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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Like anything else in life, politics is complicated.Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy, a life-long Republican, was selected as his party’s choice to challenge long-time Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) in November and even attended the Republican’s state convention.“I wanted to move up—it seemed like the next logical step,” he said of running against Lavine.On Thursday, Kennedy stood side-by-side with his one-time rival and about 50 other Democrats as he announced his New York State Senate bid—now as a registered Democrat. His challenger: State Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset). A lot has changed since Republicans tapped him as their choice to unseat Lavine.“This past month has been crazy,” Kennedy said, standing outside “Liberty Plaza,” which is attached to The Metropolitan Bistro and is adorned with a quote from Abraham Lincoln which reads: “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”And in Sea Cliff, they are.Kennedy dropped his state Assembly bid after Nassau Republicans withdrew their support for him when he admitted to Conservative party bosses that he officiated two same-sex weddings since gay marriage became legal in New York State in 2011.Kennedy, standing at a podium with his wife by his side, said he was “shocked” when in a meeting with the Conservative party they asked: “How many gay sex marriages I had officiated?” he recalled. Kennedy said he told them the truth. As a result, according to Kennedy, the party declined to endorse him.That’s when, according to Kennedy’s account, Nassau Republicans told him to go back and “say it was a mistake.” Kennedy told the crowd of supporters that he refused to go back on his word.Assemblyman Charles Lavine, a Democrat, (left), and his former challenger Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy (right). (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Now the mayor of Sea Cliff, a quaint, cozy village on the North Shore, is all-in as a Democrat, he said.He has already been endorsed by Working Families Party and has the backing of both Nassau and Suffolk Democrats, who swooped in when his former party dropped their support and asked him to be their candidate for the 5th Senate District, which includes a large chunk of the North Shore from Glen Cove in Nassau to Northport in Suffolk, plus communities just north of the Long Island Expressway in both counties.Kennedy, who changed his party affiliation last week, said “I vowed to stay strong.”In a brief interview afterward, Kennedy said he first registered as a Republican when he was 18, adding, “I’m a middle of the road guy, [I] never saw a reason to change [parties].”Lavine, who has served in the Assembly since 2004, said the Republican’s change of heart with respect to Kennedy was a “sad indictment” on the party because a “pro human rights” candidate no longer passes the party’s “litmus test.”Nassau Republican’s didn’t return a call for comment. A call to the Nassau Conservative party headquarters in Plainview went unanswered.Daniel Donovan Jr., chairman of the Nassau County Conservative Party, told CBS New York: “I don’t care what the law is. The law doesn’t mean anything to the Conservative Party. We believe in the law of God. That’s it.”Democrats who attended Kennedy’s announcement Thursday characterized the event as a sort of reunion, but until now Kennedy has never identified as a Democrat.But there was one hiccup.While addressing the crowd, Lavine said Kennedy is home “where he belongs, to the Repub—, the Democratic party,” he said to laughs as he corrected himself.
Tottenham have been given permission to speak to Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen, according to the Dutch club. Press Association “Yes, Levy was here and Eriksen has been given permission to speak to Tottenham,” Ajax director of football Marc Overmars told De Telegraaf. Tottenham are reported to have offered around £8million for the 21-year-old, but that falls short of Ajax’s £12million valuation. “There is no agreement yet until it’s signed,” Overmars added. “Obviously, if it happens, we won’t be happy at all to lose him but he only has a year left on his contract.” Ajax signed Eriksen from Danish club Odense Boldklub in 2008 and he has since gone on to establish himself as one of the most promising young midfielders in Europe. Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, who used to play with the Dane at Ajax, thinks Spurs will be signing a top talent if the deal goes through. “He is a good guy,” said Vertonghen, who moved from Ajax to Tottenham last summer. “I played with him for four years and he is a good player.” Spurs have been chasing Eriksen for a while and they have stepped up their interest in the Dane following the news Gareth Bale is close to sealing a world-record move to Real Madrid. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was in Amsterdam on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of signing the midfielder, who has just one year left on his current contract, and it appears that the talks have progressed well.