Tag Archives: Long Island

NY Official Sworn In By iPad

When it came time for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano to be sworn in for his second term yesterday, nobody could find a bible. Therefore Mangano took his oath on an iPad with a bible app on the screen. Sample comments from Teabagistan: “New York is so far left they have probably banned or burned all the Bibles.” “These people …

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NEW YORK: Police Seek Suspect In Murder Of Long Island Gay Man

Police are seeking a suspect in the murder of noted equestrian Ross Reisner (above right), who was shot through the window of his Long Island home on Tuesday as he chatted with his partner of 24 years (above left). Ross Reisner, 50, and Kevin Murray were sitting on a leather couch in the living room at their house in Setauket, …

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LONG ISLAND: Four Males Charged In Hate Crime Bashing Of Gay Couple

Suffolk County police have charged four males in the hate crime assault of two gay men in Babylon, Long Island. The four suspects were walking down Deer Park Avenue in Babylon around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, when they asked two men for directions to the train station, according to Suffolk County police. They went on to punch, kick and shove the …

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At The 2013 Drag Invasion Of The Pines

Yesterday my pal Jerry accompanied me to the Invasion Of The Pines, the 37th annual marking of the day in 1976 when a drag queen was denied service at a restaurant in Fire Island Pines. Every Fourth of July since then, hundreds of drag queens board a chartered ferry in Cherry Grove and “invade” the Pines for a day exploding …

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FIRE ISLAND: Cherry Grove Community House Makes National Historic Registry

Fire Island’s Cherry Grove Community House will be placed on the New York and national registries of historic places in recognition of its role in creating “America’s first gay and lesbian town.” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand applauds via press release: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today that the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service placed Cherry Grove Community …

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Long Island Cops Use Village Voice Site To Stage Massive Prostitution Sting

Using the Village Voice’s Backpage.com site, cops in Nassau County lured in 104 men with prostitution offers from undercover male and female officers. The arrested men range in age from 17 to 79. More than 100 johns — lawyers and doctors among them — were named and shamed in an aggressive Nassau County sting after soliciting sex from cops posing …

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Fire Island Devastated By Sandy

Fire Island, which is arguably the most famous gay vacation destination in the world, was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The damage is so severe that the spokesman for the National Seashore believes that at least one new permanent inlet between the bay and the ocean has been created, effectively dividing Fire Island into two separate islands. Steve Weinstein has the …

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NEW YORK: Pharmacist Busted In Massive $274M Medicaid Scam To Resell HIV Meds

The New York Attorney General’s office has announced the arrest of a Long Island MOMS pharmacist and three others who have been accused reselling HIV medications which had been paid for by Medicaid. The drugs resold on the black market may have been expired or otherwise unusable, putting patients at grave risk for potentially fatal infections. A pharmacist at the …

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NEW YORK: Students Suspended Over “Tebowing” Prayer Demonstrations

Four Long Island high school students have been suspended for creating a “hallway hazard” when dozens of other students mimicked their pious public display and fell to one knee. “It was basically just a tribute to Tim Tebow,” Carroll Connor, 17, who planned the prank with his brother and friends, told The Post. “It was more than a religious thing. …

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LIRR Tests Quiet Cars

Long Island Railroad is testing a quiet car program similar to Amtrak’s long-running policy. No loud talking and no audible electronic devices will be allowed in the designated cars. Conductors will give “Shh” cards to passengers who do not comply with the rules but the program will be voluntary. Announcements will remind customers of the location of the quiet carriages, …

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Nightclubs Destroyed On Fire Island

Last night a fire roared through the commercial district of Fire Island Pines, the popular gay resort village on a barrier island one hour east of New York City. Among the destroyed businesses were two nightclubs, including the popular Pavilion, which was rebuilt at great expense just a couple of years ago. Michael Lavers reports at Fire Island News: Initial …

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NEW YORK: Church Rakes In $150K From Federal Anti-Terrorism Fund

Claiming that they are at risk of a terrorist attack, a Long Island evangelical church that regularly broadcasts an anti-Muslim radio show was granted $150,000 from a Homeland Security fund. The money, they say, will be used to add video surveillance and other security features. Lots of groups are raking in the dough from the fund and even the wingnuts …

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Quote Of The Day – Kathleen Rice

“Recently, a local clerk in upstate New York made headlines when she said she would not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Marriage Equality Act provides that an application for a marriage license cannot be denied on the grounds that the applicant parties are of the same sex and the law affords no discretion to public officials charged with …

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NEW YORK: Three Long Island Teens Arrested For Gay-Bashing 14 Year-Old

Three Long Island high school students have been arrested for stomping and kicking a 14 year-old boy while screaming anti-gay epithets at him. Nassau County Police say on Tuesday at 2:15 p.m., 18-year-old David Spencer of North Valley Stream; 16-year-old Chase Morrison of Lakeview; and 14-year-old Roy Wilson of Baldwin assaulted their 14-year-old classmate on a bus leaving the Nassau …

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NEW YORK: Quisling Ken Mehlman Backs “Pro-Family” GOP U.S. House Candidate

Newly out and still not sorry for damaging the lives of millions of LGBT Americans, Quisling Ken Mehlman is co-hosting a fundraiser for Randy Altschuler, the “family values” candidate for the U.S. House on Long Island. Altschuler, who has also been endorsed by Newt Gingrich, says that his family values will have the “single greatest influence” on his voting record, …

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Nixon’s Grandson Is A Teabagger

Richard Nixon’s grandson Chris Cox is an oil industry lobbyist running for Congress against Long Island incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop (D). Cox recently moved into Tricky Dickie’s old mansion in the Hamptons in order to establish himself as a resident. But he’s a man of the people, as you’ll see in the below address to the Conservative Society for Action.

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Today In Journalistic Racism

The Awl reports that Long Island’s Smithtown Messenger has created a before-and-after photo essay to demonstrate how the stress of the presidency affects the faces of presidents and first ladies. The projected “after” photo of the Obamas is from Sanford & Son. Oh, but the paper has now issued an apology. So it’s OK!

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Campaign Against Black Homophobia Launches On Long Island Rail Road

Sponsored by a Long Island-based LGBT group, an ad campaign against homophobia in the African-American community has been launched on the Long Island Rail Road. Via Newsday (subscription required): In between ads for TV shows and clothes on the Long Island Rail Road is a different kind of message. These ads feature pictures of young African-American men with their families, …

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Newsday’s Paywall Fail

Three months ago Long Island’s Newsday, the 11th most widely read newspaper in the country, shifted their website to pay-to-read. The number of paying subscribers so far: 35. New York Times, are you watching? That astoundingly low figure was revealed in a newsroom-wide meeting last week by publisher Terry Jimenez when a reporter asked how many people had signed up …

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“God Made Me Hate Gay People”

Two men returning from a Halloween event were assaulted by three men in Long Island’s Nassau County early Sunday morning in what police are calling a hate crime. According to Newsday, the one man captured told police, “God made me hate gay people.” Shouting an anti-gay slur, three assailants beat a man and his cross-dressing friend before stealing $7 from …

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