Nassau DA Kathleen Rice Wins Seat in Congress

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has won a new job, replacing retiring U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), a gun-control advocate who was the first Congresswoman to represent part of Long Island.Rice, a 49-year-old Democrat from Garden City, defeated Republican Bruce Blakeman, 59, a former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature and former Port Authority board member from Long Beach, who had tried to make her sound weak on national security issues. Unlike her, he promised he’d vote to repeal President Obama’s signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act health care reform, aka Obamacare.“From the minute I sat down at her kitchen table…last January there was no going back and she was at my side the whole way,” Rice told supporters at the Garden City Hotel. “We did something really simple tonight, we also did something really important. We proved that positivity…beats fear mongering.”Rice won 52 percent of the vote over Blakeman, who won 47 percent, according to the Nassau County Board of Elections. She also ran on the Working Families Party line while Blakeman also had the Conservative and Tax Revolt party lines.“My only real regret is that I’m not going to get to fight the fights with [Congressman Peter King],” Blakeman told supporters at GOP Election Night headquarters in Westbury. “We started this race against all odds and we lost at the wire.”Rice, who unsuccessfully ran for New York State attorney general four years ago, leaves her Mineola office for Washington, D.C. after serving eight years as Nassau’s first female district attorney—a job she won by unseating longtime Republican incumbent Denis Dillon. During her tenure, she cracked down on drunk driving and won the first murder conviction against a drunken driver who caused a fatal crash. She also responded to a college admissions-test cheating scandal in Great Neck by helping to foster changes nationwide in test security.She joins the House of Representatives as a member of the Democratic minority, which lost more ground against the Republicans in this off-year election. She said she wanted to find ways to fund federal investments in the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. She also supported raising the minimum wage, keeping a lid on middle class taxes and reforming immigration laws.And in line with her predecessor’s policy, Rice has promised to persist in McCarthy’s decades-long fight to stem gun violence by closing gun-show loopholes that let people buy weapons without undergoing background checks. So, once Rice is in Congress, she too will become a political target for the National Rifle Association.What she can accomplish in a GOP-dominated Congress remains to be seen.McCarthy, who was on stage for the victory speech, said: “I have worked with Kathleen for a lot of years and…[when] I decided I was going to retire there was only one person in my mind that I wanted to take over the district.”As for the rest of Long Island’s congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) was unseated by New York State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley). Winning re-elections were U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) and U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens)last_img read more


The current table will be worth going to Europe if it is not played again

first_imgSo, to the UEFA Champions League would be the top four finishers in the First Division at that time (now they are Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Sevlla and Real Sociedad) and to the UEFA Europa League fifth and sixth classified (Getafe and Atlético) plus one of the two finalists of the Copa del Rey, according to different circumstances that may occur.If the final of the Copa del Rey has been played, the champion, unless he is in the top six. If the Cup champion were in the top six and therefore already classified, the team that would occupy the seventh place in the First Division would go.The assumption that the Cup final is not played is also contemplated. If the two clubs are in the first six positions and therefore classified, they would go seventh.; if one of the two were ranked in the top six, the other finalist would go; And if neither of the two finalists were in the top six, it would be the one with the best position in the league competition.Real Sociedad, currently in fourth position, would enter the Champions League, while Athletic, in its capacity as a Cup finalist, He would win a place in the Europa League along with the other two teams that would now hold that right, Getafe and Atlético de Madrid. But in any case, the Federation insists that “that would only be in the undesired case that the Championship could not be restarted, because with one or two days being played the classification could change.” The delegated commission of the Federation approved this Thursday the exceptional extension of the end dates of the current season and the start of the next one beyond June 30. The RFEF will is to “conclude the Championship” even occupying dates in September, if necessary. But at UEFA’s request, a qualifying criterion for Europe must be prepared, which currently corresponds to the current LaLiga classification, except as regards the Cup finalists who, according to what assumptions, would have priority over the seventh-ranked team, which is currently Valencia, to occupy a place in the Europa League.LaLiga, which will meet this afternoon, has already advanced that it disagrees with the decisions adopted by the Delegated Commission of the RFEF whenever it considers that to do so, first, the season must be considered closed. In addition, LaLiga sources confirmed to this newspaper that the powers on the First and Second correspond to them and not to the Federation. On the other hand, UEFA uses the RFEF and not LaLiga as a bridge for the list of those classified for Europe.Regarding the European places, it will make the decision about its award at the time that UEFA requests it according to the classification of the last day of the First Division in equal number of games played by the 20 teams.last_img read more