the site’s former hosting of projected galaxies choreographed to the music of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, among other classic rock acts. He insists that “they’re lame” compared to what this new system at the Vanderbilt can do. Dave Bush, the planetarium’s technical and production coordinator, and Lorraine Vernola, the assistant director of public planning, make the star ball work its magic inside the dome. Bush handles the Friday night live show, letting the audience learn what constellations and planets can be seen overhead. If the sky is clear, he’ll take them to a powerful 16-inch telescope Continued on page 60
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housed nearby in its own observatory with a retractable roof so they can see for themselves. Vernola handles the educational programs, which can be tailored to the curricular needs, age-group and scientific aptitudes of school visitors. With the new star ball come new programs for children, adults and families, in conjunction with Sky-Skan, a specialized producer in this area, and planetariums in Britain, China and the United States. During our preview we sampled three trailers. One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, a Sesame Street production featuring Big Bird, Elmo and his friends, is geared to the pre-kindergarten set. Solar System Odyssey is modeled more like a video game adventure for middle school kids (“Hang onto your breakfast!” a space commander tells his teenage companion). Families and adults are the target audience for Stars, which is narrated by Mark Hamill and accompanied by the Nashville Symphony. With body-slamming sound and breathtaking special effects, it depicts the fiery birth and light-snuffing death of these vital celestial bodies. Exploring what the new GeminiStar III can do has been exciting for Bush because the old projector was 42 years old. “The whole universe is in this system!” he says. “Just working with all of this stuff time flies—it’s easy to get lost in this.” With the dome darkened, we sat back as Bush took us on a quick spin around
the solar system, pointing out where Pluto, the “king of the dwarf planets,” crosses Neptune’s orbit—a planetary “no-no” in astronomical circles—and then, just like that, he zoomed out to the far reaches of the Milky Way, which is 100,000 light years across, reducing our sun to a shiny speck in one of the galaxy’s spiral stellar arms. At the touch of a button he can send the stars swirling, heads spinning and stomachs reeling. He admits he used to get vertigo himself but he’s been doing this for more than 13 years so, not unlike a sailor at sea, he says, “You get dome legs!” On tap for the Vanderbilt are a summer Shakespeare festival, a clam bake, concerts, children’s theatre, and a classiccar show. So the museum is making a big push to appeal to new generations of visitors willing to space out through the solar system and beyond—or take a look back at the opulent lifestyle and interests of one of Long Island’s most curious millionaires. The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum is at 180 Little Neck Rd., just a couple of miles north of the Centerport Fire Department off 25A. The new planetarium, which formally re-opened to the public on March 15, is operating its winterspring schedule from now until June 16, featuring two shows on Friday evening, at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., Saturday afternoon and evening, and Sunday afternoon. For more information call 631-854-5579 or visit www.vanderbiltmuseum.org.
Vegan Revolution LI Chef Blends Passion With Artistry to Create Healthy Gourmet Cuisine By Rashed Mian email@example.com
Jay Astafa, one of the few vegan chefs on Long Island, glides around the kitchen at 3 Brothers Pizza Café in Farmingdale on a snowy afternoon, exuding a demeanor that suggests decades of experience. He shifts from the ingredient station to the grill, carefully scrutinizing his work, always mindful of his role in serving plant-based options to his growing customer base at the restaurant, which his father owns. Many of those patrons come as far away as Manhattan and Brooklyn, eager to pay the pricey Long Island Rail Road fare to visit the Farmingdale pizzeria, because Astafa, a lanky 20-year-old with a head of hair as unique as his culinary vision, belongs to a rare breed of chefs on LI. “More and more people are catching on,” Astafa says of the incredible following 3 Brothers has garnered since 2007 (the pizzeria moved from Rockville Centre on March 8) and the dramatic rise in popularity over the past five years of vegan food, the only cuisine Astafa deals in after eschewing meat and dairy products five years ago. Sixty-percent of 3 Brother’s customers are vegan. “When I became vegan, I became inspired to become a vegan chef,” he says, the aroma of freshly made pizzas wafting through the air. “I would go to my dad’s pizzeria to work there, and they didn’t have any vegan options, and I’m like, ‘Why don’t I just create it myself?’” Astafa became vegetarian at 14, turned vegan five months later, then quickly created a small veganonly menu, a humble carte du jour compared to his current menu, which carries more than 50 vegan options— from eggplant rollatini and buffalo drumsticks to baked ziti and sausage and pepper heroes. Vegans, unlike vegetarians, abstain from any products originating from animals. So when Astafa cooks pizza or his popular mozzarella sticks, he uses tapioca mozzarella cheese by Daiya, a company that produces dozens of dairy-free products.
Jay Astafa, the vegan chef at 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe in Farmingdale, displaying one of the restaurant’s vegan pizzas. Astafa , who is 20 years old and turned vegan five years ago, is headlinging a pop-up in Manhattan on April 25 and 26. (Photos by Rashed Mian/ Long Island Press)
Jay Astafa’s version of scallops (top), which he will be serving at a two-day pop-up event in Manhattan, and macaroni and cheese.
Jay Astafa’s popular mozzarella sticks (top) and a plate of cultured cheese, which includes cashew goat cheese.
“Most people have this conception that vegan food is bland, it’s tasteless, it’s boring,” he says. “But what I’m doing, it’s nothing like that.” Now he’s taking five years of onthe-job training and his four-month education at the National Gourmet Institute in Manhattan to The Old Bowery Station in New York City on April 25 and 26, where he will be headlining a pop-up event for 150 people. Astafa, whose aspirations know no
bounds, is confident he’ll be serving a packed room each day. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s also currently looking to open up his own restaurant—Jay’s Kitchen—at the end of the year. Astafa, who is intent on doing “something cutting-edge that people haven’t done before,” shows no sign of anxiety or trepidation, despite dreaming up such an ambitious venture at such a young age. “The idea just came to me,” he adds.
“I didn’t really want to hold onto it.” Jennifer Greene, a loyal 3 Brothers patron and the organizer of Vegan Long Island, a meet-up group boasting more than 800 members, is confident that Astafa has the chops to make a name for himself specializing in a cuisine still foreign to many foodies. “I was always so excited to introduce other people to Jay’s cooking,” says the 45-year-old Bellport resident. “I knew it would turn on people to vegan cuisine.” Greene made the change to vegan a decade ago and has no regrets. “I used to think nothing of eating meat and animal products,” she says, “but when I learned more about the reality of where our food comes from, I started making choices and I’m glad to have kinder options.” “I’ve never been healthier,” she adds, “or happier.” John Cunningham, consumer research manager for The Vegetarian Resource Group, a nonprofit that educates the public on vegetarian and vegan issues, can also attest to a sea change in the way people consume food during the past decade. “I would say that the number of people that are explicitly vegan has definitely increased,” he says. “If you lump vegans and vegetarians together, the number has grown...from 1 percent to the neighborhood of 5 percent now. “The number of vegans as a portion of that is growing much faster,” he adds. People who exclusively eat vegan do so for many reasons, though their diet change is mostly due to their concern for animals and for personal health. But concern for the environment is quickly climbing up the list. In 2010, a United Nations report released by the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management found that agricultural production accounts for 70 percent of global freshwater consumption and 38 percent of total land use. Also, food production is to blame for 19 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, 60 percent of phosphorus and nitrogen pollution and 30 percent of toxic pollution in Europe. The report suggests that a shift away from animal-based proteins can have a positive impact on the planet. “In the case of food, rising affluence is triggering a shift in diets toward meat and dairy products— livestock now consumes much of the world’s crops and by inference a great deal of freshwater, fertilizers and pesticides linked with that crop production,” Ernst von Weizsaecker, co-chair of the panel, said in the report. Astafa went vegan for many of those reasons and admits there is some activism in the way he cooks. But vegan cuisine also allows him to think outside the box and create something that’s never been tried before. “If I can really give them a gourmet vegan meal, then my mission is done,” he says.
Karl Groeger Jr. sits in Looney Tunes’ cozy office in West Babylon, the walls covered in newspaper clips, signed guitars and vinyl records, and stares at his Apple computer, the mouse hovering over his music library on iTunes. Groeger, 43, co-owner of the record store and president of Looney Tunes’ Brookvale Records, has been firmly implanted in the record-selling business since he was 6 years old. He knows nothing else. But his digital library (less than 200 tracks) is rather bare. “I just don’t like the sound,” he says. Vinyl, Groeger insists, is the only true way to experience music as an art form. Despite the record store’s success, Groeger felt like Looney Tunes had more to offer to vinyl lovers. So three years ago, he established the label and made deals with some of the biggest names in the business, such as Warner Bros., Universal and Sony Music. Brookvale (which takes its name from the street Looney Tunes is located) has worked with about 50 bands since that time and produced 15 vinyl records with three scheduled for release in the near future, including one from Long Island’s own Taking Back Sunday. “When you experience music on vinyl you physically hold the piece in your hand,” Groeger says. “You’re touching something, you can’t touch a download.”
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/// The store Owner Joe Ostermeier is talking about his enormous collection of records (around 15,000) when a customer entering Infinity Records in Massapequa Park with a big grin embraces him. “Yeah, we kiss customers,” he says with a smile. Infinity has a strong customer base, and many of those diehard vinyl fans are in the store, fingering through the collection of hundreds of used and new records— some that sell for only a quarter. Dozens of new records line the walls of the shop, shelves are filled to the brim and vinyl albums packed tightly in boxes stretch all the way to the store’s rear. Ostermeier went into the business because he “knew how to build a better record store than what existed on Long Island,” he says. And even though the music industry has seen a drastic shift from vinyl to digital music over the years, Ostermeier, who has degrees in accounting and business, is not surprised that Infinity has weathered the storm. For Ostermeier, the business is not about the money. “I wanted to open up a store that was collector-oriented to people who actually knew music and love music.” Judging from his clientele, he’s succeeded.
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Nicholas Smith saunters into Infinity Records in Massapequa Park on a Friday morning, escaping the chilly breeze outside with the help of a steaming coffee he just purchased from a nearby coffee shop. Smith is very familiar with the area, especially Infinity, which is practically a second home. Smith, a 47-year-old accountant who grew up in East Williston, has been collecting vinyl records for 35 years and has owned up to 5,000 of the black beauties. The most he’s ever had in his collection at one time is somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000. “Space is always an issue,” he admits. “You collect them and a lot of times certain things come to signify certain times in your life,” he says, as music bounces off the walls and shoppers inspect Infinity’s vast inventory. Smith describes the sound of a vinyl record as “a little bit warmer, a little bit smoother,” than a CD or digital download, which is “a little bit harsh” to his ears. He doesn’t think he’ll ever stop collecting. “You’re always bumping into new stuff,” Smith says.
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It’s easy to understand why 43-yearold John Everette, a DJ and emcee, who goes by the moniker Oxygen, is infatuated with vinyl. Oxygen’s childhood home was a vinyl playground— his mother collecting gospel LPs and his sisters jamming to funk and Motown. Oxygen’s sister bought him his first records from Paradise Records and he’s “been hooked every since,” he says. His interest in vinyl evolved in the mid-80s, influenced by friends and DJs in his neighborhood. Vinyl has also played a large role in Oxygen’s career. As a DJ and emcee, he opened for the rap group Public Enemy in Germany for their 25th anniversary tour in 2010, and he will be performing in Holland and the U.K. this month. The DJ’s love for vinyl is also radiated through his own music. “I’m a vinyl addict,” Oxygen raps in a music video. “Started off at a 11 with this habit, never needed toys because wax was all that mattered.”
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From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere! The Dr. Seuss travel mug features the Oh The Places You’ll Go book cover around the outside. The actual book has always been a favorite gift for college-bound grads, but they’ll probably get more use out of this 16-ounce coffee mug. It’s available, along with all sorts of Dr. Seuss goodies, at Seussland.com.
THE GLOBETROTTER DIARIES: TALES, TIPS AND TACTICS FOR TRAVELING THE SEVEN CONTINENTS BY MICHAEL CLINTON
Talk about going places! This guy has literally been there, seen that. It started the summer after his freshman year in college, when he wound up spending 94 days backpacking through 22 countries. Since then, he’s been to a hundred more. He’s run marathons on four continents, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and even gotten his pilot’s license. For someone who’s really been around, he’s surprisingly down to Earth. His favorite international airport is Heathrow’s Terminal Five. And here’s a shocker: His favorite beach is Southampton! This book really helps you go the distance—maybe not as far as Clinton—but just as smart and without the hassle.
SPRINGSTEEN ON SPRINGSTEEN: INTERVIEWS, SPEECHES AND ENCOUNTERS EDITED BY JEFF BURGER
As an occasional listener to E Street Radio on Sirius XM, I always step on the gas a little harder when some of my favorite songs from the Boss drive me to distraction. (“Mister State Trooper, please don’t stop me!”) Jeff Burger has covered a lot of miles to deliver this keeper for dedicated Springsteen fans, which is out this month and covers nearly four decades of this rock artist’s career, from his humble start in Jersey to his show-stopping keynote speech at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin last year. The Boss doesn’t mince words.
THE BEATLES JIGSAW PUZZLE AND “A HARD DAY’S NIGHT” ‘45
Puzzles, T-shirts, mugs, stickers and albums of all your favorite bands—whether on CD, audio cassette, or vinyl—can all be found at your local record stores. April 20 is Global Record Store Day, so head down to these endangered species and give some love. Satiate your vinyl fix more with Four Corners on Page 64.
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Taking the heart of the original story, as written by Lewis Carroll, and mixing in a dash of popular culture, the Engeman Theater brings the curiouser and curiouser journey of a young girl who falls down a rabbit hole Listings for April 2013 to a whole new peculiar level. John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, 250 Main St., Northport. 631261-2900. www. Indian artist Asad Faulwell’s intricate mixedengemantheater. media art focuses on images of Algerian women, com. Saturdays especially the freedom fighters who were involved at 11 a.m. in the 1954-1962 struggle to end French occupaand Sundays tion. They are shown against highly-decorative floral at 10:30 and geometric patterns familiar in Middle Eastern a.m. Through art. California-born Chris Johanson employs an May 5 exuberant color palette for simple and imperfect, cartoon-style geometric shapes. Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor. 516-484-9337. www.nassaumuseum.com. Through June 16
Nick Cannon Comedian, actor, former 92.3 NOW radio DJ, America’s Got Talent host, musician, writer and executive producer— not to mention Mariah Carey’s hubby—Nick Cannon rolls into Levittown for a night of laughs. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. 516731-3358. www. govs.com. April 3
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The Punk Goes Acoustic Tour: Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) & Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls)
Glen Matlock has made indelible contributions to music as the original bass player with The Sex Pistols, formed the underrated Rich Kids, worked with a variety of artists ranging from Iggy Pop to fellow original School of ’76 Brit Punk Rockers, The Damned. Building on the Rolling Stones’ dirty rock & roll, Mick Jagger’s androgyny, girl group pop, the glam rock of David Bowie and T. Rex, and the Stooges’ anarchic noise, the New York Dolls created a new form of hard rock that presaged both punk rock and heavy metal. Their drug-fueled, shambolic performances influenced a generation of musicians in New York and London, who all went on to form punk bands. Tonight the duo comes together for a special acoustic set. City Winery, 155 Varick St., Manhattan. 212-608-0555. www.citywinery.com. April 1
NYC Food Trucks & Chef Curtis Stone
Celebrity chef Curtis Stone (1-3 p.m. on April 7) will bring his popular cooking show live and demonstrate his signature recipes while NYC food trucks display their own take on the mobile gourmet scene currently being promoted the entire weekend on Food Network, TLC and the Cooking Channel. Tanger Outlets at the Arches, 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park. April 6 & 7
The Bouncing Souls
For the past 25 years The Bouncing Souls have covered all territories, examined all subject matter and charged through explosive punk rock songs that reflect on almost everything. But now the New Jersey group will explore a new frontier: Space. The band’s new album, Comet, their ninth full-length studio release, showcases the fact that even after a quarter of a century the musicians can still find new artistic and musical ground. After a few late-night tour conversations about the 2012 end of the world prophecies, the band members penned a song called “Comet,” a track that grappled with the idea of living life to the fullest no matter when life might cease to continue. That track evolved into the disc’s title and cover art. With I Am the Avalanche, Mind Over Matter & Timeshares. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. April 4
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Artist Jeremy Zierau blends street art influences with a fine art presentation, creating objects that lack purpose. The purpose of non-purpose is to create arbitrary conversations between the viewer and the object, to develop discernment in their approach to conceptualism, and art in a broader context. The works presented raise questions about the validity of art in today’s society, and also attempt to invalidate the idea that “anyone can be an artist.” Ripe Art Gallery, 67A Broadway, Greenlawn. www.ripeartgal.com. Opening reception: April 6 On display: Through May 4
Holocaust Remembrance Day
Join the museum on Holocaust Remembrance Day for a special program and multi-media exhibit commemorating the Jews of Greece. Nearly 90 percent of Greek Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, yet many people are unaware of this tragedy. The program will honor Greek Holocaust survivors, rescuers and victims. Reservations required. Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County, Glen Cove. www.holocaust-nas sau.org. 2 p.m. April 7
Set the World on Fire Tour
Fourteen-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and producer Alicia Keys’ 24-city North American tour stops in Brooklyn with rising R&B star Miguel in tow. Miguel’s ubiquitous single, “Adorn,” recently reached #1 on Urban, Urban Adult and Rhythmic Radio. Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. www.barclayscenter.com. April 6 & 8. Also at Madison Square Garden on April 11
The Magic of Quilts More than 150 quilts and
quilted items, including wall hangings and more will be displayed by their creators at this colorful art show by the Smithtown Stitchers Quilt Guild with magic and wizardry as its theme. Dawnwood Middle School, 10 43rd St., Centereach. www.smithtownstitchers.org. April 6 & 7
Martin Tankleff Marty Tankleff served 17 years in prison for murdering his parents in their
Long Island home. In 2007 his conviction was vacated, and then all charges against him were dropped. Today, Tankleff is in his third year of law school and has embarked on a lifelong crusade to help the innocent. Nassau Community College, 1 Education Dr., Garden City. www.ncc.edu. April 8
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Discovered in the wake of the Strokes’ popularity and the subsequent garage rock revival, New York’s trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have created significant buzz for their arty-yet-sexy take on garage punk. Their latest album, Mosquito, is due out in mid-April. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St., Manhattan. www.websterhall.com. April 8
Leonard Cohen: Old Ideas World Tour Legendary singer, songwriter and poet, Leonard
Cohen returns to New York City to celebrate his highly acclaimed 12th studio album, Old Ideas, which debuted at No. 1 across the globe, and is the highest charting album of his career. The “Old Ideas World Tour” follows Cohen’s triumphant 2008-2010 world tour—his first in 15 years. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan. www.radiocity.com. April 7 & 8
After canceling area dates in 2012, Green Day announced they would return to the road in 2013. “We want to thank everyone for hanging in with us for the last few months,” the band says. “We are very excited to hit the road and see all of you again, though we regret having to cancel a few more shows.” Tickets for shows that had been postponed will be honored at these new dates. Best Coast opens. Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. www.barclayscenter.com. April 8
Disproving rumors that Fleetwood Mac would never tour again, the band comes to the Garden with their first tour in three years with a classic line-up featuring John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood together again. Madison Square Garden. 4 Penn Plaza, Manhattan. www.thegarden.com. April 9
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Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013
Guitar great Eric Clapton joins other legendary guitar players for performances and impromptu collaborations to benefit Clapton’s The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility founded by Clapton for chemically dependent persons. Known as pioneers in their field, the roster of artists spans old and new from BB King and Jeff Beck to Keith Urban and Vince Gill. Visit www. crossroadsguitarfestival.com for full lineup. Madison Square Garden. 4 Penn Plaza, Manhattan. www. thegarden.com. April 12 & 13
of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture, Rev. Monsignor John Strynkowski, Ph.D., rector at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James; Emil A. Wcela, Ph.D., auxiliary bishop emeritus for the Diocese of Rockville Centre; and Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D., senior research associate-in-residence and adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University. St. Joseph’s College, McGann Conference Center, O’Connor Hall. 155 W. Roe Blvd., Patchogue. www.sjcny.edu. April 12
Kat Von D Renowned tattoo artist, author of New York Times bestsellers High Voltage Tattoos and The Tattoo Chronicles, and star of LA Ink, Kat Von D will speak and sign her book, Go Big or Go Home: Taking Risks in Life, Love, and Tattooing. Filled with Kat’s sketches, handwriting, drawings of tattoos, and process photos, as well as specially commissioned photographs of the finished large-scale tattoos by celebrity and fashion photographer Patrick Hoelck, Go Big or Go Home covers a wide range of her astounding work. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. www. bookrevue.com. April 17
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The progressive-rock band’s tour follows the release of its sixth studio album The 2nd Law, which includes hit singles “Survival” and “Madness.” The band, which originated in England, first came onto the scene with the release of Showbiz in 1999 and has sold more than 15 million records across the world in its 13-year span of hit songs including 2009’s “Uprising.” Madison Square Garden. 4 Penn Plaza, Manhattan. www.thegarden.com. April 16 & 17
Respect My Fresh 2.0 Sneaker & Streetware Show
Buy, sell and trade exclusive sneakers and catch a live performance by Maybach Music Group’s own Stalley. This event, combining art, fashion and entertainment, provides a platform for independent brands to reach new audiences. Revolution Bar & Music Hall. 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. 516-208-6590. www.revolutionli.com. April 14
As singer, songwriter, author, composer, and even screen actor, Rufus Wainwright has carved out his own singular place in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance, and film. But he’s best known as the man Elton John referred to as “the greatest songwriter on the planet,” one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. His catalog includes eight CDs to date, including his latest, Out of the Game. YMCA Boulton Center, 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore. 631-969-1101. www.boultoncenter.org. April 18
Charmer, the latest album from Aimee Mann, as fine a chronicler of the human comedy as popular music has produced. Names have been obscured to protect the guilty, but you will almost certainly recognize yourself in these short narratives, along with the fellow travelers who have conned, enabled, victimized or, yes, charmed you. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. April 19
Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley Locked & Reloaded Tour
Notations 21 Project
In 1969, composer, philosopher and musical innovator John Cage compiled Notations, which contained examples of musical scores by some of the most innovative composers of his time from Leonard Bernstein to the Beatles. Expanding upon the original book, the Notations 21 Project is a modern compendium, anthology and touring exhibition that derives its inspiration from Cage’s seminal work. The gallery is displaying upwards of 60 pieces, some original to the book, and others more recent. Art League of Long Island, 107 E. Deer Park Rd., Huntington Station. April 21
Miranda and Dierks bring to the stage scores of No. 1 singles and chart-topping albums to Uniondale. “Making music for our fans is the best job in the world,” says Miranda. “It’s especially great being able to take to that music on the road with someone I respect as an artist and human being. This will be a tour of ‘epic badassery.’” Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke, Uniondale. 631-920-1203. www.nassaucoliseum.com. April 20
All Time Low & Pierce The Veil
Pop punkers All Time Low team up with Pierce the Veil for The Spring Fever Tour 2013. ATL’s latest album, Don’t Panic, debuted at No.6 on the Billboard Top 200. “With this record, a big part of the process was finding what made our band special on each of our past records,” says singer/ guitarist Alex Gaskarth. “This time around, rather than taking influence from anything we were listening to at the time—or anything we want to touch on generationally—the goal was to make an album that we felt reflected the best aspects of our previous releases.” With Mayday Parade & You Me At Six. Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway, Manhattan. www.bestbuytheater.com. April 24
Jillian Michaels: Maximize Your Life Tour
Biggest Loser health and wellness guru Jillian Michaels shares her keys to health, success and happiness. “Your health is the platform that your entire life is built upon—from your physical health to your confidence and self-worth, I will give you the skill set, tools and insights to transform any aspect of your life immediately so you realize your true potential, and create the future you’ve dreamed of and deserve,” says Michaels. VIP tickets include a Meet & Greet and a 4-week free trial to online training. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. 877-598-8694. April 28
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April by Psychicdeb
If you feel that you’re not getting a fair shake from someone, it could lead you away from the social scene until the last half of the month. At this time, someone will give you the attention you deserve. You’re ready to discuss important issues at great length, but the rest of the world is not interested. Toward the end of the month, you could find yourself in the midst of a lucky streak that pays off in a big way. It’s your month for big ideas that get a favorable reception from influential people. Planning carefully can keep you from wasting valuable time. Don’t take it personally if a loved one isn’t ready for commitment. Time to hit the books and make sure your records are in good order as you might have some unplanned expenses. Check out offers that come your way as someone could have ulterior motives. You’re in the limelight for past achievements, but that doesn’t mean you feel like getting involved with others a great deal. Don’t be cold when loved ones try to get closer to you. Feeling a little bit on edge, you might create a fuss that requires you to spend time smoothing things over later. You can be the diplomat if you want to be, and it’s worth your while now. You will be at your sparkling best, feeling lucky and confident, so take advantage of a really good cycle. Promotions, raises, anything is possible if you just try. So go ahead and go for it! Early frustrations give way to a marvelous expansion of your powers of self-expression. Now is the time to let people know just how the inner you really sees things. They might be surprised. If you’re feeling lucky, then it’s okay to go ahead and take a chance—if the risk is not too great. For those looking for recognition or a promotion, the time is right. The feeling that it’s time to widen your horizons can lead to wonderful travel experiences. Make sure when you’re on the road that you stick to a budget. It’s easy to overspend. You’re ready to do your best to cheer up others now and they’re just as ready to be cheered. While it’s fine to spend time doing things for others, take a little time to please yourself, too. Though you want to let others know how you feel on philosophical level, it might seem difficult for them to understand. Don’t waste time being frustrated, just do your best.
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