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Ed Mangano, Tom Suozzi Debate, Nassau County Executive Candidates, 2013

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
October 13, 2013

On October 8, 2013, Republican incumbent EDWARD MANGANO, Nassau County Executive, and Democratic challenger THOMAS SUOZZI, former County Executive, had a heated debate hosted and moderated by the Nassau County Village Officials Association at the Wheatley School in Old Westbury.

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. 8th October 2013. R-L, Republican EDWARD MANGANO, the Nassau County Executive, and Democrat THOMAS SUOZZI, the former Nassau County Executive, are approached by supporters and media before the two face each other in a debate hosted by the Nassau County Village Officials Association, representing 64 incorporated villages with 450,000 residents, as the opponents face a rematch in the 2013 November elections.  (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Old Westbury, New York, U.S. 8th October 2013. L-R, TOM SUOZZI and ED MANGANO before start of debate hosted by Nassau County Village Officials Assoc.  (© 2013 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

More than once, the moderator asked for restraint from groups of hecklers in the audience.

Opponents Suozzi and Mangano face a rematch in the November 5, 2013 elections.

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Nassau County State of the County Address 2012

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
March 17, 2012

During the March 14, 2012 State of the County Address, Nassau County’s Movie Industry was one of the topics highlighted by County Executive EDWARD MANGANO.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano gives State of the County Address, on Wednesday night, March 14, 2012, at Cradle of Aviation museum, Garden City, New York, USA. Mangano (front) was introduced by Legislator Peter Schmidt (at podium) Nassau County Presiding Officer and Majority Leader. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. March 14, 2012. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano gives State of the County Address at Cradle of Aviation museum. ( © 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

I already knew about one of the films mentioned – the Phil Spector Biopic (2012), starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren – because my daughter Sue was an Extra when some scenes were shot at Nassau County’s Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, Mineola, in 2011.

Understandably, Extras aren’t supposed to start chatting with principal actors, but when my daughter was positioned near Ms. Mirren on the grand stairway leading to the building’s entrance, Sue was concerned how Mirren’s shawl was dragging on the steps.

So  – when the cameras weren’t on – Sue pointed out the hazardously droopy shawl to Ms. Mirren, who was charmingly grateful for the head’s up.

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Nassau County Legislature Votes to Close 4 of 8 Police Precincts

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
March 6, 2012

Since it wasn’t surprising I was at the Nassau County Legislative Building for much of the day – from before noon until after 5 PM yesterday – I should have brought more food than a small coconut bar, especially since the meals others brought in were off-limits for my gluten-free diet.

The Nassau County Legislature voted to Close 4 of 8 Police Precincts, many hours into their Monday, March 5, 2012 meeting, which was so well attended by residents and Press that it was often Standing Room Only.

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Nassau County Legislature, controlled by Republicans, votes along party lines to consolidate 8 police precincts into 4, on Monday, March 5, 2012, at Mineola, New York, USA. Thomas Dale was confirmed as Nassau County Police Commissioner earlier that meeting. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Mineola, New York, USA. March 5, 2012. Newly confirmed Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale. (© 2012 Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

The 19 legislators voted along party lines, with the 10 Republicans voting YES and the 9 Democrats voting NO to the police precincts closing and – earlier in the meeting – to confirming THOMAS DALE as Nassau County Police Commissioner.

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Nassau County Legislature, controlled by Republicans, votes along party lines to consolidate 8 police precincts into 4, on Monday, March 5, 2012, at Mineola, New York, USA. Milagros Vicente (right, pointing finger), a North Valley Stream resident, was one of those shouting out in audience after a Yes vote by one of the legislators. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Mineola, New York, USA. March 5, 2012. At right, Milagros Vicente, of N. Valley Stream, protests vote to close 4 Nassau County Police Precincts. (© 2012 Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

And the pizza wafting from the waiting room outside the Legislative Chambers smelled really good.

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Nassau County Legislature Postpones Controversial Police Precinct Vote

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
February 28, 2012

Before heading out to Mineola yesterday to cover Nassau County Legislature’s public meeting, I checked some government and facebook pages, and found out that the controversial vote about merging police precincts was postponed. (Vote is tentatively rescheduled for March 5, 2012.)

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Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (Republican) speaks about postponing vote on controversial merging of Police Precincts, on Monday, February 27, 2012. Vote is tentatively rescheduled for March 5. (Ann E Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Mineola, New York, USA. Feb. 27, 2012. Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (R) speaks to press about postponing vote on controversial merging of Police Precincts. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

While getting verification about the postponement, I learned the “We the People Save our Waters Coalition” was holding a noon rally about stopping the long-term lease of Nassau County Sewage Treatment Plants, and it would be held outside the county’s Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building, so I headed out to catch that first.

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2nd Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for Haiti, Brooklyn 2012

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
January 31, 2012

When I heard that 13-year-old SHEIMYRAH MIGHTY, whom I first photographed singing at a 2008 rally at Long Island’s Eisenhower Park, would sing the U.S. National Anthem at the 2nd Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for Haiti on January 11, 2012, I looked into covering that Brooklyn Borough Hall event.

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January 11, 2012 - Brooklyn, New York, USA: Commemorating the 2nd anniversary of the Mw 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, people hold up glo-sticks at 2nd Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for Haiti, Wednesday night at Brooklyn Borough Hall. (Ann E Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Brooklyn, New York, USA. January 11, 2013. 2nd Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for Haiti, at Brooklyn Borough Hall. (© 2012 Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

I went with a friend and fellow-photographer, Mike Leverett Dorn, and since we were running a bit late, we rushed from the MTA Borough Hall subway stop into the Hall. And as we raced up the long flight of stairs I could hear Sheimyrah singing. Just (barely) in time!

New York City Police Commissioner RAY KELLY was the Keynote Speaker, and other participants in the memorial service included a variety of Haitian musical and literary artists (Sheimyrah Mighty is Jamaican Haitian American); politicians; architect Rodney Leon who designed the African Memorial Burial Ground in NYC; Christian, Muslim, and Jewish spiritual and community leaders; and providers of Haitian humanitarian relief.

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Keeping Up with Gov. Cuomo on Memorial Day

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
June 2, 2011

By mid-morning on Monday, May 30, the rain and lightning stopped, and gray skies slowly turned blue, so it turned out a better day than expected to photograph two New York Memorial Day parades – first in Merrick and then Little Neck.

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MAY 30, 2011 - Little Neck, New York, U.S. - New York Governor ANDREW CUOMO stops to speak and shake hands with MARK KOPPELMAN, a U.S. Army veteran wearing US Press Corp Photographer Pass, of Oakland Gardens, during Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, on Northern Boulevard on May 30, 2011. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Little Neck, New York, USA. May 30, 2011. – NY Governor ANDREW CUOMO speaks with MARK KOPPELMAN, a U.S. Army Press Corp Photographer veteran, of Oakland Gardens, during Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. (© 2011 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Photographing my hometown parade was like a pleasant, festive stroll up Merrick Avenue, with plenty of time and room to go wherever needed along the two-lane street.

However, on that hot and humid afternoon, photographing Governor ANDREW CUOMO and his fellow marchers in the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade felt more like participating in an extreme sport. A brisk walker, Gov. Cuomo frequently went from side to side of vast Northern Boulevard to shake hands or chat with Veterans and other onlookers; plus, I was surrounded by innocent people and banners best not to slam into.

Loved every minute of it.

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