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Dinnertime for Democrats

Nassau County Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs at the

Nassau County Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs at the Nassau Democratic office in Garden City, Feb. 11, 2015. Credit: Chuck Fadely

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Record turnout expected

The Nassau County Democratic Committee fall dinner Monday night will be the biggest ever, with more than 1,050 tickets sold and walk-ins expected. The event is headlined by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Party chair Jay Jacobs said the fall dinner usually maxes out at 450 tickets. He attributes the high volume to overall enthusiasm among the party faithful and others who are betting the New York State Senate will flip to the Democrats. The total number of tickets sold might even exceed that of the party’s spring fundraisers — usually its biggest event.

Besides Cuomo, other candidates who will be at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury are Letitia James, who is running for attorney general, congressional incumbents Tom Suozzi and Kathleen Rice, and almost all of the State Assembly and Senate candidates. Unsurprisingly, Kirsten Gillibrand, the incumbent U.S. senator on the ballot, will not be there.

Jacobs said the party should clear $500,000, some of which will fund the party’s effort for control of the State Senate in the closing days of the campaign.

Rita Ciolli

Talking Point

Mock trial gets Biblical

On Sunday, it was Alan Dershowitz for the prosecution in the case of “The People vs. Noah,” held at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.

Dershowitz, usually a defense attorney, argued animatedly for the prosecution during the trial of Noah — the biblical hero who built an ark, saving himself, his family and multiple pairs of animals. Dershowitz told a jury the defendant was “complicit in crimes against humanity,” a “co-conspirator” who was “responsible for the actions of everyone in the conspiracy.”

Dershowitz argued that Noah should have done more to stop God from flooding the Earth, and should have warned his neighbors about their impending doom.

“People have a duty to act,” Dershowitz said, arguing later that God could be considered an “unindicted co-conspirator.”

Sound familiar? Dershowitz, a familiar talking head on cable TV, has at times been a strong defender of President Donald Trump and a critic of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Noah’s defense attorney, former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, accused Dershowitz of “prosecutorial overreach” and said Noah did nothing wrong. Lieberman cited Dershowitz’s book, “Trumped Up,” and quoted Dershowitz himself, who has said that a special counsel can “find evidence to manufacture crimes against anybody.”

That, Lieberman argued, was what happened to Noah, too.

Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey presided as judge.

There was a bit of tongue-in-cheek in the whole thing, and the crowd of 1,700 jurors often laughed at comments that clearly seemed to be about far more than Noah and the ark. But when it came down to their verdict, they were clear: Noah was declared not guilty, a victory for Lieberman.

Randi F. Marshall

Pencil Point

Still beating

Quick Points

Conflicting statements

  • A Saudi Arabian official familiar with the country’s so-called investigation into the death of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi said the autopsy specialist in the consulate in Turkey when Khashoggi was killed was not there to help dispose of Khashoggi but to help erase any evidence. Same thing.
  • After easily winning Mexico’s presidency in July, Andrés Manuel López Obrador is backtracking on campaign promises, citing economic reality. What, you thought that was strictly an American thing?
  • Over the last several months, President Donald Trump first said the arms deal with Saudi Arabia would generate more than 40,000 jobs in the United States, then said it was 450,000 jobs, then 500,000 jobs, then 600,000 jobs, and most recently more than 1 million jobs. No, the deal didn’t get any bigger, only his imagination.
  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio admits that a lot of scientists say humans are the main contributors to climate change, but says that any policies to combat it must be weighed against “the public interest.” News flash for Rubio: The public is interested in stopping climate change.
  • Trump says Democrats are responsible for the caravan of Honduran migrants headed for the border because the party thinks the migrants will vote for Democrats. News flash for Trump: The migrants can’t vote.
  • Long Island Rail Road riders are complaining that some cars leak badly when it rains. So now they want their ride to be faster and drier?

Michael Dobie

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