Rick Brand Portrait of Newsday reporter Rick Brand taken on

Rick Brand is a longtime Newsday reporter who writes about politics and government on Long Island.

The Donald is coming back to Long Island after the GOP convention.

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Suffolk Republican chairman John Jay LaValle, who has been one of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s surrogate speakers in cable TV outlets, will be hosting a local fundraiser for Trump on Aug 4, said party sources. Trump had earlier appeared at a GOP party event for Lavalle before the New York primary.

The event, sources say, will be held at the Nissequogue estate of Steve Louro, chief executive officer of Professional Group Plans, a Hauppauge-based firm that provides benefits for 60,000 employers covering 600,000 employees and brings in $2.8 billion in premiums annually.