Voters to Pick Replacement for Nassau Pol Denenberg Tuesday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Voters in Nassau County’s 19th Legislative District will cast their ballots Tuesday in a special election to fill the seat left vacant by former Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick), who recently resigned.The candidates include Rita Kestenbaum, 56, who’s running on the Democratic and Working Families party lines, and Steven Rhoads, 46, who has the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines as well as the Tax Revolt party designation. Both are from Bellmore.Kestenbaum is a former member of the Hempstead Town Board, who became a gun control activist in 2007 after her 20-year-old daughter was shot to death on the night of her birthday outside her off-campus apartment in Tempe, Arizona, by a disturbed young man who then turned the gun on himself. She later set up a foundation and has worked closely with the Long Island Crisis Center.Rhoads is a personal injury attorney who previously twice tried to unseat Denenberg. If Rhoads wins, Republicans would need to gain just another seat in the Nassau Legislature to control a super majority of 13 votes—they now have 10 of the 19 legislative seats. That margin would enable the GOP to approve borrowing measures without needing Democratic support.In the district, 41 percent of the 54,355 registered voters are Republicans (22,304 voters) and 31 percent are Democrats (16,708 voters). District 19 stretches from Seaford to south Freeport up to North Merrick and North Wantagh.Last month, Republican James D. Kennedy, the son-in-law of the late Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa), handily beat Democrat Joseph Stufano in a special election to fill the 12th Nassau County legislative district seat left vacant when one-term Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), the son of Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, was elected in November to fill the 8th New York State Senate seat, which former Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick) vacated a year prior.Denenberg had resigned after pleading guilty to charging more than $2 million worth of legal services over eight years that he never provided.A third special election will be held on March 31 in Suffolk’s 12th Legislative District to fill the seat held by former Legis. John M. Kennedy Jr. (R-Nesconset), who won his bid to become Suffolk County comptroller in November. Kennedy’s 58-year-old wife, Leslie, a longtime aide who ran her husband’s office, will be running for the seat herself.Kennedy’s Democratic challenger, Deborah Monaco, 55, is reportedly not going to run “an active campaign,” according to Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Rich Schaffer, due to time constraints and other factors. She has been the secretary of the Suffolk Democratic Committee and has a job at the Suffolk Board of Elections. Republicans outnumber Democrats in this district, too.—With Spencer Rumseylast_img read more

Tactically astute Zinedine Zidane learns from Benitez’s mistakes at Real Madrid

first_imgBloodied by a 4-0 thrashing Barcelona handed them last November, Real Madrid’s tactical changes in Saturday’s ‘Clasico’ were richly rewarded when they ended the home side’s record-breaking 39-game unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory at the Nou Camp.Coach Zinedine Zidane learned the lessons of predecessor Rafael Benitez’s disastrous tactics in the last encounter and employed defensive midfielder Casemiro in favour of more attack-minded players, opting instead to sit and wait for Barcelona.”We had a game plan, we know we’ve got speed on the counter-attack, so we used that to our advantage,” Madrid forward Gareth Bale said after late strikes from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo cancelled out Gerard Pique’s opener on 56 minutes.”We know obviously if you attack them they’re not the best defensive team in the world. They’re great at attacking, so we worked on that in training and it’s paid off.”Before kickoff, Barcelona staged an emotional tribute to late player and coach Johan Cruyff, who had an irreversible influence on the philosophy of attacking football with which the team remain associated with today.Coach Luis Enrique and captain Andres Iniesta had talked of their desire to give the Dutchman, who succumbed to cancer at the age of 68 last month, the perfect tribute on the pitch by beating Madrid with a display of attacking football.However, they were cancelled out by Frenchman Zidane’s astute game plan and none of their potent front three of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi or Neymar were able to demonstrate their usual attacking flair.advertisement”Casemiro played a fundamental role,” Zidane said.”The goal scorers made the difference but above all, we put in a huge performance defensively against players who can cause you damage if you give them any space. I enjoyed seeing my players help each other out.”Madrid defender Marcelo added that the result was a reward for his side’s ability to resist the temptation to mirror Barcelona’s attacking style of play”Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world and we managed to beat them by playing well and knowing how to suffer, because we were patient,” the Brazilian said.”We owed our supporters something after the last game (the 4-0 defeat in November). A team like this always has to be at the top and we gave everything to make our fans happy.”Madrid’s tactics were hailed by French newspaper L’Equipe with the headline ‘Super Zidane’, and Spanish daily Marca’s front cover praised the team’s spirit, saying “Los Blancos didn’t give up and conquered the Nou Camp”.last_img read more