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Last Updated: April 15, 2014   

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Sea Cliff
Mayor Kennedy Assembly Bid

Sea Cliff's Mayor Bruce Kennedy, (R)
has tossed his hat in the ring for the 13th Assembly District seat, currently held by Charles Lavine, (D) who was elected to the Assembly in 2004. (l-r) Shown here is Mayor Kennedy with Grant Lally, the Republican Conservative Candidate for Congress.

Mr. Kennedy was elected Mayor of Sea Cliff in 2009 and is serving a second term. He is Chairman of the Planning Board and on the Board of Trustees, and Board of Directors of Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Bruce has lived in Sea Cliff for over 18 years and loves the “vibrant, progressive, family-oriented community, and sees the Village as rich in community spirit, with a strong civic consciousness exhibited by numerous community groups.” He feels the community has “placed a high value on our historic heritage, a small-town character, while having a forward thinking population, with excellent schools, quiet and friendly neighborhoods, and an incredible arts community.”

Former Mayor Norm Parsons endorsed Kennedy for Mayor, and said, “His work ethic and intelligence are clearly demonstrated in the outstanding accomplishments achieved during his years on the Planning Board and in his other contributions to volunteer organizations in the Village prior to that

Kennedy has held the line on property taxes, and also as Mayor Watson has stated, thinks Albany needs to enact mandate relief. Mandates without any monetary compensation put a huge burden on Villages. Kennedy is interested in eliminating an above-ground construction work law that drives costs up on employers. He looks to revising the pension reform of 2012 which he feels was misguided, which increased contributions for new employees and lowered benefits, and an option only for some workers.
Kennedy thinks he could make a difference and has a well known record, in business, community action and government service. Former Mayor Parsons, said, “Bruce has been able, through
consensus building, to bring some incredibly thorny planning applications to successful resolutions, he is interested in business growth and has dedication and integrity.”   

Suit Brought
Against Town
of Oyster Bay

A complaint was filed in federal court in Central Islip that the Town of Oyster Bay allegedly discriminated against African- Americans in 2 affordable housing programs. One of the programs was for first-time home buyers, and the other for senior citizens.

In a statement from Eastern District, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said, “To the extent residency preferences prevent families and senior citizens from purchasing homes because of race, ethnicity or color, the preferences violate federal law and cannot be tolerated.” The complaint mentioned that because of the town’s policies, only a handful of the seniors citizen housing are black, and that none of the 1st time home buyers are black.

The suit says that black people are a very small percentage of the population of the Town of Oyster Bay, and that the system set up to give preference to town residents is a violation of the Fair Housing Act. The suit says equal treatment should have been given to the larger metropolitan area occupants.

Town Supervisor John Venditto said the town will defend itself against the allegations. The Justice Department has been investigating since 2009.

Congressman Steve Israel remarked on weekend news programs that Republicans are “animated by racism.”  It is not “racist” to call out Attorney General Eric Holder for flouting the rule of law, stated Grant Lally, the Republican-Conservative Party candidate for the U.S. Congress in the 3rd Congressional District. Lally added that where Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder recently filed charges of racism against the Town of Oyster Bay and several senior centers in Plainview, Israel stood with Obama and Holder against our community. 


Conn, Mervyn of Locust Valley, on April 14, 2014.  Beloved husband of Ann.  Loving father of David (Valerie), Rob (Anne-Marie) and Jamie (Karen).  Cherished grandfather of Raymond, Tyler, Heather, Bradley, Shane, Kristen, Ian, Bryan and Craig.  Dear brother of Derrick, Winston and Doreen Irwin and the late Daphne and David.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Visiting Thur. 2-4 & 7-9 pm at Whitting Funeral Home 300 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head, NY  11545  Funeral service 10 am Fri. at the Reformed Church of Locust Valley, 115 Ryefield Rd., Locust Valley, NY  11560.  Interment Locust Valley Cemetery, Locust Valley, NY.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church or the Locust Valley Library, 170 Buckram Rd, Locust Valley, NY 11560.
CONRADI, Kyle J. suddenly on Apr. 13, age 24, of Bayville. Beloved son of Lee and Charles Conradi. Loving brother of Kristan, and Tara McDermott. Also survived by many loving relatives and friends. Visiting Oyster Bay Funeral Home, 261 South St., Oyster Bay, NY, Thursday 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. Graveside Service Locust Valley Cemetery, Locust Valley, NY  Friday 11:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers donations to The Partnership at would be appreciated. For further information
DONOHUE, Hugh T. of Glen Cove, on April 10, age 92. Proud WWII Army Air Corps Veteran. Former proprietor of Brigati's Liquor Store. Beloved husband of Betty for 70 years. Loving father of Carol, Betsy and Melanie. Proud grandfather of 4. Special great grandfather of 2. Visitation and prayer service were held at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas, Glen Cove. Interment private.
EVANS, Sr., Rufus of Glen Cove, passed away April 7, age 82. Mr. Rufus Evans Sr. was born on October 8, 1931 in Accomac County Virginia, to the late Eretta West and the late Vern Evans. Rufus was the oldest child of his siblings, Rose and Reginald; who are deceased. As a young man he worked hard as a laborer and relocated north, settling a new life in Oyster Bay, NY. Rufus married the late Mary Elisabeth Green and this union parented seven children, six daughters and 1 son. Rufus worked for the Department of Transportation Highways as a construction worker until retirement. Rufus was a social man, who was known by the community to stop and talk about his hobbies (hunting) and old time remedies. Rufus later in his life moved to Glen Cove, NY and remarried. Rufus was a member of the First Baptist Church of Glen Cove, NY, where he enjoyed the gospel and good word. Rufus was known to speak his mind and debate anyone who was willing to take the challenge. The best characteristic about Rufus was his sense of humor, we all know he knew how to put a smile on your face and make you laugh. Rufus, loved the Bible and the word of “God.” We want to remember “Rufus” as a giving man.
Rufus leaves his loving family and friends with memories; six daughters, Denise (Michael) Yeargin, Bowie, MD, Mary (Kim) Walker, Glen Cove NY, Beverly (Trent) Levine, Harlem NY, Ruby Murray, Oyster Bay NY, Barbara Ann Gibson, Glen Cove NY, Diane Cortes (Leroy), Far Rockaway NY, One son Rufus Lee (Victoria) Evans Jr. Rufus was blessed with a total of 50 grand-and great-grandchildren. Nieces and nephews, God daughters, four sisters in-laws and one brother-in-law, his best friend Woodro Vann, and a host of friends. Rufus is preceded in death by both of his parents, sister, brother and ex-wife. Interment at Oyster Bay Cemetery.
FLANAGAN, Edward Robert passed away on April 6. He was born September 18, 1919 to the late John Francis Flanagan and Madeline Kober Flanagan in Brooklyn, New York, and spent his childhood in Queens, New York. He married the late Harriet Hoffman Flanagan in 1950 and raised three daughters in Glen Cove. He served with the 52nd Medical Battalion in the Mediterranean Theater during World War II, where he earned a Bronze Star. He was a graduate of Pace College and worked with Price Waterhouse as a certified public accountant before becoming a financial adviser to the IBM Corporation in Armonk, New York. He was an active volunteer who generously lent his financial expertise to the Reformed Church of Locust Valley and to Sagamore Yacht Club in Oyster Bay, where he served both organizations as treasurer for many years; he was also a past commodore of Sagamore Yacht Club and an elder at the Reformed Church. He was a talented athlete who sailed, skied, played golf and easily excelled in sports, and an inveterate tinkerer, who enjoyed working with his hands. But he placed family before all his interests and accomplishments and was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his three daughters Susan, Cynthia and Melissa; and by his three grandsons Edward, James and Philip. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Reformed Church of Locust Valley: 115 Ryefield Rd.  Locust Valley, NY 11560.
MONSERRATE, Nicholas I.,suddenly on April 13, age 23, of Locust Valley. Beloved son of Anibal and Ivette. Loving brother of Alexis. Cherished grandson of Isabel Moserrate and Clarestina Cesareo. Dear nephew of Daisy Ariza (Carlos), Milady Rosado, Jose, Benjamin, and Cesar Cesareo, and Ivan Monserrate. Also survived by many loving cousins, relatives, and friends. Visiting Oyster Bay Funeral Home, 261 South St., Oyster Bay, NY, Wednesday 3-5 & 7-9 p.m.  Funeral Service Bay Chapel at Oyster Bay Funeral Home, Oyster Bay, NY Thursday 10:30 a.m.  Interment St. Charles Cemetery.
SANZOVERINO, Antoinette of Bayville, on April 12, age 85. Beloved wife of Joseph, loving mother of Robert  and Edward. Proud grandmother of Robert Jr. and Lauren. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Church of St. Gertrude in Bayville.