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Trump’s security challenge at core of LI speech

Leaks to various news organizations came very late Wednesday that former Defense Intelligence Agency director and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will be named national security adviser by President-elect Donald Trump.

Flynn, one of the most prominent and outspoken military and security experts to join Team Trump early on, had just left Long Island after addressing a packed house of prominent politicos at a gala for the Museum of American Armor in Old Bethpage.

It would be a plum job for the longtime Democrat, with the bonus that it’s not subject to Senate confirmation. However, the role itself could be a tremendous quagmire in a nation that’s frustrated by both the threat of terrorism and the steps needed to end that threat. For more thoughts on that, read our full post.

Lane Filler

Talking Point

Business as usual in Nassau County

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his wife, Linda, both under indictment on federal corruption charges, attended the Museum of American Armor gala on Wednesday night and became a hotter topic of conversation than whether event speaker Michael Flynn will wind up in the Trump administration. All politics is local.

Mangano has said he did nothing wrong and has no intention of stepping down. As for seeking a third term in 2017, he has always said he would not decide that until next year.

Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, under indictment along with the Manganos for dealings with Oyster Bay restaurateur Harendra Singh, has been keeping a low profile since the charges were announced Oct. 20 and said this week he might resign to fight them. Venditto, 68 and in his 10th term as supervisor, could retire and claim his public pension. He had been rumored to be planning to do so after Jan. 1, even before he was indicted.

Mangano completed his 20th year of service in the state pension system this year. He served seven terms on the county legislature before his election as county executive in 2009. But he is only 54 years old and might have a harder time making ends meet if he were to hang it up.

Although Mangano was noticeably absent from at least one high-profile event right after charges were announced — the Long Island Association lunch on Oct. 25 featuring Colin Powell — those close to the county executive say he’s attending public events regularly. Nothing will change until it does.

Lane Filler

Pencil Point

Filling the cabinet

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Bonus Point

A bad week for the ‘Oyster Bay way’

For those who govern the Town of Oyster Bay, a good day is traditionally a quiet one. The “Oyster Bay way” isn’t supposed to include a lot of outside attention, change or tax hikes. Tuesday was not a good day for the “Oyster Bay way.”

  • A federal appellate panel denied a request for bail by Frederick Ippolito, the former town commissioner of planning and development, pending an appeal of his tax-evasion conviction. The court ordered that he surrender to a medical prison in Massachusetts by Friday to begin serving a 27-month sentence.
  • Supervisor John Venditto — facing indictment on federal corruption charges on allegations he helped a town vendor get millions of dollars of loan guarantees in exchange for limo services, free office space and discounted events — said he might resign to fight the charges. “Working to clear your name is a full-time job,” Venditto said.
  • The supervisor’s statement came on the same day the town board raised property taxes 11.5 percent. The hike comes on the heels of 8 percent increases in each of 2014 and 2015. Those hikes followed years of out-of-balance budgets that ran up the town’s debt to more than $800 million, depleted cash reserves and left Oyster Bay’s credit ratings decimated.

Lane Filler