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Suffolk: 3rd Party Club disbands; new group emerges

The Third Party Club, a joint venture of Indepedence Party chairman Frank MacKay and Conservative leader Edward Walsh, is no more.

But a new venture, the Long Island Social Media Group, has emerged.

Like the club, which disbanded after nearly 13 years, the media group will also gather on the last Monday of the month and in the same place, Blue, a restaurant in Blue Point. And in their first meeting two week ago, it packed in about 300 people. At that session, MacKay conducted an interview with Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), which will air this month on MacKay’s new radio talk show on Long Island News Radio, 103.9 FM.

MacKay said the new group aimed at developing an audience for for the new radio operation. “We want an audience interested in community and issues affect their lives,” he said.

Organizers also say the new name officially divorces the group from politics, which means that judges may attend the soirees that draw activists across the political spectrum. That first meeting was attended by 16 judges. Under judicial rules, judges are barred from attending political gatherings except when they are running for election.


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