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

Harris, Haddin to join Aussies coaching staff in New Zealand

first_img(REUTERS)-Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and fast bowler Ryan Harris will join the team’s coaching staff for the tour of New Zealand in January, the country’s cricket board said yesterday.The pair will act as coaching consultants during the three-match one-day international series against New Zealand in January and February, Cricket Australia said.Harris will concentrate on bowling, with regular coach David Saker heading to India early with batting coach Graeme Hick to prepare for the Test series starting in February.Haddin, who joined Harris in retirement last year, will be employed as a fielding consultant.“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to have ex-players of the calibre of Brad and Ryan on board for this tour and continue their involvement in Australian cricket,” head coach Darren Lehmann said in a media release.“Both these guys have worked hard on their coaching since leaving the game and thoroughly deserve their opportunity.“They will bring a great insight to the team and their appointment highlights some of the depth we have in Australia in the coaching pathway system.”Haddin, 38, has been involved preparing the next generation of talent in the Australia ‘A’ side, while Harris, who has aspirations of becoming the team’s next head bowling coach, was an assistant during the one-day international team’s recent 5-0 whitewash by South Africa on tour.“South Africa was a great learning experience for me and it was fantastic to be back with the team again,” said Harris.Australia’s coaching staff have been under the microscope, with both the test and one-day teams struggling in recent month.Australia’s series-opening loss to South Africa in Perth on Monday was its fourth defeat in succession after the 3-0 whitewash in Sri Lanka.The second Test against the Proteas starts on Saturday in Hobart.last_img read more

ESWC to bring FIFA 18 to Paris & São Paulo

first_imgESWC recently announced that they are now a licensed qualifier of the EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18 Global Series on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018.The Paris based organisation, part of the Webedia-group, will deliver online qualifiers on Toornament throughout March leading up to two offline events in Paris and São Paulo this coming April. Both tournaments will gather 32 top international players, after multiple rounds of online qualifications, with $20,000 (~£14,500) up for grabs.Four players have already received direct invites to the offline Paris finals as a reward for their achievements in the ESWC FIFA18 PGW Challenge whilst the rest of the players will battle it out during the online qualifiers during March. The four invited players are: Florian ‘Cody’ Müller, Vinken ‘Lev’ Lev, Lucas ‘DaXe’ Cuillerier and Fouad ‘Rafsou’ Fares.The online qualifiers are taking place every weekend during March leading up to the first online final in Paris on the 7th and 8th of April at the Webedia HQ.Julien Brochet, Director of the ESWC, commented: “After a successful ESWC FIFA18 PGW Challenge, the ESWC will write a new chapter of its long history of tournaments within competitive FIFA. Becoming one of the Official Qualifying Competitions for the EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18 Global Series is a big step forward in our relationship with EA and toward the player community”.Talking about the relationship ESI caught up with Sylvain Maillard Content Director at ESWC who explained: “FIFA’s first appearance at ESWC dates back to 2010 so It was natural for us to get closer to EA to be able to propose a tournament that takes part in the FUT Champions Road to the eWorldCup. They answered positively to our wish to be part of it. Of course, it did not come alone and we had to fulfil their requirements as any other organizer.”Esports Insider says: We understand that FIFA holds the greatest amount of simultaneous tournament brackets running on the Webedia backed platform Toornament. And that this is one of the rare ways to take part in the EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18 Global Series outside of the two other tour dates organised so far by EA in Barcelona and Amsterdam. For more info head on over to the ESWC site.last_img read more