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…

Locals Lobby for Cancellation of Trump Rally

The Long Island Progressive Coalition, along with many other local organizations, have called for a stop to the Long Island campaign of Republican candidate Donald Trump. These organizations are lobbying the Suffolk County Republican Party to cancel its upcoming Trump event and plan to protest throughout the week. The Trump rally will take place Thursday at the Patchogue Emporium.

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NYC and Long Island groups deliver petition to Governor Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Flanagan calling for educational funding

Petition With Over 10,000 Signatures Calls for Support of Several Assembly Budget Proposals in Order to Combat Poverty and Institutionalized Racism

(Long Island, NY) A group of supporters representing nearly 10,000 petition signers gathered Wednesdaymorning at both Governor Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Flanagan’s office to demand funding for education Continue reading “NYC and Long Island groups deliver petition to Governor Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Flanagan calling for educational funding”

Long Island Elected Officials Launch “Long Islanders for Paid Family Leave”

Hempstead, N.Y. – Today, Long Island elected officials joined with a diverse array of organizations from across Long Island to announce the launch of “Long Islanders for Paid Family Leave,” a campaign to urge New York state to pass paid family leave this year. With 6.3 million New Yorkers lacking access to paid leave, speakers at today’s event urged Albany to stand with Long Island families and pass landmark paid family leave legislation this year so that no New Yorker has to choose between paying their bills and caring for a newborn child or a loved one. The event took place at Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, an organization that has long fought for women’s health issues, including paid family leave. Over the next few weeks, the campaign will engage Long Island families as the legislative session proceeds through a series of town halls and other events to build momentum for paid family leave across Long Island Continue reading “Long Island Elected Officials Launch “Long Islanders for Paid Family Leave””

AQE: Long Island Assemblymembers See Impact and Need of Pre-K During Tour of Schools

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(Long Island, NY) The Alliance for Quality Education and Long Island Progressive Coalition were joined by Assemblymembers Phil Ramos and Kimberly Jean-Pierre in a day-long “Pre-K Tour” stopping at Brentwood, Central Islip, and Copiague pre-K sites. The tour is a continuing effort to raise awareness for the importance and need of more state-funded full-day pre-k on Long Island. Brentwood, Central Islip and Copiague are three of the many school districts that recognize the need of pre-k in their community but must face the obstacle of competitive grants each year in order to receive funding.

The benefits of investing in quality pre-K is exponential. Children do better in school, go to college and earn higher income.  When communities have more economic activity; there is less crime, more stable families, and successful schools. For every dollar invested in quality full day pre-K, taxpayers can see a return of $8. Without the investment in quality early learning programs students will already be behind their peers starting kindergarten… Continue Reading.

Elected Officials to Launch Long Islanders for Paid Family Leave

The Long Island Exchange’s article Elected Officials to Launch “Long Islanders for Paid Family Leave”

State, county, and local elected officials to release letters urging Albany to pass paid family leave this session

(Long Island, NY) On Friday, March 4th, elected officials from all levels of government from across Long Island will come to Hempstead to help launch “Long Islanders for Paid Family Leave,” a campaign to urge the state to pass paid family leave this year.

With 6.3 million New Yorkers lacking access to paid leave, these officials will urge Albany to stand with Long Island families and pass landmark paid family leave legislation this year so that no New Yorker has to choose between paying their bills and caring for a newborn child or a loved one.

The event will be hosted at Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (located at 540 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead, NY), an organization that has long fought for women’s health issues, including paid family leave.

Co-sponsoring organizations include: NY Working Families, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, 1108CWA, 1199SEIU, 32BJSEIU, 338 RWDSU/UFCW, Long Island Progressive Coalition, National Institute for Reproductive Health, New York Civil Liberties Union, and New York Communities for Change.

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