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Times of middle counTry CentereaCh • selden • lake grove north

Vol. 13, No. 43

February 8, 2018


Protecting payers

State Sen. Ken LaValle pushes for LIPA reform act to make rate increases more difficult


Scarfogliero seals Suffolk bowling title for Middle Country — A7

Love My Pet Special feature

Also: ‘Shakespeare in Love’ opens in Smithtown, Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt, Art exhibits on the North Shore



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Brookhaven’s famous groundhog, Holtsville Hal, below, predicted an early spring on Groundhog Day, celebrated at the Wildlife and Ecology Center in Holtsville, above.

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The snowflakes stopped falling moments before Brookhaven’s famous groundhog offered this year’s prediction — it was a good omen of what is to come. More than 100 residents cheered as the famed Town of Brookhaven groundhog, Holtsville Hal, did not see his shadow, an indicator that spring would come early this year. Conversely, Malverne Mel saw his shadow, calling for six more weeks of winter. Their more famous relative, Punxsutawney Phil, agreed with Mel while perched on a stump in his home state of Pennsylvania. Staten Island Chuck went the way of Hal. Town Highway Superintendent Dan Losquadro (R) was keeping his fingers crossed for an early spring. “I’m happy,” he said. “We love winter here on Long Island. We love the kids to be able to play in the snow, but we don’t want winter to last any longer than it has to.” Hal made his 22nd annual Groundhog Day prediction at the Wildlife and Ecology Center Animal Preserve in Holtsville at 7:25 a.m., as per tradition, according to the master of ceremonies Wayne Carrington. Tradition says that if Hal — or, as he’s known in the town as a throwback to the classic Bill Murray movie “Groundhog Day,” the Great Prognosticator of Prognosticators — sees his shadow when he wakes from hibernation, the community is in for six more weeks of winter. “So he exited the ground, not a creature was stirring and not a shadow was found,”

read Losquadro from a large scroll to the cheers of onlookers. “I cannot tell a lie, my prediction so accurate does not come from the sky. I saw what I saw in a blink of an eye.” Those who attended were treated to free hot cocoa to warm up and celebrate the good news. Both Losquadro and Carrington asked residents to make donations to the ecology center to help support care for its animals and programs. “I don’t know what to wear anymore,” said Carrington. “Mr. Weatherman, and weathermen across the universe, please listen to the groundhog today. Listen to the groundhog, please make it so I know what to wear.” For more information about Holtsville Hal, visit his website See page B26 for more photos from the Holtsville ecology site event.

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‘I have a gifted life, I’m doing well right now. To see people [in need] who put their lives on the line and did their time, it’s not right.’ — Tommy O’Grady right on it in two seconds,” the chairman said. “I was so embarrassed to call him back and tell him there’d been a change of plans, but when Robert went in to sit with him after the vet relocations he still said, ‘I’ve got everything.’ They were stunned — they literally had tears in their eyes. They couldn’t believe how generous he was going to be. That’s a hell of a donation.” Cornicelli, who served in the United States Army from 1986 to 1994 and r turned as a captain until his retirement from the reserves in November 2017, has provided meals

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On the day of the big game, Tommy O’Grady was the real patriot. The owner of Miller Place’s Tuscany Gourmet Market donated food for 107 local veterans to make sure the servicemen and women could enjoy Super Bowl LII. Original plans were to prepare a feast for 40 veterans at the VA Northport Beacon House Homeless Shelter through Veterans For A More Responsive Government, a nonprofit working to increase the public’s awareness of harassment and mistreatment of disabled U.S. veterans. Pipes burst at the Beacon House Jan. 12, according to Todd Goodman, spokesman for Northport VAMC, and the veterans were split up and moved to nine different homes after making plans to watch the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots duke it out. When O’Grady was approached with the change of plans, he didn’t hesitate to alter his. “I have a gifted life, I’m doing well right now. To see people [in need] who put their lives on the line and did their time, it’s not right,” O’Grady said. “For me, to give this to them, it’s the only way to say ‘Thank you.’” O’Grady had been connected with Robert Cornicelli, founder of the veterans nonprofit group, through his childhood friend and Suffolk County Republican Committee Chairman John Jay LaValle. The two grew up in Centereach together, and when LaValle was approached by Cornicelli asking first for help stretching his $540 into food for 40, he knew who to call. “Tommy is the type of guy I’m almost afraid to talk in front of because God forbid you mention somebody is in need, he jumps

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SCHOOL NEWS Middle Country school district

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The Middle Country Central School District Teachers Association hosted its second annual free book distribution at Centereach High School. Attendees lined up around the corner to take advantage of the program and looked through and took home donated books. “We are proud of our teachers for the work they do with our students inside the classroom, and for the beneficial impact they have on the rest of the community

outside of the classroom as well,” said Roberta Gerold, the superintendent of schools. “For a second consecutive year, the Middle Country Teachers Association is setting a positive example for our students by teaching the importance of giving back while helping to facilitate a love for reading.” Through a partnership with First Book, the American Federation of Teachers and the teachers association, more than 10,000 books were collected and distributed.




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Robotics team takes home first-place trophies The Newfield Roverines robotics team continued its extraordinarily successful year with another first-place tournament trophy at a regional VEX robotics competition. Hosted at Adelphi University, the competition brought together student teams from high schools in Westchester, New York City and Long Island. “The entire district is incredibly proud of our Roverines as they continue the incredible streak of thoughtful and innovative performances at robotics competitions,” said Superintendent of Schools Roberta Gerold. “Their success is a testament to a district — and community — that provides

students opportunities to engage in STEM inside the classroom and through multiple extracurricular programs.” The Roverines also came in first place in the competition’s skills challenge. The trophy is given to the team that accumulates the most points between the autonomous control and driver control challenges. The students have one more regional competition in East Rockaway before they will compete in the Southern New York State VEX Robotics Championship. The team will look to repeat its first-place performance and once again move onto the VEX Worlds Competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Middle Country Reads, a project of Middle Country Public Library and Middle Country Central School District, celebrates reading as a shared community event. This year’s selection, “Faithful” by Alice Hoffman, explores the ways kindness and perseverance can transform and redeem those touched by tragedy and guilt. Hoffman will visit the library on March 27 to speak about her work and life, followed by a book signing. For more information about Middle Country Reads contact Lori Abbatepaolo at 631-5859393, ext. 295.

Cosmetology students win beauty school contest Centereach High School Skills USA Cosmetology students participated in a contest with New York Institute of Beauty. Students completed multiple hair and makeup styles while competing against students from other local cosmetology schools and programs. All competing students were required to write an essay, demonstrate two different makeup artistry skills and bring multiple

unique hair designs to life on live models. The New York Institute of Beauty team chose the winners, with feedback from social media. CHS Skills USA Cosmetology winners: Hair: Devyn Reischman Hair: Alyssa Purpi Hair: Emily Menendez Makeup: Nicole Petillo Makeup: Karissa Schroeher


STATE LaValle introduces bill creating more stipulations for LIPA rate increases New York state Sen. Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) wants to make it more difficult for LIPA to increase rates for its customers. LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I-Sag Harbor) introduced the Long Island Power Authority Rate Reform Act in January, a bill drafted to require the notfor-profit public utility’s board of trustees to “protect the economic interests of its ratepayers and the service area,” in addition to the interests of the utility company when considering a rate increase proposal, according to a joint press release from the lawmakers. The bill would also prevent LIPA from increasing rates to offset revenue losses associated with energy conservation efforts, like the installation of energyefficient appliances and light bulbs. If passed, it would require the board to hold public hearings within each county overseen by LIPA prior to finalizing rate plans. Currently, LIPA’s board is required to consider three criteria when a rate increase is proposed by the State Department of Public Service: sound fiscal operating practices, existing contractual obligations, and safe and adequate service, according to the press release. “While we have been working to keep Long Island affordable by implementing measures like the 2 percent property tax cap, LIPA approved the largest rate increase in its history,” LaValle said in a statement, citing a three-year rate increase approved by the board in 2015. “This measure will



State Sen. Ken LaValle is sponsoring a bill with Assemblyman Fred Thiele that would change the way LIPA increases rates. enable more community input by mandating a public hearing when considering rate changes. In addition, this legislation would provide the trustees with the tools necessary to reject rate increases that would cause additional financial burdens on Long Islanders.” Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine (R) and Port Jefferson Village Mayor Margot Garant each voiced support for LaValle’s bill. “The record amount of investment in reliability, customer service and clean energy all come at a time when electric rates have remained roughly flat for a decade,” LIPA trustee Tom McAteer said in a statement

through spokesman Sid Nathan. “Customer satisfaction is significantly higher and customers see PSEG Long Island crews tree trimming and storm hardening the electric grid throughout the year. Those are the facts. Not opinion. The Reform Act is working for our customers.” The LIPA Reform Act was enacted in 2013 to revamp the utility’s operations, including empowering the board to decide on proposed rate increases. PSEG Long Island operates LIPA’s distribution systems. Elizabeth Flagler, media relations specialist, said in a statement the company is reviewing the legislation and will be monitoring its status.

or other structures due to the HVAC system, it will be repaired.” Continued from page A3 O’Grady said he wanted to donate the not-so-standard London broil and balsamic for veterans around the holidays for some chicken heroes, wings, salads and cookie time, but officially founded his nonprofit trays so that the money Cornicelli had raised, this year. A disabled veteran himself, he’s matched with a donation from LaValle’s Reundergone four back surgeries, knee surgery publican National Committee funds, could go and foot surgery, and said toward repairs. while his mission this time “Robert is passionate around was to make the about this, and I’m just party happen despite the backing him,” the Tuscany setback, he said he hopes a Market owner said. “We’re mindfulness for the needs making it all happen for of veterans emerges. him. We want to raise “The conditions at the awareness, so people can Beacon House are horrible,” come together to get this he said. “I took photos of home fixed.” moldy walls, ceilings. It’s Cornicelli teamed up disgusting.” with fellow St. James resiConversely, Goodman dents William Mountzousaid the pipe that burst in ros, a volunteer, and Allan Building II was in the bathFajardo, a veteran, to drop off the food at the various room of a structure originalveterans homes. Fajardo ly used as an administrative said he has been directly building, not residential, and was repaired quickly. — John Jay LaValle affected by Cornicelli. The Honduras native served He said heating upgrades in the Army from 1994 to were being made, which is 2016, and enlisted Cornicelli. He returned to why the vets were displaced. “The $1.1 million project to replace the states a homeless veteran, and his friend the HVAC system will be under construc- opened his home to him, providing food and tion soon and completed in summer 2018,” shelter. With the help of LaValle and former he said. “[The pipe burst] played no factor Smithtown Supervisor Pat Vecchio, Fajardo and had no impact on the relocation of the earned part-time jobs within Smithtown and veterans. If there is any damage to the ceiling Brookhaven towns, eventually becoming an

‘If everyone did what Tommy did, there’d be a lot fewer problems in this world, that’s for sure — certainly there wouldn’t be any world hunger.’



The proposed legislation comes as municipalities continue settlement discussions pertaining to lawsuits filed by Port Jeff Village and Port Jefferson School District — both in LaValle’s home district — in addition to the Town of Huntington and Northport-East Northport school district against LIPA to prevent the utility’s challenges to property value assessments at the Port Jeff and Northport plants. The result of the lawsuits could have a dramatic impact on Port Jeff Village and its school district, as both entities receive substantial property tax revenue as a host community of a LIPA power plant. The Port Jeff plant is currently used about 11 percent of the time, during periods of peak energy generation demand, an argument LIPA has used against the village’s public pleas to repower its plant and give LIPA more bang for its tax-assessment buck. A 2017 LIPA study predicted that by 2030 the Port Jeff plant might only be needed about 6 percent of the year, thanks in part to the emergence of energy efficient household appliances. In August 2016 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) mandated that 50 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable energy, such as wind and solar power, by 2030. Bruce Blower, a spokesman for LaValle, did not respond to an email asking if the proposed legislation was drafted with the lawsuits in mind, or if a settlement was imminent. Both the Senate and Assembly versions of the bill are in committee and would require passage by both houses and a signature from Cuomo prior to becoming law.

Forty veterans were displaced after pipes burst at the VA Northport Beacon House Homeless Shelter. investigator for the Town of Islip. “It’s thanks to those guys that I’m here,” Fajardo said. “When I saw the work [Cornicelli] was doing I immediately hopped on board. It’s a great feeling helping out brothers and sisters in need.” LaValle said seeing the groups of “good guys” come together has been mental therapy for him. “It’s a tough world right now,” he said. “It’s a very hostile world at times. This is something that’s been really rewarding because you learn you may think you have it bad, and you may be whining about something, but it’s very true that there’s always someone out there who has it worse. Now I want to do more to help out.” He pointed to Cornicelli and O’Grady as prime examples of model citizens.

“If everyone did what Tommy did, there’d be a lot fewer problems in this world, that’s for sure — certainly there wouldn’t be any world hunger,” he said, laughing. “And what Robert is doing is absolutely wonderful, he deserves a lot of credit.” But on the day of the Super Bowl, Cornicelli called O’Grady the real hero, who donated much more than just heroes. “I never met the guy in my life, and he tells me he’s taking care of the whole thing — it’s unbelievable,” Cornicelli said. “He broke everything down to the exact amount needed to feed the veterans at each location, and it’s an amazing feeling when these guys’ eyes are wide open, saying, ‘This is what we’re getting?’ rather than bagged lunches. It’s refreshing to see guys helping out. Tommy, he’s one of the greatest patriots I’ve ever met.”


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POLICE BLOTTER Incidents and arrests Feb. 1–5 Motorcycle stolen

A 42-year-old man from Coram allegedly stole a 1993 Suzuki motorcycle from a location on Montauk Highway in Moriches Jan. 14, according to police. He was arrested Feb. 2 in Port Jefferson Station and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny.

Fight with injury

While at a location on Patchogue Road in Port Jefferson Station March 17, 2017, at about 5 p.m., a 44-year-old man from Port Jefferson allegedly punched another man in the face, breaking his nose, according to police. He was arrested Feb. 2 in Port Jefferson and charged with third-degree assault.

Hit and run

On Feb. 1 at about 8 p.m., a 30-year-old man from Miller Place driving a 1999 Dodge allegedly backed into a 2015 Ford while on Honey Lane in Miller Place and fled the scene without exchanging insurance or contact information, according to police. He was arrested Feb. 4 and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.

Unlicensed driver

A 28-year-old woman from Sound Beach was allegedly driving a 2004 Jeep on Miller Place Road in Miller Place at about 4 p.m. Feb. 4 with a suspended license, according to police. She was arrested and charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Shoplifting/store credit ruse

At about 2:30 p.m. Feb. 5, a 23-year-old man from Centereach allegedly stole an internet router from Lowe’s Home Improvement on Route 112 in Medford, returned it for store credit, and then used the store credit to purchase a Porter-Cable air compressor, which he allegedly later sold for cash, according to police. He was arrested and charged with petit larceny.

Phone scam

A resident of a home on Piedmont Drive in Port Jefferson Station received a phone call at about 1 p.m. Feb. 2 from a man stating she was owed a refund from computer repair work previously done at her home, according to police. She gave the man her account information under the guise of him depositing the refund into her account, and instead money was withdrawn, police said.

Attacked walking to car

At a home on Avolet Court in Mount Sinai Feb. 4 at about 11 p.m., someone exited the house to retrieve an item from a vehicle parked outside and was allegedly approached by an unknown man who caused minor lacerations to the face and stomach of the victim with an unknown object, according to police.

Hit and run 2

While on Perigee Drive in Stony Brook Feb. 2 at about 9 a.m., a 21-year-old woman from Stony Brook driving a 2009 Audi allegedly crashed into a parked 2017 Chevrolet and left the scene without exchanging insurance or contact information, according to police. She was arrested Feb. 5 in Selden and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.

Mall shoplifting

A 53-year-old woman from Selden allegedly stole a total of five pairs of Beats by Dre headphones from stores in the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington on two separate occasions — Nov. 9 and Dec. 10 — according to police. She was arrested Feb. 1 in Selden and charged with fourthdegree grand larceny and petit larceny.

Prescription drugs

At about 2:30 p.m. Feb. 3 while in a 2004 Saturn on Route 347 in Setauket, a 27-yearold man from Coram allegedly possessed the drug Xanax without a valid prescription, according to police. He was arrested and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Pizza place fight

At Port Jeff Pizza on Main Street at about 3 a.m. Feb. 4, a man was allegedly punched in the face by another man, who fled immediately after, according to police.

Stolen vehicle

A 2006 Nissan was stolen from a home on Judith Drive in Coram Feb. 4 at about 4:30 a.m., according to police.

Train station assault

At about 1 p.m. Feb. 3, a man was walking in the parking lot of the Port Jefferson Long Island Rail Road station when an unknown suspect beat him with his bare hands, according to police. — COMPILED BY ALEX PETROSKI




The Middle Country girls bowling team, on right, claimed the Suffolk County title behind head coach Mandy Dominguez, above, who announced his retirement. Below, Hannah Skalacki rolls the ball down the lane.

Bowling team finally bests East Islip BY JIM FERCHLAND


The intensity was up and the noise level high as Middle Country and East Islip found themselves in familiar territory — duking it out for the county title for seven hours Feb. 3. Middle Country won by 42 pins after erasing a 43-pin deficit heading into game six to finally overcome East Islip after coming in second to the Redmen the last two years. With emotional hugs and tears, Middle Country won its final game 1,147 to 1,062 after being up in games one through three, to earn a trip to the state championships in Syracuse. Amanda Scarfogliero finished with a 1,317 series, and saved her best for last, a 256 in Game 6, the team’s second highest score. No one on Middle Country bowled lower than a 202 in the final game. Scarfogliero was in tears as the final scores were being calculated. “My heart dropped, honestly,” said Scarfogliero. “I made a promise to this team and my parents that I’d get Middle Country up to Syracuse. That’s exactly what we did. I needed to get that last game-high, and I did it.” Middle Country rallied back to win 6,454 to 6,412 in a thriller at Bowlero in Sayville, winning four of the six games. Middle Country’s 69-year-old head coach Mandy Dominguez announced he will be retiring after coaching for 28 years and in Middle Country for 18. “I’m so proud of these girls,” Dominguez

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MC boys bowling team places 4th said. “The girls did not give up. They all had 200s in the final game. They’re resilient, and a tough group of girls.” East Islip came out on fire in Game 4 and Game 5, out-bowling Middle Country 1,131 to 1,020 in the latter to turn a 248-pin deficit after Game 3 into the 43-pin lead. Senior Julie Acosta was the last bowler in starting rotation for Middle Country. She finished the last game with a 225 and had the team’s high game with a 279. Middle Country had mathematically already won before she bowled her final frame. “I was so nervous,” Acosta said finishing up her game. “Knowing that we won, I just wanted it to be over with and be able to

celebrate with my team.” The last time Acosta went to states, she was in seventh grade, which was her first season with Middle Country. In Dominguez’s final season coaching, he said going to the states is icing on the cake. The team will compete at The Oncenter in Syracuse, March 10 at 9 a.m. “I’m so happy, especially very happy for the girls,” Dominguez said. “East Islip has beat us every year for the past three or four years. This year, the seniors came through and they worked hard. They’re a great bunch of girls and a great bunch of talented bowlers.”

In other county bowling news: Middle Country’s boys bowling placed fourth with 6,294 points. East Islip claimed first by a landslide with 6,829 points to earn backto-back county titles. In second was West Babylon with 6,353 and Sachem in third with 6,346. Middle Country junior Noah Axinn bowled a 300 in his second game. He’s never bowled a sanctioned 300 before. Senior Thomas Lettich finished sixth in the county in with a 223 average for Middle Country. He has the fourth highest series in the county at 783. He will go to Syracuse to bowl as an All-Star.


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Suffolk schools need good partners There’s a lot of talk about public-private partnerships at all levels of government. If our state officials can strike a deal to benefit New York’s inmates, we think it’s time to negotiate for the benefit of our collective future — Suffolk County students. New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision announced a deal with a private company, JPay, to provide free tablets to approximately 51,000 state prisoners. JPay is a Miamibased company that provides technology and services to help the incarcerated stay connected with people outside prison. The state prisoners will be able to read e-books, listen to music and even have family send money back to them. “The decision by New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to allow inmates to be provided free tablets is a slap in the face and an insult to every hardworking, law-abiding, taxpaying family across New York State that struggles to provide these same tablets and other school supplies for their children,” said state Assemblyman Dean Murray (R-East Patchogue). We have to agree. To be clear, helping incarcerated citizens develop tools for success upon their release is a worthwhile endeavor for both the individuals and the society they hope to assimilate back into at the conclusion of their sentence. However, if such a deal can be struck for those in jail, we’d like to see the New York State Department of Education at least attempt to negotiate a private-public partnership with technology manufacturers or educational software providers to see if a similar arrangement can be made. It’s no secret that many Suffolk County teachers wind up purchasing basic supplies — crayons, construction paper, glue, markers, calculators and other supplies — for their classrooms out of their own pockets. If a penny of funding for basic staples is coming from teachers’ pockets, more expensive, big-ticket items must also be a problem, despite the passage of the Smart Schools Bond Act in 2014, which was enacted for the purpose of updating technology in schools. Kings Park High School announced it received approval for its state technology initiative in November 2017, one of the first districts on Long Island to do so. It is the first time the district can afford major technological upgrades in 10 years. Let that sink in — the computers, networks and internet capabilities our students rely on are more than a decade old. Suffolk County’s public schools educate more than 235,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade, according to the New York State Department of Education’s figures for the 2016-17 school year. While this is five times more than our state prisoners, it should not be perceived as impossible. We’d like to see the state education department and our school districts get creative in finding solutions to budgetary problems. School budget season is getting underway and finding and negotiating publicprivate partnerships with some of the large businesses in their backyard could be the solution taxpayers are looking for.

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In the news conference unveiling his 2018-19 executive state budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo again calls for a plan to initiate early voting in New York State along with same-day voter registration. It isn’t the first time he has called upon counties in New York to implement this plan. Unfortunately, his proposal has gone nowhere time and time again. It is time for that to change. Cuomo’s plan would require counties to offer at least one early voting polling location for every 50,000 residents during a 12-day period before Election Day. The polling sites would be open at least eight hours on weekdays and five hours on weekends, thereby providing multiple opportunities for those unable to accommodate a visit to the polls during their working hours. New York is one of only 13 states to lack some form of early voting. In 2016’s presidential race, some 30 million Americans took advantage of early voting — none of them were from New York. In fact, statistics show that with 60.2 percent of the 231 million eligible voters casting ballots in the 2016 election, an increase compared to the 58.6 percent in 2012, national

turnout was still reduced by approximately 1.5 percent due to low turnout in three of the four most populous states: California, New York and Texas. The six highest-ranking states in terms of voter turnout, according to a report by Nonprofit VOTE, which partners with nonprofits to assist people with participating in voting, all offered same-day voting registration. In addition, unlike voters across the country, residents of New York can only vote ahead of time by absentee ballot if they can offer proof that their profession, business, travel, school work, illness or disability prevents them from getting to the polls. The result of all these obstacles is that voter participation in New York is anemic. The antiquated system that exists due to an unwillingness on the part of the state Legislature to adopt new procedures is hampering the rights of individuals from all walks of life who want to participate in the election process. In addition, counties want assurances that implementing new voting laws — which could cost an estimated $7 million — will not result in another unfunded state mandate. Gov. Cuomo needs to

provide that commitment. The early voting measure, which has been embraced by the state Assembly has unfortunately fallen victim to partisan politics in the state Senate. But modernization of the voting system in New York must be a bipartisan priority to ensure that voters are not disenfranchised. Voting is one of our most cherished rights as Americans, yet voter turnout is rarely what we hope it will be. Not everyone can get to the polls on Election Day or take time off from work to vote. The governor’s early voting proposal will make it easier for New Yorkers to participate in the democratic process. Times have changed, and although some traditions and laws forged in the past rightfully remain in place, others must adapt to changes in societal values, priorities and circumstances. I support the governor in this endeavor and encourage our state lawmakers to do the same. You should do the same.

DuWayne Gregory Presiding Officer Suffolk County Legislature

Trump promises versus actions Dear Mr. President, Thank you for continuing to take the fight to ISIS. You deserve much credit for virtually eliminating ISIS as a threat. Obama underestimated this threat and did not begin to make inroads until 2016 and you followed and modified that plan to completion. But why are you escalating tensions with North Korea? Please do not replace the threat from ISIS with a threat of nuclear war. Thank you for continuing to grow the U.S. economy and increasing jobs. In Obama’s last year, 2016, 2.34 million jobs were added. In 2017, 2.17 million jobs were added. Thank you for continuing this. But where are the wage gains and the good working-class jobs that you promised? I hope they are coming, and without inflation. Thank you for continuing to deport violent undocumented immigrants. Obama deported 5 million violent undocumented

immigrants. Your administration deported 100,000 last year. Thank you for continuing to make this a priority. But why are you ripping families apart by demonizing and deporting nonviolent undocumented immigrants? That’s more than 100,000 families ripped apart. Thank you for cutting taxes on the working class. But why are you also cutting taxes on the wealthy? What programs will you cut to ensure we don’t go into a deficit and burden future generations? Thank you for highlighting investment in infrastructure, workforce development and job training, and paid family leave in your State of the Union address. These are sorely needed and will benefit our country. But how will you pay for these programs now that you cut taxes so dramatically on the wealthy? Hopefully not through more deficit spending. Thank you for bringing the

“best and brightest” into your administration. But, oh wait, you didn’t do that. You’ve just brought public embarrassment and rotating positions: Flynn, Scaramucci, Spicer, Priebus, Price, Dubke, Shaub, Fitzgerald. Your brightest addition, Tillerson, won’t deny having called you a moron. Thank you for giving America great health care insurance, as promised. Thank you for ensuring high ethical standards for politicians and mitigating corruption. Thank you for applying sanctions to Russia for meddling in U.S. elections. Thank you for coming clean about the debt you owe to Russia so that we know the Kremlin does not have its hands in your pockets. But, oh wait, none of those things have happened yet.

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Superheroes are transformed into lightning rods


eople spend millions of dollars each year to find compatible friends and dates. The dating sites, the self-help books and magazines and the life coaches ask copious questions about our likes and dislikes and what we need around us. Maybe they are missing a key question that can reveal important yet hard-todescribe details about how we feel about ourselves and the world. That question relates to our feelings for lightning rod figures. Let’s start By Daniel Dunaief with Tom Brady, who just lost his third Super Bowl last Sunday, despite a heroic effort. The quarterback, who has won five other Super Bowls, is a

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legend, is extraordinarily successful and has one of the most impressive résumés of anyone in the game. Indeed, even people who know nothing about football — and I have a foot in that camp — know who he is and have an awareness of his remarkable success. In a country that celebrates victories, however, he doesn’t seem to be high on the national likability scale. I’m sure there are plenty of Patriots fans who disagree and think the world loves their superhero. Sorry, but I’m sure you can find the Brady haters on the internet. Anyway, maybe what causes them to dislike the superstar is the spectacular and well-earned selfconfidence. Maybe it’s the fairy tale life. Then again, isn’t that what we all buy into when we watch Disney movies? Doesn’t his name, Tom Brady, suggests some kind of Disney superhero, who saves the day with perfectly placed passes despite defenses bearing down on him? Then again, maybe, for some his

friendship with Donald Trump is problematic. The president has become an important compatibility filter as well. It’s hard to imagine two people agreeing to disagree calmly about a president who some believe has either saved us from the likes of Hillary Clinton or has created new and deep fault lines in the country. Then there are those people who seem to fall into and out of favor. Watching the movie “Darkest Hour,” it’s clear that other politicians didn’t see Winston Churchill as a superhero whose destiny was to lead the British nation through one of its most challenging crises. He was the right man at the right time for an impossible job, facing what seemed like insurmountable odds. And yet, despite his cigar-chomping, nation-inspiring heroics, it was bye, bye Winston almost immediately after World War II ended. The same could be said of America’s mayor, Rudy Giuliani. He wasn’t

exactly a legend in New York before Sept. 11, 2001, as he seemed to pick fights with everyone and anyone. And then, after 9/11, he somehow struck just the right balance for a nation in mourning, offering sympathy and support while remaining proud of the country and defiant in the face of the attack. After he left office, the bloom came off that rose quickly as well. Then there’s George W. Bush — or “43,” if you prefer. Many people couldn’t stand him when he was in office, with his nuke-u-lar (for nuclear), his snickering and his parodyable speech patterns. And yet, these days, his image and his reputation have made a comeback, particularly today as common ground seems to be disappearing under the feet of the two major political parties. Maybe these dating sites shouldn’t ask your hobbies, religious preferences or favorite foods. Instead, they should ask what you think of Tom Brady, the current U.S. president and the wartime prime minister of England.

Love is in the air: Happy Valentine’s Day!


ere are some sentiments about that undefinable emotion: Love. Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointlife has By Leah S. Dunaief ments thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or

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laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colors seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there is no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby.

Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life. Bob Marley Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu

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There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our full potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life. John Lennon I heard what you said. I’m not the silly romantic that you think. I don’t want the heavens or the shooting stars. I don’t want gemstones or gold. I have those things already. I want … a steady hand. A kind soul. I want to fall asleep, and wake, knowing my heart is safe. I want to love and be loved. Shana Abé






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