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The Nassau Police Benevolent Association has yet to

The Nassau Police Benevolent Association has yet to endorse anyone in the county executive race. Credit: Danielle Silverman

Daily Point

What say the PBA?

For years the Police Benevolent Association has driven the endorsement choices of law-enforcement unions in Nassau County, and influenced the CSEA pick, too.

The union for patrol officers, with more members than the superior officers, detectives and correction unions and more money and public support than the CSEA, usually leads the way.

But while the Superior Officers Association and Detectives Association announced endorsements of Democratic County Executive Laura Curran Monday, the PBA, in the midst of a chaotic leadership struggle, isn’t talking about a pick.

To anyone.

Republican county executive candidate Bruce Blakeman told The Point Monday that while he did screen for the PBA and it went "very well," he has not heard whom the unit will support, if anyone.

Curran’s team also says she screened but does not have an inkling of what the PBA will do.

Former president James McDermott, who retired Sept. 1, said he’s staying out of the way. Most, if not all, of McDermott’s executive board has put in for retirement or is expected to soon, including longtime politics point man, 1st vice president Pete Paterson, and their phones are going to voicemail, too.

And new president Michael Spadaccini is not talking, not least because the election he just won to fill in for McDermott until January will be reprised in November and the PBA members are unsettled. They’re working without a contract, having voted down the one McDermott negotiated last year.

The SOA and Detectives Association inked new deals with Curran, and now have endorsed her. The Correction Officers Benevolent Association and the CSEA, like the PBA, have not done either.

Like the PBA, CSEA president Ron Gurrieri and COBA president Brian Sullivan told The Point Monday that they are still in the process of deciding whether to endorse, and whom.

Unlike COBA and CSEA, the PBA may figure endorsing Blakeman won’t be productive and endorsing the heavily favored Curran, when their members already rejected her contract offer, won’t be popular.

— Lane Filler @lanefiller

Talking Point

Googling Long Island HQ locations

The Long Island Association counts among its members thousands of businesses, small and large, in industries from banking to real estate to technology.

But recently, a few household names have committed to joining the membership ranks of the region’s largest business chamber. Amazon and Google both have joined the LIA in recent months, and Facebook has committed to becoming a member, too, according to LIA chief executive Matt Cohen.

Cohen noted that he had wanted to involve those tech giants in part because of the need for Long Island to focus on technology industries, and in part because of what those companies can do to help smaller businesses based here. He noted that the LIA also has received a $10,000 grant from Google to support the association’s small-business efforts.

But getting those behemoths to become LIA members isn’t enough for Cohen.

Last week, he wrote to Google chief executive Sundar Pichai and chief financial officer Ruth Porat, after the company announced plans to buy St. John’s Terminal on Manhattan’s west side.

"We are excited that Google is investing in the greatest city in the world and ask you to consider a hub and spoke model with campuses in the greatest suburb in the world — Long Island — as you continue to grow," Cohen wrote.

Cohen told The Point he had no specific location in mind when suggesting that Google add office space in Nassau or Suffolk counties. But he noted that some Google employees live on the Island already, and that the region is building an "innovation economy" of which Google could be a part.

"If Long Island were able to house a Google campus, it would help put our region on the map," Cohen said. "It’s an absolute shame that Amazon didn’t locate its second headquarters in Long Island City and we need to show major employers and cutting edge technology companies that they’re welcome here on Long Island."

Of course, with their newly minted memberships, Google — along with Amazon and Facebook — also can head to Long Island for future LIA events. Perhaps Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon executive chair Jeff Bezos will join future LIA breakfasts at the Crest Hollow Country Club — or even the association’s virtual luncheon coming next month.

— Randi F. Marshall @RandiMarshall

Pencil Point

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Quick Points

Everyone’s looking for something

  • As Rome is inundated by wild boar searching for food to eat on the streets of its suburbs, new rules allow selective hunting. Some officials are calling for more killings while animal rights groups oppose mass culling. On Long Island, we call that the deer problem.
  • Republicans refuse to join Democrats in raising the debt ceiling, normally a bipartisan endeavor, and have made this an effective talking point for them about irresponsible big-spending liberals. The Republicans beat the Democrats on messaging every time.
  • Idaho’s morgues are running out of space as COVID-19 deaths climb. Idaho has one of the nation’s lowest vaccination rates. Draw your own conclusions.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky said "we don’t necessarily have the answer yet" on annual boosters for COVID-19 vaccines. Which is just the latest thing for which the CDC hasn’t necessarily had the answer yet.
  • Pfizer chief executive Albert Bourla said the CDC’s decision to approve booster shots for older Americans and front line workers was "a very good one." With Pfizer expected to bring in $26 billion in booster sales next year, what else would he say.
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer basked in applause at the Tony Awards as Broadway’s elite, one of the most liberal groups in New York, thanked him for shepherding aid to the performing arts in pandemic-related legislation. The sound you heard after the applause died down was the door closing on any primary challenge.
  • Some people have been renting vans in Manhattan as Airbnb lodgings. Well, they aren’t much smaller than some studios and definitely cheaper, and how about all those windows!

— Michael Dobie @mwdobie

Puzzle Point

In the news — the answers

Here are the answers to Friday’s news quiz. The first letter of each answer spells the name of a world leader whose relationship with President Joe Biden was underwater.

EDDIE MURPHY: Roosevelt-raised comedy icon who signed a three-film deal with Amazon Studios.

MODERNA: Pharmaceutical company that began a vaccine booster trial on Long Island.

MARY TRUMP: Familial member sued by former President Donald Trump over an "insidious plot" to publish his tax records.

AMTRAK: Railroad service British Prime Minister Boris Johnson took from New York to Washington to meet President Joe Biden.

NORTHROP GRUMMAN: Iconic LI company that agreed to a cleanup plan for the groundwater plume it created in Bethpage.

UNITED: Airline company that said more than 97% of its workers are vaccinated as its deadline approaches to get vaxxed or get fired.

EVERGRANDE: Massive Chinese real estate company whose potential demise could shock the global economy.

LAVA: An island off Spain was threatened by this after a volcanic eruption.

MELVIN VAN PEEBLES: Filmmaker who died, known as the godfather of modern Black cinema.

AUSTRALIA: Country whose deal with the U.S. to build nuclear-powered submarines is meant to constrain China.

CALVERTON: Riverhead community in which LI’s largest solar farm will be built.

ROALD DAHL: British children’s book author whose catalog (including one chocolaty volume) was purchased by Netflix.

OFFICE SPACE: Google plans to purchase $2.1 billion worth of this for its workers on the west side of Manhattan.

NANCY PELOSI: Congressional leader shepherding two infrastructure bills who said, "I think we’re in a very good place … At the end of the day, we will be unified for the American people."

— Michael Dobie @mwdobie

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