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Rep. Lee Zeldin at Brookhaven National Laboratory on

Rep. Lee Zeldin at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Sept. 18, 2020. Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

Daily Point

A geography lesson

Good afternoon from The Point, whose readers we hope are more familiar with Long Island than this BuzzFeed Capitol Hill reporter, whose tweet about Lee Zeldin’s floor speech from Wednesday’s impeachment proceedings went viral.

This is reporter Paul McLeod’s tweet:

"‘Thank you to the president for his efforts to defeat MS-13 in my district,’ says Rep. Lee Zeldin, who represents the Hamptons."

While Zeldin does in fact represent the tony Hamptons, he was raised and still lives in Shirley, which features less boutique shopping. And the dangers of the MS-13 gang have been a serious issue in Zeldin’s district and a recurring one in his campaigns.

We note that digital subscriptions to Newsday are available in the capital and it won’t cost you a fraction of a share in a Hamptons rental this summer.

—Mark Chiusano @mjchiusano

Talking Point

Who will replace Judi Bosworth?

As Long Island races go, the one to succeed North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth is pretty wide open. Bosworth, who announced Monday that she will retire at year’s end, became supervisor in 2014 after stints on the Nassau County Legislature and Great Neck board of education.

By The Point’s count so far, one likely candidate for the supervisor spot is a "yes," while two others have confirmed they won’t be running. But it’s still early.

North Hempstead Town Clerk Wayne Wink told The Point Wednesday that he would be running for Bosworth’s seat to "continue and expand upon a lot of the great things Judi has done."

"It’s a position that I have aspired to for quite a while," Wink said.

It’s unclear whether Wink will have competition for the Democratic nod. State Sen. Anna Kaplan came up as a possibility among Democratic sources, but her spokesman told The Point Wednesday that she is not considering a run for supervisor. Two Democratic sources told The Point that others, including town Councilwoman Viviana Russell, might end up in the mix.

While the town is reliably Democratic, its political grid is not crackling with energy since longtime power broker Gerard Terry was taken out of power by a tax-evasion conviction in 2018.

On the other side of the aisle, observers had suggested that former State Sen. Jack Martins, who once represented a large swath of the area but lost races for Nassau County executive and Congress, might consider a run. But Martins told The Point Wednesday that he, too, isn’t running for the slot.

"It’s always nice to be considered," Martins said. "But I am very happy with the work I’m doing practicing law and spending time with my family ... and watching my kids grow up … I am not running."

Sources suggested that former State Sen. Elaine Phillips, who lost to Kaplan, might be a possible Republican candidate as well. Phillips did not return The Point’s calls for comment.

—Rita Ciolli and Randi F. Marshall @ritaciolli and @RandiMarshall

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Final Point

Robert Yaro’s need for speed

For decades, Robert Yaro, the former president of the Regional Plan Association, has dreamed of a high-speed rail through the Northeast Corridor.

Now, Yaro sees an opportunity. In a post-pandemic world, when the "mega-region," as he calls it, will need new infrastructure, jobs and transportation options, Yaro is hoping a high-speed rail from New York to Boston — via Long Island — will be on the to-do list.

Known as the North Atlantic Rail Initiative, the project would take passengers from Penn Station into Jamaica, and then through Nassau and Suffolk counties, using a mix of underground tunnels, freight rail lines, new track, and existing track. Potential stops on the Island, Yaro said, could include the Nassau Hub, Republic Airport, Ronkonkoma and Stony Brook. Then, just before the Village of Port Jefferson, the train would head through a tunnel under the Long Island Sound to Connecticut.

Express service that wouldn’t make every stop could bring passengers from New York to Boston in 100 minutes, Yaro said, noting that he has used England’s high-speed rail efforts as a model for his plans.

Find out what President-elect Joe Biden's transition team thinks of the possibility of a high-speed rail.

—Randi F. Marshall @RandiMarshall