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This is The Point, the editorial board’s daily newsletter about New York politics. Click here to subscribe. Good afternoon. Today’s points:
  • Trump is out bragging about Long Island
  • Sanders’ supporters also make a LI shout out
  • The FULL list of Republicans going to the convention in Cleveland

DAILY POINT

Trump shouts out Long Island

Suffolk GOP leader John Jay LaValle was not at the Chris Christie fundraiser in New Jersey Thursday night to hear Donald Trump give a shout out to him and “Joe,” presumably Mondello, his counterpart in Nassau. Here’s a link. Trump often trumpets his big vote totals on Long Island to audiences around the county, and LaValle’s role in that turnout has propelled him to a prominent role as Trump media surrogate. LaValle was supposed to be discussing the presumptive GOP presidential nominee on CNN with Anderson Cooper Thursday night but got bumped because of the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804. LaValle has taped a segment with Fox anchor Shepard Smith about delegates that is to air in July before the Cleveland convention. — Rita Ciolli

TALKING POINT

The revolution eyes LI

Another Long Island politico got a shout out this week, but from a surprising source. Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs’ work was recognized during a Brooklyn meeting of grassroots supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday. Michael Blecher highlighted the power of county committees, who are “king makers,” according to notes from the Team Bernie NY general meeting. Blecher noted that Jacobs organized a volunteer push for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, explaining that this kind of institutional support, from fundraising to bodies on the ground, largely helped Clinton nationwide as opposed to Sanders. Asking people to Google “Jay Jacobs Hillary Clinton Newsday,” to learn more about committee work, Blecher also said that the committees are “more powerful than many elected officials because they control the fundraising.” Blecher urged attendees to join their county committees to shape Democratic politics from within and encourage people to participate in politics year-round, not just on election day. — Mark Chiusano

CONVENTION POINTS

Point Special: NY’s GOP delegates

Here’s another Point special: the full list of New York’s GOP delegates to the presidential nominating convention in Cleveland. Take a look here. — Rita Ciolli

And there’s one big name not on list …

Three-term former Gov. George Pataki – and one-time 2016 presidential candidate – won’t be a delegate to the Republican National Convention, and it’s because he wouldn’t bend a knee to fellow New Yorker Donald Trump. The state party reached out to Pataki and asked whether he would like to be a delegate, says Pataki spokesman and Republican consultant David Catalfamo. But there was “ultimately a desire for him to endorse Trump before a decision was made,” says Catalfamo. So far, Pataki has not done so, and has said he won’t until Trump changes his tune about the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. So the last Republican governor of New York will not be at his party’s convention, as of now. But should Trump “reposition” by changing his tune on immigration, Catalfamo says the former governor might “reconsider” his withheld endorsement. — Mark Chiusano

PENCIL POINT

Declawing Albany

MEETING POINT

Input is crucial for drug epidemic laws

With less than a month left in this year’s legislative session, there’s a big focus on the epidemic of addiction caused by heroin and other opiates. Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo are rushing to write laws and regulations that can make a difference. Public support will be crucial because insurance firms, doctors, pharmaceutical companies and defense attorneys – powerful Albany constituencies all – are certain to lobby hard against changes they don’t like. Cuomo’s task force, which is scheduled to release its recommendations the first week of June, comes to Long Island at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. The meeting will be held at Farmingdale State College’s Campus Center Ballroom at 2350 Broadhollow Rd. It’s likely to be packed as addiction and deaths stemming from opiate abuse have devastated Long Island. — Lane Filler This is The Point, the editorial board’s daily newsletter about New York politics. Click here to subscribe.

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