Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (Left) faces off against Democrat Tom Suozzi (Right) who is vying for his old position.Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his Democratic predecessor, Tom Suozzi, who’s running for his old job, clashed in their first debate of their rematch four weeks before Election Day.The current and former county executives accused each other of lying before the boisterous crowd that frequently heckled both candidates as they discussed topics ranging from affordable housing, policing and Nassau’s troubled finances.“Tom, I would just ask…that you stick to the facts and don’t make them up,” Mangano said in his closing remarks after Suozzi alleged Mangano forced 19-percent property tax hikes through the assessment system—a claim Mangano interrupted Suozzi when he first mentioned it, calling it “an outright lie.”“We all know that this administration is in serious financial trouble and leading us down a road of ruin,” Suozzi said during his closing in which he asked Mangano if he supports a Shinnecock Indian Nation casino at Nassau Coliseum, which Mangano proposed years ago but hasn’t materialized.Hundreds of Mangano and Suozzi supporters—taking turns cheering their candidate and booing their opponent—filled the auditorium Tuesday evening at The Wheatley School in Old Westbury for the debate moderated by the Nassau County Village Officials Association.Despite the politically charged atmosphere, there was one point on which both sides agreed: the need to lobby against New York State enacting more unfunded mandates—state laws that force local governments to spend more without providing new revenue.They also agreed that the county needs more affordable housing in downtowns near public transit to stem the so-called Brain Drain, the term for Long Island’s college graduates increasingly moving away, although they parted ways on how to go about building such housing.On the topic of the police department, Mangano touted “eliminating duplicative administrative heads” and intelligence-led investigations, although he did not mention his controversial merging of eight precincts into four—a plan that was left incomplete, leaving five precincts.For his part, Suozzi conceded in his response to the question on county police that his old style was too combative and that, if returned to office, he would try to be more collaborative.Once the topic turned back to county finances—most notably the Nassau Interim Finance Authority tightening its control when Mangano took over in 2010—the gloves came off.Mangano reiterated his argument that NIFA held him to stricter standards, which he said should be taken into consideration when comparing their records. Suozzi maintained that his record includes 13 bond upgrades versus three bond downgrades under Mangano.But, when Suozzi quoted newspaper editorials blasting Mangano—specifically Newsday, whose parent company, Cablevision Systems Corp., hired him after he was unseated in 2009—one heckler shouted: “Did you write it?”
ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth girls’ tennis team beat Erskine Academy 5-0 on Tuesday at the Ellsworth Tennis Center in a Class B prelim to advance to play Oceanside in the quarterfinals.The quarterfinal match was scheduled for last night, Wednesday.Singles: Sarah Shelton beat Jordan Bowie 6-0, 6-0; Lauren Hale beat Katie Holeworth 6-2, 6-0; Alex Grant beat Kayla Parsons 6-1, 7-5. Doubles: Sammy Mason and Hannah Craig beat Adrianna Stinchfield and Judy Lu 6-1, 6-0; Victoria Page Jackson and Avery Jester beat Cassandra Ray-Cassidy Penny 6-2, 6-4.The Ellsworth boys’ tennis team ended its regular season undefeated with a 5-0 win at Washington Academy on May 27.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Eagle boys had a bye in the prelims, and they will play in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
The Rockets and Warriors will meet at Chase Center on Christmas Day for a rematch of last year’s Western Conference semifinal, although, of course, both teams’ outlooks have changed considerably since then.Reigning conference champion Golden State is in tank mode, undone by a combination of departures and injuries. Draymond Green is the only notable starter from the Warriors dynasty expected to be in action Wednesday. Rockets vs. Warriors: What time is tipoff?Date: Wednesday, Dec. 25Start time: 5 p.m. ETThe 2:30 p.m. ET tipoff marks the third game of the NBA’s Christmas Day slate, and the second on ABC. The Clippers and Lakers will follow at 8 p.m. ET.Rockets schedule 2019Here are the Rockets’ next five games:DateOpponentTimeNational TVDec. 25at Warriors5 p.m. ETABCDec. 28vs. Nets8 p.m. ET—Dec. 29at Pelicans8 p.m. ET—Dec. 31vs. Nuggets7 p.m. ETNBA TVJan. 3vs. 76ers8 p.m. ETESPNWarriors schedule 2019Here are the Warriors’ next five games:DateOpponentTimeNational TVDec. 25vs. Rockets5 p.m. ETABCDec. 27vs. Suns10:30 p.m. ETNBA TVDec. 28vs. Mavericks8:30 p.m. ET—Dec. 31at Spurs7 p.m. ET—Jan. 2at Timberwolves8 p.m. ET— The arrival of Russell Westbrook and shedding of Chris Paul has given Houston a fresh look, and the Rockets are in the No. 3 spot of the West, winning six of their past seven games. Houston beat Golden State, 129-112, on Nov. 6, the only meeting between the two teams so far.Here is everything you need to know to watch Rockets vs. Warriors, including the tipoff time and TV channel for the Christmas Day game.What channel is Rockets vs. Warriors on today?TV channel: ABCLive stream: Watch ESPNRockets vs. Warriors will be broadcast live on ABC. Mark Jones and Hubie Brown are on the call with Israel Gutierrez reporting from the sideline.You can also live-stream the game via Watch ESPN or the Watch ESPN app.