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An Early Start for the Little North Pole

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Neponsit Ave. Right after he’s eaten his turkey and picked up some Black Friday deals for the Mrs., Santa Claus will be making a stop at the home of a good friend—Joe Mure. Christmas has come early this year to The Little North Pole, whic…

Rhapsody Players Ready To Rock ‘One-Night Only’

A big sound is coming to Rockaway this Saturday, November 26, at 8 p.m., as the Rhapsody Players hit the Rockaway Theatre Company stage for a post-Thanksgiving celebration in song. The eight accomplished vocalists and six-piece band will be performing powerhouse hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and more at RTC’s Post Theater at Fort Tilden, with all tickets available directly at the door. For the group, it marks a welcome return. “We’ve got to do a show in Rockaway,” said the Player’s John Heffernan recently at a Bay Ridge benefit concert. Speaking to many Rockaway friends and fans who came out, he noted, “This would be like a homecoming for us. We’ve got to make this happen.” Besides previously playing here, the group has some strong Rockaway ties. “There are seven Rhapsody Player members who are still members of the Rockaway Theatre Company. In fact, Juliette Pannone Mallon and Samantha Caiati will be returning this Saturday for their first appearance at the theater as Rhapsody Players,” Heffernan told The Rockaway Times. Among other productions, just a few years ago Heffernan himself headlined as a lead character in RTC’s “La Cage Aux Folles.” “Our group has fond memories of the theater. And we love returning to RTC. The setting and the Rockaway audiences are fantastic!!! We cannot wait to fill that room with the best songs and beyond,” he said. Performing everything “from pop to classics, rock and roll to rhythm and blues,” Heffernan notes, “the evening does not stop except for intermission. Song after song, it’s ensemble numbers, as well as guy medleys and girl medleys mixed with solos and duets.” Their set includes songs like ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, ‘This Magic Moment’, ‘California Dreaming’, ‘At Last, Respect’, “It’s Too Late’, ‘Happy Together’, and ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’, from artists like Carole King, The Bee Gees, Ray Charles, The Eagles, Aretha Franklin, Motown and more. “We hear from our audiences how incredible the singers, harmonies and band sound, even better than some of the original recordings,” Heffernan said. Besides Mallon, Caiati, and Heffernan, the Rapsody Players include singers Colleen O’Donnell, Anthony Marino, Bernard Smith, Kevin Sweeny and Kiernan Hamilton, along with musicians Steve Athanail (guitar), Peter Zaggare (bass), Tim Bayliss (keyboards), Howard Alper (drums), Ryan King (trumpet) and Matt Koza (sax). Founded in 2006, the group had all worked together in various Brooklyn and Rockaway community theater groups. They decided to pool their talents and sing what they loved while raising funds for charitable organizations and worthy causes.  According to Heffernan, the group has raised over $800,000 to date. “They really put on a fantastic show!” said one Rockaway resident who saw them at an October fundraiser for Brooklyn’s St. Patrick’s Academy. “Just amazing!” Heffernan and the Rhapsody Players invite all far and wide to hear their sound for themselves and spend a musical ‘one-night’ only with them right here in Rockaway. Tickets are $20 per person, cash only, and only at the door on the night of the event. No tickets will be available online. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.

The New York Dippers Club Makes a Splash

Before filling your bellies with warm turkey and all the fixin’s, consider starting your holiday in an invigorating way, with a cold-water dip. The New York Dippers Club (NYDC) is taking off, and are welcoming all to join in on their daily dips into the Atlantic, or at the very least, for a gratitude dip on Thursday, November 24 as a warmup to their upcoming Full Moon Charity Dip on December 7. Graham Cullis, a content creator, artist and philanthropist from the UK, took charge of this dipping mission just two days after arriving in Rockaway on October 5 to visit a friend. After creating a video blog about the experience and recruiting people he’s met along the way, starting with a man named Daniel, then Ty from Tiki, Gratitude Mike O’Donnell and Kate Rizzo, Cullis’ growing movement of daily dippers earned a name—the New York Dippers Club. Instead of having a cup of coffee, this group starts their day with a dip in the chilly Atlantic at 9 a.m. Now why would anyone jump into the ocean during cold fall and winter months when we have perfectly fine beach days during the summer? “It’s a game changer for mental health,” Cullis said. “A lot of people do it for that reason. It’s also said to help all kinds of conditions like fibromyalgia, arthritis, lots of things. It’s all anecdotal but there are a lot of testimonies saying it relieves symptoms, so why not give it a go?” he said. “Just always consult medical professionals first.” Cullis says the boost to mental health not only comes from taking the dip, but that sense of community that the NYDC  is starting to build. “When we get together, you have that therapy and community, that human connection. A lot of people said they wouldn’t do this if it wasn’t for the group. There’s also this act of cleansing in this cold water and having this feeling that shocks you every day. It’s like having 10 coffees when you jump in that water,” he added. “But it’s that nice sense of community that keeps people coming back.” The NYDC has grown to about 10 daily jumpers, and 25 who have given it a go. But he’s had bigger groups. He previously had a group called The Pevensey Plungers who regularly took the plunge in Pevensey Bay in East Sussex in his parent’s village in the UK. “I posted content and it went semi-viral and I asked if others wanted to come swimming,” Cullis said. “I had 100 people following me into the water.” These cold-water dips are just a part of Cullis’ mission. “I travel the world in pursuit of starting and creating communities in the wellness and mental health space,” he said. It all started when he dealt with mental health issues himself, especially during the Covid pandemic. “About two or three years ago, I was in Bali and I discovered I could paint. It helped my mental health and I quit my job because I started getting a following as an artist and I decided to use my art to do philanthropy and raise awareness for mental health. I’ve done different projects in the line of wellness since and have done these cold-water therapy projects in different places,” Cullis explained. Cullis funds his effort through something he calls the Karma Card Project, in which supporters subscribe (www.patreon.com/Grahamcullisart) to receive six unique prints every six months, so Cullis can continue using his art to raise awareness for mental health, wellness and to run philanthropy projects across the world. When a friend who commissioned his work invited him to Rockaway, he jumped at the opportunity. “I went to stay with her and then I found this nice family that adopted me on Beach 130th and now I’m here on an extended tourist Visa,” Cullis said. He’ll be taking his last Rockaway plunge on December 26, before hopping on a plane off to his next mission. Before he leaves, Cullis has some goals. One is to encourage others to take the plunge and join the group for daily dips into the Atlantic on Beach 62nd or Beach 67th (depending on whether or not the Army Corps is doing construction in these areas). A good opportunity for all to try it out is Thanksgiving morning. On Thursday, the group will be on Beach 62nd Street at 9 a.m. for a gratitude dip led by Mike O’Donnell, who will say a few words before the group takes the plunge. Cullis is hoping to draw a big crowd for this dip to bring more awareness to the effort in anticipation of an even bigger event on December 7 at 4:30 p.m., in which the group will take a full moon dip to raise money for a special charity—Camping to Connect. Cullis learned about this charity after seeing a film about it at the Rockaway Film Festival this fall—local filmmaker Alex Cullen’s “Wood Hood.” Cullis said, “Alex made this movie for this nonprofit, Camping to Connect, and what they do is lead hikes into nature, posturing leadership and mental wellness, and it’s about local city kids that might not be able to afford an experience like this. It moved us to tears, so we thought, what can we do to raise money for this program?” That led to the idea of a full moon dip, switching up the daily routine of starting the day with an ocean dip at 9 a.m., and doing one as the full moon emerges at 4:30 p.m. on December 7 (on Beach 62nd or 67th, depending on construction), while raising money for Camping to Connect. “We have a $5,000 target to run a program for 10 kids in the local area to have this experience,” Cullis said. He’s currently in discussions with those who run the St. John’s Home for Boys to potentially send those who are willing on a camping trip. On December 7, there will be merch for sale and donation boxes to help raise funds. Cullis has also set up a GoFundMe for this effort which can be found at: https://gofund.me/99279af2 Although Cullis’ Rockaway stay is short, he hopes the NYDC continues beyond him. “I go into these communities to plant a seed,” he said. He expects it to blossom under Captain Kate Rizzo, who will keep the NYDC going. “When I’m gone, this is gonna carry on. I can see there’s good people in this group that will be able to do that,” he said. In the meantime, consider taking the dip for yourself and “come feel the magic,” as Cullis says. The group plunges every day at 9 a.m. on Beach 62nd or Beach 67th. For full details and daily updates, make sure to join the New York Dipper Club Facebook group and follow them on Instagram at: @newyorkdippersclub

Cristin Mullen Run Benefits St. Rose CYO

The spirit of Cristin Mullen lives on through the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy CYO program. On Friday, October 28, St. Rose honored the late athlete and celebrated the ways in which the proceeds of the Cristin Mullen Run are benefitting young athletes at the school. As described by Bobby Steiner, head of the CYO Program at St. Rose, Mullen was a tremendous athlete herself. “Cristin was a Rockaway resident. She grew up in Belle Harbor and attended St. Francis de Sales grammar school where she played several sports in the CYO program. She then attended Bishop Kearney High School where she participated in swim and track. From there, she moved on to St. Francis College on a full scholarship where she ran track and swam for college. She was a lifeguard for 16 years at Riis Park. After completing college, she ended up getting her teaching certification and she taught as a special education teacher for the Board of Ed in District 75. She ran the NYC Marathon for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. She was a volunteer coach and a participant in several organizations,” Steiner said. “Unfortunately, she also battled epilepsy for over 16 years and fell victim to a massive seizure that took her life at age 35.” Mullen passed away on December 17, 2020. Since her tragic passing, the Mullen family has found ways to honor their daughter and continue her legacy through something she loved—running. For the past two years, the Cristin Mullen 5K has served as an event to honor her memory, and to raise funds for St. Rose of Lima, a parish near and dear to the Mullen family. The ceremony on October 28 was a prime example of the ways in which the Cristin Mullen Run helps the parish. “Her mom and her family do a run in her honor, and they do it right out of the parking lot here at St. Rose, so this year, St. Rose was the recipient of all the proceeds that were raised and all of the proceeds that came from that go directly into our program,” Steiner explained. “Every one of our kids is gonna get a warm-up shirt in addition to their uniform this year, which is paid for from the Mullen family donations. All of the coaches are wearing warm up jackets that are paid for through the donation from the Mullen family. All the food and drinks that your kids are about to devour are paid for by the Mullen family,” Steiner said. Steiner then called the Mullen family up to present St. Rose basketball jackets to them. “Cristin’s mom spoke about her daughter and what a fierce athlete she was, and she could not be any more grateful that the money they donated is going to a CYO program and a good cause here,” Steiner said. “I want you to keep in mind as we go through this current season that this was made possible through these donations, and it just doesn’t happen by itself.” Donations like that from the Mullen family are a huge help to CYO programs, according to Steiner. “CYO programs across the city struggle financially because they have to be self-independent, so without donations or people participating financially, they don’t have the ability to be successful. Every once in a while, you get a donation that helps out or alumni from a program come back and they make some donations for the equipment because a lot of times without that, the coaches are in their pockets buying equipment, buying basketballs, buying lunches for kids on the way home, gas, all that stuff. This year, we were very fortunate that the St. Rose of Lima CYO program was the recipient of a donation from the Cristin Mullen Run.”

One Year Later, Rockaway Remembers Lew

By Katie McFadden It’s been a whole year in Rockaway without Lew Simon. On Thursday, November 10, 100th Precinct Deputy Inspector Carlos Fabara, a dear friend of Lew, brought the community together for a candlelight vigil to remember the late Democratic District Leader who fought for everyone. On November 6, 2021, Lew Simon left this world. And the lack of the presence of Rockaway’s fiercest advocate has been felt ever since. At the vigil, candles were lit while friends, elected officials and Fabara spoke of that loss and who Lew was. “Passionate, dedicated…a royal pain in the ass,” Senator Joseph Addabbo said to the crowd, as they broke into a chuckle. “Very few people that we know in our lives, or we cross paths with, we find is as dedicated and passionate about this peninsula. He kept us elected officials on our toes. I love Lew but who else could be at my wedding in 1998 and then my opponent in 2001? Who else, but Lew? “He leaves a legacy of accomplishments here on the peninsula and in Broad Channel, a legacy of knowing what we need to do on this peninsula, working here together, putting politics aside and doing what we need to do for better days on the peninsula. That is what Lew Simon leaves behind. That inspiration to do more and to work with everyone. As you remember Lew, let’s go forward as a community, and hope for better days ahead in his honor,” Addabbo said. “God Bless Lew Simon.” “Lew deserves this,” Councilwoman Joann Ariola said. “He deserves to be forever remembered because he never forgot anyone. No matter how much time passed, he would say to me ‘how is your mother, how are the boys, how are the grandkids?’ He’d remember them by name. And that is something that is so unique because he didn’t just ask you arbitrarily— he cared. It was terrible to watch him get sick, but even from his hospital bed and his bed at the rehabilitation center, he was calling and advocating for people who needed food dropped off to them, needed to be taken to the doctor, needed to be taken to Stop and Shop, and who could do it for them. “He’s greatly missed,” Ariola said. “I don’t know one thing we’re fighting for now, whether its public safety, quality of life or education for our kids, that Lew wouldn’t have been at the forefront with a sign, protesting, being in favor of, fighting for it and making sure it happened. Senator Addabbo was right. He didn’t see any differentiation in party. He just saw people and he wanted to make sure people were taken care of, so his memory is a blessing, it remains blessing and it will forever be a blessing.” Female Democratic District Leader Jeanette Garramone said, “He’s very missed. As all of us know, people used to say the ‘but,’ ‘I love Lew, but..’ everyone talks about that. But now? This one year passing? There’s no longer a but. Everybody misses him. We feel the difference. But he’s with us. Just by the people who are here. We all hold a special place in our heart for Lew. So keep fighting for what you believe in. And keep fighting for what Lew believed in you.” Deputy Inspector Fabara, who organized the vigil said, “Lew was many things to many people. He was a friend and a neighbor. And he was an advocate for people in this community who didn’t have a voice. Lew was their voice. And I remember his voice distinctly because he would call so frequently. Barely a day went by where he didn’t call advocating for one person or another and I remember thinking, how does Lew know so many people that need help? I don’t even know that many people at all. When you get to know Lew, you’d realize how he knew so many people… because he would talk to anyone that would listen long enough and he made every single one of them feel like they were the most important person in the room. That was the way he was and it was very special. He really made it feel like he cared about you. “Not only was he an advocate for the community but he was a friend to the police department,” Fabara continued. “He really, truly appreciated what we did. Behind closed doors, he would hold my feet to the fire, but in public, Lew would be the first one to defend us and it meant a lot to us and that is really why I wanted to take this opportunity to honor him and to remember him. I think it’s really special that you all came out for this because he was a special person,” Fabara said. “You all meant a lot to him, and he meant a lot to us.” Thinking on the many phone calls he received from Lew, Fabara explained he recently came across some voicemails he had from Lew Simon, that he wanted to share with the crowd. “When I happened across a couple of voicemails that Lew left on my phone, they brought a smile to my face so I want to play them for you quickly, so we’ll be able to hear Lew’s voice one more time,” Fabara said. He then played two voice messages from Lew through the speaker of a police vehicle. As people listened to Lew’s voice, it brought tears, laughs and a final message from the man that his friend Richard Berger described as “You love him, or you hate him, but everyone on the peninsula knew who the hell he was.” As the final message played, the crowd heard some familiar words from Simon—“I love you.” A street co-naming ceremony for Lew Simon, on Beach 116th and Rockaway Beach Blvd., is expected to be held next summer.

Pizza on the Point Comes to Breezy

Breezy Point finally has a pizza place and it’s on point. On October 29, Pizza on the Point opened with lines out the door, and that excitement has continued as locals line up to grab a slice of their own. With Tom McGoorty and Mike Strong of Breezy Point and Rockaway’s Pat Hayden and Meat Up Grill chef Michael Fiore, at the helm, they know just what was missing in the neighborhood, and the right ingredients to make a great slice. With New York style pizza featuring a thin, crisp crust, fresh sauce, cheese, a hint of garlic in almost everything and popular toppings from pepperoni to more…
Katie McFadden
Katie McFadden

Election Results 2022

The results are in, and while some races are clear, one big Rockaway race is too close to call. Millions of voters across the state took to the polls in early voting and on Election Day on Tuesday, November 8, and as the polls closed at 9 p.m., results started to pour in. The race to watch …
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Ten Years Later

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Putting Time in With Team Rubicon in Florida

When looking back on all of those who came to help Rockaway after Hurricane Sandy, Team Rubicon is at the top of many lists. It’s a name that stuck with people and is often recommended by locals as the go-to organization to donate to when a disaster strikes, anywhere in the world. After all, they…

Rockaway Remembers the Fallen 10 Years Later

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Make Manor of Screams a Halloween Must-See

Make your way through the fog and look for the corn stalks, where you’ll find some figures that put the ‘scare’ in scarecrow, then turn the corner to find the dead rising from Belle Harbor’s newest cemetery. But don’t linger too long or you may be next. The corner house on the beach block of 133r…

Big Changes Coming to the Riis Bathhouse

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Team RBNY-18 Makes the Climb

Team RBNY-18 has done it again. On Sunday, October 16, more than 30 locals teamed up to make the climb at Belmont Park, and raise more than $10,000 at the National Stair Climb. Every year, thousands ascend upon a local venue to climb 2,200 steps, symbolizing the 110 stories of the World Tr…

ASPCA Gives Back

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QueensLink Advocates Rally for the Rail Line

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Running for a Cause

Queen’s Royal Priesthood held their 5th Annual 5K B-Cauze run/walk on Saturday, October 8 from Beach 90th Street to Beach 17th. What was the cause for this charity event? Whatever you needed it to be. CEO and founder Queen Esther Arroyo told participants whatever you felt the need to walk or r…

Dogs, Cats & Bearded Dragons Get Blessed

Rockaway’s animals are blessed. On Tuesday, October 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assissi, St. Francis de Sales held its annual Blessing of the Animals. The weather cleared up enough for Father Bill Sweeney to gather in the SFDS schoolyard with a crowd of eager furry (and scaley)  friends…

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An Early Start for the Little North Pole

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Neponsit Ave. Right after he’s eaten his turkey and picked up some Black Friday deals for the Mrs., Santa Claus will be making a stop at the home of a good friend—Joe Mure. Christmas has come early this year to The Little North Pole, which will light up on Saturday, November 26. In its 27th year, the annual lighting of the Little North Pole will take place the Saturday right after Thanksgiving, giving locals and visitors alike even more time to see this holiday delight. With hopes of the weather being a little warmer, one of the …

This Week in History

November 23 Christopher Warren was born. Nancy Cregan was born. Mary Ryan was born.   1945- The United States stopped rations after World War II. However, sugar rations still existed.   November 24 Sheila Dalton was born. Mary Sanford was born.   1963 -Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK’s accused assassin, in the garage of Dallas police headquarters. 1971 – D. B. Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Airlines flight with $200,000.   November 25 Margaret Powers was born. Jazmine Outlaw was born.   2002 – President…

An Early Start for the Little North Pole

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Neponsit Ave. Right after he’s eaten his turkey and picked up some Black Friday deals for the Mrs., Santa Claus will be making a stop at the home of a good friend—Joe Mure. Christmas has come early this year to The Little North Pole, which will light up on Saturday, November 26. In its 27th year, the annual lighting of the Little North Pole will take place the Saturday right after Thanksgiving, giving locals and visitors alike even more time to see this holiday delight. With hopes of the weather being a little warmer, one of the …

This Week in History

November 23 Christopher Warren was born. Nancy Cregan was born. Mary Ryan was born.   1945- The United States stopped rations after World War II. However, sugar rations still existed.   November 24 Sheila Dalton was born. Mary Sanford was born.   19…

SPOTTED: THE TALK OF IRELAND

Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland you’ll be blessed with the Gift of Gab. Knowing some in this group, we think that’d be a bit of overkill! We can’t imagine them becoming more gifted in gab.  A large group of St. Francis de Sales parishioners from Rockaway made a trip to…

High Tide

***** Happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for having loyal readers and simply awesome customers who have been so supportive this year (and every year!). We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. ***** Don’t expect any final call on the NYS Assembly race between Stacey Pheffer Amato and Tom S…

This Week in History

November 23 Christopher Warren was born. Nancy Cregan was born. Mary Ryan was born.   1945- The United States stopped rations after World War II. However, sugar rations still existed.   November 24 Sheila Dalton was born. Mary Sanford was born.   19…

SPOTTED: THE TALK OF IRELAND

Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland you’ll be blessed with the Gift of Gab. Knowing some in this group, we think that’d be a bit of overkill! We can’t imagine them becoming more gifted in gab.  A large group of St. Francis de Sales parishioners from Rockaway made a trip to…

High Tide

***** Happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for having loyal readers and simply awesome customers who have been so supportive this year (and every year!). We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. ***** Don’t expect any final call on the NYS Assembly race between Stacey Pheffer Amato and Tom S…

An Early Start for the Little North Pole

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Neponsit Ave. Right after he’s eaten his turkey and picked up some Black Friday deals for the Mrs., Santa Claus will be making a stop at the home of a good friend—Joe Mure. Christmas has come early this year to The Little North Pole, whic…

This Week in History

November 23 Christopher Warren was born. Nancy Cregan was born. Mary Ryan was born.   1945- The United States stopped rations after World War II. However, sugar rations still existed.   November 24 Sheila Dalton was born. Mary Sanford was born.   19…

SPOTTED: THE TALK OF IRELAND

Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland you’ll be blessed with the Gift of Gab. Knowing some in this group, we think that’d be a bit of overkill! We can’t imagine them becoming more gifted in gab.  A large group of St. Francis de Sales parishioners from Rockaway made a trip to…

High Tide

***** Happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for having loyal readers and simply awesome customers who have been so supportive this year (and every year!). We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. ***** Don’t expect any final call on the NYS Assembly race between Stacey Pheffer Amato and Tom S…

Grateful For Silver Linings

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends and feast on an abundance of food and drink. It’s about watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with loved ones while chaotically preparing turkey, stuffing and all the comforting trimmings from sweet potato pie to pumpkin pie – and so …

An Early Start for the Little North Pole

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Neponsit Ave. Right after he’s eaten his turkey and picked up some Black Friday deals for the Mrs., Santa Claus will be making a stop at the home of a good friend—Joe Mure. Christmas has come early this year to The Little North Pole, whic…

This Week in History

November 23 Christopher Warren was born. Nancy Cregan was born. Mary Ryan was born.   1945- The United States stopped rations after World War II. However, sugar rations still existed.   November 24 Sheila Dalton was born. Mary Sanford was born.   19…

SPOTTED: THE TALK OF IRELAND

Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland you’ll be blessed with the Gift of Gab. Knowing some in this group, we think that’d be a bit of overkill! We can’t imagine them becoming more gifted in gab.  A large group of St. Francis de Sales parishioners from Rockaway made a trip to…

High Tide

***** Happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for having loyal readers and simply awesome customers who have been so supportive this year (and every year!). We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. ***** Don’t expect any final call on the NYS Assembly race between Stacey Pheffer Amato and Tom S…



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