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Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Energy Sector Needs to Step Up its PR
By Renzi Stone
 
renzi stoneReeling from plummeting gas prices, energy companies need to educate public that robust commodity prices drive economic opportunity for all and support local communities.
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Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
WHB Board Skipped "Hot" Topics-Eruv, New Police Exec
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

butnickWesthampton Beach trustees talked for two hours Jan. 21 about a bocce court, “Food Truck” event, yacht basin repairs, and snack bar contract. Unmentioned was the eruv that has cost WHB $125,118 so far and the proposed $181K police commissioner.

 
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Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
Obama Alum Opens LA Outpost for SKDKnick
By Kevin McCauley
 
bill burtonBill Burton, who was national press secretary for Obama 2008 and White House deputy press secretary during the president's first term is opening a Los Angeles office for SKDKnickerbocker.
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Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
Ogilvy Adds Hill Aide Scandling in DC
By Greg Hazley
 
scandlingDan Scandling, veteran Hill aide most recently chief of staff and press secretary for Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), has moved to Ogilvy Washington as senior VP for corporate and public affairs.
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Tue., Jan. 27, 2015
When (Not If) War Comes in the Middle East, Whose Side Do We Defend?
By Joe Honick
 
joe honickThe US faces dangers that are deeply routed in partisanship from all sides, which interferes with the need for Americans and the world to see our leadership worthy of national and international respect in such times.
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Mon., Jan. 26, 2015
Edelman Pro Joins Brunswick as Digital Czar
By Kevin McCauley
 
krempaskyEdelman's Michael Krempasky has moved to Brunswick Group's Washington office as chief of its global digital practice.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
Clinton White House Alum Launches PA Shop
By Kevin McCauley
 
ben finzelBen Finzel, who served in the Clinton Administration's Dept. of Energy, has launched RenewPR, an energy and environmental PR firm.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Blog: Koch Brothers Sitting Pretty
By Kevin McCauley
 

kochsWith the Republicans firmly in control of the Senate and the House, the billionaire Koch Brothers are feeling pretty good these days.

Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
ASGK Opens Miami Outpost
By Greg Hazley
 
pentonASGK Public Strategies has opened a Miami outpost, its fourth US office, with the appointment of government and agency pro Kelly Penton Chacon as director.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Arkansas Lt Gov Joins Purple Strategies
By Greg Hazley
 
tim griffinArkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin has joined Washington's Purple Strategies as a senior advisor while holding the state position.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Hamptons Libraries Mull Eruv Exhibit; Here's ours
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

eruv lawsuitsSince Hampton libraries show no interest so far in exhibiting the mountain of legal filings on the eruv that is terrorizing homeowners and costing them huge amounts, as well as tarring and feathering them as “bigots,” we have compiled our own electronic exhibit.

Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jan. 21, 2015
Institutional Trust Tanks, Says Edelman
By Kevin McCauley
 
trustThe 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer released Jan. 20 found that trust in government, business, non-governmental organizations and media tanked to the levels of the Great Recession of 2009.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jan. 20, 2015
FEMA Assesses Flood Insurance PR
By Greg Hazley
 
floodsmartThe Federal Emergency Management Agency is assessing agency PR and marketing capabilities to handle the $75M account to promote the National Flood Insurance Program, FloodSmart.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jan. 20, 2015
Hamptons Libraries Should Join Fight vs. Eruvim
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

sh libraryLibraries in Southampton, Westhampton Beach and Quogue, elected leaders of which are being falsely accused in court of "animus" towards Orthodox Jews, must fight those charges and stop massive legal costs. 

Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jan. 19, 2015
MLK Day - A Day On, Not A Day Off
By Greg Hazley
 
MLK DayGo to nationalservice.gov/mlkday2015 and learn about the events happening today, #MLKDay.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Jan. 16, 2015
Westhampton Trustees Met Privately on Eruv
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
whbMayor of Westhampton Beach and four trustees met privately last night to discuss lawsuits against the village, which is part of Southampton. Plaintiffs charge the towns with "targeting Jewish citizens" and seek damages and legal fees. No action was taken, source said.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
APCO Vet Schooling Sets Up Shop
By Kevin McCauley
 
Robert SchoolingRobert Schooling, former APCO Worldwide Americas president, has established Reservoir Communications Group in Washington to counsel clients on how to integrate brand, reputation and advocacy communications.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jan. 14, 2015
Legal Cost of L.I. Towns' Eruv Fight so far: $884,837
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Southampton sealSouthampton, Westhampton Beach and Quogue have spent $884,837 thus far fighting imposition of a Jewish religious boundary called an eruv in their areas, according to records obtained via Freedom of Information filings by this website.

Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jan. 12, 2015
UCLA Law Prof Says Eruvim Are Unconstitutional
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Alexandra SusmanConstruction of boundaries by Orthodox Jews called eruvim that allow certain activities on the Sabbath are unconstitutional, says UCLA Law Professor Alexandra Susman.

Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jan. 8, 2015
Jackson Prescribes Comms, PA for AHCA
By Greg Hazley
 

blair jacksonLongtime agency exec Blair Jackson has moved to the American Health Care Association in Washington as VP of public affairs for the trade group of nursing homes and assisted living providers.

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