Free Monday talks at the Ethical Humanist Society

Peaceful communication, ethnic diversity and paths to humanism are topics to be explored at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island in Garden City. The informal free meetings and discussions will be held on November 7, November 21 and December 5. The discussions are facilitated by members of the Ethical Society and begin at 7:30 at 38 Old Country Road (at the western end of Old Country Road.

Although the sessions are free, registration is required. Call 516-741-7304 […] Continue Reading…

Invenergy Announces Proposal for Long Island’s Largest Renewable Energy Project – Clean Energy Link to Deliver Renewable, Reliable and Affordable Energy for Long Island – LICleanEnergy.com / InvenergyLLC.com Invenergy Announces Proposal for Long Island’s Largest Renewable Energy Project

Invenergy, the nation’s leading independent developer of renewable energy projects, today announced the largest renewable project ever proposed for Long Island. The project, Clean Energy Link, consists of four new wind and two new solar farms located within the 12-state PJM regional power market, with a combined capacity exceeding 700 megawatts. All the renewable energy from these projects will be joined into a single portfolio and delivered to Long Island from PJM via a new buried HVDC transmission line, ending at a net-zero converter station on Long Island.

The wind and solar projects will be built across more than 55,000 acres in rural areas in multiple states where land is less expensive and more readily available. This innovative portfolio approach provides economies of scale and unprecedented diversification in technology and geography that will deliver residents of Long Island reliable, clean renewable power at the lowest cost possible […] Continue Reading…

Education funding fight spurs walk to Albany

BRENTWOOD – A group of Long Islanders say they are shining a spotlight on an education funding fight by participating in a 150-mile walk from New York City to the state Capitol.

“All across Long Island there are school districts that are suffering, kids are not getting a quality education. And for decades the state has not been providing it for them,” says Lisa Tyson, of the Long Island Progressive Coalition.

Organizers of a rally Saturday in Brentwood say October marks the 10-year anniversary of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit, which directed more money into schools, especially the state’s poorest districts. Advocates argue that New York still owes nearly $4 billion to communities statewide […] Continue Reading…

New Report Reveals for 81% of High Need Schools CFE Funding is Off Track or Worse

(Long Island, NY) The Alliance for Quality Education, Education Law Center and the Public Policy and Education Fund released a new report evaluating the impact of the 2016 New York State budget on schools. The report only focuses on high need schools and examines whether schools are on track to receive their Campaign Fiscal Equity (CFE ) funding as a result of this year’s budget […] Continue Reading…

Calls for Ethics Reform Get Louder on Long Island

By Timothy Bolger and Michael Harris

Advocates and citizens frustrated with the avalanche of corruption scandals on Long Island and elsewhere in the state are rallying around the issue and organizing grassroots efforts aimed at pressuring lawmakers to be more ethical and transparent.

Local good government groups picketed last week outside the Long Island office of New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Smithtown), urging him to allow passage of ethics reforms for Albany lawmakers before the legislative session ends Thursday, June 16. And a New York City-based nonprofit last week announced that it’s suing LI municipalities that fail to turn over financial documents in a statewide citizen-led transparency initiative recently started in Nassau and Suffolk counties […]
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Presiding Officer Gregory Calls On State To ‘Raise The Age’ Of Criminal Responsibility

Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory last week called on state lawmakers to reform the state’s juvenile justice system during a press conference with the Long Island Progressive Coalition in support of the “Raise the Age” campaign at the June 1 meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature in Hauppauge. 

New York is one of only two states in the country where 16-year-olds are automatically charged as adults in criminal court, the other being North Carolina. Raise the Age NY is a public awareness campaign that includes national and local advocates, law enforcement leaders, legal representative groups, faith leaders and unions that have come together to increase public awareness of the need to implement a comprehensive approach to raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York State […]

 

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Tension on Long Island: One Community’s Response to Xenophobia in the Midst of Toxic National Dialogue

Long Island, New York found itself again at the center of national attention a few weeks ago as presidential candidate Donald Trump made plans to attend a Republican fundraiser in the village of Patchogue, in western Suffolk County. There’s a general accord on Long Island, albeit a tenuous one, between citizens and newcomers. In Patchogue, that accord disintegrated violently one evening in 2008 when Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorean immigrant, was fatally stabbed by a gang of seven teenagers who confessed to making sport of committing violence against the Latino community […] Continue Reading…