Long Island Needs Your Voice in Albany for Fair Elections


On February 12, New Yorkers will descend upon Albany to make sure the State Legislature focuses on fixing our broken campaign finance system with publicly financed elections. Dozens from Long Island are already planning to join and so should you!

Together we will fight for a 6-1 matching system that takes the power away from corporations and big donors and gives it back to constituents and the community.

We Need YOUR Voice in Albany!  Join Long Island Progressive Coalition in Albany on February 12 for our first lobby day of the year.

We’re asking our legislators to go all in for fair elections.

We’re arranging a free bus from Long Island leaving from Suffolk and Nassau County and will have free lunch for all.

New leadership in the State Legislature has pledged to support fair elections. We can make sure the State Legislature keeps up the good work.

For More information, please contact Dan Fingas at 516-541-1006×17 or dfingas@lipc.org

FINAL POINT-Progressives at an intersection


At the intersection of preparation and opportunity you can find a whole bunch of advocates who have pushed state legislation for years only to run into the wall that had been the Republican-controlled State Senate.

After November’s big blue wave, Democrats now control the chamber along with the Assembly and governor’s mansion, and those advocates feel well-positioned for a payoff on all that work.

Two such umbrella groups — the Long Island Progressive Coalition and NY Renews — visited Newsday’s editorial board Wednesday afternoon to highlight some of their signature proposals.

For the LIPC, it was public campaign financing, and its members were buoyed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal in Tuesday’s budget address for a 6-to-1 match on donations of $175 or less. Cuomo’s embrace means “we’ve won” on selling the concept, Stephan Edel, director of the New York Working Families Project, told The Point, but “negotiations are going to be hard” when it comes to reconciling Cuomo’s bill with measures from the Assembly and Senate.

NY Renews is getting behind two climate change-oriented bills. The headliner was the Climate Change and Protection Act, which would take the state entirely off fossil fuels by mandating a 100 percent cut in human-created emissions by 2050.

“The governor has evolved. Yesterday, he put some cards on the table,” said Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of Environmental Advocates of New York, referring to Cuomo’s budget pitch for the state to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040. “It has broad bipartisan support…We’re pretty confident it will come up for a vote.”

The enthusiasm was captured by LIPC director Lisa Tyson, who said simply: “It’s a new state.”

But it’s still Albany, and even with the new party alignment not all the sailing will be smooth.

Michael Dobie

Taken Newsday Online – Progressives at an intersection

Seeking green light for NY climate-change bill

An article in  Newsday uplifting the need to pass the Climate & Community Protection Act, along with fellow NY Renews member Environmental Advocates of New York and our legislative champions Assemblyman Steve Englebright and Senator Todd Kaminsky.

“Englebright said the costs of inaction are too high. ‘You pay now or you pay later . . . failure to respond now means the ultimate cost may be insurmountable or dramatically higher,’ he said. ‘There are terrible costs of not addressing it straight up.’”

Continually quiet on this landmark bill is Governor Andrew Cuomo. If he wants to reach his own goals, he needs to #PassTheCCPA


Houses of worship take advantage of program that helps them afford solar power


Terrific Newsday coverage of our PowerUp Solar Long Island program and partnership with Resonant Energy which is bringing low-cost #solarto houses of worship and nonprofits across LI. Our campaign was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for support under their Sunshot Prize program. Thanks to First Baptist Church of RiverheadShelter Island Presbyterian ChurchBellmore Presbyterian Church, & Presbytery Of Long Island for undertaking this with us. This wouldn’t have happened without your tireless leadership throughout the process. Thank you to SUNation Solar Systems for your belief in our program and competitive offerings when we put the projects out to bid.

“Solar panel installations have been cost-prohibitive for many local churches, synagogues and mosques, whose donation-based budgets can make coming up with a down payment a challenge, and whose tax-exempt status prevents them from taking advantage of tax breaks. Now, a program — funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot initiative, offering discounted install rates through bulk bidding, low-interest financing and agreements allowing a third party to take advantage of tax credits — is making solar affordable.”

Visit powerupsolarli.com to get involved.

Read Newsday Story here

Push for a Publicly Funded Campaign Finance System


LIPC Director Lisa Tyson Discussing a new coalition that has formed to push for publicly funded elections in the state. Members of “Fair Elections for New York” want lawmakers to enact three reforms: increase the power of small donations, limit the influence of big money, and, make it easier to vote through things like early voting and same day registration.

The coalition is made up of labor unions and pro-Democrat groups, but also some good government groups and charities. Members are hopeful that with Democrats in control in 2019, these reforms will get passed.

Watch LIPC Director Lisa Tyson talking Fair Elections here

Long Island victories trigger big win for NYS Dems


Long Islanders woke up Wednesday to learn their votes helped Democrats win a majority of the New York State Senate.

Those gains put the Democrats in control of the senate for the first time in eight years.

“The Democrats won an overwhelming majority in the state senate largely because of the six victories on Long Island,” said Kevin Law, president and CEO of the Long Island Association, the region’s top business group.

The victory likely puts Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, as the next Senate majority leader.

“Her district is suburban,” said Michael Harrison, president and CEO of Axcelsior Strategic Solutions, a Massapequa-based government affairs firm. That distinction indicates that Stewart-Cousins would have an “appreciation” for and “be sensitive” to Long Island’s needs, Harrison pointed out.

Now, all eyes are on Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a Democrat in the 9th district who defeated Francis Becker by a margin of 62 to 38 percent.

“This time, when I go back to Albany it will be in the majority, and I look forward to all the great things we will accomplish together,” Kaminsky said in a statement.

“Watch for Sen. Todd Kaminsky to be awarded a leadership position as he will now become the go-to guy to get things done in the state senate,” Law told LIBN. “I am confident he and his new senate colleagues will look out for our region.”

Harrison shared that sentiment.

“Kaminsky emerge as the natural leader combined with the most experience,” Harrison said. “He is the known quantity within the Democratic conference right now.”

A Democratic majority in the state senate could mean lawmakers will pass new legislation that allows New York to collect sales tax on Internet purchases, Harrison said.

While Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed collecting online sales tax previously, “it never made it through,” Harrison said.

John Flanagan, the senate GOP leader, said in a statement that the election results were “disappointing,” Republicans will continue to have a “strong voice” at the state level.

“Senate Republicans will never stop advocating for the principles we believe in or the agenda that New Yorkers and their families deserve,” he said.

Democrats would do well to work with expertise of Flanagan, as well as Sen. Philip Boyle and Sen. Kenneth LaValle – who all won races as incumbents on Tuesday, Harrison said.

Democrats should “make use to the degree that they can of that institutional knowledge,” when it comes to challenges that the region, Harrison said.

But Lisa Tyson, the director of the Massapequa-based Long Island Progressive Coalition, said there is now momentum for change.

“We have new leadership in the senate that must stand up and fight for progressive changes throughout the state,” Tyson said in a statement.

“New York voters spoke loud and clear today as they shifted the power in the New York State Senate,” she said. “Voters want real change. They want voting reform, public financing of elections, school aid that does not leave any child behind, and they want New York to make a bold stand and truly address climate change.”

The results

In an upset in the state’s 5th senate district, James Gaughran, a Democrat, defeated state Sen. Carl Marcellino, a Republican and the 23-year incumbent, by a margin of 54 to 46 percent. And Democratic candidate Kevin Thomas ousted 29-year incumbent Kemp Hannon, a Republican, by a margin of 50 to 49 percent,

And in the 7th district, Anna Kaplan, the Democratic North Hempstead councilwoman, unseated Sen. Elaine Phillips, the Republican incumbent, 54 to 45 percent.

John Brooks, the Democrat incumbent, defeated Jeff Pravato, 53 to 47 percent in the 8th district. And in Suffolk, Legis. Monica Martinez defeated Dean Murray, a Republican, in the 3rd district.

Long Island Business News, Author, Adina Genn

Long Island victories trigger big win for NYS Dems

Democrats Win NY Senate Majority After Long Island Upsets


Democrats unseated three Republican New York State Senators on Long Island and picked up a fourth LI State Senate seat previously held by a Republican, likely flipping the balance of power from GOP to Democratic control in the state’s upper legislative chamber, according to unofficial early returns from the state Board of Elections.

In a rematch of a razor-thin 2016 race, Democratic Suffolk County Water Authority Chairman James Gaughran unseated 23-year incumbent state Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) 54 to 43 percent, results show. Democratic Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Anna Kaplan ousted freshman state Sen. Elaine Phillips (R-Flower Hill) 53 to 44 percent, results show. And 29-year-incumbent Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) is two percentage points behind Democratic challenger Kevin Thomas, who declared victory.

In Suffolk, Suffolk County Legis. Monica Martinez (D-Brentwood) beat State Assemb. Dean Murray (R-East Patchogue) 50 to 47 percent in the race to replace retiring state Sen. Tom Croci (R-Bohemia) in the 3rd Senate District.

“This is an historic night in New York State,” Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs told supporters.

It is the first time in a decade that the Democrats may control the state Senate, where Republicans have long been the lone check on Democratic power in state government. The GOP’s current one-vote majority hinges on a lone Democratic senator that votes with the Republicans. Before that, a since-ousted faction called the Independent Democratic Conference voted with Republicans to give the GOP a majority.

It’s a stunning development considering  all nine LI state Senate seats were solidly Republican not long ago. Now, the GOP holds just three of those seats.

“Today, voters braved the rain and came out across the North Shore of Long Island and I’m honored that they chose me, a Jewish refugee from Iran, to be their next State Senator,” Kaplan said. “We now have an important responsibility to protect Long Island taxpayers, protect women’s reproductive health rights and do more to end the scourge of gun violence. I look forward to the opportunity to getting to work for all Long Islanders and New Yorkers.”

The other five members of Long Island’s State Senate delegation, including New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport), were all re-elected.

“New York voters spoke loud and clear today as they shifted the power in the New York State Senate,” said Long Island Progressive Coalition Director Lisa Tyson. “For decades the NYS Republican Senate have blocked reforms that would improve people’s lives. We have new leadership in the Senate that must stand up and fight for progressive changes throughout the state.”

Long Island Press.com, Timothy Bolger, author



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The Long Island Progressive Coalition endorses NYS Senate and Congressional candidates



This Midterm election will probably be the highest turnout in decades across the country and here on Long Island. The stakes have never been higher. The fate of this country and the fate of New York State is in the hand of voters and once again Long Island will be at the center of it all.

The destructive politics of President Trump has brought this country back 50 years by destroying the environment, vilifying and deporting immigrants, gutting the health care system, attacking unions and so much more. Voters are primed and ready to go to the polls to protect Long Island from Trump’s racist, hate-filled agenda. These voter won’t be able to vote out Trump but they will be able to vote for the future of the US Congress. Now is the time to Flip Flip Flip.

The destructive politics of NY Senator Flanagan and the Senate Republicans have been holding this state hostage for decades. We need leadership in the Senate that will pass legislation that improves Long Islanders’ lives, that makes New York State a champion in climate change action, education equity, ethics reform, public financing of elections and so much more. Now is the time to Flip Flip Flip.

The Long Island Progressive Coalition believes that the following candidates will be crucial in representing Long Island against President Trump and Senator Flanagan’s disastrous agendas and are receiving our endorsement:

CD 1: Perry Gershon
To volunteer, please call: 631-364-9828


CD 2: Liuba Gretchen-Shirley
To volunteer, please call: Kevin: 845- 264-7031


NYS District #2: Kathleen Cleary
To volunteer, please call: 631-827-3328


NYS District #3: Monica Martinez  
To volunteer, please call: 631-439-0403


NYS District #4: Lou D’Amaro
To volunteer, please call Kevin: 516-242-6941


NYS District #5: Jim Gaughran
To volunteer, please call Mario: 516-232-4906


NYS District #6: Kevin Thomas
To volunteer, please call Tam: 202-815-5065


NYS District #7: Anna Kaplan
To volunteer, please call: 516-366-0923


NYS District #8: John Brooks
To volunteer, please call: 516-308-2665


NYS District #9: Todd Kaminsky
To volunteer, please call Hallie: 516-508-2115







We Are Now Solar Developers!

As of last week, The LIPC now call ourselves a solar developers! As a part of Long Island Progressive Coalition we have created a nonprofit solar program with Resonant Energy. Last week our first project was installed at Shelter Island Presbyterian Church. This marks a huge accomplishment for LIPC and a sign of things to come. We are committed to building out community-driven clean energy solutions that expand access to institutions and communities left behind in the renewable energy economy.

Check out powerupsolarli.com to learn more and help us bring solar solutions to your community.