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November 21, 2019

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Jenna Bush Hager speaks at the Friends of White Plains Hospital Spring Luncheon in Harrison.
New Castle's Andrew Cuomo raising money for a fourth term as governor at a Long Island cocktail party with the help of Alphonse D'Amato, the last Republican to serve as a U.S. senator from New York, from 1981 to 1999.

Politics Around The Towns: Jenna Bush Hager, Cuomo Events Sell Out; Harckham Opens New Office

Jenna Bush Hager, co-host of NBC’s Today with Hoda and Jenna, and daughter of former President George W. Bush, will be keynote speaker at the Friends of White Plains Hospital Spring Luncheon.

The sold-out event is on June 4 at Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison.

Bush Hager is a New York Times bestselling author, chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation initiative and editor-at-Large of Southern Living Magazine. 

Her speech is titled: "Being a Friend, Making a Difference: How the Power of Compassion Changes Lives." Bush Hager is expected to share her personal experiences as a teacher, humanitarian aid worker and correspondent in hopes of motivating and inspiring guests to become more involved in their own schools and communities.

Bush Hager's talk will echo the hospital Friends’ award of several scholarships to teenage volunteers, as well as the Friends' "Ripple Award" to Ann Edwards, whose service has had far-reaching effects in the hospital community. Event chairs are Barbara Schwarz, Kathleen Winterroll and Susan Yubas.

Cuomo & Cannabis

Is Al D'Amato smoking weed or is he really a fan of Andrew Cuomo of New Castle?

The longtime Republican Senator-turned-lobbyist for the New York Cannabis Association is co-chairing a cocktail fundraiser fo the governor on Sunday June 2 on Long Island. Ticket prices range from $5,000 for a friend to $25,000 for a co-chair.

D'Amato reportedly invited 90 lobbying clients to contribute to Cuomo, who announced he was seeking a fourth term as governor earlier this week.

"I’m doing something with a group of people for Gov. Cuomo, I will be a participant," D’Amato told The Post.

One of D’Amato’s clients -- the Cannabis Association -- would benefit from proposed legislation legalizing recreational marijuana -- being considered in Albany before the session ends on June 19.

Cuomo said he can’t be bought by donations during a Tuesday interview on public radio station WAMC:  "If anybody ever walked up to me and said 'I contributed to your campaign and I therefore want you to do me a favor,' Cuomo said, "I would knock that person on their rear end in a nice, polite, legal way."

Cuomo added: “If you can be bought off for a contribution I don’t care for 10 dollars or $5,000 or $50,000, you are unethical or you are criminal.”

Earlier this week, Democrat Cuomo announced he'd seek a fourth term as governor. Cuomo's father, Mario, served three four-year terms. The late Nelson A. Rockefeller of Pocantico Hills was New York's longest-serving governor from 1959 until December 1973. A year later, Rockefeller was appointed 41st vice president of the United States.

New Senate District Office

State Sen. Pete Harckham of the 40th Senate District plans a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony at his new District Office in Peekskill.

Dignitaries, constituents and elected officials are expected to attend the event, which begins at noon on Sunday, June 2. The new offices are at One Park Place, Suite 302 in the city of Peekskill.

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