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He’s Back! Tom Suozzi Explores Race to Replace Rep. Steve Israel

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An already congested Congressional contest just got more crowded as former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi became the latest candidate to join the growing ranks of those interested in succeeding Rep. Steve Israel, who rocked the Long Island political world earlier this month when he declared that he will not run for reelection this November.The 53-year-old Nassau Democrat, who served two terms as county executive after being Glen Cove mayor from 1994-2001, announced his intention to explore a run for New York’s 3rd Congressional District at a Tuesday morning event held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. A CPA and lawyer at the law firm of Harris Beach, Suozzi formally filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to form a fundraising committee, an initial step in the process.“Over the next month or two, I’m going to talk to people in the district, raise some money, really think it through with Helene and the kids and try to make the right decision,” Suozzi said.Come September he’ll have two kids in college and a son still in high school, so currently weighing on his and his wife Helene’s minds is that the commute to Washington, D.C., is longer than the one to Albany, which he considered making in 2006 before he lost a Democratic gubernatorial primary to then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.In 2009 Suozzi lost his race for a third term as county executive to then-Republican Legis. Ed Mangano, who beat the incumbent by 386 votes. Four years later, Suozzi ended up much further behind County Executive Mangano in a rematch, losing by 59-to-41 percent of the vote.“I know that people are sick of politicians and they’re sick of politics,” Suozzi tells the Press. “Going back into the arena is not an easy thing to do but I’m frustrated by what I see going on in politics these days and it’s got to be shaken up.”He took issue with the current campaign rhetoric coming from both the right and the left in the national discourse.“The Republicans are saying, ‘Let the marketplace take care of it. Let the rich continue to succeed and that will take care of everything,’ ” Suozzi complained. “And I don’t think it’s accurate what a lot of Democrats are saying, which is, ‘Let’s raise taxes on the rich.’ It’s not as simple as that….I want to work together with other people to actually solve real problems that face the people who live in the Third Congressional District.”At this early stage Suozzi is arguably the front-runner from his side of the aisle since he’s the only Democratic elected official to win county-wide office twice. The district stretches from northern Queens to Suffolk’s Huntington Town but its largest bulk includes Nassau’s Gold Coast.At this point, a dozen Democrats have expressed varying degrees of interest, and they’re all scheduled to meet Wednesday with Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs and other party leaders in Glen Cove. Among the contenders are Nassau Interim Finance Authority Chairman Jon Kaiman, former North Hempstead Supervisor; Suffolk Legis. Steve Sterns (D-Dix Hills), who’s term-limited; North Hempstead Town board member Anna Kaplan; Brad Gerstman, a lobbyist; Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove); Robert Zimmerman, a Democratic National Committee member, who co-runs a public relations firm; Suffolk Legis. Dr. William Spencer (D-Huntington); Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone; former Suffolk Legis. Jon Cooper; Todd Richman, a Great Neck businessman and philanthropist; and Laurie Scheinman, a psychologist and philanthropist from Port Washington.Rep. Steve Israel won’t run again this fall because he wants to spend more time writing novels and eating in diners, or so he says.Interest is also heating up on the Republican side. At this early stage the contenders are State Sen. Sen. Jack Martins (R-Old Westbury), the former mayor of Mineola; Suffolk Legis. Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salonga); Assemb. Chad Lupinacci (R-Huntington Station); and David Gurfein, a former Marine and currently president of a health & wellness business.“Jack’s all in, no question about it,” says E. O’Brien Murray, a campaign strategist for State Sen. Jack Martins, in a phone interview with the Press. “He’s definitely running.”Although Murray says he’s sure that Nassau Republicans will eventually come around to regard the former mayor of Mineola as their best candidate for the congressional seat, he was quick to criticize the former Nassau County Executive.“This is the same Tom Suozzi who brought us corruption in his first term, created the energy tax in his second term, and raised taxes 20 percent,” says Martins’ Republican spokesman. “The voters threw him out once and overwhelmingly rejected him the second time when he tried to come back.”Rep. Steve Israel, a former Huntington Town council member, was first elected to Congress in 2000 when the district included more of Suffolk than it does now after it was redrawn. For two terms Israel served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He resigned that post following the brutal drubbing of Democrats in the 2014 mid-term elections, which included the defeat of Rep. Tim Bishop, who had represented the East End of Long Island in the 1st Congressional District but lost to then-State Sen. Lee Zeldin. Until Israel made his announcement two weeks ago, the race for Zeldin’s Congressional seat was the only one on Long Island drawing attention—and money—considering that Republicans hold a 30-seat majority in the House of Representatives and this district was considered a toss-up. Vying to run against Zeldin are Democrats Anna Throne-Holst, the former Southold Supervisor, and David Calone, the former Suffolk County planner and investor.Now Long Island has two hot Congressional races with national implications in 2016 when the White House is also up for grabs.last_img read more

Wolf Administration Approves Two Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to Begin Operation

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first_img Human Services,  Medical Marijuana,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Health approved medical marijuana dispensaries in Chester and Lancaster counties to begin operations, bringing the statewide total to eight.Cure Pennsylvania in Phoenixville, Chester County; and Cure Pennsylvania in Lancaster, Lancaster County; have passed all Department of Health inspections and can begin operations. Patients will be able to purchase medical marijuana at these locations once it is available.“Each week, we are making great strides in expanding our network where patients will be able to get medical marijuana,” Governor Wolf said. “The approval of two more dispensaries is another positive step forward. Work continues to move patients one step closer to having medical marijuana as a tool to help with their medical condition.”More than 16,600 patients have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, with more than 3,800 certified by a physician.“Our team is diligently working to inspect dispensaries,” Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Each of these inspections ensures that all standards set out by the regulations and their facilities are met, and the sites are safe and secure. The program continues to work to provide operational locations to help get medical marijuana to patients.”In order to become operational, the grower/processors and dispensaries have each undergone several inspections from the Department of Health. Each of the grower/processors are fully integrated with the seed-to-sale tracking system and are now able to begin accepting seeds and clones to grow medical marijuana.Physicians continue to register to participate in the program. To date, 701 have registered and of those, 355 have competed the training to become certified practitioners.The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has:Completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process, as well as approved more than 340 applications;Completed temporary regulations for growers/processors, dispensaries, physicians, patients, and laboratories, all which have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;Issued permits to grower/processors and dispensaries;Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup;Convened the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board;Approved five training providers for physician continuing-education;Approved three laboratories to test medication before it is delivered to patients;Launched registries for patients and caregivers, as well as physicians;Registered more than 16,000 patients for the program;Approved eight dispensaries and 10 grower/processers to begin operations; andContinued to work with permittees to ensure they will be operational.The Medical Marijuana Program became effective on May 17, 2016, and is expected to be fully implemented in 2018. The program will offer medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a practitioner’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by the Medical Marijuana Law.Questions about the Medical Marijuana Program can be emailed to RA-DHMedMarijuana@pa.gov. Information is also available at www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov .For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Wolf Administration Approves Two Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to Begin Operation February 09, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Syracuse falls to Kent State, 1-0, for third straight loss

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first_img Published on September 8, 2019 at 4:37 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder Lysianne Proulx motioned her hands toward the man behind her goal, asking him to pass her another ball quickly. Syracuse needed a goal to tie the game with less than five minutes left to play. Proulx then waved her players up field and set up for a long kick. It flew 30 yards but went out of bounds, untouched.The errant goal kick was emblematic of Syracuse’s (2-3) play on Sunday as it misplaced passes, couldn’t find players at the end of crosses and through balls and only fired four shots on goal. In one sequence in the second half, Syracuse fired in three consecutive crosses, yet none connected with a friendly head in the box. Once again, the Orange struggled on the road, falling 1-0 to Kent State (1-3-1) at Dix Stadium.It was SU’s third-straight loss, all coming on a four-game road trip in which the Orange have not scored. The trip ends at St. John’s on Thursday.Syracuse controlled the run of play early in the first half, but Kent State thrived on counterattacks. The loss of Georgia Allen to an apparent head injury further weakened the Orange’s midfield, opening up lanes for Kent State going forward.The Golden Flashes finally struck through Karly Hellstrom in the 22nd minute. A long throw-in into the Syracuse box was mishandled by the Orange defenders and Hellstrom slotted the ball past Proulx. The two teams finished the half with an equal number of shots on goal, but Kent State had two more total shots.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs the second half wore on, Syracuse tried more long balls and utilized Sydney Brackett on the right wing. Brackett was the only Orange player to have shots on goal, finishing with four. She was given space in the 88th minute cutting in on her left foot and fired Syracuse’s best chance of the game. It was parried away out of harm’s way by Kent State keeper Faith O’Neill, and soon after, the final whistle sounded, dropping Syracuse below .500 for the first time this season.The attacking intent in Syracuse’s first two games has wavered slightly during its current road trip. Against Colgate and Siena, the Orange had 17 and 16 shots, respectively. At Dartmouth and Auburn, they managed just five and seven. On Sunday, SU was outshot 16-10.Head coach Nicky Adams stressed in the first two weeks that the Orange will look to play with players behind the ball but also look to get forward and press for as long as their legs allowed. Against Kent State, the pressing was evident at times, but the midfield lines were broken by long balls and quick passes by the Golden Flashes.As conference play nears, Syracuse will need to tighten up on both sides of the field to compete in arguably the hardest league in women’s collegiate soccer. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more