Laura Gillen

No. 439: On iron thrones, pepperoni pizzas, pool parties – and best efforts, wasted

  No kidding: You’ve done it again, dear reader – another five-day gauntlet run, another well-earned weekend reached. Well played. It’s Friday, Sept. 20, a good one for the young and the young at heart, marking both National Youth Day in Thailand and Germany’s Universal Children’s Day. Let’s not go there: It’s also Independence Day in South Ossetia, but that’s a whole big thing. Thought for food: And since we dropped the bun and failed…


Baldwin scores $10M in Albany’s 2019 DRI competition

By GREGORY ZELLER // Downtown Baldwin has taken the regional crown, and the $10 million jackpot, in Albany’s annual downtown-revitalization competition. Following wins by Westbury in 2016, Hicksville in 2017 and Central Islip in 2018, Baldwin – a census-designated hamlet in Nassau County’s Town of Hempstead – will enjoy a $10 million state stipend aimed at sprucing up its downtrodden downtown. On Tuesday, Baldwin became the first winner announced in the fourth-annual Downtown Revitalization Initiative…


Preliminary bond deal brings new Molloy dorms closer

By GREGORY ZELLER // Don’t start planning those keggers just yet, but new dormitories for Molloy College are a step closer to reality. The Town of Hempstead Local Development Corp. has issued preliminary approval for the sale of $15 million in tax-exempt bonds on behalf of the Rockville Centre college, with the money earmarked for the construction of new student residences. Final authorization for the bond sale won’t come until the Development Corp. – which…