Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County Executive Ed ManganoNassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs says that Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s re-election committee has broken the state’s campaign finance law—and he’s asked New York Attorney General Jay Schneiderman to investigate.A spokesman for the Schneiderman’s office confirmed the receipt of Jacobs’ request but would not comment further.Jacobs claims that last summer his committee decided to look at the more than 70 Republican clubs in Nassau and examine their financing, which he claims they’d never done before. They saw that the Hicksville Republican club, whose chairman, Rob Walker, happens to be chief deputy county executive, was raking in more than $100,000 in 2011 and more than $300,000 in 2012, after previously collecting $29,000 in 2010. Last year the club bought a $204,000 luxury box at Met Life Stadium, where the club hosted fundraising events for Mangano’s re-election.“It doesn’t smell good,” Jacobs said on a conference call to reporters from Harris Beach law office in Uniondale, which is shared by former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, although Jacobs claimed it’s also his own lawyer’s office.“The problem here is not just that somebody else paid for the box and that Mangano has benefitted from it and it constitutes an illegal contribution, which it does,” asserted Jacobs, “it is that the entire set of transactions—what the Republicans refer to as a molehill—demonstrates a concerted effort to have donors in essence contribute and help Ed Mangano get re-elected without being identified because their money is being funneled through a straw entity—the Hicksville Republican Club—which is likely not to be reviewed and not likely to be found out.”And what’s most curious about the $300,000 windfall coming into the Hicksville club, Jacobs said, is that “those people do not want to contribute directly to Mangano’s campaign to pay for a luxury box!”According to the Democrats’ complaint, which was also filed with the New York State Board of Elections, the Hicksville club took in more than $70,000 in contributions from at least 15 companies—from the DeLea Sod Farms in East Northport to Edgewood Industries in Garden City and Movin’ On Sounds and Security in Franklin Square—with each one giving “well in excess,” Jacobs says, of the $5,000 campaign limit per company, and also with no obvious ties to Hicksville.Jay Jacobs“Why is the Hicksville club so lucky?” Jacobs asked.More egregious, Jacobs asserted, is that Mangano’s re-election committee has collected donations from companies doing business with Nassau County, citing Looks Great Services, Inc., which was recently awarded $68 million in contracts for debris removal following Superstorm Sandy (and came under fire in the Nassau Legislature for mistakenly chopping down 111 trees in the Welwyn Preserve in Glen Cove). According to the complaint, the service’s owner, Kristian Agoglia, gave the Mangano campaign $16,500 in personal contributions, which is permissible, but the company’s $10,745 contribution exceeds the legal corporate limit.Also in the Democrats’ allegation is a claim that during the 2012 filing period there were more than $110,000 in “questionable” reimbursements to Walker, who got $20,995; Brian Nevin, Mangano’s spokesman, who got $62,328; and Doreen Pennica, the “Friends of Ed Mangano” political committee treasurer who got $6,793 and works for the county.“There were no details,” Jacobs explained, just “multiple, non-itemized, lump-sum expenditures/payments,” as the complaint calls them, without any explanation other than these three individuals were “fundraising.” As Jacobs interpreted the law, that’s a violation.Nevins scoffed that he and his colleagues had done anything wrong in their efforts to support their boss’s re-election. Indeed, the Daily News first reported the campaign’s purchase of the “luxury box” at the Met Life Stadium this summer, and no charges were filed by the state’s election board then.“The only campaign Jay Jacobs knows is one of mudslinging and slander,” says Brian Nevin in a statement to the Press. “All campaign contributions were properly reported and the campaign will take the necessary steps to address any contributions that exceeded the cap. That being said, Jay Jacobs is purely sour over the fact that residents and businesses throughout the Nassau support Ed Mangano for freezing County property taxes for three straight years and creating nearly 4,000 private sector jobs as County Executive.”Jacobs didn’t see it that way. “This is a large-scale set of violations of the law involving hundreds of thousands of dollars,” the Democratic chairman says.So far, as the 2013 race for the county executive’s office heats up, Mangano has $2.2 million on hand, and the only announced Democratic challenger, Adam Haber, claims he has more than $2 million in his campaign chest.
Dr. Dennis Rittle at Cowley College community forum in Wellington Monday. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Using a combination of business opportunity for Cowley County Community College, and a need for higher learning opportunities within the confines of Sumner County, a proposal is on the table to open a Wellington campus.Dr. Dennis Rittle, President of Cowley College, said he hopes to have a Cowley College – Wellington Campus by the spring of 2018.Rittle was the featured speaker at two community forums Monday at the Wellington High School auditorium. The forum brought in about 115 people combined â€” 50 in the morning and 65 in the evening.Cowley College is proposing to initially build a two or three building facility in Wellington, location unknown at this time, that would work seamlessly with its three other facilities in Mulvane, Winfield and its main campus in Arkansas City.Some of the classes Cowley County hopes to offer range from teaching, nursing, fire fighting, law enforcement, CNC programmers, electrician and HVAC technicians, as well as general education classes for high school students.Rittle would not specify the exact classes that would be offered in Wellington but the curriculum will be based specifically on the demands from the high school and business community.The forums were hosted through the Sumner County Economic Development and Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce. Currently, there is an offer on the table to pay a half-cent sales tax to fund the construction of the facility.The proposal is currently in the hands of the Sumner County Commissioners, who must decide whether to put it on the November ballot, make it a special mail in election perhaps in the winter or spring of 2017, or not allow an election all together.Rittle expressed the desire of having a mail-in ballot away from the general election.â€œWe would prefer to stay away from the emotion of the general election,â€ Rittle told the crowd.Rittle said Sumner County, especially to the south and west are underserved areas. One of the keys to community college education is convenience. Surveys have found that people like to take classes within a 10 to 12 mile radius due to time constraints especially with employment and child care issues.Cowley has been looking into expanding into Wellington for some time, Rittle said. So over the past 12 months it has been conducting surveys that included 700-plus high school students from the seven county schools and 131 local professionals.â€œThe results were startling to us,â€ Rittle said. â€œEighty-six percent of the students wanted to stay in the area. Usually, we see a higher percentage of students who just want to get out and move away. But we didnâ€™t find that here.â€He also said up to 92 percent of the high school students, who took the survey, would consider taking a college course and a staggering 70 percent of the adult learners would take one as well if offeredâ€œThese are extraordinary figures and lead us to believe that such a campus in Wellington would work well,â€ Rittle said. â€œWe learned there is tremendous overall community support for this special project, and that the breadth and depth of a high school partnership is strong.â€Of course, one of the on-going questions is Cowleyâ€™s appearance in Wellington before that ended in failure in the 1990s.Rittle said there were several reasons for this. At the time, there was no local funding stream, no local administrative support from the college level, there was a minimal sense of community while students attended classes, the design was temporal in nature, partnerships were fragile and marketing was modest.This proposal is at a different level, Rittle said.For one thing, new buildings will most likely be built by Cowley which makes it an exclusively college facility. Also, sales tax funding will be for 10 years which means there is long-term finance involved. Eventually, depending whether the Wellington campus will be successful or not, there could be dormitories, although Rittle said that probably wonâ€™t happen for another five or 10 years.He said the courses offered will be an evolutionary process depending what is demanded by the industry and high school students. Some classes will be more expensive than others.Rittle answered several questions from the community at large, which all seemed positive to the idea. A representative from GKN even made an impassioned speech saying how much easier it is to hire Cowley County because they are a more trained workforce.â€œA facility like this can only help Sumner County,â€ she said.Rittle said community colleges are the greatest return on investments to the state of Kansas because it procures so much federal and state dollars.Colleges are key to a skill workforce which attracts industry, economic development and community enrichment, Rittle said.â€œThose communities with a community college will not let them die no matter what ,â€ Rittle said. â€œThey know just how important they are to their well being.â€Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. -2 Vote up Vote down Machinist 101 · 210 weeks ago “A representative from GKN even made an impassioned speech. . ..” Who might this be? “. . .saying how much easier it is to hire Cowley County because they are a more trained workforce.” Why is this? More trained? because kids with specialized CNC training fresh out of technical school or college are cheaper to hire than finding laid off workers from the Wichita area that have actual years of experience and are expected to be paid more for what they are actually worth? Report Reply 1 reply · active 210 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Been There · 210 weeks ago Excellent point. I worked with CNC operators at both Boeing and Spirit whom made super-tight tolerance test coupons in the Engineering Machine Shop for material testing. While a normal aircraft part may have a tolerance of +.003 to +.030 in some instances, test articles produced for modulus testing require to be +.0003 or less. Another words, as perfect as could be produced. That’s ten-thousands for those who can’t do math easily. I was Engineering Electronics Technician and a lead technician over a Material Test System lab and High Bay Structures lab. I was tasked with strain gage installation and collecting data on test coupons and structures by electronic methods. I was also tasked with measuring those super-tight tolerance coupons with high-end measure methods/equipment to assure compliance to standards. I once spoke to a young former CNC machinist from a local plant in Wellington. His salary had topped out @ $19 an hour. Upon his hiring at Spirit, he immediately went to $28 an hour. He moved his family from Wellington to Derby within 6 months and when I retired he was making $38 an hour. I doubt GKN or any other machine facility in Wellington will be matching those wages. Yes, he got his experience here, but quickly moved away. That is likely what will happen, the same with welding or HVAC trainees. Report Reply -4 Vote up Vote down southsideresident · 210 weeks ago Yes, I too support Cowley College in Wellington, a good investment. However, until the hospital and schools are more secure financially by the expansion of Medicaid to pay for uncompensated care and a better plan for the school it’s like putting the cart before the horse. CC would help train students for jobs. Any industry or business has as one of it’s two priorities good schools and good health care plus recreational facilities. We have our schools funded for another year but after that ???? . Our governor and legislature opposed expansion of Medicaid that would put our hospital be on better financial footing. Vote for Don Shimkus for KS Senate Dist. #32, Michelle Schiltz, for KS House Dist. #80, Jo Roitman, for KS House Dist. #116. Check them out before the Nov. election. They will support expansion of Medicaid and adequate funding of our public schools. 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Last month, Joel Embiid wrote in the Players’ Tribune that his trolling was a thing of the past. No more cryptic messages, no more memes, no more antagonizing opponents.”Once I’m holding that (NBA championship) trophy in my hands,” Embiid wrote, “maybe I’ll be back to my charming self.” His stint as a reserved competitor is apparently over. After making a shushing gesture and yelling “Shut the f— up” following a 3-pointer at home against the Bulls on Sunday — an outburst he at first described as being pointed toward himself — he took to Twitter on Monday to take ownership of a newfound role as a heel.”You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain,” Embiid wrote, quoting “The Dark Knight.””You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” #TheProcess pic.twitter.com/m5EPaKcsfb— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) February 11, 2020JOEL HANS EMBIID pic.twitter.com/WMtw6UnsTb— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) February 10, 2020MORE: Shaq blasts Embiid’s play against Giannis, Bucks Philadelphia fans have taken to booing the 76ers and Embiid recently, unimpressed by the team’s stagnation. Embiid, who so often searches for sources of motivation, seems to be using hometown discord to fire himself up. While it’s taken him away from his vow to avoid external distractions, perhaps he is simply a player who needs some level of conflict to thrive.The 76ers are 33-21 and 13.5 games behind the Bucks for the No. 1 seed. They have gone 5-5 in their past 10 games, losing to the downtrodden Hawks in addition to several Eastern Conference rivals along the way.Embiid filled up the box score Sunday en route to his shushing. He scored 28 points, grabbed 12 boards, dished five assists and blocked four shots.