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  • Status Cuomo

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    By Neil A. Carousso

    White Plains, NY — In the days leading up to Election Day, most polls showed New York’s gubernatorial race to be a landslide victory for Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo over Republican candidate and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. Among supporters, who were at Astorino’s headquarters at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains, there was an understanding that the county executive was an underdog, but many were hopeful that his campaign will influence the next four years.

    “Regardless, [of the result] he has run a really great campaign,” said Ed Cox, chairman of the New York Republican State Committee, of Astorino’s campaign for governor. “He has proved himself to be the best, statewide leader of a ticket that I’ve ever seen,” added Cox.

    Astorino’s main focus in his campaign was the economy, one of the biggest issues in this year’s midterm elections. Astorino seeks to launch an aggressive, pro-growth and pro-jobs economic agenda to boost New York’s economy by initiating reforms to an antiquated tax code and regulatory system. The Westchester County Executive aimed to reduce the cost of doing business in the Empire State.

    “The growth rate in New York last year was 0.7 percent. People are leaving, jobs are leaving, it’s the highest taxed [state] in America,” Astorino said to Sean Hannity last week on Fox News.

    A real concern is New Yorkers leaving due to hindering growth and high cost of living. Mr. Cuomo has admitted to large taxes due to large governmental spending, but the Democrat vows to reduce spending in his second term.

    Governor Cuomo won re-election with 53.87 percent of the votes with 99.5 percent of election districts reporting. He is the first democrat since his father, Mario Cuomo, to win re-election in New York.

    Astorino, who was watching the results with his family in a suite upstairs, came down to the ballroom at the White Plains hotel to give his concession speech. Joined by his wife Sheila and his three children, he spoke to his supporters.

    Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino gives his concession speech at his election day headquarters at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains, N.Y.

    “Today was a day for politics. Tomorrow is a day for governing and better governing is what New York needs,” said Astorino, who said he called Governor Cuomo to congratulate him and wish him the best in his second term in Albany. “Dramatic reform is needed. I hope Mr. Cuomo has heard some of the cries of New Yorkers this campaign season – I know I have in all 62 counties in our state,” Astorino said.

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  • Journalist Adina Genn: A Difference in the Community

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    By Neil A. Carousso

    Long Island, NY — Adina Genn has a foundation in hyperlocal journalism, covering Port Washington, where she lived for many years. The depth into which Genn writes a story has earned her multiple awards, including three from the Press Club of Long Island and the U.S. Small Business Administration for “Small Business Journalist of the Year” during her 7 years at Long Island Business News.


    Adina Genn (Photo courtesy of
    Adina Genn (Photo courtesy of 

    Since Genn started in journalism, the industry has changed and continues to rapidly change with new technology. When she started at Patch, the company gave her a MacBook laptop computer, a smartphone and a police scanner, seemingly unheard of in 2010. A big reason for this was the fact that AOL had majority stake of Patch, a pioneer in the journalistic uses of technology. AOL handed over its majority stake in Patch to an investment firm in January. Journalists, like Genn, were required to use all forms of technology, including utilizing a mobile application for journalists on staff to post stories that they wrote entirely on a smartphone, along with pictures and videos shot and edited on the phone, directly onto the Patch website from an event. She recalled a time when she covered a special remote “Today Show” on NBC and had an entire multi-media piece published on the Patch website before the show was over; Genn overheard a public relations representative express shock in the fact that a local news outlet had the story up so quick. That’s when Genn realized the impact that hyperlocal news and journalism have on people.

    “I enjoy hitting people with information they need to know on the street,” Genn said of journalism.

    Another way journalism, especially in New York and on Long Island, impacted locals is when Hurricane Sandy hit in October 2012. Genn provided extensive coverage and published lists of local communities, indicating whether or not they were in low-lying areas. She didn’t realize until after covering the storm and the aftermath of it and how people can get help, how grateful readers were for her dedication to the community. Genn, herself, had to evacuate with her husband and two kids, but she made sure to reach out to the community and keep them informed.

    “I’m a sensitive person to a lot of topics, which helps me in my work, Genn said.

    As the business changes, so does the art of journalism, but one thing that has benefited Genn over the course of her career, is the relationship she has with her readers, who read her stories for the traditional, impartial journalism that she upholds.

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  • Hofstra University Students React to the Ebola Outbreak

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    By Neil A. Carousso

    Hempstead, NY — Since the inception of the Ebola outbreak, people have grown increasingly concerned. The first man to have Ebola in the United States, Thomas Eric Duncan, died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on October 8, 2014. However, this past week, a health care worker, who took care of Duncan, has improved and Ashoka Mukpo, the freelance cameraman, who contracted the virus on assignment for NBC, is now Ebola free.

    “It’s scary. I’m nervous,” Brianna Borresen, graduate student at Hofstra University and assistant news director of WRHU-FM, Hofstra’s Marconi award-winning student-operated radio station, said.

    “Those countries that are dealing with [Ebola], are already dealing with poverty on top of it,” Dan Savarino, senior at Hofstra said.

    “We can handle these medical emergencies [in the United States] very well,” Sean Bates, a sophomore remarked, adding, “We have the resources to handle an outbreak and make sure it doesn’t spread too far.”

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  • Playing for Pride: Hofstra Field Hockey Honors Alumna with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

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    By Neil A. Carousso

    Hempstead, NY — The Hofstra Pride Field Hockey team earned their 10th victory of the season, 6-3, Sunday, October 19 against the Rider Broncs on Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Awareness Day. However, it was no ordinary game as the Pride had even more motivation to win than their Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament hopes, which seemed to be an afterthought compared to the meaning of this regular season game.

    Hofstra alumna Jillian Geysen played four seasons on the Pride field hockey team. She graduated from Hofstra in 2013. This past summer, Geysen was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system.

    “Jill was one of my best friends and we were super close during her time here,” said Jonel Boileau, Pride senior captain, adding, “She’s the nicest person inside and out.”

    Geysen was named honorary coach for the game against Rider.

    “I just feel so much love, so much support and obviously this is one of the hardest times of my life,” Geysen said. “I couldn’t have asked for the amount of support that I had. It brings tears to my eyes,” added the 22-year-old.

    Jill received her first chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on September 17. She is continuing treatment in Connecticut.

    “She’s great. She’s really positive,” said Jill’s sister Jenna Geysen, who believes it’s Jill’s optimism that resonates with her loved ones. “She has such a strong mind and heart,” Jenna added.

    The Pride sported t-shirts, purple wristbands, headbands and ribbons symbolizing the fight against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Shirts and wristbands were also sold to raise money for Jill’s medical expenses. Hofstra, clearly moved by Jill’s message, scored the first three goals of the game and ended on a high note with three unanswered goals.


    The Pride warm-up in white t-shirts with a purple ribbon on Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Awareness Day at Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium.


    “It’s quite a privilege for me and certainly our team to have this opportunity to dedicate this game to Jill,” De Angelis, in her 17th season as Pride head coach said.

    In the pre-game ceremony, Hofstra gave Jill a framed number 1 blue jersey, which she wore from 2009 to 2012.




    Jillian Geysen is surrounded by family, friends, former teammates and coaches and the Rider Broncs (right) during a pre-game ceremony.


    “I feel like this is my family. I have a second home here at Hofstra,” Jill said after the game. “It’s all about the fight. You never underestimate a team; you never underestimate any challenge that you’re faced with in your life. My time here has carried over into what I’m going through now and made me who I am.”

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Neil A. Carousso is the producer in charge of content for the "Mooch and the Mrs. with Anthony and Deidre Scaramucci" podcast, exclusively via the platform.
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