Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ex-Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) won Long Island Democratic congressional primaries Tuesday, but a third local race on the East End was too close to call, according to unofficial results.Suozzi, of Glen Cove, declared victory with 36 percent of the vote in the crowded field of five Democrats seeking to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), who’s not seeking re-election. Meeks, who represents part of western Nassau and eastern Queens, easily fended off Democratic challenger Ali Mirza, a publicist and county worker from Elmont. But hours after the polls had closed, former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst held only a slim 29-vote lead over opponent David Calone, a former federal prosecutor turned venture capitalist from Setauket.“We are waiting for all votes to be counted, but are proud to have a lead at the end of election night,” Throne-Holst said in a statement. “We are confident going forward that victory will be ours now… and in November.”The winner in this race will face freshman U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), who represents New York’s First Congressional District, which includes the five East End towns and the Town of Brookhaven. The absentee and other paper ballots will be counted in the coming days before the Suffolk County Board of Elections certifies a winner. Throne-Holst had 5,446 votes over Calone’s 5,417, according to the unofficial early returns.“While we won’t know the final results until the roughly 1700 absentee votes are counted next week,” Calone said in a statement, “the current 29-vote margin represents a victory of the volunteer grassroots. We did not have Wall Street fundraisers, and we did not have $720,000 of SuperPAC funding poured in for us in the last three weeks, but here we are in a virtual tie.”He said the stakes this fall are high. “Our Congressman, Lee Zeldin, is a proud defender of Donald Trump, who voted to defund Planned Parenthood and voted against prohibiting people on the terrorist watch list from buying guns,” Calone told his supporters.Even before the voting was over, Zeldin’s campaign team was urging his supporters to donate to the Congressman’s war chest. “We need your help to fight back against the dishonest, negative attacks sure to come from our liberal Democratic opponent,” read their email. That race is expected to be one of the costliest Congressional contests in the country.Back in Nassau, Suozzi thanked his cheering supporters at Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers in Greenvale.“If I win this race in November, I’ll be the only Italian-American Congressman in all of New York State,” he said, before predicting he’ll win on Election Day and taking issue with the increasingly combative tone of national politics.Suozzi, who was narrowly unseated by Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano in 2009 and later resoundingly lost a rematch, beat term-limited Suffolk County Legis. Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills), former Nassau Interim Finance Authority Chairman Jon Kaiman, North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Anna Kaplan (D-Great Neck) and Jonathan Clarke, an attorney from Jericho. That race is for New York’s Third Congressional District, which includes northwestern Suffolk, northern Nassau and northeastern Queens.With almost all the returns counted, Suozzi had about 36 percent of the primary electorate, or 6,532 votes. His nearest rivals, Stern and Kaiman, both had about 22.1 percent. Stern got 4,069 votes and Kaiman had 4,060 votes. Kaplan garnered 2,815 votes. Clarke, who spent less than $5,000 compared to the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by his opponents, came up with 909.Adding to the backstory in the 3rd CD race were the candidates’ competing endorsements. Rep. Israel threw his weight behind his protégé, Legis. Stern. Israel’s predecessor in the district, former Congressman Gary Ackerman, supported Kaiman, who also got the backing of Jon Cooper, the ex-majority leader of the Suffolk Legislature. Suozzi wound up getting the nod from current Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, which reportedly may have helped him do well there. In the 1st CD, Throne-Holst had the endorsement of ex-Rep. Tim Bishop, whom Zeldin had defeated in 2014.Barring any legal surprises, Suozzi is expected to face New York State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) on Election Day. Before Tuesday’s primary, Philip “Flip” Pidot, a Nassau Republican, had tried to get on the ballot to challenge Martins, but his petitions were thrown out by a judge. After Pidot appealed, Nassau Supreme Court Justice Arthur Diamond ruled in his favor. But it was too late for him to get his name printed on the June 28 ballot. Pidot is suing to have another primary date set later this summer. Meanwhile, Martins welcomed Suozzi to the race even before Suozzi declared victory.“There is no shortage of issues which require solutions,” Martins said in a statement. “I look forward to discussing these issues over the coming months…With the primaries completed, I look forward to facing Tom Suozzi in November.”Meeks will face Republican Michael O’Reilly and Green Party candidate Frank Francois in the general election.With Spencer Rumsey
Mauricio Pochettino, currently out of work despite having led Tottenham to the Champions League final last season, also forms part of the list of names being considered to replace Sarri and he has been out of work since being sacked by Tottenham in 2019.Former Juve bosses Massimiliano Allegri and Antonio Conte have also been linked in recent weeks alongside club legend Andrea Pirlo, who recently took on his first coaching role with the Bianconeri’s Under-23 side.For now, however, it is understood that internal discussions are still in their infancy and no moves have been made to contact potential successors. It was decided that the 61-year-old former Chelsea and Napoli boss is no longer the man to take the club forward, with Juve’s signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid making clear that their intention was to win the Champions League after several years of near-misses.Juventus has fired coach Maurizio Sarri after the team’s Champions League exit.Despite winning Serie A for the ninth consecutive season, Juventus finished with 83 points, a +33 goal differential and 7 losses in league play, all their worst since 2010-11. pic.twitter.com/h47tuDVJWa— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 8, 2020The team released a statement on the news.”Juventus announces that Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his post as coach of the first team. The club would like to thank the coach for having written a new page in Juventus’ history with the victory of the ninth-consecutive championship, the culmination of a personal journey that led him to climb all the divisions of Italian football.”Sarri’s future had been previously called into question despite leading the club to a ninth-successive Scudetto, with the former banker admitting himself that he had been struggling to impose his famous ‘Sarriball’ style on the squad.Indeed, following the first-leg defeat against Lyon, Sarri stated that his charges had been moving the ball too slow but that he would continue working with his players until “sooner or later this concept will get into their heads.”That admission will have done the Italian few favors as the board considered their options, with the feeling amongst those in charge that the head coach had failed to win over the players and that a new approach would be required to see the club progress.Who will be the new coach at Juventus?It is no secret that Simone Inzaghi is well liked by those at Continassa following his successful season with Lazio, while Zinedine Zidane – still under contract with Real Madrid – is another name that is never far from discussions in Turin. Juventus fired Maurizio Sarri following his team’s Champions League exit at the hands of Lyon.The Continassa hierarchy held a meeting following the Old Lady’s failure to progress to the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier club competition, with Sarri’s future at the club the only point on the agenda in the wake of the continental disappointment.