From the NY Times:
The New York State Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force has held an annual conference here for 24 years, attracting lawmakers, lobbyists and labor leaders with 85-degree weather, pristine beaches, and unparalleled networking opportunities.
Officially a chance to discuss issues of concern to Puerto Rican and Hispanic voters, the conference, known as Somos el Futuro, is unofficially a giant schmooze-fest, a place to foster relationships and broker deals by the pool, on the beach or in the casino.
Some longtime conference participants were having none of it. On Saturday afternoon, three members of the Vallone clan — Peter J. Vallone Sr., a former City Council speaker, and two of his sons, Peter Jr., a current councilman, and Paul — were all on the beach, shirtless and bronzed.
The younger Peter Vallone, another possible contender for Queens borough president, was unapologetic about his decision not to attend any of the conference’s panels or networking events; he was treating the weekend as a vacation, with the bonus of being able to run into people on the beach whom he needed to talk to.
“I decided long ago that I wasn’t doing the lecture thing,” he said, adding that he had told colleagues, “ ‘I’ll be on the beach — you can find me there, with a piña colada.’”
Spoken like a true Queens Borough President contender. Interesting how this guy is worried about fluoride in the water but not skin cancer which can actually kill you...