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Cartoon: Mr. Smith leaves Washington

Mark Wilson is a New York political cartoonist and illustrator who lives in the Adirondacks. He publishes under the pen name Marquil.

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Dobie: Kim Kaiman hiring smacks of favoritism

When North Hempstead hired Kim Kaiman, the wife

(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

What was Judi Bosworth thinking?

Barely a week into her tenure as North Hempstead Town supervisor, Bosworth chose Kim Kaiman, the wife of her predecessor, fellow Democrat Jon Kaiman, to head the town agency charged with attracting business and tourism to North Hempstead.

Kim Kaiman did not emerge victorious from a field of qualified candidates. There were no others. The job apparently...

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Bessent: Rep. McCarthy's poignant departure

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, at her home in Mineola,

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Rep. Carolyn McCarthy’s poignant decision not to seek reelection marks the end of her determined 18-year congressional crusade to reduce gun violence.

The issue catapulted McCarthy, from Mineola,  into Congress after a deranged gunman opened fire inside a Long Island Rail Road train in 1993, killing her husband, Dennis, and five other commuters, and wounding her son.

In announcing...

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Striegel: A rare politician keeps his ego in check

In a refreshing pledge, Larry Cantwell, the new

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Three cheers to newly installed East Hampton Supervisor Larry Cantwell, who told the town board on Thursday that they should not be surprised if they don’t see his name on signs at town parks. “It is not because the parks department forgot,” he said. “I asked they not waste time and money preparing these signs.”

How many of us have shaken our heads in disgust at the way elected officials plaster...

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Dobie: Take it easy on snow-covered roads

Larry Fuchs makes his way along Railroad Avenue

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Hey, you, with the SUV. Really?

Did you have to blow the red light Friday morning on Pinelawn Road in Melville — by at least five seconds — and careen around the snowdrift-covered corner from the side street, a little too close for comfort to those of us sitting on Pinelawn, and then fishtail your way for about 100 yards down Pinelawn? I apologize for wishing you would have wrapped yourself...

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