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Nearby: Paul Sorvino in Town; County Exec Race Heats Up

News highlights from around the region.

Gold Coast International Film Festival Executive Director Regina Gil and actor Paul Sorvino. Credit Town of North Hempstead
Gold Coast International Film Festival Executive Director Regina Gil and actor Paul Sorvino. Credit Town of North Hempstead

Spotlight Shines on Paul Sorvino

Paul Sorvino, whose starring roles can be seen in “Goodfellas” to “Law and Order,” can now count Gold Coast film fest honoree on his resume.

The actor, who was in Port Washington on Tuesday for the Gold Coast International Film Festival, received the festival’s lifetime achievement award Wednesday at The Space in Westbury, where Susie Essman of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” received an artist of distinction award.

At 74, Sorvino, whose upcoming plans include filming an American version of “King Lear,” said he doesn't plan to retire anytime soon. 

“Why do I work? Because I can,” he told a well-attended Soundview Cinema in Port Washington Tuesday during a Q&A session following the screening of his new film, "How Sweet it Is," a musical comedy he stars in with Joe Piscopo. “I’d retire to do what? Do imitations and make people laugh? That’s what I do.”

Displaying his versatility, Sorvino switched seamlessly from Southern attorney to Shakespeare character to gritty mobster before a delighted audience.

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Bill Clinton, Giuliani Rally for County Exec Candidates

Both candidates for Nassau County Executive picked up major endorsements this week, with former President Bill Clinton throwing his support behind Tom Suozzi at a Great Neck fundraiser. 

Meanwhile, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani publicly endorsed County Executive Ed Mangano Thursday afternoon at a scheduled event in Bethpage.

In a poll released earlier this month, Mangano led Suozzi by a 52 percent to 35 percent margin. But polls failed to predict Mangano's upset victory over Suozzi in 2009, when Mangano stopped Suozzi's bid to serve a third term as county executive.

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Saint Luke's Centennial Celebration Kick Off

Forest Hills' Saint Luke's Episcopal Church recently kicked off its centennial celebration with a candlelight procession in Forest Hills.

The church, which is located at 85 Greenway South, began the procession from Station Square, where Saint Luke's services were originally held.

Sagamore Hill Has New Superintendent

A career National Parks Service veteran has been selected as the next superintendent of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay. 

Kelly Fuhrmann will begin his assignment at the home of President Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. President, on Dec. 1., the NPS announced Wednesday.

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