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Still protesting the parade, but for a new reason

The Irish LGBTQ group Irish Queers has long protested the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City for its lack of inclusiveness. This year, it is protesting on a different theme: deportations, and broken-windows policing’s effect on immigrants.

It’s a separate issue from the group’s previous focus on allowing openly gay groups to march in the parade. That became less of an issue last year, when parade organizers allowed a different Irish LGBTQ group to march for the first time in decades.

The Irish Queers’ parade application was rejected again this year, but the group has moved on from hectoring marchers to participating in an afternoon protest Friday at a Pier 90 reception for Irish police officers.

New year, new top-line focus for the protesters. Organizer Emmaia Gelman says Irish people and Irish-Americans, familiar with the immigrant experience, have “always been fighting for the better angels of Irish immigrant nature.”

This year, LGBTQ issues isn’t the battleground.

Mark Chiusano

Talking Point

The bucks for Buffalo model

Long Island elected officials are keeping a close eye on whether upstate Erie County gets additional aid in this year’s state budget to help local municipalities that lose revenue when their power plant closes.

Last year, the state came to the rescue with a $30 million package for the county, school districts and villages to help offset losses from the closing of the Huntley Power Plant. Now they want more from the Electric Generation Facility Cessation Mitigation Program that helps communities with plants that closed after June 25, 2015.

Members of the State Senate and Assembly from the Buffalo area have included new demands in the budget bills of both chambers. The Assembly asked for another $5.4 million targeted just for three local entities that took a hit.

The Senate, however, took a different approach, putting more money in the overall mitigation program, increasing the 2017 funding from the planned $30 million to $60 million. The funds would be available for 10 years.

As the Long Island Power Authority looks toward phasing out older plants owned by National Grid, expect to hear that what was good for Buffalo should be good for Long Island.

Rita Ciolli

Pencil Point


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Book ends

The joke about today’s writing aimed at kids is that it seems more political (and maybe liberal) than ever: Teen Vogue slamming President Donald Trump, young adult literature’s diverse characters.

Add Chelsea Clinton’s children’s book, “She Persisted,” to the list. Announced on Thursday, the book features famous American women from Harriet Tubman to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. It’s sure to be missing from the shelf of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

But adult New Yorkers might be looking to put political narratives on their shelves, too. The city held a contest in which New Yorkers were encouraged to vote for a book that the whole city might read.

The winner, released Thursday, was Chimamanda Adichie’s “Americanah,” a narrative of a Nigerian woman’s life in America and the struggles of her boyfriend stuck in London after he was denied a visa post-9/11. It’s an entertaining romance, but also a sharp and often critical take on an immigrant’s life in Obama-era America.

Mark Chiusano

Lucky Point

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