Mike Barry

Mike Barry, vice president of media relations for an insurance industry trade group, has worked in government and journalism. He can be reached at mfbarry@optonline.net. The views expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the publisher or Anton Media Group.

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Mass Transit Users Get Good News

Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) riders who use pre-tax dollars to pay for their commute are the beneficiaries of a new federal law which took effect on Friday, Jan. 1. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes...

Major Fight Looms For Skelos Seat

Near the end of his life, a wheelchair-bound Gore Vidal was about to be interviewed by a documentary filmmaker. He sat with his head down, saying nothing to anyone. To break the ice, one of the...

Silver Gave, Then Took, From Commuters

  A newspaper columnist absurdly bemoaned last week that the jurors who convicted former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had been unable to judge a Silver decision for which he “will have to answer to his...

North Shore TV Icon Retiring

  Years before becoming executive director of the Public Access Television Corporation (PATV), Shirley Ann Bruno’s future was foreshadowed by a Queens College professor. Recognizing the opportunities cable television presented to his mass communications students in the...

Is LIRR’s Lost & Found A Lost Cause?

Forty percent of the items logged into the Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) Lost and Found Office (LFO) were lost again. That was the new headline emerging from a report released this month by the...

Great Neck Native Gives Brando The Last Word

  Marlon Brando's impressive legacy gets an impressive once-over by way of the recently released documentary Listen to Me Marlon. The acclaimed film about Marlon Brando (1924-2004) was produced by R.J. Cutler, a Great Neck North High...

Hofstra Conference To Assess Frank Sinatra’s Legacy

The New Jersey Lottery invokes the late Frank Sinatra (1915-98) in its current television advertising campaign, noting Sinatra’s Hoboken roots and how “anything can happen” in New Jersey. Alas, winning the lottery is for most...

Remarkable New York Times Story Is A Must-Read

W.B. Yeats said the Irish have an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustains them through temporary periods of joy. I’d like to nominate The New York Times’ N.R. Kleinfield as an honorary Irishman. Kleinfield’s front page...

New Owner Coming To Newsday, News 12

The sale of Cablevision to Altice, the French cable and telecommunications concern, has the potential to reshape Long Island’s media landscape. Cablevision’s assets include Newsday, the only daily newspaper covering Nassau and Suffolk, as well as...

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Liver Transplants Are Option For Cancer

Hepatocellular carcinoma, also called hepatoma or primary liver cancer, is the solid organ tumor whose incidence is rising the most rapidly in the United...

Top Chef Antonia Lofaso Talks Longines Masters

In honor of the Longines Masters Series’ arrival to New York, EEM has tapped Long Island-native Antonia Lofaso to be the official chef of...

November Movie Previews

  Time is moving quickly, the holidays are fast approaching and of course, new movies keep coming out. November continues with an array of family...

A Guide To Fall Fashion

Stay at home staples or on-the-go outfits to look your best BY Caroline Ryan Comfortable clothes that keep us warm, (and looking cute) is certainly a...

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