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It’s all relative in Nassau

Is the Nassau GOP getting worried about how federal indictments and scandals in Oyster Bay, Hempstead Town and the county are damaging the party’s brand? Or will it be business as usual for party Chairman Joseph Mondello when he moves pieces on his chess board ahead of the fall election?

The first sign of his strategy may be who gets appointed to fill the Hempstead Town council seat for the 6th District. Gary Hudes said in March that after serving for 17 years, he will step down in June — a classic GOP playbook move that allows whomever is appointed to the seat to then run with all the privileges (think mailers) of an incumbent in November.

Mondello went the nepotism route in 2016, when he chose Anthony D’Esposito to fill a board vacancy, making the decision a family affair: Five D’Espositos now draw paychecks from Hempstead Town.

The Point is hearing that Mondello’s first choice now could be one of his blood relatives.

Rita Ciolli

Talking Point

Cuomo goes viral

It was Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s most delayed budget, but elements of the complicated agreement are still getting him national attention—sometimes in unlikely places.

Though the governor has denied current interest in higher office, he was praised as a potential presidential candidate by heavy hitters like the Rev. Al Sharpton and former Rep. Charles Rangel on Monday at the signing of “Raise the Age” legislation. The measure prevents most 16- and 17-year-olds from being tried as adults, and it has received positive national coverage as New York correcting a lag behind other states.

On free public college, though, a new video by the viral news organization Attn: frames Cuomo’s tuition plan as an accomplishment that’s ahead of the curve. Posted on Sunday and pinned to the top of the site’s popular Facebook page on Tuesday, the video enjoys pride of place above liberal-leaning content and a click-bait article about mermen.

The minute-long Attn: video is slickly produced and notes some of the nitty-gritty details of the tuition plan, including its phase-in period. But its tone is upbeat and appears aimed at the kind of crusading young supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders who might be looking to spread the gospel, if they could only find a new champion.

The video ends with the words, “Share this video if you think more states should follow New York’s lead.”

Mark Chiusano

Pencil Point

You carry on, we carry off

Bonus Point

Mic drop

United Airlines chief executive Oscar Munoz, who wrote an open letter to the company’s 82,000 employees congratulating them for going “above and beyond” in the incident in which a man was violently dragged off an overbooked flight Sunday in Chicago, was named “communicator of the year” last month by the communications publication PRWeek.

No, Sean Spicer was not eligible.

Michael Dobie

Columns