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.”
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.