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Hempstead, NY, USA. May 23, 2018. HILLARY CLINTON goes on stage to deliver Keynote Address during Day 1 of NYS Democratic Convention, held at Hofstra University on Long Island.

Hillary Clinton Returns to Hofstra to Speak at NYS Democratic Convention

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
May 24, 2018

HILLARY CLINTON acknowledged the elephant in the room early in her Keynote Address at the New York State Democratic Convention at Hofstra University yesterday, May 23, 2018.

Hempstead, New York, USA. May 23, 2018. HILLARY CLINTON greets GEOFF BERMAN, Executive Director of New York State Democratic Committee, as she goes on stage to deliver Keynote Address during Day 1 of New York State Democratic Convention, held at Hofstra University on Long Island. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, NY, USA. May 23, 2018. HILLARY CLINTON greets GEOFF BERMAN, Executive Director of NYS Democratic Committee, at NYS Democratic Convention at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Clinton said, “Being here at the Mack [Sports and Exhibition Complex] at Hofstra brings back good memories of the first debate in 2016 against the Republican nominee….” and added, “It was a great night – mostly because I won.”

Hempstead, NY, USA. May 23, 2018. HILLARY CLINTON delivers Keynote Address during Day 1 of New York State Democratic Convention at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hempstead, NY, USA. May 23, 2018. HILLARY CLINTON delivers Keynote Address during Day 1 of NYS Democratic Convention at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The friendly audience aiming for a Blue Tide in upcoming elections cheered. 

Hempstead, New York, USA. May 23, 2018. HILLARY CLINTON delivers Keynote Address during Day 1 of New York State Democratic Convention, held at Hofstra University on Long Island. NYS Democratic Leaders on stage include CHRISTINE QUINN, Exec. Committee Chair, sitting to right of Clinton. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, NY, USA. May 23, 2018. HILLARY CLINTON delivers Keynote Address at NYS Democratic Convention at Hofstra University. NYS Democratic Leaders on stage include (3rd from right) CHRISTINE QUINN, Exec. Committee Chair. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Clinton strongly endorsed Gov. ANDREW CUOMO, who’s running for a third term, and she said the governor and Lt. Gov. KATHY HOCHUL stand up to the president. At the end of Clinton’s speech, Gov. Cuomo – in a surprise appearance – joined her onstage and presented a large bouquet to the former First Lady, Secretary of State and NYS Senator, as delegates applauded, stood, and held up “Thank You Hillary” and “NY ♥ HRC” posters.

Hempstead, NY, USA. May 23, 2018. Delegate, the president of her Democratic club, is holding 'NY heart-symbol HRC' poster in convention hall during Day 1 of New York State Democratic Convention at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hempstead, NY, USA. May 23, 2018. Delegate, the president of her Democratic club, holds ‘NY ♥ HRC’ poster during Day 1 of NYS Democratic Convention at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Flanking Clinton’s appearance, two incumbents running for re-election won their party’s nomination. State Comptroller TOM DiNAPOLI gave his acceptance speech after winning unanimously. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul – who’s facing challenger NYC Council Member JUMAANE WILLIAMS in the Sept. 13th Democratic Primary – gave her acceptance speech after winning.

Hempstead, NY, USA. May 23, 2018. HILLARY CLINTON and Governor ANDREW CUOMO, holding bouquet for Clinton, are together on stage during Day 1 of New York State Democratic Convention, held at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hempstead, NY, USA. May 23, 2018. HILLARY CLINTON and Governor ANDREW CUOMO, holding bouquet for Clinton, are together on stage at NYS Democratic Convention at Hofstra University. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Meanwhile….

During Clinton’s speech, her Hofstra 2016 debate opponent was nine miles away in Bethpage, having accepted Rep. PETE KING‘s invitation to lead a roundtable on MS-13 violence on Long Island.

The president began by mentioning he spent a lot of hours at beautiful Bethpage State Park – where, according to a remark he made during his campaign, he used to arrive at 2 in the morning to play a round of golf.

2018 NYS Democratic Convention:  SLIDESHOW  |  GALLERY

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Steve Israel Brings Out His BIG GUNS on Long Island

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
April 22, 2018

Rep. STEVE ISRAEL – the former N.Y. Congressman now on his second literary campaign – packed Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine last Friday night when his new novel “Big Guns” made its Nassau County debut at the neighborhood book store/cafe bar in Rockville Centre.

Rockville Centre, New York, USA. April 20, 2018. R-L, Author STEVE ISRAEL and Moderator RITA KESTENBAUM hold Israel’s newest novel BIG GUNS at special event for the former Congressman’s book at Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Rockville Centre, New York, USA. April 20, 2018. R-L, Author STEVE ISRAEL and Moderator RITA KESTENBAUM hold Israel’s newest novel BIG GUNS at event for former Congressman’s book. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

“Big Guns” is a satire about America’s 800-rounds-gorilla gun lobby, a feckless Congress, and the small fictional town of Asabogue on Long Island’s East End. 

Moderator RITA KESTENBAUM – a gun-control activist, non-profit founder, and former Hempstead Town Councilwoman whose daughter was senselessly shot to death while away at college – introduced Israel after brief words from a couple of local officials, including Hempstead Town Supervisor LAURA GILLEN who told how, early in her legal career, she quit after her first day on a job when she learned the NRA was a major client of the firm.

Rockville Centre, NY, USA. April 201, 2018. Sitting facing audience, Rep. STEVE ISRAEL speaks at event for the former Congressman's newest novel BIG GUNS, at Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine. Left of Israel is Moderator RITA KESTENBAUM. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Rockville Centre, NY, USA. April 201, 2018. Sitting facing audience, Rep. STEVE ISRAEL speaks at event for the former Congressman’s newest novel BIG GUNS, at Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine. Left of Israel is Moderator RITA KESTENBAUM. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

With the sharp insight and wit noted in reviews of “Big Guns” and his debut novel “The Global War on Morris,” Israel shared details of his writing process and general experiences with fellow Congress members, especially while in the privacy of the Senate elevator, that helped shape the novel Congress. 

The first time I covered this event’s author and moderator together was a 2016 Panel on Preventing Gun Violence that then-Congressman Israel co-hosted with Hillary Clinton in Port Washington, with Rita Kestenbaum as one of five panelists who lost a family member due to gun violence.

Friday night, when asked if he saw a chance for more effective gun-control laws, Steve Israel mentioned – with fettered optimism I happen to share – the social media savvy Never Again movement created by teen survivors of February’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High mass shooting. 

Rockville Centre, New York, USA. April 201, 2018. Rep. STEVE ISRAEL signs book for a fan at special event for the former Congressman's newest novel BIG GUNS, at Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine store. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Rockville Centre, New York, USA. April 201, 2018. Rep. STEVE ISRAEL signs book for a fan at special event for the former Congressman’s newest novel BIG GUNS. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

After the Q&A, Israel signed copies of his book, with the line of “Big Guns” toting fans trailing into the bar in the next room.

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