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Nassau Dems Call for Hearing Into Dale Firing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County Police Department headquarters in Mineola.Lawmakers are calling for outside investigations and the Nassau County Legislature to hold hearings into the police commissioner’s firing for ordering the arrest of a witness in a political case.Democrats in the legislative minority urged the Republican majority to schedule hearings to discern if District Attorney Kathleen Rice, a Democrat, was correct in finding that Republican County Executive Ed Mangano’s administration had no prior knowledge of the campaign-season arrest.“The facts will only come out if you have a legislative hearing,” Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) told reporters Monday at a news conference in Mineola. “We need to make sure that we get fresh eyes on this.”Abrahams said the caucus is drafting letters to the New York State Attorney General and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York requesting outside prosecutors open investigations into what they termed an “abuse of power.”Abrahams said Randy White of Roosevelt has his civil rights violated when a Nassau police sergeant served him with a subpoena—while in police custody—to re-testify in an elections case after a campaign donor to the plaintiff called ex-Nassau Police Commissioner Tom Dale to request White’s arrest in October.Rice launched an investigation after White’s attorney filed a complaint. She released her findings Thursday to Mangano, who fired Dale the same day. Neither Dale nor the donor, Oheka castle owner Gary Melius, is facing criminal charges.Melius had asked Dale to arrest White on behalf of a third-party candidate for county executive Melius was backing, ex-Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick, whose staff White testified in an election-related lawsuit had violated state law.When asked by the Press is she will hold a hearing on the issue, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) issued a statement that didn’t answer the question and said “District Attorney Rice’s investigation is complete.”But, Rice said last week that the investigation is in fact continuing into Nassau police Sgt. Sal Mistretta, who served White with a civil subpoena drafted by Hardwick’s attorney ordering White to appear in court.“The next order of business for this Legislature is to confirm a new Police Commissioner to aggressively oversee the operations of this Police Department,” Gonsalves said.Legis. Carrie Solages (D-Elmont) likened to a dictatorship the politically motivated arrest at the behest of a wealthy donor backing a campaign that Democrats argued was designed to siphon votes away from Mangano’s opponent, Tom Suozzi.The politically motivated arrest comes less than a year after a jury convicted ex-Second Deputy Nassau Police Commissioner William Flanagan of misconduct for quashing the arrest of his friend, a wealthy donor to police causes. Flanagan is appealing.last_img read more

Syracuse opens spring season with high-intensity practice

first_img Published on March 20, 2013 at 1:35 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 In a matter of minutes, George McDonald and the Syracuse offensive sideline ran a full gamut of emotions.First came excitement. McDonald, the Orange’s offensive coordinator, sprinted up the field with Charley Loeb after a rollout and took the quarterback down the left sideline before meeting him for a hug and pat on the back.Then bubbling anticipation. Loeb barely overthrew an open Quinta Funderburk streaking across the middle of the field. McDonald and the rest of the sideline erupted, cheering for the near-perfect throw.Finally, frustration. A botched handoff resulted in a scoop and score for Micah Robinson. The exasperated McDonald held his hands on his head as he watched Robinson and the SU defense celebrate its score.Tuesday in the Carrier Dome marked the first football practice of the spring season, and McDonald and the Orange already showcased the energy they expect to be a staple come fall.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He almost tackled me,” Loeb said with a grin as he raved about his energetic offensive coordinator. “He was the only one that brought me down, I think.“When you see a guy like that jumping up and down, it gets you going. It makes you want to play football.”McDonald helps bring a new, high-energy look to the Syracuse sidelines as part of first-year head coach Scott Shafer’s new coaching staff.Practice started with a team huddle before individual position drills. Midway through, it switched to seven-on-seven. That’s where the intensity picked up.“We should be a little bit upset after mistakes and we should be excited after big plays, and I think that’ll be a big difference this year,” running back Jerome Smith said. “We’ll be celebrating a little bit more.”But the individual position drills were still more intense than ever. Not much of the specific scheme will be picked up in the spring, but the rhythm and pace of Shafer’s offense will, which means everything is fast.“After individual period, what we call it, and before seven-on-seven, I was dead-dog tired. I don’t think that’s ever happened to me before,” Loeb said. “We’re running everywhere. Everything we do full speed, full pace, running, I was tired, literally tired before the team periods of practice even start.”The intensity meant celebrations after long completions, potential touchdowns and takeaways for the defense. It meant McDonald yelling at his players after mental mistakes and other gaffes. And it meant visible frustration from the quarterbacks – Loeb, Terrel Hunt and John Kinder are locked in a heated position battle – after any miscue.After consecutive incompletions, Hunt held his arms out, palms raised to the Dome roof as his inconsistent day continued. At times, the quarterback struggled mightily, with deep throws in particular, but at other times, he was fantastic at managing the offense and evading the blitz. He put his early struggles behind him and finished on a positive note as the offense began to click.“(Shafer) wants tough guys that are going to be physical,” wide receiver Jarrod West said. “He said a story — you’d rather play with 10 guys and get a penalty every time than play with 11 if somebody’s slacking off.”Part of the seven-on-seven drills on Tuesday consisted of two-minute drills, a simulation of the most intense part of the game. Even on the first day of the 2013 season, Shafer already had his team working on every aspect of the game. Just like the system he hopes to run, the start of SU’s season was high-energy, high-speed and high-intensity.As the seven-on-seven drills winded down, Loeb found himself once again taking snaps. He dropped back and fired a pass deep over the middle to Alvin Cornelius. The wide receiver caught the ball in stride with a clear path to the end zone. The horn sounded, signifying the end of the drill. Players poured from the offensive sideline onto the field, celebrating Loeb’s perfect pass that ended the drill on a high note.“It was good energy,” Loeb said, “real good energy, especially first day.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Iowa governor overrides schools, requires in-person classes (VIDEO)

first_imgVAN METER, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday she would override local school districts and require students to spend at least half of their education time in classrooms despite concerns the move could endanger children and teachers as the number of coronavirus cases increase in the state.Reynolds’ decision will invalidate plans implemented by some districts including Des Moines, the state’s largest school system, to limit in-person classes to one day a week for most students with online learning on other days. The governor’s actions are in line with the fervent recommendations of President Donald Trump, who has said it’s essential students return to classrooms despite surging numbers of virus cases in much of the country.“One of the most important milestones in our recovery effort is getting Iowa students back to school,”Reynolds said at a news conference. “And while we all know this school year will be different than ever before, its critical that we prioritize bringing Iowa’s children back to the classroom safely and responsibly.”Reynolds said districts could seek waivers from the 50% requirement to the state Education Department, which would consider making exceptions if there are surging local numbers of virus cases. There will be no change in the Education Department’s recommendation that districts not require that students and teachers wear masks in school, Reynolds said.The governor issued her order a little more than a month before schools are expected to resume and amid rising numbers of coronavirus cases. In the last 24 hours, Iowa had 879 new confirmed coronavirus cases and five more deaths, according to state statistics reported Friday.last_img read more